Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary Islands. It is known for its amazing beaches, impressive sand dunes and unique volcanic landscapes. In our Fuerteventura travel guide, you will find all the information you need about your holidays: how to get there, best beaches and attractions, top activities, food recommendations and ferry schedules. Compare prices and book cheap ferry tickets online to Fuerteventura on Ferryhopper with no hidden fees!
The unique landscape of Fuerteventura
Holidays in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is located 100km off the coast of North Africa. With its year-round sunny weather and stunning beaches, Fuerteventura is the perfect destination for seaside holidays. Considered to be the best in the Canaries, the island's beaches are truly spectacular and the winds that blow throughout the year make them ideal for water sports.
If you feel like taking a break from swimming and sunbathing, Fuerteventura's interior is equally impressive, with its endless rolling hills, volcanic mountains and vast planes. Not to mention the quiet picturesque villages that have remained untouched by time and are definitely worth a visit.
How to get to Fuerteventura
The easiest way to travel to Fuerteventura by ferry is from the neighboring island of Lanzarote. There are several daily crossings from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura all year round and the duration of the shortest ferry trip is only 25 minutes.
You can find more information about Fuerteventura ferry schedules and tickets here.
Things to do in Fuerteventura
Holidays in Fuerteventura are all about the beach: swimming, sunbathing and doing water sports are definitely the main activities on the island. But there is more to Fuerteventura than gorgeous beaches. From endless sand dunes to imposing mountains, the island is full of unique natural sights for you to explore. To catch a glimpse of Fuerteventura's peaceful rural life and learn more about its long history, you can visit the island's pretty villages and towns as well as its museums. And don't miss the chance to try the delicious local products and dishes!
Sounds exciting? Read on to find more information about your vacation on the island, including what to do in Fuerteventura, things to see, useful information and travel tips.
The heavenly turquoise waters and white sand of Matorral beach
Beaches in Fuerteventura
Boasting almost 150km of fantastic beaches, Fuerteventura is the perfect destination to enjoy the sea. From long beaches with white sand and saltwater lagoons to rock-framed coves and coasts surrounded by sand dunes, the island has so many impressive beaches that you will not know which one to choose.
For those going to Fuerteventura on a family holiday, there are several child-friendly beaches with calm waters and amenities for visitors. If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet by the sea, the island also has many beaches that are more secluded and wild. And let's not forget that Fuerteventura is home to the famous Popcorn Beach, which is located on the north coast. Instead of sand, this unique beach has small white algae fossils that look just like popcorn!
Some of the best beaches in Fuerteventura are:
- Matorral or La Solana
- Caleta de Fuste or El Castillo
- La Concha
- El Aljibe de la Cueva
Tip: you should definitely visit Lobos, a stunning islet located just 2km north of Fuerteventura. Lobos is a protected natural area, boasting heavenly beaches with white sand and amazing crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is worth spending at least half a day there, so that you can explore the whole island. Ferries to Lobos depart daily from Corralejo and the ride takes only 15 minutes.
Activities in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura offers a range of activities to suit all tastes. It is one of the best places in the world for water sports, which are on offer all year round both for professionals and beginners.
Windsurfing and kiteboarding are especially popular due to the strong winds that prevail on the island, and there are several schools that specialize in these sports. If you are traveling to Fuerteventura during the summer, you can catch the Fuerteventura Windsurfing and Kitesurfing World Cup that takes place every year.
Fuerteventura is also a top destination for surfing, with spots around the island that are suitable for all levels. If you feel like riding the waves, El Cotillo beach has several surf schools and board rentals, while Flag beach is ideal for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. You can also go scuba diving and snorkeling to discover Fuerteventura's unique marine life.
If you want to take a break from the sea, the island's mild climate is perfect for hiking and cycling. Fuerteventura has 3 natural parks that you can explore on foot, with Jandía Natural Park being the largest one. The lunar landscape and volcanic rocks will amaze you!
Hiking Calderón Hondo, one of the island's most accessible volcanoes, is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura. For breathtaking views of the island and the Atlantic Ocean, you can hike to the top of El Cardón mountain or to Pico de la Zarza, the highest point in Fuerteventura.
It is also worth visiting Tindaya Mountain, a place of great archaeological value that was considered sacred and magical by the island's pre-Hispanic people. More than 200 ancient engravings of feet, rectangular shapes and geometrical figures have been discovered on the impressive mountain, which is believed to have been an ancient cult center.
Stargazing in Fuerteventura is also a unique experience that you should not miss. The island has been designated as a Starlight Reserve, meaning that it is the perfect place to view the stars without the interference of light pollution. If you are an astronomy enthusiast or just love to gaze at the stars, La Atalayita in Pozo Negro and Sicasumbre viewpoint are great spots to observe the night sky.
Tip: during your Fuerteventura vacation, you should not miss the chance to go on a dolphin and whale watching tour. Seeing the impressive animals in the wild is an experience you will never forget!
View of the impresive Calderón Hondo volcano in Fuerteventura
Sightseeing in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is full of stunning natural sights that you should definitely visit during your vacation. In fact, the island has been designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO due to its impressive ecosystem diversity. There are also many cultural attractions and museums that you can explore to learn more about Fuerteventura's history and traditions.
Some of the must-see sights and attractions in Fuerteventura are:
- the Betancuria Rural Park
- the Punta Jandía lighthouse
- the Oasis Wildlife zoo and center for the rescue and recovery of species
- the mysterious Villa Winter
- the Del Carmen Saltworks Museum
- the Corralejo Natural Park with its endless sand dunes
- the Los Molinos Visitor Centre and windmill in Tiscamanita
- the Entallada lighthouse
- the aloe vera fields
- the Risco de las Peñas viewpoint
- the Ajuy caves
Food in Fuerteventura
You won't have to try hard to find a good place to eat in Fuerteventura, as there are amazing restaurants in all major towns, resorts and villages. Characterized by the use of fresh local ingredients, Fuerteventura's cuisine is a fusion of various Mediterranean influences, mainly Spanish.
Given the fact that up until recently, there were more goats on the island than people, it is no wonder that Fuerteventura's most famous traditional product is queso majorero, a type of cheese made of goat's milk. Fish-based dishes also feature prominently on restaurant menus.
During your holidays in Fuerteventura, we suggest that you try the following local dishes and products:
- papas arrugadas (boiled potatos served with spicy garlic sauce)
- mojo verde (coriander-based garlic sauce) and mojo rojo (red pepper garlic sauce)
- gofio (type of Canarian flour made from roasted grains)
- pejines and jareas (sun-dried salted fish)
- sancocho (fish stew with potatoes)
- braised or roasted goat
Tip: don't miss the chance to visit the Majorero Cheese Museum to learn more about Fuerteventura's rich cheese-making tradition and taste the award-winning cheese!
Traditional windmill near the sand dunes of Corralejo
Nightlife in Fuerteventura
Compared to other Canary Islands, such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura has a more low-key nightlife and chilled-out vibe. The best place for a night out is Corralejo, a popular tourist resort in the north of the island. There, you will find several bars where you can listen to live music, drink great cocktails and sing karaoke. If you feel like dancing and partying, there are some nightclubs and discos that stay open until the early hours of the morning.
Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura's capital, also has some great bars and clubs, most of which are located in the area around the port.
Towns and villages in Fuerteventura
The capital and biggest port in Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario. Even though the town is usually neglected by visitors, who prefer the resorts in the north and south of the island, it's worth spending a few hours to explore Puerto del Rosario.
The city has some impressive street art and more than 100 statues made by local and international artists. There are also some lovely restaurants and cafés, where you can relax and try mouthwatering local dishes. And if you want to go for a swim, Chica beach is located right next to the center and has beautiful calm waters. Puerto del Rosario's waterfront promenade is also the perfect place for taking a quiet walk or just enjoying great views of the sea.
The most popular and busy resort towns in Fuerteventura are Corralejo and Morro Jable, which boast some of the best beaches on the island. If you prefer to get away from the crowds, Fuerteventura's charming villages are more peaceful and have some great restaurants and beaches as well as impressive natural sights and monuments.
For a glimpse into the island's past, you should definitely go to Betancuria, the picturesque old capital that was founded in the early 15th century. Stroll down the cobbled streets, marvel at the beautiful rural architecture and don't forget to visit the lovely church of Santa María, which dates from 1620.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Fuerteventura:
- El Cotillo
- Puertito de Los Molinos
Tip: the artisan markets in La Oliva and Lajares are the perfect place to shop for local products, from traditional delicacies and fresh produce to spices and hand-made jewelry.
The beautiful church of Santa María in Betancuria, the old capital of Fuerteventura
Where to stay in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura offers many accommodation options for different budgets. No matter where you choose to stay, you will definitely be close to some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands.
If you're wondering which is the best area to stay in Fuerteventura, some of the most popular resorts are Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste and Morro Jable. Corralejo has the best nightlife on the island, while Caleta de Fuste is great for family holidays in Fuerteventura. Morro Jable is a lovely old town that offers easy access to the stunning beaches of the Jandía peninsula.
Useful information about Fuerteventura
Located close to the coast of North Africa, Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife. It is a popular tourist destination with resorts that offer all kinds of amenities for visitors. The island's hospital is in Puerto del Rosario, the capital, and there are medical centers in several towns and villages. Fuerteventura has an international airport (El Matorral Airport), located 5km from Puerto del Rosario and 40km from Corralejo.
With over 300 days of sunshine per year and extremely low precipitation level, Fuerteventura is the perfect year-round holiday destination. If you love the heat, the best months to visit Fuerteventura are July and August, but bear in mind that the popular island gets quite busy during that time. Late spring or early summer is also a good time to travel to Fuerteventura, with peak temperatures in the mid-20s and minimal rainfall. March and April are warm as well, with temperatures around 22ºC during the day and 18ºC at night.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Fuerteventura
Here are some useful contacts to keep handy during your trip to Fuerteventura:
- Puerto del Rosario tourist information office: +34928530844
- Puerto del Rosario Port Authority: +34928214700
- Fuerteventura Airport (or El Matorral Airport): +34913211000
- Fuerteventura General Hospital (Puerto del Rosario): +34928862000
- Corralejo Medical Center (Centro de Salud Corralejo): +34928303969, +34928535969
- emergency number: 112
- local police: 092
- medical emergencies: 061
The gorgeous Sotavento beach in Fuerteventura
Transportation in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the longest of the Canary Islands, so distances can sometimes be bigger than you would expect. The island has an extensive public bus network and depending on where you're staying, the bus can be a good option for getting around. It is possible to explore Fuerteventura by bus, but since smaller towns and villages are connected by infrequent services, careful planning is required. Fares can quickly add up for longer-distance connections, so renting a car might be cheaper if you're traveling with a larger group.
You should also bear in mind that the airport is not well-connected to all areas of the island. If there is no direct bus route between the airport and your destination, you will have to change buses at Puerto del Rosario, which is connected to the aiport with frequent services. For more information on bus routes and timetables, you can visit the official Fuerteventura transport service website.
You can also get around Fuerteventura by taxi, but keep in mind that the fare can be quite expensive for long-distance rides. Alternatively, you can hire a car to explore the island at your leisure and get the chance to visit beaches and villages that are not easilly accessible without a vehicle.
Ports in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura has 3 ports: Puerto del Rosario, the main port and capital of the island on the east coast, Corralejo in the north and Morro Jable on the south coast. Corralejo and Morro Jable are located 31km and 89km respectively from Puerto del Rosario.
All three ports serve ferry routes to the other Canary Islands. More specifically, ferries to Lanzarote depart from the port of Corralejo, while most ferry routes between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are served by the port of Morro Jable. There are also weekly ferry crossings from Gran Canaria to Puerto del Rosario. Ferries to Tenerife depart both from Puerto del Rosario and Morro Jable.
The Tostón lighthouse on the northwestern coast of Fuerteventura
Island hopping from Fuerteventura
From Fuerteventura, you can easily travel by ferry to Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Lanzarote is so close to the island that the ferry ride takes only 25-35 minutes. Ferries from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote depart several times per day from the port of Corralejo and arrive at the port of Playa Blanca.
There are also many daily ferry crossings from Fuerteventura to Gran Canaria. Most ferries leave from the port of Morro Jable, while there are also about 5 departures per week from Puerto del Rosario. The shortest journey from Fuerteventura to Gran Canaria takes 2 hours, with ferries departing from Morro Jable.
The ferry route from Fuerteventura to Tenerife is served several times per week. There are frequent crossings from the port of Morro Jable, with the the fastest ferry taking around 5 hours to reach to the island. Ferries to Tenerife also depart from Puerto del Rosario about 7 times per week and the ferry ride is approximately 10 hours.
On Ferryhopper's Map of ferries, you can see all the available ferry routes from Fuerteventura, so that you can easily organize your island hopping in the Canaries.
Fuerteventura ferry: schedules and tickets
You can take the ferry to Fuerteventura from the neighboring islands of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Lanzarote is just 13km away from Fuerteventura, so you can even go for a day trip to enjoy a swim in the island's amazing turquoise waters.
More specifically, the ferry routes to Fuerteventura are the following:
- Lanzarote - Fuerteventura: the route is served several times per day and trip duration ranges from 25-35 minutes. Ferries from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura depart from the port of Playa Blanca and arrive at the port of Corralejo.
- Gran Canaria - Fuerteventura: there are at least 2 daily crossings, with the fastest ferry taking about 2 hours. Most ferries from Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura arrive at the port of Morro Jable, while there are also weekly connections to Puerto del Rosario.
- Tenerife - Fuerteventura: the route from Tenerife to Fuerteventura is served several times per week and trip duration ranges from 5 hours to 16 hours. Ferries arrive in Morro Jable or Puerto del Rosario after stopping in Gran Canaria for a few hours.
If you want to travel to Fuerteventura by ferry from mainland Spain, there are usually 2 weekly departures from Huelva. The city is located on the southwest coast of Spain, close to the border with Portugal. The trip from Huelva to Fuerteventura takes more than 35 hours, with ferries making a stopover in Gran Canaria.
Ferry timetables can change from season to season. On Ferryhopper, you can check real-time schedules and compare prices for Fuerteventura ferry tickets at a glance.
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