Betancuria is a beautiful mix of the old village of this Canary Island and small bits of modern that are starting to appear in the Village. The Parque Natural de Betancuria (Natural park of Betancuria) has some stunning barren landscape with many pockets of green between the various rock formations creating a very inviting part of Fuerteventura to spend walking or hiking. You will be surprised what interesting wild life and flowers this island has and well as the many shapes and forms of rock not to mention the unforgettable views and light this beautiful island of Fuerteventura has to offer! There are options for all, if you prefer a relaxed walk after a long lunch or are prepared for a full day hiking this village can offer you all.
For the Long lunch then small walk:
I recommend the small hike up to Guise and Ayose. This hike from the center of Betancuria gives you about an hour walk in total. Guise and Ayose are the two big statues that represent the two-tribe leaders that ruled Fuerteventura. When you get to the statues you can read more about them and the history of Fuerteventura you will also get an amazing view of the north of Fuerteventura towards the stunning beaches of El Cotillo. There is a reasonably steep climb up hill on the way there and back is almost all down hill. Then you can enjoy lunch at the most beautiful garden lunch setting in Fuerteventura at Casa Santa Maria, This restaurant has a good selection of local Canarian foods and much that they serve comes from local produce growers. You can just pop in for tapas or coffee in the pretty little court yard but if you are a foodie I would definitely try eating at the main restaurant, open 10am – 3pm Monday to Saturday.
For morning coffee and enjoyable walk for all levels:
Another shorter hike would be in Camino Natural de Fuerteventura in La Vega de Rio Palma. It is just a short drive further down from Betancuria village. Start with a coffee at casa de la Naturalezza this restaurant is open of 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. The restaurant is in a cute location and is very near the start of the walk in a very green area of Fuerteventura and the old farm buildings make for a beautiful setting to have your coffee. This walk is a good for all levels and families because you can walk as long as you wish and just turn around when you’re ready or if members of your group want to. You could walk it in any footwear but trainers would be best. If you walk to the small church and return it takes about 90 minutes with only small parts of it having an incline.
For the 5-hour hiker:
I would walk the spectacular hike from Ortega Valley to the center of Betancuria old town village. You get to enjoy climbing the mountain ridges and see the difference between the Fuerteventura plains and mountains. At the summit you get to see all the way down to the south, Peninsula Jandia. This hike is 23.7 kilometers and would take an average of 5 to 6 hours return. Best to walk this on a clear day and enjoy these outstanding views.
The full day out hiker:
For the more advance hiker I would recommend the Betancuria to Pajara hike. Its about 30 kilometers in total there and back and would take about 6-7 hours. The terrain is steep in places and the views are amazing!
Please always be sensible when hiking in Fuerteventura remember it is a desert like climate but the weather can get stuck between the mountains and you could start your hike with full sun and end with a rain cloud. I have climbed a small mountain in Fuerteventura and had 4 seasons in a 45-minute hike. Always wear good footwear and cover you head. It’s best not walk the trail alone and always have a mobile phone. It’s best to carry more snacks than you need and the same goes for water. Please stay on the trails as the Natural Parks are protected. Do keep what you bring and leave what you see! The rocks and plants have been there for many years let them enjoy their environment and do not alter them in any way. And last always let someone know where you’re going and enjoy these magnificent trails.