Fuerteventura is one of the best destinations for families with children, given its leisure and cultural offer. The island has all kinds of plans for all ages but if you take your children, they also have a lot to do there.
From excursions on pirate ships, to wave pools or nature reserves with wild animals. In all of them the little ones of the house will have a great time. So, if you plan to go to Fuerteventura with children, read on and I'll tell you more.
1. Sail the sea on a pirate ship
With this activity you will make children remember their trip to Fuerteventura forever. The ride on the pirate ship of the schooner Pedro Sartaña will make their imagination fly for a few hours. Please note that this activity is not suitable for children under 3 years old.
As if that weren't enough, the grown-ups will enjoy not only watching them have fun, but also the views that the excursion provides.
The excursion departs from the port of Morro Jable, which is easily accessible by car. In addition to the beautiful ride along the coast of Fuerteventura, the boat also functions as a dolphin watching tour.
However, it is important to emphasize that, given the freedom of the dolphins, this is not always possible. On the other hand, it is also possible to add to the reservation the practice of aquatic activities, such as snorkeling.
What does the pirate ship tour include?
In this activity, both children and adults will learn to tie knots and different navigation maneuvers. You will also participate with the kids in different contests and games, and you can win one of the prizes.
During the trip, the boat makes different stops so that passengers can take a dip. In addition, the reservation includes a typical Canarian lunch at sea.
- Price: From 35 euros
- Where it takes place: Puerto de Morro Jable
- Duration: About 4 hours
2. Get to know the depths of the sea in a submarine
One of the most impressive activities you can do in Fuerteventura with children is to make an excursion on the Subcat Morro Jable. This is a completely different boat to all the ones you have seen before.
The Subcat Morro Jable is one of the only 3 catamaran-submarines in the world. Yes, you read that right. This boat combines both modalities to provide an unusual experience.
At the beginning of the trip, you will sail the sea in a catamaran, enjoying the sea breeze in your hair and the incredible views. This makes this part of the activity one of the best boat trips in Fuerteventura.
On your way, you will see the best beaches of the island and you can even take the occasional dip. During this part of the excursion, a guide will explain the curiosities and characteristics of the marine fauna and flora of the area.
Enter the marine world
Once the catamaran ride is over, you and the rest of the passengers will go inside the submarine. It is here when the dive will begin and the most exciting part of the trip.
Through the windows of the submarine you will see the different animals that live in the depths of the sea. It is impressive to see them in complete freedom and at such a short distance. Without a doubt, this plan is ideal for all members of the family.
3. Go to Acua Water Park
This activity will become one of the favorite ones for children, who will have a great time riding all kinds of attractions. Acua Water Park is one of the best water parks in Fuerteventura.
It has attractions for all ages, so you should not discard your visit if you think your children are too young. Undoubtedly, this is a perfect plan for those sweltering hot days in Fuerteventura. This way, you will get rid of the heat while having fun with your family.
One of the most famous and most suitable attractions for families with children is Rio Lento. It is a water circuit with floats. As an informative fact, those children who are less than one meter tall must wear muffs and be accompanied by an adult. The big brother of Rio Lento is Rio Rápido, a course full of curves that you will cross in a float.
In addition to the above, another fun attraction is the wave pool, which mimics the waves of the sea. This pool has different depths, with a minimum of 20 centimeters and a maximum of 2.50 meters. For the more daring, I recommend attractions such as the Zig Zag, the Castle or the Kamikazes. The second is a set of slides with a height of 14 meters. However, a minimum height of 1.20 meters is required.
What services does Acua Water Park offer?
As for the services offered by Acua Water Park, the park has a restaurant serving fast food, such as hot dogs, hamburgers or sandwiches.
There is also an ice cream parlor and a souvenir store. As a reminder, don't forget to bring sunscreen and hats to protect the little ones from the sun.
- Price: About 20 euros for children and 26 euros for adults (0 to 3 years free). There are discounts when buying the ticket in advance on their website
- Where it takes place: Avenida Nuestra Señora del Carmen, 41, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
- Hours: Open daily from 10:30 to 17:30 hours
4. Visit Oasis Wildlife
Oasis Wildlife is an animal reserve located in Fuerteventura, through which you can see up close all kinds of wild animals. It is the largest animal rescue center of all the Canary Islands.
The place is perfect to visit with children, who will be amazed by the African elephants, crocodiles or cheetahs. In the park you will find all kinds of animals typical of the African continent, such as camels, sea lions or hippopotamuses.
In addition, you will also learn about the processes that are carried out to save those species in danger of extinction. Part of the entrance fee is destined to the conservation of some species, so with your visit you will be contributing to their rescue.
On the other hand, there are also different educational and recreational activities for children. As if that were not enough, the reserve has a farm of domestic animals, as well as a botanical garden which, in fact, is the largest in Europe.
- Price: From about 23 euros for children from 4 to 11 years old and 38 euros for adults. There are discounts when buying the ticket in advance on their website
- Where: Carretera Gral Jandia s / n in the South Zone of Fuerteventura.
- Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 18 hours
5. Learn at the Salt Museum
Perhaps the museums are not the perfect place to go with children, especially with those younger. Given the artistic and historical importance of the objects they hold, museums are very strict with their rules. However, many times, the little ones are unable to comply with these rules.
Nevertheless, there are all kinds of museums and, among all of them, there are some that are ideal for children, such as interactive museums. One of the most famous interactive museums in Fuerteventura is the Salt Museum.
The Salt Museum is located in the village of Las Salinas del Carmen. It tries to put in value the salt tradition of the island, telling curiosities about this product of great historical importance. Outside the museum you can see how the process of obtaining salt works, which is the same since the nineteenth century.
- Price: From 6 euros
- Where: Barrio Las Salinas, No. 2
- Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
6. Let your kids slide down the Corralejo Dunes
Another that I propose in Fuerteventura with children is a visit to the Natural Park Corralejo Dunes, one of the great protagonists of the natural heritage of the island.
The drive to the park is easy and incredibly beautiful, with the sea as a showcase all the way. In addition, in this area are some of the best beaches of Fuerteventura. Therefore, my suggestion is that you set out early in the morning, so you can stop to enjoy some of these beaches.
As for the Natural Park Corralejo Dunes, it consists of a total of 2,600 hectares of dunes of great interest to the scientific community, bathed by turquoise waters.
It is a completely different place to those you have seen before, a paradise that invites peace and relaxation. In the park you will be able to see different types of birds. Children will love to climb the dunes and slide down them as if it were a slide.
Great Beaches of Corralejo
I also recommend that you go to the so-called Great Beaches of Corralejo. Unlike other beaches in the area, the water is usually calm in this area, making it a safe place to swim for the little ones of the house.
In addition, the Great Beaches have all kinds of services, such as beach bars, parking and public toilets. Thus, it is the perfect place to spend a day in the sun.
In case you prefer, there are different companies that organize tours around the Natural Park Dunas de Corralejo. There are all kinds of options, from buggy excursions to quad safaris or boat rides.
7. Discover with your children the beautiful Lobos Island
The next activity is very close to the previous one. Isla de Lobos is named after the sea lions that used to visit the island years ago. However, the presence of these animals ceased to occur because of the fishing that takes place in this area of Fuerteventura.
To go to Lobos Island from Corralejo, you just have to go to the pier, from where daily boat trips are organized. The journey takes about 15 minutes to reach your destination.
Although it is a very small island, it is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura. In addition, its small size is ideal for the little ones, as you will not take more than an hour to travel from end to end.
Thus, you will get rid of the complaints of the kids. Due to its ecological richness, Lobos Island has been declared a National Park and the surrounding waters are an underwater reserve area. As if all this were not enough, it has also been declared a bird protection area. For all these reasons, it is important to be respectful of the environment during your visit.
What to do on Lobos Island
On the island there is a restaurant, which is run by the only two inhabitants of the place. It has menus made with fresh fish from the area. After lunch, I recommend that you put on your swimsuit and crab shirts, to get ready to swim in the paradisiacal waters that bathe the island of Lobos.
Since these are crystal clear, it is one of the best places to live a snorkeling experience in Fuerteventura, thus being able to contemplate the marine life of the area.
If you are traveling with children not too small, I also advise you to climb the volcano of La Caldera, which offers the best views of the whole island, being able to see both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
Finally, there are also organized excursions with water activities such as paddle surfing or kayaking.
8. Teach your children the magic mountain of Fuerteventura
Tindaya Mountain, also known as the Sacred Mountain of Fuerteventura, is a magical place you must visit on your visit to the island.
It is located in the Llano de Esquinzo, in the municipality of La Oliva and is part of the Biosphere Reserve. It has a height of 400 meters and has geographical characteristics completely different from the rest of the mountains.
It is not only worth visiting for its colors, shape and views, but also for the history it hides. Tindaya Mountain has been of great archaeological interest for years, since it houses engravings from the cave age, as well as footprints with centuries of history.
At the time, the natives of the island granted magical properties to the mountain, which is why it is called Sacred Mountain. Today, it has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, as well as a Natural Monument and a Point of Geological Interest.
What to see and do in Tindaya Mountain
In this place, you can see unique species, such as the cuernúa, a purple plant typical of the Canary Islands and Maruecos. You will also have the chance to see birds such as the Saharan racer or the Houbara bustard, as well as shrews or Atlantic lizards.
On your visit to the Tindaya Mountain, I recommend you to visit the Bailadero de Las Brujas Cave, a place where rituals were performed centuries ago.
To make this excursion, you will first have to go to the village of La Oliva. In addition, if you are going to do it for free, you will have to ask for a permit in the Department of Environment of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura. In case you hire a company, this will be the one to perform the procedure.
9. Explore with the little ones the Ajuy Caves
In the Betancuria Rural Park there is an area declared Natural Monument: the Ajuy Caves. These caves are located in the municipality of Ajuy and have a great importance at regional level, since they are the first geological formations of the Canary Islands.
They are composed of a total of 32 hectares and are part of the submarine lava that emerged during the Cretaceous period to give rise to the island.
In fact, their value is so high that they are one of the 150 areas of greatest geological interest in the world. When you visit them, you will feel like a character in a movie about the beginnings of the earth, given their nature.
How is the excursion to the Ajuy Caves?
The excursion to the caves starts from the village, which you can reach by car. Once you have arrived there, you will have to go to the beach of Ajuy, which is about 500 meters from the caves.
I recommend you to make this excursion on a sunny day and with time to stop at the beach to take a dip and have a drink. Afterwards, walk along the path that leads to the caves, full of dunes and lime kilns.
When you get to the caves, the temperature drops a few degrees due to the humidity, so it is advisable to bring some warm clothes. My recommendation is to wait to see the sunset and then head to the village of Ajuy.
10. Explore the best beaches of Fuerteventura
Of course, you can not visit Fuerteventura and not get lost in its wonderful beaches. These are the main attraction of the island, so I recommend you to experience as many of them as possible.
Going to the beach is one of the favorite plans for the little ones, who have a great time making sand castles or splashing in the sea. Plus, it doesn't require much planning, just a few snacks and sunscreen.
You can also spend a great day if you book one of the kayak tours in Fuerteventura, another fun way to sail the waters of the Atlantic.