Discover Fuerteventura municipalities...
One of Fuerteventura's oldest villages is Antigua, an 18th-century hideaway that spans 250 km in the center of the island. The town is dominated by the picturesque Cruz de los Caldos, a church built in 1785. Shady trees and leafy shrubbery surround the grounds, and visitors are welcome to explore the church during the mornings and some afternoons.
Neighboring the church is a lovely village square where flowers burst into bloom throughout every season. The square is an excellent place to relax and watch life go by, especially on a breezy afternoon.
The town is also home to a fully restored windmill, the Molino de Antigua. Today, the windmill houses an intriguing cultural center and is surrounded by a cacti garden filled with native plants. Visitors can also purchase local handicrafts and artwork there, including traditional embroidered tablecloths.
An authentic market opens every Saturday morning, attracting both locals and visitors look for a tantalizing array of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and fabulous local cheeses.
The village's sleepy atmosphere makes it perfect for visitors who want to relax without navigating the hustle and bustle of larger towns. Families will also be comfortable in Antigua, as the town is home to a clinic, school and library. Nearby resorts are also welcoming to tourists, including families and single travelers hoping to get away from it all.
Once the capital of Fuerteventura, Betancuria was founded in 1405 by Jean de Bethencourt, a Norman conqueror. The inland city was chosen as the capital to repel pirate attacks, but the swashbuckler Jaban stormed the city in 1593, reducing it to rubble. Betancuria remained the capital until 1834, when the locals began to move away because of a lack of arable land. The city of La Oliva took over as capital, but Betancuria remains one of the most popular destinations on the island because of its rich history.
One of the most interesting sights in the city is the Museo Arqueologico de Betancuria, which houses a myriad of archaeological fragments from the aborigines, including pottery, tools and bones. The exhibits outline the history of the native Majos people before the conquest of Europeans. The cannons that flank the outside were taken from English pirates who were stopped from attacking the city by local farmers in 1740.
The neighboring Centro Insular de Artesania is also worth a visit. The center contains a vast range of handicrafts, a well-kept windmill and a cacti garden.
The lovely Santa Maria Church is the heart of the city, and although it was reduced to ashes in 1593, the church was beautifully restored in 1691. Visitors are welcome to explore the church and its small museum from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Next door to the church is the Casa Santa Maria, a 17-the century farmhouse that now showcases handmade products from local artists.
Accommodations in the city range from historic villas and posh boutique hotels to cozy bungalows that are a like a home away from home.
Caleta de Fuste
Just south of the airport lies Caleta de Fuste, one of Fuerteventura's major tourist destinations. The city, also known as Castillo, is constantly evolving and growing as more businesses arrive each year to cope with the large number of tourists.
One long main street cuts through the city, hosting many bars and restaurants. There is always something to do in Caleta de Fuste, from golfing and shopping to bowling and dancing, but the main draw of the city is its fantastic beaches. The golden sands and shallow waters of many of the beaches are perfect for families, and kids will enjoy the many activities available, like camel rides. Visitors can even take an underwater exhibition on a submarine!
The horseshoe-shaped beach has a relaxed and carefree atmosphere that really feels like vacation. Adding to the family appeal are plenty of opportunities for water adventures, including diving, boating and sailing. Although the sand is really made of imported artificial materials, you won't be able to tell the difference.
Travelers should be aware of the changing tides at Caleta de Fuste. The high tide tends to come in rapidly, and many visitors have been surprised to be sunbathing one moment and in knee-deep waters the next.
The city comes alive at night, with many different kinds of entertainment available. Visitors can indulge in a range of international cuisines, dance to live music or perform karaoke at the many bars and clubs.
The central location of the city makes it a great jumping-off point for further exploration of the island, and the wide range of accommodations available appeals to families, couples and single travelers.
The northern city of Corralejo has long been one of the most popular destinations on Fuerteventura. Also known as Costa Antigua, the city was originally a small fishing village but today has blossomed into a vibrant town that still retains its original atmosphere and charm.
The main street is lined with many bars, shops and restaurants, and a stroll down the street takes visitors through a lovely square to the harbor, which offers fantastic views of the town.
Just outside the town's limits lie a protected nature reserve featuring miles of sand dunes. The protected area has only two main hotels but is a great place to spend the afternoon exploring the scenic beauty of the island.
Many of the beaches in Corralejo have nicknames given by the locals. For example, “Flag Beach” has great opportunities for kitesurfing and windsurfing, while “Glass Beach” is one of the best places to find colorful sea glass washed up on the shore. Families will especially feel at home on “Town Beach,” which is safe, sheltered, clean and surrounded by cafes and restaurants.
Most of the town's historic buildings have been transformed into restaurants and shops, giving the town a quaint historic vibe. There is something to do for everyone in the Corralejo, including water sports, grand island tours, ferry trips, glass-bottom boat excursions, mountain biking and tennis.
Visitors to Corralejo can stay in a variety of accommodations, including sprawling resorts, private villas, country houses and fully-equipped bungalows.
Coasta Calma was a relatively sleepy town until tourists started discovering its incredible white sand beaches and paradisiacal atmosphere in 1984. Today, the resort town is a favorite among travelers to Fuerteventura.
The highlight of the city is the Playa Barca beach, where it is possible to find a peaceful, quiet stretch of sand even during the peak season. The waters are often dotted with windsurfers taking advantage of the strong off-shore winds that blow in during the summer. The warm waters are also great for sailing and jet skiing, and the miles of white sand are cleaned each day, ensuring that this is one of the most pristine spots on the island.
The many bars, restaurants, and hotels in the area cater mostly to German visitors, but there are a handful of English-speaking companies available. There are over 8,000 beds for tourists in the resorts, hotels and villas, and a new building phase is in the works to give tourists the opportunity to enjoy the area without taking away from its natural beauty.
This peaceful northwest fishing village is one of the island's most charming areas. The town has a growing number of seafood restaurants, pubs and shops, but the real draw is El Cotillo's fabulous beaches. Playa del Castillo is hands-down one of the nicest beaches on the island, and the wild and remote Play del Aguila and Playa del Ajibe de la Cueva further south are perfect places to take in the scenic beauty.
El Cotillo is the windsurfing Mecca of Fuerteventura. During the winter, monster waves break over the harbor wall and have even capsized some of the small fishing boats moored there. Only expert windsurfers should dare to conquer these waves, but beginners can tackle the smaller waves that hit the coast during the summer.
Many of the beaches have crystal clear lagoons to explore, and the cliffs that tower over the city offer plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking and exploration. The cliffs near the town center are dominated by the Fortaleza del Toston, an 18th-centruy round fort built to defend the area against pirates.
Visitors to El Cotillo can find a home away from home in the town's villas, country houses and apartments offering stunning harbor views and beach access.
Jandia one of the most naturally stunning areas on Fuerteventura. The southwestern peninsula is home to the island’s tallest mountain, the Pico de Jandia. At 800 meters high, the peak offers some of the greatest views of the island.
The beaches of Jandia are also some of Fuerteventura's best. The 20 kilometers of coastline feature seemingly endless lagoons and sand dunes, and the trade winds that come year-round from the northwest make Jandia a windsurfer's paradise. Each August, some of the best windsurfers from around the world come to the peninsula to compete in slalom and racing events.
The massive stretch of beach is home to a range of bars, restaurants, shops and resorts, making it a great destination for any traveler.
Just south of Corralejo lies this small but intriguing village. Visitors to Lajares are first greeted by the football stadium, but the main draw is the local lace shop where women still craft beautifully delicate lace pieces each day.
Two windmills grace the town near its quaint church, and Lajares is a center of “lucha canaria,” a traditional type of wrestling that is popular throughout the country.
This small fishing village on the east coast sits between La Cuesta de la Pared and Tarajalejo and is quickly becoming a popular destination for travelers. The main attraction in La Lajita is the Oasis Park Zoo, home to a variety of exotic animals including giraffes, lemurs, hippos, kangaroos and over 200 species of bird. The lush grounds incorporate over 800,000 square meters that include nearly 7,000 plant species from all over the globe. The zoo and the laid-back atmosphere of La Lajita make the town a particularly wonderful destination for families.
Once the political heart of Fuerteventura, La Olivia today is one of the island's most charming historic towns. Many 17th- and 18th-century buildings still stand on the quaint streets, and the town's center is home to a picturesque church, the Parroquiade Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. A finely-carved wooden door greets visitors and opens into the beautiful interior featuring a large fresco of the Last Judgment by Juan de Miranda, a mudejar ceiling and stunning trompe l'oeil work. The church's square bell tower is a highlight of the La Olivia cityscape and can be seen from miles around.
The Casa de los Coroneles is another intriguing attraction in La Olivia. Once home to the islands' military governors, today the house is used for cultural and art exhibitions.
The Casa Mane art center is located nearby. The small museum's exhibition halls display work from local artists, including Alberto Manrique, and the sculpture garden is perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The Casa del Capellan is also worth a visit, although it is falling to decay. The local priest once resided there, and the building's windows and stone door are decorated with lovely floral designs.
La Olivia is a wonderful getaway for people with an interest in history or art, and there are many private villas and apartments available for rental in and around the town.
La Pared was named for the stone wall that once divided the island in two halves. Located on the northwest coast of the Jandia peninsula, La Pared remains a sleepy village but is slowly evolving into more of a tourist town.
The village does boast some wonderful restaurants, a golf course and horse-riding school, and families will enjoy the children's playground, panoramic coastal views and local beaches.
Accommodations in the town are limited to a single hotel, a handful of small bungalows and some private homes, but it is a great place to unwind and experience the less touristy side of Fuerteventura.
Los Lobos Island
The island nature reserve of Los Lobos is just a quick boat ride from Corralejo, but it feels like an entirely different world. The serenity and tranquility on Los Lobos is unmatched elsewhere in Fuerteventura, and the 468-hectare island is lush with flora and fauna.
The island was designated as a protected area in 1982 and is home to many species of seabirds that nest in the coastal rocks and cliffs. Visitors can catch glimpses of rare and endangered species, including the cream colored cursor, hubara bustard, great grey shrike and others. Many migratory species also come to the island, including the common tern, egret heron, curlew and blue heron. There are also over 130 plant species that grow on Los Lobos, including colorful siempreviva.
The island's landscape was formed by basaltic lava fields and contains many notable scenic features, including the Inner Badlands, the Valley of the Little Lagoons, the Litle Ovens, the Jable of the Kitchen and the Lighthouse Salt Marshes. Visitors can explore each of these features on the island's many walking paths.
Once a small fishing village, Morro Jable has transformed into one of the most popular destinations on Fuerteventura. Today, the town truly has something for everyone. Thousands of tourists come to Morro Jable each year to experience the shops, restaurants, bars and miles of gold-sand beaches that lead to the clear blue waters.
Even with the influx of tourists and resorts, the town has retained much of its historic charm. Local fisherman still bring in the day's catch at the quaint harbor, and the promenade is still a wonderful place to escape the chaos of the cities.
The beaches of Morro Jable are some of the most beautiful in Fuerteventura. The 35 kilometers of coastline are perfect for water sports, including jet skiing and windsurfing, and the neighboring island of Gran Canaria is just a short boat trip away.
Secluded, breathtakingly beautiful and pristine, Cofete Beach is the ideal place to escape from the world. Although the high waves make swimming dangerous, the beach is worth a visit for its stunning views of the Jandia mountains and the peaceful strolls you can take in the 3 km of sand.
The town continues to grow and evolve each year, and visitors can explore the area from its resorts, private villas and boutique hotels.
Picturesque, lush and historic, the small town of Pajara is located on the Jandia peninsula. One of the main attractions in the village is the Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Regla, a church constructed between 1687 and 1711. It is one of Fuerteventura's most beautiful churches, and the interior is decorated with many different motifs. The centerpiece of the church is the statue of the Virgin Mary that stands near the alter, imported by a wealthy Mexican emigrant. Visitors are welcome to explore the lovely church in the mornings from 11 am until 1 pm and again in the evenings from 5 pm until 7 pm.
The nearby town of Tuineje is also worth a visit. There, a group of farmers managed to fight off a 50-man band of English pirates using just five muskets and agricultural tools in 1740. Five locals and 30 Englishmen were killed during the battle, and the farmers captured the cannon that today stands in front of the Betancuria museum.
This off-the-beaten-track town is ideal for travelers looking for a relaxing experience away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities on Fuerteventura.
Puerto del Rosario
In 1860, Puerto del Rosario replaced La Olivia as the island's capital. Since then, the city has evolved into an important port and is becoming a major tourist destination thanks to its shopping center, historic district and harbor promenade.
In the heart of Puerto del Rosario lies a church dedicated to the Virgin del Rosario, and the harbor area is surrounded with narrow alleys that are still lined with traditional Canarian-style houses. A museum to the poet Miguel de Unamuno welcomes visitors, and the city's cultural center frequently puts on plays, exhibitions and concerts.
Tindaya is a village and protected zone that lies at the base of a 401-meter mountain regarded as scared by the locals. Visitors today can observe over 100 carvings in the smooth rock at the mountain's peak, believed to ward off evil spirits. Each of the carvings faces in the direction of Mount Teide, the area's highest peak and the home of the devil according to locals.
Known as a small goat farming village, Tindaya has attracted more attention lately because of project spearheaded by contemporary Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. Chillida hopes to hollow out the mountain and build a gigantic cube space inside to make visitors realize their smallness. Chillida believes the project will increase tolerance and remind visitors of their place in the world, but the project has met opposition from local grassroots groups and ecologists who want to retain the cultural, archaeological and environmental value of the site.
Located in the island's central district, Tuineje is a municipality that contains the cities of Gran Tarajal, Juan Gopar, Las Playitas, Tarajelejo, Tequital, Giniginamar and Tiscaminita. The municipality is mostly dominated by farmland, but sights include a windmill information center and a lighthouse called El Faro de la Entallada. The road to the lighthouse is narrow and unpaved in some sections, but the views from the top are unbeatable and well worth the steep climb.
Villaverde is a small village with excellent views of the ocean and beaches. Once a quiet village, the area has become a popular destination in recent years due to its relaxing and quaint atmosphere. Villaverde is also home to two well-preserved windmills and an agricultural museum that welcomes visitors daily from 10 am until 6 pm.
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