Shall I tell you a secret? Follow me. I've discovered some caves on the seashore that make the island of Fuerteventura a true wonder. Shhh… Don't tell anyone.
LAS PEÑITAS RAVINE
A little natural jewel of extraordinary beauty with impossibly-shaped rocks and granite as its main features. In the Betancuria Rural Park, this little local trail on the island of Fuerteventura (SL-FV 27) takes you along the Las Peñitas Ravine and alongside the Río Palmas. Our starting point is at Buen Paso, in the south, on the way to Vega de Río Palmas. The first thing we see is a small oasis of Canary Islands pine trees, which—if you didn't already know—are a protected endemic species of great interest to gardeners. Halfway along the trail, we come to the shrine to the Virgen de la Peña, the patron saint of Fuerteventura. The route ends at the reservoir and dam.
EL PUERTITO DE LOS MOLINOS
From the town of Tefía, we take trail GR 131/E3 and we pass the dam at Las Parcelas and continue on as far as El Puertito de Los Molinos, an original village with very few houses. An earthen track takes you to the top of the hill. An easy walk affords you a view of the powerful waves rolling in against the impressive, black basalt cliffs. If you walk north along the coast, you will come to Jarugo Beach.
CUEVA DE LOS MOLINOS
There is a series of caves at the southern end of the beach, including Cueva de Los Molinos or Cueva Herminia, which you can visit at low tide. This really unusual, pretty spot contrasts with the black of the lava that makes up the coastline. A picture-postcard view... that is great for a photo too.
MAKE A NOTE OF THIS TIP/RECOMMENDATIONS
- Before visiting the caves, make sure it is low tide and enter them with caution.
- Fuerteventura is the island with the most beaches, but it also has more than 255 km of trails if you are looking for another way to enjoy the island.