The Canary Islands - Fuerteventura Holiday, Beach and Walks Guides.
Fuerteventura has fantastic beaches and naturist beaches, excellent track walking and rugged and somewhat unusual scenery.Fuerteventura is a large, often windy Canary Island only a few hours flight from the UK and quite well known for it's surfing
possibilities. With Fuerteventura's extensive dunes and volcanic areas and just the general scenery there is no problem to take lots of photos whilst staying on the Island.
The weather in the Canary Islands is ideal for Autumn holidays - especially October and early November for that bit of pre-winter sunshine (Usually).
When on holiday in Fuerteventura a good place to stay is Caleta de Fuste, which is halfway down the island and ideally placed for driving and getting too various parts of the island. Little seems to change on Fuerteventura except perhaps more building around Caleta, Costa Calma and Morro Jable - a lot of this seems to be for Timeshare or retirement homes rather than hotel accommodation. Fuerteventura's fantastic Morro del Jable to Costa Calma 16 km beach has been left alone and if you fancy a long naturist walk whilst on holiday you can strip off and walk this in both directions without any problem from anyone. As new buildings appear behind the beach they have been generally kept low and have been designed to fit in discretely with the landscape.
If you like walking out and about and finding your own private beaches etc. then Fuerteventura is unbeatable, with generally very little sign of life apart from the occasional
jeep safari or other walkers. As mentioned Fuerteventura is an excellent holiday destination for naturists and there are some really good beach walks possible. It is easily possible to find quite isolated beaches if you prefer to be alone or alternatively go onto the
often quite busy beaches around the dunes north of Caleta.
We have a topic containing walks instructions/ideas on the island as well as other bits of interest - our Fuerteventura Beaches topic contains pictures of quite a few locations including Costa Calma and Morro Jable.
Caleta de Fuste which is located on Fuerteventura's east coast.
Since Caleta de Fuste is only a few kms south of the airport Caleta is quite well situated for easy access to most of the island (we never had a problem with
aircraft noise by the way). Caleta is actually a fairly quiet place despite the considerable amount of holiday accommodation, with a large sandy bay very suitable for children, a small fishing port to wander around and a good
selection of restaurants - including for some reason around 5 or 6 Chinese, as well as Greek, Indian and of course Spanish outlets. Nightlife seemed non-existent with apparently most people heading home by around 1030 pm..
There were two walks we took from Caleta de Fuste, the shortest one ( which many people with children undertake because of the squirrels) is to walk up the clearly visible hill which lies behind the town. To reach this simply head to towards it and go UP and then UP some more - it is a nice walk though. There are Barbary squirrels on the hill and so people often take nuts with them - actually the squirrels seem to eat just about anything on offer.
walk takes you south along the coastline mostly walking on a track and eventually reaches Fuerteventura's
extensive salt pans at Las Salinas, passing some restored fortifications on the way. Las Salinas has a small sandy beach and there is also a restaurant which is located along the beach front. If you feel like walking on a little further, continue on through the village
and once you climb the crest of the hill you seem to be looking at no-man's land with the view in front of you apparently totally devoid of life. You can continue into the Barranco de la Torre (which has palm trees) and the black sandy beach at Puerto de la Torre. If you continue from here then climb out of the Barranco and follow the cliff top
to eventually arrive at Bimboy beach.
Fuerteventura Places - Corralejo.
Corralejo has a small beach, numerous shops and holiday accommodation and an interesting harbour semi surrounded by tavernas and bars - the local wildlife seems
very well - trained at scrounging food from the restaurants customers - wildlife being the various seabirds and of course the cats. Many visitors head for the seemingly miles of sand dunes just along the coast which is a paradise for naturists. Ferries leave from Corralejo bound for Lanzarote and for Lobos - when
we visited Corralejo we originally planned to have a day out (possibly with our car) to re-visit Lanzarote but the ferry prices were in our personal opinion outrageous ((not just our view)) with apparently two tariffs i.e. a local and a much higher tourist rate.
The Jandia Peninsula on Fuerteventura.
The Jandia is well worth a visit - guidebooks state you should only use a 4wd vehicle for your trip. The dirt road surfaces are very rutted and in places very rutted
however a few people still risk using ordinary hire-cars (not unusual to see several stuck in sand or lodged on unfriendly rocks).
Just driving in a jeep can be hard going at times with the ribble surface shaking everything up badly even at low speed - so image the likely damage (which you might end up paying considerably for) can occur with a hire-car. Often your hire-car company will allow you to exchange your car for a jeep for
the day at quite minimal cost - surely worth while.
There are several restaurants at Puerto de la Cruz and also one at Cofete (where you can sit outside looking at the hills whilst perhaps enjoying an excellent salad and omelette).
We started off just before Morro Jable Port
on a signposted gravel road (clearly marked on the right) and bumped our way up and along what was often a quite narrow and hair-pinned experience, however after a few kilometres the track improved a little to become only awful. After around 12kms there is a turn-off to the right to Cofete but we kept straight ahead towards Puerto de la Cruz and the lighthouse at Punta de Jandia - this being the
southernmost tip of the island. There are tracks off to the left at various places but we decided to check these out on our return trip. You will find the only bit of tarmac surface on the Peninsula which heads from Puerto de la Cruz to Punta Pesebre on the most western tip.
The coast line is really worth exploring right along this area and the sea crashing in on the rocks is quite impressive. Eventually we retraced our route back to the Cofete
junction and turned left - this track to Cofete is very very steep and heavily rutted in places as you zig-zag up and over the pass. At the very top of the pass there is a small parking area and you have a really good view of the golden
beaches of Cofete and the Barlovento de Jandia. From here we zig-zagged steeply down to Cofete, diverted to the Villa of Senor Winter (a German who once owned the Peninsula) and then backtracked a little and turned right down a track to the enormous sandy beach with it's superb waves.
However as with most of Fuerteventura's western beaches their are very strong currents and the sea is really only safe for a paddle.
When we eventually left the beach we returned over the pass and at the junction turned left towards Morro Jable, however we diverted down several of the tracks to look at the beaches and coves we had spotted previously - well worth doing. We really enjoyed this trip and will certainly do it all over again when we get the
opportunity. However next time if we use an open jeep we will take and then put our belongings into plastic bags or we will get a jeep with a roof as we were unbelievably covered in dust by the time we got back to Morro Jable.
A favourite Fuerteventura Place to visit - El Cotillo.
This is located on the West Coast and has one of our most favourite beaches, the only caution is regarding the undercurrents which can make it quite dangerous for swimming. The waves can be really awesome - which is why you often see surfers around waiting (optomisticaly?) for the right wave. There is a really good cliff top walk -
with excellent views - park by the watchtower and just head south along the beach and when it eventually ends climb up to the cliff top above and just keep going as long as you care too. When you are about 90 minutes into the walk you will be at the top of the steps which lead down to a sandy beach (beware of the tide) - these are very steep and sometimes fragmented steps and also there are Barbary squirrels darting around
which can distract you. On the route from El Cotillo and heading towards La Olivia
the road passes alongside a large lava field which has quite a green look to it - with notably the colourful Montana Arena crater looking really weird when the sun-light on it is from a particular angle.
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