Things to see and do in Fuerteventura
3.5 kilometres off the Corralejo, the island is a Protected Natural Area, and has excellent beaches, walking and cycling paths, plus good snorkelling in rocky hidden coves. There are regular boat trips to the island from Corralejo, and a small restaurant can supply lunches and cold drinks. There are many interesting birds and plants here, some endemic to the island, and on the northern side a large wetland is used by waders and ducks on the annual migration route between Europe and Africa. The island also has good surf - with one of the longest rides on the entire island of Fuerteventura.
Dolphins, pilot whales and hammerhead sharks are regular visitors to the waters close to the island.
Dunes of Corralejo
These extraordinary dunes of white fine sand extend to the south of the town of Corralejo and are a protected nature park. Beaches here are so long that they are never crowded, and the shallow shelving water is ideal for young children. There is easy access from the road which runs about 500 metres behind the beach.
The ancient volcano of Tindaya
Permission has to be obtained to climb this ancient volcanic core close to La Oliva. At the summit strange foot shaped incisions are carved into the rock -created by the original Majoreros who lived on the island a thousand years before European discovery. On clear days the snow covered peak of Tenerife more than 100 miles to the west can be seen from here with views of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote - the nearest island for the archipelago. Walkers must obtain a permission from the Environmental Agency in Puerto Rosario and be accompanied by an natural park guard.
Punta de Jandia and Cofete
The extraordinary wild beach of Cofete in the Jandia Natural Park on the west coast can be reached only by a rough unsurfaced road which leads out from the port of Morro Jable and climbs over the central rocky spine of the island. Park rules state that drivers must stay on the marked track which has some of the best views on the island as it corkscrews down over the mountains to the sea. The beach is more than 5 kilometres long beneath high black cliffs, so there will always be space for those prepared to walk away from the parking area.
The loggerhead turtle hatchery is located here, and it is hoped that within ten years female turtles will once again return to the beach to lay their eggs for the first time in nearly a century. Continue west on the track to Punta de Jandia and the lighthouse which stands at the westernmost tip of the island. At Puerto de la Cruz - a small fishing village and fishing port on the leeward side of the peninsula two small restaurants have excellent menus of seafood and fish. Try the delicious escaldon de gofio de caldo de pescado - a rich stew of fish in a stock thickened with gofio - the distinctive toasted corn flour of the island.
This pretty fishing village on the north coast has lovely surfing beaches below high cliffs - swimmers have to be careful here for there are many currents on this western coast. In the tiny fishing port below the village fishermen regularly land their catches of tuna and sardines. Just beyond the village at the Punta de Tostón rocky sun warmed pools make for good snorkelling or swimming.
Casa de los Coroneles
In the inland village of La Oliva stands the much restored Casa de los Coroneles, a very distinctive fortified manor house of the mid 17th century, built by the militia leaders who virtually ran the island as their own private fiefdom for nearly two centuries.
The interior courtyard with a high broad balcony made of canary pine is a cool retreat in the heat of the day. The ground floor of the house is now used for exhibitions of paintings and photographs by artists from the island.
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