Various Places to visit while staying on Fuerteventura.
Fuerteventura - Antigua and it's windmills.
Antigua is "windmill territory" on Fuerteventura - both old and new windmills can be seen around here. Antigua's main square
has a large church - the square is tree-lined plus there are cactus and other shrubs so is a pleasant place to stop. Don't miss the 200 year old El Molino windmill
just outside of Antigua on the Puerto del Rosario road - part of the Antigua windmill craft centre. A short stroll out of Antigua
. An enjoyable walk leaving from Antigua heads up into the hills and ends up giving splendid views of the island for miles around as well as offering a birds eye view of Betancuria. With the square on your left and church belfry behind you head along the street and turn first right, follow the
road until it turns sharp right, carry on straight ahead on a track. You can clearly spot the intended route going across the valley and then heading up into the hills on a rocky zig-zag path. Finish the walk at the crest (Dogollada de la Villa
) with Betancuria in view and then walk back to Antigua or perhaps continue along to Betancuria and take a taxi back.
Heading north out of Antigua you come to Tefia
which also has it's share of windmills. Take the road towards Puertito de los Molinos
and after a short distance you will see a restored windmill on your right which is reachable by a track. There are good views of the surrounding hills - if the light is correct you can see many different colours in the hillsides. From here return to the road and turn right towards Los Molinos - passing Barranco de Los Molinos
on the way - this barranco has a permanently flowing stream which empties into the sea, providing duck-pond facilities for some extremely hungry ducks. For hungry or thirsty humans there is a restaurant where you can also find more hungry ducks as well as hungry cats.
Return back to the main road and head south for
which used to be the old capital of Fuerteventura. Once across the valley wind your way through the hills; there are two view points, the Mirador Morro Velosa on a road to your left and another at the top of the pass.
Just before reaching Betancuria the ruins of the 15th century Franciscan Covent of San Buenaventura are on the left.
Betancuria has a number of old houses, a cathedral and a Museo de Arte Sacro. The place is also inundated with coach parties.
The countryside is quite green as you continue south towards Pajara. When you reach Vega de Rio Palmas
turn right on a narrow road which takes you to the reservoir. There is a lovely walk near here which will take you through a beautiful valley to the reservoir and eventually the delightful church
called Ermita de Nuestra Senora de la Pena.
Park as near as possible to the streambed which is about 1km from where you joined the reservoir road. Simply walk along the streambed until you reach clumps of tamarisk at which point continue along the narrow path to the far edge
of the reservoir. Make your way carefully along the right hand side of the reservoir and take a stone path which leads to the steps down to the little church. You can continue on the path beyond the church for a while and will find several good picnic spots with excellent views.
is a very small fishing village with a stoney beach, cafe and seems to be quite unaffected by tourism -
very pleasant place for a stroll and some sea air. Las Playitas
is situated in the mouth of a barranco and has a largish black sandy beach - it's considerably larger than Pozo Negro but still very quiet. On leaving Las Playitas you find a road leading off to your right which goes to El Faro de Entallada
(a lighthouse very very high up
on the rocky coast). The road is always quite narrow but once you start climbing it narrows to about car-width, climbs very steeply with numerous switchbacks and has more than it's share of potholes - however the views on the
way up and from the lighthouse car-park make this well worth the drive.Gran Tarajal
is very much a working town - it's pretty good to have a wander around but always seems terribly busy. Gran Tarajal can
be a nightmare just getting there let along trying to park- The best time we found was on a Sunday morning since most other times we went it was swamped with cars, farmer's pickups and lorries.
Probably the best scenic drive on Fuerteventura island is by heading off round the Cardon.
The drive can be started from the FV2 and taking the FV511 heading inland and after only 200 metres turn left onto the FV56 - a short way along this road you will find the turn-off to Cardon (marked as a scenic route).
This winds up through the hills and mountains with some wonderful views and eventually ends up on the FV605 coast road.
If you turn left and head south take the junction marked Huertas de Chilejia (on the left) and this takes you back across the mountains to complete the original loop. (The drive is actually worth doing in both directions since the views and scenery appear completely different).
- one of our favourite places to visit whilst on Fuerteventura. As you come into Pajara there is a good car park on the left which is surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs - running alongside the car park is a (usually dry) stream bed lined on both sides with flowering shrubs, and crossed by a small bridge.
Pajara is really a lovely place to wander around, with it's trees and shrubs full of birds and insects, it's numerous small gardens and squares, and of course the church with it's Aztec stone-carved decorations above the main entrance. If you are lugging children around it may be of interest to know that Pajara also has a swimming pool.
Visiting the small Canary Island of Lobos and a short walk around it's coast with photos.
The tiny Canary Island of Lobos
is located a little north of Fuerteventura and quite near to Corralejo - Lobos island is reached by a short boat trip from the harbour. When we went there two types of
boat available - a glass bottomed type and an ex fishing boat. They leave the harbour at 1000hrs and 1015hrs (but do check for any alterations as things change) respectively and take about 35 minutes to get to the island. If you
intend walking around Lobos then walking boots are favourite, also you should take bottled water with you since there are not too many supermarkets - none in fact - but there is a cafe/restaurant near the jetty.
A walk around Lobos takes about 3 hours and you would have difficulty in getting lost as the paths and tracks are clearly visible. Leave the jetty and bear half-right passing the Cafe after a few minutes. Keep to the coastal path soon passing through or if necessary around the tidal lagoons reach the main track.
Ignore this "main" track by instead turning sharp right towards the sea to pick up the small coastal path which then wanders along the coast and arrives back on the main track by the Lighthouse. Now continue along the main track but bear right on it's fork towards Montana Lobos, but just before reaching Montana Lobos
take a track off to the right which goes down to the beach inside the crater. When you return if you look carefully up on the steep screes to your right you can spot a path which links up with the main crater path. Troll up this nicely steep crater path to the top where you can wander along the ridge for a while.
Up on the ridge you get some good views including a view of the beach hidden inside the crater, the sand dunes of Corralejo and of Lanzarote. Return to the main track, head right and in around 15 minutes you will arrive at the turn-off to Playa de la Calera (the beach). Remember your return ferry time - it takes about 7 or 8 minutes to get to the jetty from the beach - and the ferries don't wait.
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