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What you can’t miss in Fuerteventura

Places you really have to visit in Fuerteventura to properly experience the Canary Islands

Fuerteventura is the longest island in the whole Canary Islands Archipelago. A spectacular coast that traces an endless line of very characteristic beaches with white sand and turquoise waters. These amazing natural conditions make it almost obligatory to visit its beaches, coves and coastal sights. Although the island holds many more surprises inland that are also worth discovering.

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The big beaches in the north-east of Fuerteventura have a very special bodyguard: the immense Corralejo dune field, an extensive area of mountains of sand moulded tirelessly by the wind, constantly creating new shapes. Walking barefoot over the dunes feeling the touch of tiny grains of sand on our skin, is an extremely relaxing exercise that rids us of stress.

 

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A paradise of dreamlike beaches, breaking up the volcanic landscape, and the most absolute peace just two kilometres from Fuerteventura. A little uninhabited isle that owes its name to the past presence of an important colony of sea lions and where archaeological ruins of a Roman settlement have been found. Spending a day in this natural park, home to several endemic life forms and different species of birds, is an experience that you won’t forget.

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A never-ending line, white from the sand and turquoise from the water that bathes it, disappearing into the distance. We can only envisage the end of it in our imagination. These are the endless beaches of Sotavento, on the peninsula of Jandía, home to the island’s most famous bathing areas. There is room for everyone here: families looking for water that is safe for their children, couples looking for some privacy, groups of friends having fun… And where you can lie back and watch a spectacle of multi-coloured sails flicking and fluttering in the wind as you sunbathe. That’s the windsurfers, who have found an exceptional spot here for doing what they most enjoy: flying along over the waves.

 

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When we step onto this extraordinary geological jewel on the Fuerteventura coast, we go back 70 million years to a point in time prior even to the formation of the island itself, to find ourselves on the oldest rocks in the Canary Islands. Fascinating, isn’t it? Well, there’s more. Next to the caves is a little fishing village, of the same name, where we can have some delicious fresh fish next to the beach of volcanic sand. With the most beautiful sunset as a backdrop.

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The streets of the oldest town in the Canary Islands are pure history. Cobbled, with churches and shrines, an old convent, the square… They comprise a rich cultural and artistic heritage that have made it worthy of being declared an Historic Site. There are also some interesting museums, such as the Museum of Sacred Art or the Archaeology Museum. A highly enriching tour of this quiet town, founded by the Norman conqueror Jean de Béthencourt in 1404, connects us with its splendorous colonial past.

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As soon as it appears before our eyes, we understand why the island’s ancient settlers, the ‘majos’, considered it a magic spot and made it a sacred place of worship. They left a valuable legacy here that has been conserved right up to modern day: they drew footprints looking west on the stone. Monumental, beautiful, special… And when all the colours of the sunrise or sunset fall on it, it is purely inspirational. But, above all, it is still magical.

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On the leeward side of the peninsula of Jandía, we find one of Fuerteventura’s natural treasures. We get to this unspoiled beach along an earthen track that the ocean frequently splashes over, making the approximately 10-kilometre journey a little uncomfortable, but it is definitely worth it. As you come around one of the last bends, before the descent, a striking, wild landscape opens out below us: 14 kilometres of fine sand and waves, flanked by the mountains of Jandía, the highest on the island, in whose foothills we discover a surprise – the mysterious Casa Winter, a strange mansion with unconfirmed stories that place it as a Nazi operations centre and shelter during the II World War. Whether the legend is true or false, there is no doubt that Cofete is one of those settings where the word ‘freedom’ takes on its full meaning.

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It is one of the most visited places on the island due to its wonderful beaches, such as  La Concha, and its excellent gastronomy. Its calm waters, thanks to being sheltered by the volcanic reef, make it a preferred spot for families. And after a relaxing day of sunshine and swimming in this crystal-clear water, what could be better than enjoying a beautiful sunset while savouring some delicious fresh products from Fuerteventura cuisine, such as fish, accompanied by the island’s famous cheeses? A real pleasure that you’d be pushed to beat.