Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the Canary Islands. It is a natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Despite its size and its natural and cultural heritage, it is possible to see the most important of Fuerteventura in 5 days.
Nature, water sports, boat trips ... If you organize well, the mild temperatures of this Canarian paradise will allow you to do thousands of outdoor activities. Plan your trip with this proposal of things to see and do on the island that I leave you below.
Day 1: Lobos Island and Corralejo Dunes
One of the essential plans that you must do on your trip to Fuerteventura 5 days is to visit Isla de Lobos, declared a National Park and bird protection area.
It is a very small island located next to the Natural Park of Corralejo Dunes, just over 10 minutes by boat.
You can reach this natural park by car on the FV-1 road from Puerto del Rosario and then walk around it, enjoy its beautiful dunes and beaches, and then take a boat to Isla de Lobos.
Get lost in the Natural Park of the Corralejo Dunes
One of the places with the greatest geological value of Fuerteventura is the Natural Park of Corralejo Dunes, a set of nearly 3,000 hectares of dunes and beaches. The way to the park is quite simple and is also very attractive: there you will find some of the best beaches on the island, where I recommend you stop for a dip. Beyond the uniqueness of the park, another reason that makes it interesting is the varied presence of birds, which you can see during your visit.
On the other hand, it is very common to take advantage of the trip to visit the Great Beaches of Corralejo, known throughout the island. It is a set of beautiful and very comfortable beaches. These have all kinds of services, such as beach bars or lifeguards, so you can stop for lunch or a cocktail while watching the sunset.
When visiting the park, you can hire different activities, although it is not necessary. However, if you want to add some fun to the plan, you can book a buggy tour of the Corrajelo Dunes Natural Park, where you can explore the volcanic area by buggy or 4x4 vehicle as a passenger. . To transfer to the next activity, you will have to book a boat trip from Fuerteventura.
Visit Lobos Island
Lobos Island is named after the ancient sea lions that inhabited it. However, these were no longer found on the island due to the activity of fishermen. Currently, they are trying to recover the presence of these animals through various measures. Given its size, it will not take you more than an hour to walk around the island. At the end of the tour, you can choose to do different activities. For example, there are companies that organize excursions with water activities.
You can also snorkel in its crystal clear waters to discover its seabed, or climb the volcano of La Caldera, the perfect place to enjoy stunning views of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. In case you want to spend the day on the island of Lobos, you will be pleased to know that the islet has a restaurant. This restaurant is owned by the only two inhabitants of the area and it prepares fresh fish dishes, such as fried 'pescaito' or paella.
At the end of your visit to this incredible island, return by ferry to the Natural Park of the Corralejo Dunes. And from there you can easily return to your hotel by car.
Day 2: Excursion to Lanzarote and water activities
On your trip to Fuerteventura in 5 days, you can even dedicate one of them to visit Lanzarote. There are many companies that organize excursions to the neighboring island.
In addition, I recommend you to complete the day by giving a chance to water sports, which you can practice both in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Take a boat trip to Lanzarote
One of the most popular excursions is a visit to Timanfaya, the Aloe Vera Museum, the Charco de los Clicos and La Geria. With this option you will get to know the most important places of Lanzarote, so it is more than recommended if you have not been to this island before.
This tour includes the round trip ferry; transportation around Lanzarote accompanied by a professional guide; the entrance to the Timanfaya National Park, where you can enjoy a unique volcanic environment; a visit to the Aloe Vera Museum, where you will learn about the types, therapeutic properties and history of this fabulous plant; and a complete visit to the wine area of Lanzarote, La Geria, where you can also enjoy a wine tasting of local wines.
In the 6 and a half hours that this excursion lasts, you will also have the opportunity to contemplate the amazing landscapes of the island, tinged with red, black and ocher due to the volcanic formations of the area.
Try water activities
You already know that Fuerteventura is famous for its beaches, being as a whole a paradise of white sand and crystal clear waters. While lying on your towel and watching the weather go by is great, there are also other ways to enjoy this summer oasis, such as doing some water activities.
If you are a beginner, there are many companies that have instructors to keep you safe at all times. Also, not all water activities involve great risks. You can start by trying some surfing lessons, an ideal sport to do in Fuerteventura by the desired waves of the Atlantic, or kayaking, with which you will know coves and beautiful beaches.
Beyond the above, in Fuerteventura you can book a paddle surfing lesson, diving, windsurfing, jet skiing or parasailing. Find out which one is right for you and check out the different options near you.
End the day with a great dinner
The boats to Lanzarote leave from Corralejo, where they arrive after the excursion. Therefore, I propose you to end the day with a great dinner in this fishing village. There are many recommendable restaurants in the locality. If you are looking for an informal establishment to enjoy some tapas, I recommend Casa Gilda. If you are looking for something more elegant and with a taste of the sea, opt for the Rompeolas restaurant.
Day 3: Tindaya Mountain and visit to Bajo de la Burra beach
The mountain of Tindaya has been one of the most important places in Fuerteventura throughout its history. For its part, the beach of Bajo de la Burra is one of the most famous of the island. If you go by car, it only takes half an hour to move to this beach from the mountain of Tindaya.
Climb the mountain of Tindaya
The mountain of Tindaya is also known as the Sacred Mountain, a name given to it by the ancient natives of the island, who believed that the site had magical properties. It has a great archaeological value, due to the rock engravings it houses. All this, added to its morphology, makes the mountain of Tindaya is declared a Point of Geological Interest, Natural Monument and Cultural Interest.
It has a height of 400 meters and is located in the municipality of La Oliva, in the Llano de Esquinzo. In the mountain of Tindaya you will be able to see birds that are rare in other places, such as the Saharan racer or the Houbara bustard. You will also have the chance to meet peculiar animals, for example, Atlantic lizards. Take advantage of the excursion to visit the Cueva de Bailadero de Las Brujas, where the aborigines performed rituals.
After spending a few hours in this magical mountain, just 35 minutes by car along the FV-10, you have a very special beach where you can finish this third day relaxing among popcorn...
Meet the Bajo de la Burra beach
Fuerteventura has a beach that surely you have seen in social networks. The beach of Bajo de la Burra is colloquially known as 'popcorn beach'. This is due to the presence of rhodoliths, which are remains of calcareous algae that are surprising for their great resemblance to popcorn.
Such is this resemblance, there are many who think that the beach of Bajo de la Burra is artificial, but quite the opposite. In fact, during your visit, do not be tempted to take a rhodolith as a souvenir. You will find many signs prohibiting and discouraging this practice. The 'popcorn beach' is located between Corralejo and Majanicho.
The beach of Bajo de la Burra is about 30 minutes drive from the mountain of Tindaya. By public transport is not possible to reach this beach, but you can do it by bike, for example by hiring a bike tour around the island of Fuerteventura, which includes a stop at the beach of popcorn for a dip.
End the day with dinner in Corralejo harbor
Just 10 minutes drive you can return to the port of Corralejo, where a wide range of restaurants awaits you to finish the day tasting the rich Canarian food. I recommend several:
- Platanera Restaurant: The most delicious fresh fish of the island awaits you in this restaurant. Located at Av / Juan Carlos I, No. 3, Corralejo.
- Bar Buena Onda: Hamburgers and cocktails for the surfers. Located in C/ La Niña, nº 3, Corralejo.
- Baobab: The paradise for vegetarians and vegans or lovers of this exquisite food. In C/ José Segura Torres, nº 14, Corralejo.
Day 4: Costa Calma and Morrojable
The fourth day in Fuerteventura is for rest. After 3 days of intense tourism, it is time to stop a little and disconnect, because, although it is important to sightsee and know the cities thoroughly, it is also important to enjoy them from the tranquility. Between both places, there is a distance of only 20 minutes by car.
Relax in Costa Calma
Costa Calma is a coastal town of great importance and tourist interest in Fuerteventura. In this corner of the island, white sand beaches and crystal clear water reign. The tide is usually calm in Costa Calma, so it is also an ideal place to enjoy a day at the beach if you are traveling with small children.
Among all the beaches you will find, there are some that are my favorites. The first on the list is Sotavento beach, an oasis of almost ten kilometers of sand. Here you will find the Sotavento Lagoon, the cove of Risco del Paso and the beach of La Barca, famous for being excellent for water sports.
Another of my favorite beaches in Costa Calma is the ** Esmeralda** beach, where you will have at your disposal different beach bars to have lunch and taste the local cuisine.
Visit Oasis Wildlife
The plans offered by this town of Fuerteventura are not only rest and beach. Another of them is the visit to Oasis Wildlife, a nature reserve dedicated to the protection of endangered animals. In this park you can immerse yourself in the African continent, watching from lemurs to sea lions.
In addition to this visit, you can also visit the African market or the Natural Park of Jandia.
Discover Morro Jable
I take advantage of the previous proposal to recommend an excursion to one of the most famous coastal towns of Fuerteventura. Morro Jable is a fishing village located on a hill overlooking the sea. It is known for its gastronomic richness, finding multiple bars and restaurants where you can taste the real Canarian cuisine. To enjoy unique views, I recommend you to go to the Mirador de la Iglesia del Carmen.
Then, you can walk along the beautiful promenade that runs through the village, until you reach the Morro Jable Lighthouse, located in the Natural Park of Playa del Matorral. This lighthouse has a height of 60 meters and today still fulfills its function as a guide for boats. Very close to the lighthouse, is located the Saladar de Jandía, a paradise for bird lovers from which you can see from hoopoes to grey herons or stonechats. Finally, go to the Port of Morro Jable, famous throughout the island for being one of the most important.
By the way, you can also visit Morro Jable riding a Segway, in a fun tour that will take you through this and other of the most idyllic corners of Fuerteventura.
Day 5: Ajuy Caves and Puerto del Rosario
The last day of your trip to Fuerteventura in 5 days will make you finish your visit to the island in style. The Ajuy Caves are located in the Betancuria Rural Park, specifically in the municipality of Ajuy.
As for the second destination, it is a visit to the capital of the island: Puerto del Rosario. Between both destinations, there is a beautiful 50-minute drive across the island.
Get to know the Ajuy Caves
The Ajuy Caves have a great scientific value, as they are part of the base that supports Fuerteventura, which makes them part of the 150 areas of greatest geological interest on the planet. In addition, they are the first geological formations of the Canary Islands. This Natural Monument is composed of more than 30 hectares of a unique and amazing nature. I recommend that you take a camera with you to immortalize the incredible views.
In addition to all of the above, the way to the caves is very simple. You will only have to drive to the beach of Ajuy, where you will begin your walk to the caves. The excursion does not exceed 500 meters and is very beautiful, with dunes and lime kilns. If you have time, you can even stop at the beach for a dip.
When you have finished your visit to the caves, you can go up to the village of Ajuy, walk through its streets, visit its most typical stores and enjoy some Canarian cuisine in some of its best restaurants, such as La Jaula de Oro.
Explore Puerto del Rosario
After lunch, you can finish the day strolling through the capital of Fuerteventura, doing cultural tourism in a museum or a little sport to close your trip to the beautiful island.
To get from Ajuy to Puerto del Rosario, you can go by car. The journey takes about 40 minutes and is the best option. However, you can also choose to go by bus, although you will also have to hire a cab.
Despite being the capital, the truth is that Puerto del Rosario is not exactly one of the most touristic places on the island. However, that is what makes it more special. Here you will find several monuments and activities that you will love.
Discover the main monuments of Puerto del Rosario
One of the most attractive for art lovers is the Casa Museo de Unamuno, the place where the famous writer made his residence for 4 months, after his exile by Primo de Rivera.
Outside the museum you will find a statue of the author. Upon entering, you will be completely immersed in the mind of Unamuno, knowing from his most eccentric manias to some of his personal objects.
I also recommend you to visit the church of the city, a temple dating from the nineteenth century, as well as the pier of Puerto del Rosario, an ideal place to watch the sunset.
Enjoy an afternoon at the beach
Finally, the city has beautiful beaches where you can get rid of the heat on sunny days. Some of the best are Playa Blanca, Playa Chica or Playa de Puerto Lajas. The latter is perfect for surfing.
What is the best way to travel around Fuerteventura in 5 days?
The best way to get around Fuerteventura and the rest of the Canary Islands is by car. A private vehicle gives you total independence in organizing your itinerary. In addition, it also gives you an extra flexibility, being able to vary your plans for the day and let yourself go.
You have two options: rent a car in Fuerteventura or take your own car by ferry. My personal recommendation is that you go for the first option, as there are many car rental companies on the island. In addition, you can go by plane to Fuerteventura.
But you can also choose to know the island from another point of view: the Atlantic Ocean. In Fuerteventura you will find many alternatives to enjoy the sea breeze and beautiful landscapes that otherwise you could not access:
- By schooner: Can you imagine touring Fuerteventura aboard a traditional schooner with high sail? During the ride you can enjoy a menu on board and, of course, take a dip to cool off.
- Sailing: On this excursion you will enjoy the typical Canarian gastronomy, you can snorkel and, if you are lucky, maybe you can even see dolphins or whales. Sounds good, doesn't it?
- On a glass bottom boat: If what you really like is to observe marine animals, on this tour you will have the opportunity to see dolphins, turtles and colorful fish, as well as snorkeling or kayaking. A very complete plan!
- On a pirate ship: This is an experience that adults can also enjoy, but if you are traveling with children it will be a great plan. Traditional Canarian menu, snorkeling, dolphin and whale watching? What more could you ask for?
How is the public transport in Fuerteventura?
Public transport in Fuerteventura, and the Canary Islands in general, leaves much to be desired. However, you may not be able to drive, in which case you will have to resort to this means of transport. Each island has a network of buses, also known as guaguas.
You can check the timetables, stops and itineraries of the different bus lines from the official website: Tiadhe. Since there is not a great variety of schedules, you will have to plan your trips in advance, consulting the information provided on the website.
What is the cheapest way to travel around Fuerteventura?
If you compare the different prices per kilometers traveled, the car is the most competitive vehicle. In case you rent it, prices are usually around 25/30 euros per day. In addition, some companies have offers and vouchers for rentals of several days. The car is followed by the buses.
The buses of Fuerteventura are very economical, with an average price of 1.50 euros. Regarding the ferries, for those days when you go to Isla de Lobos and Lanzarote, the cost of these is between 20 and 30 euros round trip. Finally, as you can imagine, the most expensive transport is the cab. However, it is a good option if you miss the bus.
Where to stay on your trip to Fuerteventura in 5 days?
In case you travel with several companions, perhaps the most comfortable is to book a single accommodation for the whole trip. This way, you will not have to carry your suitcases. For this, the most common option is usually to rent accommodation in Corralejo. This town is located in the north of the island, an area in which are most tourist attractions of Fuerteventura. In addition, there is a wide range of accommodation in Corralejo: from resorts to tourist accommodation, through hostels and pensions.
However, my advice is to divide your stay on the island between the north and south. In this way, you will shorten the distances of the different days of your trip. As for the south of Fuerteventura, both Morro Jable and Costa Calma are good options. It will be here that you will discover the best beaches of the island.
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