Discover The Hidden Gems Of Fuerteventura: Must-See Attractions

Fuerteventura, one of the stunning Canary Islands, is often referred to as the island of hidden gems. With its breath-taking landscapes, pristine beaches, and rich cultural heritage, it is no wonder that this island has earned such a reputation.

Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean, Fuerteventura offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences that are waiting to be discovered.

I got the ferry to Fuerteventura from Lanzarote.

lanzarote to fuerteventura ferry

If you book through Viator you have a number of options. You can get a One-Way ticket or a Return. It’s quite a bit different here In Fuerteventura than Lanzarote – much more peaceful (I thought). I stayed in Corralejo village and if you do stay here I highly recommend Corralejo Garden and Relax which is only 5 minutes from the Ferry port.

I think I would have to visit Fueteventura again to properly enjoy it. Maybe will try and fit a trip in to Lanzarote again beside this. This time around I was only here 2 days and on the last day I was very nervous about getting the bus to the airport (my flight was at 10:30AM).

There was even a festival going on, probably something that people wait all year for and I never even left the place to go and check it out (so much for keeping a travel blog lol).

I could have easily come here. I never realized getting to the airport was actually pretty straightforward. In Corrajelo the main bus stop is in a wooden shed that you really can’t miss. From here you need to make a change at Puerto Del Rosario and it’s the Tiadhe 2. Very simple!

Anyway, Fuerteventura is a bigger Island than Lanzarote. Itr’s the 22nd biggest in the Canary Islands after Gran Canarias. You wouldn’t think it but it is and apparently It is Infested with Chipmunks lol. My friend came here a few weeks before me and I see on her Facebook there was Chipmunks on the beach. I thought at the time it was someone’s pet but they are wild.

I was hoping to see them myself. On Google it said to head to this bar (can’t remember the name). I started walking there but as I was my battery was almost dead on my phone – it seemed like one of those “For the want of a nail” situations. And, I had to get up early the next day, I didn’t want to get lost (if people only knew lol).

I was a bit upset not to get my friend a photo of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore but I guess at least this gives me an excuse to come back here.

Now… Let’s continue.

Here is what you will find (other than Chipmunks) if you visit>>

The Hidden Gems Of Fuerteventura

Key Takeaways

  • Fuerteventura is an island full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
  • The secret beaches of Fuerteventura are some of the most beautiful and secluded in the world.
  • Exploring the island’s lesser-known villages and towns is a great way to experience the local culture and way of life.
  • Fuerteventura’s rich cultural heritage is evident in its architecture, museums, and festivals.
  • The island’s hiking trails and natural wonders offer breath- taking views and unforgettable experiences.

For me, the best part was visiting the Oasis Wildlife park. It’s a long way from Corrajelo where I stayed but if you book a ticket you can pay an extra 5 euros for pick up from any one of their selected stops.

All, I’ll say is Heed Caution because if you miss the coach the Oasis Wildlife Park is in the middle of a desert (why it’s called Oasis). You probably will NOT be able to come here otherwise.

You also will definitely NOT want to miss your coach back either lol

I will come back to this soon. I actually have lot’s of photos to share but about the Island of Fuerteventura in general.

*Note: I didn’t really get to see a lot of these things I am writing about but I think it is good Information to know.

The Secret Beaches of Fuerteventura

fuerteventura beaches

When it comes to beaches, Fuerteventura has an abundance of options. From popular tourist spots to hidden coves, there is something for everyone that visits here.

Although, it is the lesser-known, secluded beaches that truly capture the essence of this island.

These hidden gems offer tranquillity and serenity away from the crowds.

To find these secret beaches, it is best to explore off-the-beaten-path areas and seek local recommendations. With a little bit of adventure and exploration, you can discover your own private slice of paradise.

The Island’s Lesser-Known Villages and Towns

corrajello Fuerteventura canary islands

Beyond its stunning beaches, Fuerteventura is home to charming villages and towns that are often overlooked by tourists. These lesser-known locations offer a glimpse into the authentic island life and provide a unique cultural experience.

From the picturesque village of Betancuria with its historic buildings to the vibrant town of Corralejo with its lively atmosphere, there is so much to explore.

The Rich Cultural Heritage of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, is a treasure trove of rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years. Its unique blend of influences, stemming from its indigenous inhabitants, the Guanches, as well as Spanish, African, and Latin American cultures, has shaped a distinct identity that permeates every aspect of life on the island.

The Guanche legacy is still evident in Fuerteventura’s folklore, music, and traditional crafts. From the haunting melodies of the timple, a traditional Canarian string instrument, to the vibrant colors and intricate designs of locally made pottery and textiles, the island’s cultural heritage is celebrated and preserved by its people.

Festivals such as the Baile de las Enyesques, a lively dance performed during the island’s patron saint festivities, and the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Peña, honoring the patron saint of Fuerteventura, further showcase the island’s rich cultural tapestry.

Moreover, Fuerteventura’s historical architecture, including its picturesque churches, charming villages, and ancient forts, reflects the influences of successive civilizations that have left their mark on the island.

Visitors can explore sites like the Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, which offers insight into the island’s pre-Hispanic past, or wander through the cobblestone streets of Betancuria, the island’s former capital, to admire its colonial-era buildings.

With its diverse cultural heritage, Fuerteventura offers a captivating glimpse into the intertwined history of the Canary Islands and the wider world beyond.

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So, I really feel like I missed out on this. I would not have had enough time really but there is certainly a lot to see if you are here for long enough.

Hiking Trails and Natural Wonders of the Island

Beyond its renowned beaches, Fuerteventura boasts a captivating array of natural wonders and hiking trails waiting to be explored. The Malpais de la Arena, a surreal volcanic landscape adorned with peculiar rock formations is a per, offering visitors a glimpse into a world seemingly untouched by time.

Venturing further, one encounters the rugged terrain of the Ajuy Caves, where dramatic cliff faces frame breath-taking vistas of the boundless Atlantic Ocean.

These caves, carved by the relentless forces of nature over millennia, serve as both a testament to the island’s geological history and a haven for intrepid explorers seeking unparalleled panoramas.

Why You SIMPLY MUST Visit Fuerteventura

From the windswept coastal cliffs to the tranquil oases hidden within its interior, Fuerteventura presents an ever-changing tapestry of natural beauty, beckoning adventurers to immerse themselves in its timeless allure.

Whether tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations or simply revelling in the serenity of its untamed landscapes, each corner of the island holds the promise of discovery and wonder.

Note: To make the most of your hiking experience, be sure to bring plenty of water, wear appropriate footwear, and follow any safety guidelines provided by the guides on your tour.

Where to Find the Best Local Cuisine in Fuerteventura

Admittedly I didn’t experience really much else than burger and fries on my visit, and a chicken kebab on my first day but for anyone really keen to experience the Fuerteventura culture – There is much to explore in terms of food and drink.

Indeed, No trip to Fuerteventura would be complete without indulging in the island’s delicious cuisine.

While there are plenty of restaurants catering to tourists, it is the lesser-known, authentic eateries that truly showcase the local flavours.

papas arrugadas wrinkled potatos canary islands cuisine

As a visitor to the Island you can sample traditional dishes such as papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) with mojo sauce or gofio, a staple food made from roasted grains.

Visit local markets to taste fresh produce and artisanal products, and don’t be afraid to try new foods and flavours – you might just discover your new favourite dish.


The Top Hidden Gems for Water Sports and Outdoor Activities In Fuerteventura

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With its crystal-clear waters and favourable wind conditions, Fuerteventura just like Lanzarote is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. While popular activities such as surfing and windsurfing are well-known on the island, there are also lesser-known, unique experiences waiting to be discovered.

Try your hand at Kitesurfing in the remote beach of El Cotillo or go Snorkeling in the pristine waters of Lobos Island. Or, for a truly unforgettable experience, consider taking a boat trip to spot Dolphins and Whales in their natural habitat.

I personally, am not an athletic person. Sports have never been my thing although the boat trips I am very keen to experience. My favourite boat trip so far (even more than the one with the marshmallow men) was in Barcelona and maybe Malta but Fuerteventura – even though I have only been on ferry looks to have a few good ones.

The Secret Nightlife Scene of Fuerteventura

fuerteventura nightlife

When the sun sets, Fuerteventura comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. While there are well-known bars and clubs catering to tourists, it is the hidden, unique establishments that offer a truly memorable experience.

Discover underground live music venues in Puerto del Rosario or enjoy a cocktail at a rooftop bar with panoramic views in Corralejo. To fully immerse yourself in the island’s nightlife, strike up a conversation with the locals and ask for their recommendations.

*I did not drink in Fuerteventura or Lanzarote on my most recent visit but if getting drunk and staying out is your thing there are plenty of options. Just be careful not to lose your phone or bank cards. This ruined my first trip to Lanzarote and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through this.

Shopping and Souvenir Hunting

fuerteventura fridge magnet

Whilst I try to avoid bringing too much junk back from my time away (generally speaking) as an eBay reseller I do think about what is good to bring back to flip for a profit. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are both tax havens – tobacco, alcohol and perfume/aftershave can all be bought cheaper than in the UK (if your British like me).

But also there are a lot of things like handbags, baseball caps and trainers that you can buy cheaper too but BEAR IN MIND a LOT of this sold in shops is counterfeit.

However, Fuerteventura offers a unique shopping experience beyond the typical tourist souvenir shops. If you visit the island’s local markets and boutique stores you surely will sometimes come across one-of-a-kind treasures and authentic handmade products.

Visit the Mercado de Artesanía in Antigua to browse through a wide selection of locally crafted goods, from pottery to textiles.

AND don’t be afraid to venture off the main streets and explore the hidden alleys – you never know what hidden gems you might stumble upon.

The Best Kept Secrets of Fuerteventura’s Wildlife and Nature Reserves

black and white wallabys at oasis wildlife park fuerteventura
Wildlife parks are a HUGE attraction for me when I go travelling and Fuerteventura is home to an incredible array of wildlife and nature reserves that often go unnoticed by visitors.

The Oasis Wildlife Park is an amazing place to visit for a day out and there are loads of animals and birds here such as Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Camals, Hippos, Crocodiles, Monkeys, Wallabys, Otters, Parrots, Sea Lions and lot’s more.

It is a big place and coming here will take up most the day. I got the coach at 8AM and got back for about 5PM (17:00) but it was a great place to visit.

I went to the Rancho Texas park in Lanzarote 2 days earlier and this was so much better. It’s 35 euros for an adult, for children I think its cheaper but anyway the Oasis Wildlife Park I highly recommend having a day out here!

crocodiles at oasis wildlife park fuerteventurahippopotamus at oasis wildlife parkgiraffes at oasis wildlife park fuerteventuragift shop at oasis wildlife park fuerteventura

You can also go to the Jandía Natural Park, a protected area that encompasses stunning beaches, sand dunes, and lagoons. You can visit here on the guided tour to discover the island’s diverse bird species, including the endangered Canary Islands Houbara Bustard. You might also see Lizards, Hedgehogs and Chipmunks (Barbary Squirrels).

*Note – These Squirrels are NOT actually Chipmunks they just look similar. It is more of a term of endearment than anything else.

chipmunk squirrel in fuerteventuraI will be on the look out for these if I ever come back to Fuerteventura lol. But fun fact, where I live in Letchworth GC UK we also are known for our Squirrels. The Black Squirrels are often spotted around the town and this species is kind of Inclusive to here.

It is quite surprising to find how amazed people are by these animals. Pretty much just the same as visitors to Fuerteventura that see the Chipmunk Squirrels. Residents of the Island must not think much of them as they see them so often.


Tips for Planning a Unique and Memorable Trip

I would say try and come away for a couple of weeks so you can visit both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The Ferry you can get for about 18 euros but if you are with Viator you can book through here and get money back.

Lanzarote is a great Island to visit as well. Gran Canaria and Tenerife I haven’t been to yet, but I’ve looked at ferries and you can get from one Island to the next.

it’s about 35 euros to Gran Canaria from Fuerteventura and from GC to Tenerife its 50 euros – so not cheap as from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura (vice versa) but anyway…

When planning a trip to Fuerteventura, it is important to embrace the spirit of adventure and explore the lesser-known areas of the island.

While the popular tourist attractions are undoubtedly worth a visit, it is the hidden gems that will truly make your trip memorable.

Be sure to research local recommendations, interact with the locals, and be open to trying new experiences.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation on secluded beaches or immersing yourself in the local culture, Fuerteventura has something for everyone.

In Conclusion: Recap

Fuerteventura is a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. From secret beaches and charming villages to rich cultural heritage and breath-taking natural wonders, this island offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

By venturing off the beaten path and exploring the lesser-known areas, you can uncover the true essence of Fuerteventura.

So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and get ready to uncover the hidden gems of this remarkable island.

Also, if you have not read it already check out my blog post about my stay In Lanzarote before I came over to Fuerteventura. If you have enjoyed reading this maybe you will like that too. I certainly do enjoy writing them. Now…

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