Top 8 Things to do in Fuerteventura

Parque Natural de Corralejo:

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sand dunes in Corralejo Natural Park

This tourist’s site is situated in the municipal district of Corralejo. It is a sandy field which has geomorphological significance. The park stretches 10 km along the east coast from Corralejo. The place is usually breezy which is why people love to windsurf and kitesurf here. There are unique characteristics in this area, which draws the attention of the visitors. There are large sand dunes with the organic origin since they come from disintegration and spraying of different marine organisms. Below the dunes, there are volcanic rocks which are sharp and edgy. This should definitely be on the top of your sightseeing list as the beauty and features of this area will leave you stunned.

Isla de Lobos:

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Isla de Lobos in Fuerteventura

This is a natural oasis which has been kept protected and is located amidst volcanic landscapes. The name had been derived from ancient sea lions, which used to inhabit the shores in history! This area is of great ecological importance and has earned the name of being a Natural Park officially. The rich seabed has also had it declared to be, an underwater reserve. There are small and vast beaches, coves, solidified rivers of lava and much more exciting area to locate here.

There are numerous options to get to the island and the easiest is to take a ferry from Corralejo. People cruise on their own boats and jet skis to come here. The boat trips would take about 20 minutes and the prices are about 15€ for adults and 8€ for kids.

Oasis Park Fuerteventura:

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Oasis Park in Fuerteventura

This is the only zoo and botanical park in Fuerteventura, and the only one in The Canaries which have hippos and African elephants. There are bird shows which include parrots and press, and you also get an amazing sea lion show to opt for. The most attractive part of coming to the Oasis Park is that you get to see interactive events that include snakes and crocodiles, and there are members who pet reptiles and amphibians. The visitors can buy food bags to feed the animals and interact a little more. They let you play with lemurs and you couldn’t have asked for more! You could also opt for Camel Safari, but they have separate tickets which have to be bought quickly as they sell out fast.

Go to the Beaches:

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La Pared Beach in Fuerteventura

It is very obvious that the Canary Islands are going to have some of the finest beaches. There are numerous beaches in Fuerteventura and you can opt for the ones which are closest to your stay. If you want to explore a little more, there are beaches which serve you for different purposes. The family friendly beaches happen to be Caleta de Fuste, Playa del Bajo del Medio and Puerto Remedios-Las Agujas. The lively beaches where you’d like to go with your friends are Muelle Chico and Ajuy. If you want to get the best of white sands you should visit Las Lajas de Punta Prieta or Esquinzo beach. If you want to opt for water sports you choose El Bajo Negro, Bajo del Dormidero, El Moro or La Barreta de Abajo. If you are here on a honeymoon, you’d like to get to some secluded beaches like El Charco de Bristol or the beach of Cofete. If you just want the popular ones you can opt for Sotavento beach and Grandes Playas de Corralejo. Thus, when you have so many options to choose from, you will definitely have a great time fulfilling your expectations.

Snorkelling and Diving:

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man snorkelling in Fuerteventura

The long bay of La Pared situated on the west coast of the island is geographically ideal for diving. Sometimes there are strong winds which raise the sands and make it slightly uncomfortable for the visitors for relaxation, but there is a fair share of snorkelers and swimmers anyway! Tourists who don’t come here for diving will be naturists.

You have the beach of Pozo Negro which is secluded from the well-beaten tourist track, but it is very popular for divers. There is a local diving school nearby and they help the practitioners to enjoy the fascinating underwater world. There are a handful of restaurants where you can taste some local dishes. Another secluded beach for snorkelling would be La Lajita. The water stays calm here, making it favourable for sports.

Antigua Windmill:

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Picture of an old windmill in Antigua

Antigua is the oldest village on the island and tourists like to spend a day here. There is a lovely picturesque church which had been built in 1785. You get to the village square just beside the church and then see a field of lovely flowers which blossom all through the year.

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old church of Nuestra Senora de Antigua

The most attractive sight is the famous windmill which has now been turned into a cultural centre and tourist attraction. They have craft selling shops which sell local handicrafts and art. This laidback village is a perfect place to slow down your tour and enjoy the simplicity of life.

Betancuria (Santa Maria Church):

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View of the small town of Betancuria with the Santa Maria Church

Situated on the mid-west of Fuerteventura is Betancuria, an important colonial landmark of Canaries. It had been founded in 1404 by Norman Knight Jean de Bethencourt. The town’s location was chosen to be a well-secluded position for defence from pirate attacks. At present, the town depends wholly on tourism and has great religious value. Take a walk through the town to witness how previous lives dwelled in the island. This heritage site includes major highlights like chapels of Santa Inés, Nuestra Señora de la Peña and old Franciscan convent of San Buenaventura. The main church which attracts the maximum amount of visits is Santa María de la Concepción. Try to take some time out for visiting the Museum of Sacred Art, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography of Fuerteventura.

Surf, windsurf and kitesurfing:

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kite-surfing in the island of Fuerteventura

The summer trade winds in the island are apt for kite-surfing. The best places to opt for this sport are Corralejo if you’re in the north, El Cotillo if you’re in the west, along with Caleta de Fuste, Playa de Sotavento and Playa de Esquinzo. The north side of the island is preferable for kite-surfing as they are suitable at every level. El Cotillo is good for Wave sailors, while Sotavento holds attractive events related to different water-sports.

Surfing and windsurfing are of course the most tried sports in the islands. Thousands of people come here to enjoy these. The trade winds of summers and huge swells in winters provide the best times for surfing. The northern beaches are the best for these as well!

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