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Hidden Gems for Fuerteventura

In our travel guide you will find great things to do in Fuerteventura

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Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the Canary Islands. It is located less than 100km off the coast of the Sahara Desert on Africa’s North-west coast and enjoys a dry subtropical climate with average daily maximum temperatures ranging from 20°C in January to 28°C in August with a lot of sunshine. Perfect for a winter hideaway! The island Fuerteventura is a great choice for trying out watersports, especially windsurfing, as it is known for its refreshing breezes. The island is a top holiday destination in Europe due to its sheer rugged beauty, amazing beaches, beautiful coastlines, and great restaurants and cafes.

In our travel guide, you will find great things to do in Fuerteventura.

1. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Poke Cotillo

Who doesn’t love a good poke bowl? Yes, it’s still a trend but also simply damn delicious. A Poke Bowl traditionally consists of raw, marinated fish, various toppings and a base of white rice. At Poke Cotillo, you can choose pre-made bowls from the menu or create your own personal bowl from the many different ingredients available. Fresh, healthy, tasty and high in protein, the Poke Bowl is the perfect meal after a good surf session to get your power back. The restaurant is directly on the opposite side of the Surfcamp “FreshSurf”.

Poke Cotillo

Poke Cotillo / © Instagram: pokecotillo

2. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Dunas de Corralejo

Perfect spot for a long walk and some nice pictures. You will love it! A paradise of finest sand stretches along the coast in the northeast of the island. The dunes of Corralejo are located in the nature reserve Parque Natural de Corralejo and should definitely be on your to-do list. Here you will find dunes up to 40 meters high and a fantastic, almost endless swimming beach with a view of the small volcanic island of Lobos. In the dune area El Jable are two hotel complexes, which were built before it was put under nature protection, just ignore this part of the dunes and follow along the beach to the areas with Caribbean-like sand and crystal clear water.

Dunas De Corralejo

Dunas De Corralejo / © Instagram: carlis__

3. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Olivo Corso

If you are looking for the ideal restaurant for dinner in El Cotillo, this might be the perfect fit for you. From typical tapas and fresh fish dishes to fantastic salads, special main courses and stunning desserts, you will find everything your heart desires. With its unique and cozy atmosphere, the restaurant itself (besides the food) is outstanding: a typical-Canarian building, with stones and construction material and rustic furnished with olive trees. The walls of Olivo Corso house some local artists’ works that change from time to time, giving the restaurant its museum-like appearance. So let´s talk about the food. How about some delicious tapas for sharing? Fried Fuerteventura cheese with home-made jam, garlic prawns or red tuna chunks deep fried in red mojo sauce? As a main you should definitely try the caramelized octopus! Also if you are just looking for a good drink and some snacks, Olivo Corso is a nice place to go.

Olivo Corso

Olivo Corso / © Instagram: simonaspilak

4. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Playa Cofete

The Playa de Cofete offers breathtaking scenery for long walks on the beach. The beach is known for its tranquility and seclusion. Especially at low tide, you can walk for hours along the seaside. Due to the strong current and the high waves here, you should not go into the water. Please take this advice seriously. Playa Cofete is located in the north of the peninsula of Jandía, in the south of Fuerteventura. Reaching Cofete is not particularly easy. The dirt road is unpaved and made of sand or gravel, so make sure to have the right car. It’s the perfect spot for a day trip with a good picnic in your backpack, the mood for a little adventure and enough sunscreen for a long beach walk.

Playa Cofete

Playa Cofete / © Instagram: jordis_concept

5. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Barranco de las Peñitas

Barranco de las Peñitas is one of the best hiking experiences in Fuerteventura, period. Depending on your pace, the walk or run will last around 1 to 2 hours. The journey of going through the ravine is unforgettable. You’ll encounter smooth colorful rocks in every direction as well as a jaw dropping landscape to admire. There are also beautiful lakes on the way and you could be accompanied by goats and chipmunks during your hike. At the end of the journey, a million year old rock formation awaits called the Arc of Las Peñitas, where you can take amazing pictures for the gram!

Barranco de las Peñitas

Barranco de las Peñitas / © Instagram: gaetanpiolot

6. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Calderón Hondo

Why not visit an extinct volcano while on an island of volcanic origin such as Fuerteventura? Calderón Hondo is the top spot for this. Here it is possible to witness an incredible 60m depth crater together with breathtaking views of the area. The journey to this magnificent place will take you around 3 to 4 hours. You’ll have to hike 248 meters to reach the top of the volcano. There you can find a platform where it is possible to stand and admire the view of the crater and at the distance the city of El Cotillo. If you decide to come here, don’t forget to bring nuts for the squirrels that could appear at any moment during your journey.

Calderón Hondo

Calderón Hondo / © Instagram: _memecs_

7. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Isla de Lobos

If you are looking for an exclusive experience in Fuerteventura, then visiting Isla de Lobos is a must. This beautiful and secluded island is just 15 min away by ferry or water cab from the port of Corralejo. Only 400 people are allowed a day, and the visitors are distributed among different timetables. Lobos is the perfect place for nature lovers and has many things going for it. You can go for a hike through its green and earthy landscape, eat in its small restaurants or swim at the beautiful beaches scattered around the island. One of the best places there are the Lagunitas where you can bathe in incredible turquoise waters with an incredible view of the horizon.

Isla De Lobos

Isla De Lobos / © Instagram: jcosta

8. Hidden Gem Fuerteventura: Smoothie Fruit Bar

A place that is definitely worth your time before starting your long day on Fuerteventura is Smoothie Fruit Bar. For under 4 euros you can get one of their delicious refreshing smoothies or juices. If you are more of a bowl kind of person they also have a great variety to choose from. Their flavours range from spirulina matcha to a classic acai bowl for a great morning start. What’s best? You can order them to go and eat them anywhere you want on the island. This great spot is located at the center of el Cotillo so it will be impossible to miss the next time you are around.

Smoothie Fruit Bar

Smoothie Fruit Bar / © Instagram: smoothiefruitbar_cotillo

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