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The Best Things to See and Do in Fuerteventura, Spain

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Fuerteventura is a gem. It’s the second-largest Canary Island in Spain, offering dreamy holidays for couples, families, and solo travelers. The natural environment is picturesque, with many attractions such as calm sandy beaches, turquoise waters, a welcoming local community, and rich cultural-historical monuments.

Planning a Euro trip? This destination deserves a spot on your list, and we’re here to tell you why. Here are the ten best things to see and do in Fuerteventura, Spain.

Enjoy the Sunset at the Golden Dunes of Corralejo Natural Park

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Truthfully, Fuerteventura isn’t the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. It’s the oldest, driest, and flattest, consequently least publicized. Despite this, the Fuerteventura has amazing features. The Corralejo Natural Park forms the largest dune system in the Canary Islands. The park is 2,600 hectares with 5 miles of beaches. Corralejo Natural Park is scenic, combining a view of clear waters, sandy beaches, unending dunes, and an array of animals such as the endangered Hubara.

Corralejo Natural Park is found north of Fuerteventura island, in Corralejo town. Park fees depend on which activities you participate in. For example, off-road excursions cost $54 per group, while a private photo shoot in the dunes costs $166 per group.

Watch Seabirds at El Matorral Beach

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El Matorral beach is characterized by salt flats and a lighthouse, which separates the nudist side of the beach from the rest of it. The salt flats attract flocks of seabirds, including hoopoe, the Atlantic canary, the great grey shrike, and the kestrel, making it a birdwatchers’ paradise. The beach’s calm waves and clear waters allow visitors to participate in water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, and swimming.

The kiosks in the area serve the much-needed thirst-quenching and refreshing drinks and delicious food.

Visit Villa Winter

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Villa winter is found in a remote location southwest of Fuerteventura. The villa was designed and built by a German engineer, Gustav Winter, in 1937. Winter is said to have been Hitler’s close confidant and a German spy. His villa was used as a commission station for German submarines and a base for secret military operations.

Although the space isn’t exactly museum-like, it does draw a good number of visitors, partly because the history of the place is so entangled with conspiracy theories and mystery. A visit to Villa winter costs nothing, but you should tip the caretaker to look around. It also has no specific opening hours, but 10:00 am to 4:45 pm seems to be the most common time .

Take a Bus Tour of Lanzarote Volcano and Wine Region

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Lanzarote in Fuerteventura is found in Timanfaya Natonal Park. The area has several volcanoes, but the Timanfaya volcano is the only active one. The hot temperatures of the active volcano have blessed the area with magnificent geysers that you can see when you take a full-day bus tour (which will cost you $58 per adult ). Keep your eyes peeled for the lagoons and cliffs too.

Wine lovers particularly love this tour because they also get to experience the wine region via a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Enjoy incredible wine from grapes such as Burrablanca and Listan Blanco.

Take a Guided Hike and Discover the Las Peñitas Gorge

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If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, Fuerteventura can also test your endurance. Explore the western part of the island in a five-and-a-half-hour guided hike, during which you’ll discover Las Peñitas gorge and the chapel of the saints. The hike finishes with a stunning view of the valley when you reach the high point.

Take in the historic, rugged coastline you’ll experience during the hike— this is the oldest part of Fuerteventura island. And you’re likely to encounter some wildlife along the way as well. Birds of prey and wild goats are commonly sighted. Bookings should be made in advance at $63 per adult.

Learn Ancient Maritime History at Fuste Castle In Caleta De Fuste

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Fuste Castle In Caleta De Fuste is estimated to have been completed in 1743. At this time, the castle had a garrison comprising a constable, a lieutenant, and four soldiers. These tentants were responsible for handling two small-caliber iron cannons. The castle was a defense tower against Berber, French, and English pirates, who were fond of looting the island.

The castle is circular, has two floors, and is built with a string of dark volcanic rocks. It also had a bell used in the past days to sound an alarm to the rest of Fuerteventura whenever pirates were in town.

Enjoy Private Time at Sotavento Beach of Jandía

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Sotavento Beach of Jandía is the best choice for solo travelers or couples seeking some quality alone time. Found south of the Fuerteventura island, Sotavento beach offers natural and serene beauty, alongside fine white sands and cool breeze. The beach has no facilities, hence the lack of crowds.

Solo travelers and couples can enjoy a peaceful 5.6 miles of beach walking and goofing around. They can also enjoy windsurfing and kite surfing for beginners at the lagoon that forms about 300 and 1,000 feet inshore. This experience is free of charge, and you can find accommodation at Jandía at an average of $110 per night.

Learn About Fuerteventura’s Aborigines and Their Religious Practices at the Sacred Mountain of Tindaya

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The Sacred Mountain of Tindaya is found in Tindaya, northwest of Fuerteventura, and is a natural monument protected by local laws. It sits 1,300 feet above sea level, playing host to several unique plants and animals. The sacred mountain of Tindaya is estimated to be one of the oldest mountain formations on the island at about 18 million years old.

The Sacred Mountain of Tindaya was the home of Fuerteventura aborigines, known as majos. A visit to the place will reveal over 300 foot-shaped rock carvings, geometrical figures, and figures of ovoid or rectangular shape, near the top of the mountain. Archeological studies show that this is an indication that the majos used the mountain for their religious rituals. Guided tours at $60 per adult are available.

Visit Betancuria, the Oldest Town in Fuerteventura

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Until 1834, Betancuria was the capital of Fuerteventura . Despite being the capital of activities in the 18 th century, Betancuria is now the least populated. If a quiet visit day is what you’re after, this attraction should be top of your list. As a bonus, you can enjoy some lush greenery with your quiet, as it is located in Betancuria island, the greenest part of Fuerteventura.

The economical historical significance makes Betancuria a place of significant history. It’s also home to the Betancuria Archaeological Museum and the Santa María church. Tourists visit to appreciate this ancient significance instead of enjoying the beach since it lacks access to the sea or nearby beaches.

Learn How to Make Majorero Cheese at the Majorero Cheese Museum

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Fuerteventura has a wide array of local delicacies, but you can’t leave the island without trying some Majorero cheese. So significant is this part of Fuerteventura’s palate that there’s a museum that teaches how to make it. The Majorero Cheese Museum introduces visitors to the Majorero goats that graze in their fields, and how they milk and make cheese from the goats. The lesson is completed when you taste the cheese and are invited to buy more in case you need some (and you will). This is a must-see…er, taste for any foodie touring Fuerteventura.


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  • Explore the rugged terrain of southern Spain on this guided walking holiday.
  • Stay 7 nights in the spa town of Lanjarón in the Alpujarras region.
  • Embark on 5 days of guided walking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • See incredible sights like Poqueira Valley & Taha de Pitres.
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Join us on an invigorating walking holiday through Spain's magnificent Sierra Nevada region. On this 7-night holiday of a lifetime, we’ll explore the picturesque hillside town of Capileira, enjoy the breathtaking views of the northern face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and hike through the scenic valley of Taha del Pitres. Five packed lunches will be included and our group will be accompanied by a local, expert guide to lead us to some of the most spectacular and unspoiled landscapes within this incredible region. We’ll also enjoy an excursion to the medieval city of Grenada, and have a chance to tour the city’s most famous landmark, the Alhambra. If you’re looking for a trip that provides equal parts adventure and culture, this walking holiday to the Sierra Nevada mountains is the perfect choice!

This trip will offer moderate routes on each walking day and is ideal for moderately experienced or experienced walkers. The average daily walking distance on moderate walks is between 6km – 13km, with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 5 hours.

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Activity Level: Challenging

Challenging itinerary including physical activities, non-traditional travel, accommodation and could possibly include multiple flights. Walking 10 km over difficult terrain including hills and you should have tried these distances at least once before the trip, have a good level of fitness, be in good health and be physically active on a regular basis (6-10 hours per week) to safely enjoy this tour.

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Fly to málaga, transfer to lanjaron.

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Begin your walking adventure with a flight to Malaga, Spain. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local representative in the arrivals area of the airport before being transferred to your hotel in Lanjaron. Lanjaron is the ideal base for anyone in search of clean air, mountain views and authentic Spanish culture. Depending on the arrival time of your flight you may have some free time at leisure to settle in and independently explore your new surroundings.


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Explore the Acequias in the Lanjarón area

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Join us for an orientation meeting. After breakfast there will be an introductory gathering organised with our local expert mountain guides to discuss the walking routes we can expect throughout our holiday. Details will be discussed on the expected terrain and difficulty of the walking routes. Packed lunches will be included on all walking days throughout our holiday.

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Lets’s get started! Our hike today begins as we set off from our hotel by foot, walking out of the town of Lanjarón. During today’s walk we will learn all about the “acequias” (irrigation ditches) in the area, many of which date back to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries, when the Iberian Peninsula was dominated by the Moors. Walking by the “acequias” is an extremely pleasant experience as we learn about the history of the region while taking in some magnificent views. With the soft trickle of water by our side and fine trees that have grown along the routes, we will all enjoy a fine day’s trekking. The group will follow the “acequias” of Aceituno to Secarta. (packed lunch included)

Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 9 km / Ascent: 270m / Duration: 4 hours

Poqueira Valley

Discover poqueira valley.

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Let us take you on another outdoor adventure. Today we will explore the three villages in the beautiful valley of Poqueira.  The group will start in Pampaneira and after a short tour in this delightful “Pueblo Blanco” (white village), we will embark on our walk up the valley, passing the pretty town of Bubión and finally reaching the highest village, Capileira. The beauty of these villages is not only in their quirky architecture, but also in their stunning location affording excellent views both up and down the valley. After Capileira we will then cross the valley over one of the quaint little bridges spanning the river, that gives its name to the valley, and make our way back down, completing a circular route. (packed lunch included)

Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 11km / Ascent: 850m /  Duration: 5 hours

Granada and the Alhambra Palace

Visit granada and the alhambra palace.

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Join us for a day of cultural sightseeing in the city of Granada, set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and the last stronghold of the Moors before they were finally expelled from Spain in 1492. Lets’ take a walk with our guide in the city centre where we can visit highlights such as Spain’s first Renaissance cathedral and the Capilla Real with the sepulchre of Ferdinand and Isabella, the legendary catholic king and queen who sponsored Christopher Columbus’ voyages to America. After you have some free time for lunch in one of Granada’s many tapas bar, join us for a visit to the Alhambra, where an official guide will show us the unique architectural treasures of this magnificent fortress and also the ‘Generalife’, the spectacularly situated summer palace with its beautiful fountains and gardens. 

Lanjaron Walking Tour

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Let’s embark on another invigorating walk! We will start by visiting the ruins of the old Moorish fortress that defended Lanjarón. After that, we will cross the river walking through orchards until we reach the hermitage of Tajo de la Cruz, which has impressive views. Walking through the valley, we will return to Lanjarón. We can expect to encounter some more “acequias” today as well as walking on terraced almond and olive groves, which are an important part of local economy. The group will end the roundtrip entering Lanjarón via one of the most popular of the local water fountains. (packed lunch included)

Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 9 km / Ascent: 330m / Duration: 4.5 hours

The Northern Face of Sierra Nevada

Hike the northern face of the sierra nevada mountains.

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Join us to explore the northern face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The landscape here is different to the one we encountered on our previous walks. Our adventure takes us higher up, so we really get the feeling of high mountain, with valleys carved from glaciers and grand open spaces. In fact, we will be on valleys parallel to the ski pistes. The group will start the day visiting the botanical garden at Hoya de la Pedraza, where we will walk along its paths and learn all about the local flora, including threatened species. We will then transfer to the source of the San Juan River valley and embark on a 6 km high mountain circular walk, finishing at the San Francisco Craggs, which has excellent views. (packed lunch included)

Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 7 km / Ascent:310m / Duration: 4 hours

Taha de Pitres

Walk the medieval routes of taha de pitres.

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Lets’ discover Taha de Pitres! The village known as Taha de Pitres is composed of 7 small dwellings that have been connected by paths which have been used for many centuries. An important number of these paths have the local specific name of “escarihuelas”, which zig-zag up and down and across the river. We will begin our walk in Busquistar and after following the road for some time will then veer off to the right. The path is beautiful from here onwards, as it breaks off to the “Mezquitilla” area, and upon returning to our main path the group will descend through forest to Atalbéitar, a dwelling of just 5 families, and one of the most authentic places in the Sierra Nevada. From here, we round off the walk via the quaint villages of Ferreirola and Mecina Fondales before returning to Busquistar. (packed lunch included)

Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 12 km / Ascent: 680m / Duration: 5.5 hours

Return home

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Depending on the time of your departure flight you may have some free time to explore Lanjaron independently at your leisure. Afterwards it will be time for us to say adios to Spain! We will transfer by coach to the airport for your flight home. We hope you leave with wonderful memories of our active adventure together in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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My usual approach to holidays is more free-wheeling than escorted tours, as I worry about not having enough time in the places we’d be taken. I suspect other people my age would feel the same.

But even with those concerns, the Travel Department’s week-long holiday – Highlights of Andalucia – seemed irresistible: accommodation and most meals were included, as well as entry to some of the most astonishing historical sites in Europe.

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In the capable hands of our excellent holiday guide Alejandro, we would be based for the first half of the week in a hotel high above the town of Loja, appropriately named El Mirador, meaning the overlook. The view from the roof terrace was indeed superb.

From that central point, we would be travelling to sites such as the mysterious megalithic dolmens at Antequera.

“We have many questions, many answers,” said Alejandro. “Are they real, are they fake? Let’s find out.”

Well, they are definitely real, as I went inside them. I’m not sure how many of the other questions about the millennia-old structures might have answers, though.

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Getting to know fellow travellers

I quickly saw the appeal in the coach tour when chatting to the other people who had come along, all lovely folk variously from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

They were just good fun. One woman from Newton Mearns told me she usually travels online via freely available webcams placed around the world. An Irish woman reacted to entering the ancient tomb by saying: “Crikey, it is spooky isn’t it?”

I’d get to know them during our dinners back at El Mirador, and on the group tours of the stunning Islamic architecture in buildings such as the Mezquita in Cordoba and the Real Alcazar in Seville.

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Walking the streets of Seville in our little tourist enclave, I spoke to one man from Dublin who was on his first coach trip and said he was enjoying being pointed directly towards points of interest.

His least favourite part of holidays was working out the good places to eat, so the pre-scheduled meals were perfect, and he loved the moments when he could just switch off and hand responsibility to someone else.

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It was a different perspective to my spontaneous self, but I could understand it. Then we jumped quickly back on the coach – we were in Andalucia during one of the earliest Spanish heatwaves in living memory, and it reached an incredible 47C in the region’s capital.

The actual travel was fairly pain-free, despite relatively lengthy rides to some of our destinations.

The view from the windows showed us the extent of the extraordinary olive tree monoculture, stretching off in straight lines to the rocky horizons, and Alejandro would keep us entertained with well-informed potted histories of 20th Century Spain.

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A different vibe in Granada

There was a very clear boundary between that half of the holiday and the latter half, when we left the coach behind to base ourselves in the Catalonia Hotel near the centre of Granada.

I will admit that this was more my preferred style of break.

Aside from a group excursion to the Alhambra, where I was mesmerised all over again by the fusion of Muslim and Catholic culture that characterises this part of Spain, we were largely left to explore the city on our own.

We took full advantage of the opportunity, often ignoring the main tourist draws in an effort to get a better sense of Granada.

There were walks around the medieval Albaicin neighbourhood, which is a World Heritage Site, and cheap cocktails that lasted late into the night. Our favourite spot was the Terraza Monasterio rooftop bar, where we managed to catch a glorious sunset.

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On our final night, we went along to a flamenco show in one of the city’s famously intimate caves.

With a pitcher of sangria beside us, we watched open-mouthed as guitarist, singer and dancer demonstrated their talents on the tiny stage, with the music, vocals and movement sliding around each other effortlessly.

We thought that was the ideal way to end the trip, and then found out the following morning was the final day of the city’s Corpus Christi festival, marked by an enormous parade with music, giant puppets and rather aggressive characters in oversized papier mache heads.

The whole thing was a joy.

Maybe this kind of trip could be enjoyed no matter your age.

On the way back to the airport, sucking a Werther’s Original offered to me by a coach-mate, I thought I might need to give it a try again.

Travel facts

Travel Department’s Highlights of Andalucia trip starts from £899pp with flights available flying direct from Aberdeen (September 13 2022) and Glasgow (various dates September 2022 until November 2023).

Flights, accommodation, breakfast and dinner are all included, along with entry to the Alhambra, the Real Alcazar in Seville and the Mezquita in Cordoba.

 For more information or to make a booking, call 0131 516 7439 quoting The Press and Journal – Scotland, or visit DC Thomson Travel.


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Tenerife coast & country, click here to book online travel department are delighted to offer readers of radio times extra exclusive discounts throughout the year. click here to see if discounts are available today, holiday highlights.

Travel with us to discover Spain’s ‘Island of Eternal Spring', Tenerife with Travel Department. On this relaxing Spain holiday, we’ll explore the best of the Island’s amazing scenery and fascinating history. Excursions will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage city of La Laguna; the joint capital of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz; and a full day sightseeing trip around the island. We’ll also get to explore the island’s rugged mountainous landscape on a day trip to Mount Teide National Park to see the volcano that gave birth to Tenerife nearly 12 million years ago. This trip also includes plenty of leisure time to relax on Tenerife’s black sand beaches or discover the island at your own pace, with helpful recommendations on what to see and do from your expert guide.

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Fully guided

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Flights & Transfers

Day 1: Upon arrival in Tenerife, you will be met at the airport by our local representative and transferred by coach to your hotel.

Day 2: In the morning we recommend that you get your bearings with a leisurely stroll through Puerto de la Cruz, which has a great selection of bars, restaurants and cafes and is surrounded by several beaches. After lunch why not relax by the pool or take a stroll down the beach at Playa Jardin.

Day 3: On day 3 you will have a half day guided excursion to Santa Cruz. After breakfast you will travel to the famous sea port which is one of Spain's busiest and is the joint capital of the Canary Islands. This city was recently named one of the best five places in the world to live by "The Guardian" newspaper. You will then move on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of La Laguna. Here you will see its impressive cathedral and the old colonial city architecture.

Day 4: On day 4 you will journey around the island for a full day's guided excursion. Your first port of call will be the village of Icod de los Vinos on the west coast, which is famous for the Canary Islands Dragon Tree. This subtropical tree-like plant is the natural emblem of Tenerife. Continue to Playa de Las Americas for some free time, with views of the spectacular Los Gigantes Cliffs en route. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Basilica of Candelaria, to view the famous statue of the Black Madonna and bronze statues of the 'Guanches'. The Guanches were the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands and while it is generally believed that they no longer exist as a distinct ethnicity, many traces of their culture remain. Please note only breakfast and dinner will be included in your hotel on this day.

Day 5: Day 5 will be free to enjoy at your leisure. We recommend you take some time to explore the town of Puerto de la Cruz, which has an excellent range of cafes and bars. There are many other attractions outside the town centre, particularly the botanical gardens, which have a large range of tropical and subtropical trees, plants and flowers.

Day 6: You will begin day 6 with a morning guided excursion to the volcanic Mount Teide National Park, which is dominated by the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide itself. Along the way you will pass through the evergreen valley of La Orotava. The soil here is home to some very rare flora due to the lava flows on the flanks of the mountain. After, you will return to your hotel in time for lunch.

Day 7: On your final day you are free to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Why not take a walk to Puerto de la Cruz for some last-minute souvenirs or visit Loro Parque (Parrot Park), which is a theme park and zoo that is amongst the largest in the world.

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