The Canary Islands has a lot to offer and in my opinion the best keep secret of Spain, you just need to know where to look. Fuerteventura is known for beautiful beaches but this gorgeous island has so much more to offer. Here are my top 4 places to visit in Fuerteventura.
The most beautiful and rugged beach on the Fuerteventura is Los Molinos. It is a west coast beach. With the winter tides there are more rocks than sand but it is still the most beautiful scenery.
Drive down towards Los Molinos along the long sweeping road you go from the desert to a rocky volcanic beach. I have never seen a calm ocean there but this is part of it’s charm; the loud crashing waves break on the shore and boom through the caves.
Find out the time of the sunset, head there two or three hours before. This will give you time to enjoy a small hike or walk to the top of the cliffs to admire the beauty and amazing colours that Fuerteventura has.
After, head to the far right of the beach to the very rustic restaurant El Puertito it is a Restaurante on the beach so just keep walking to the northern end of the beach and you will find it. Grab a drink and possibly a meal, the chef is a well travelled Italian who knows how to cook fresh food to perfection. Enjoy! You will get the best view of the sun setting in Fuerteventura.
This location on Fuerteventura is a little harder to get to but well worth the visit. From Morro Jable you take the unsealed road it’s quite skinny and with many twists and turns sometimes with tall cliffs on one side and massive drops on the other, choose a confident driver. You can drive it in a normal car. There are small buses that do the trip, the latest it leaves Cofete is 4:30pm.
The third option of travel to Cofete beach is on foot, it is the most direct route and takes about 2-3 hours to get over the volcanic mountain, it’s a stunning way to get there.
You arrive at miles of beautiful white sand beach.
The title for Cofete is ‘Lonest beach in Spain’ because it feels like you have it all to yourself.
Make sure you pack a picnic and days supply of water, it’s quite remote. There is a restaurant in the Cofete village if you prefer I didn’t try it. Don’t forget your camera!
Betancuria gets called the lush green village of Fuerteventura, this might come as a surprise to you. Betancuria is the first capital of the island and is home to some of the oldest houses of Fuerteventura.
Enjoy a walk around the village. If hiking is your thing it is well worth basing yourself in Betancuria. You will get to see some of the most stunning views in Fuerteventura and you will see some of the beautiful wildlife there.
The church ‘Iglesia de Santa Maria Betancuria’ is one of the oldest on the island and is a gorgeous example of the old Fuerteventura.
My favorite place to stop for tea is ‘Casa Santa Maria’ it is located just across the square from the church. It’s open from 10am most days of the week and has indoor dinning and also a lovely little garden seating area. It serves Canarian style food and also sells locally made Jams, even the fruit of the prickly pear cactus you see on the island is made into a jam. Enjoy!
El Cotillo Lagoons and Beach
El Cotillo is at the very northwest and started as a little fishing village and is now slowly turning into a funky little town with some great restaurants and cafes.
My two favorite parts of El Cotillo are the Lagoons and El Cotillo beach. The lagoons are to the very north of the town; go a little further than the first one you see and there will be a less people. The lagoons are beautiful you have the stunning aqua coloured ocean water in natural pools surrounded in white sand. Perfect for children and sunbathing.
South of the town you have El Cotillo beach and Playa el Aljibe de la Cueva is where you can get good surf, so you have the best of both.
My favorite stop for coffee or fresh juice is El Goloso it is a French bakery and for a meal I would head down to a locals place in the playa del Muellito in the center of the old village, there are two parts to the restaurant they have their inside dining and also have seating right on the water. It is called El Callao Restaurante. Bliss!