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Day Trippin’ In Fuerteventura

Lanzarote´s location just a short distance across the Bocaina Straits from the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura makes it possible to indulge in a spot of island hopping.  And why not – as the third largest of the Canary Islands offers historic hamlets, breathtaking beaches and a host of attractions that are all well worth exploring, especially if you have booked any of our villas or apartments in Playa Blanca.

Las Dunas National Park, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura - home to amazing beaches

Ferries To Fuerteventura

Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote has long been the gateway to Fuerteventura and two companies, Fred Olsen and Armas run services throughout the day on a daily basis, with boats departing regularly from 07.10 in the morning through to 20.00 at night. 

If you plan to do more than just visit Corralejo (where the ferry docks) in the north of Fuerteventura and want to drive then the best and cheapest way to do this is to travel as a foot passenger and then hire a car on arrival, not least as some car hire companies on Lanzarote don’t allow you to take their vehicles off the island.

Amazing Beaches

Beaches are one of Fuerteventura´s primary attractions – and rightly so, as the island boasts some of the most impressive sands in Europe, never mind just the Canaries.   There are over 150 superb beaches to explore, as well as the famous giant dunes of the Dunas National Park which are located just outside Corralejo and which are also very visible from Lanzarote.  The beaches in the south of the island especially – in and around the Jandia peninsula – are widely regarded as the best on Fuerteventura and here you can stroll along the sandy shoreline for some 20km.

However, given the size of the island, if you are only visiting for the day then these beaches are some distance away by car.  So it is probably best to confine your exploring to the north and the sands in and around Corralejo, including the small town beach, whilst Cotilo on the west coast is also easy to reach.

Should you want to do more than just soak up the sun then Fuerteventura also offers an abundance of other attractions, including some very picturesque towns and villages. 

Picturesque Pueblos

La Oliva is the closest of these to Corralejo and is well worth exploring as this was the administrative hub of the island until passing this mantle onto Puerto Rosario in the 19th century – and as a result there are a host of historic buildings here.  Such as the pretty main church of Parroquiade Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, which is located right in the centre of the village and the impressive Casa de los Coronels (or House of the Colonels), formerly home to the military governor of the island and now used as an atmospheric exhibition space.  The Centro de Arte Canario Casa Mane is also well worth a visit as it houses a number of works from leading Canarian artists, including Lanzarote´s very own Cesar Manrique.

Betancuria is another spot worth stopping off at as this used to be the island capital and is widely regarded as the most picturesque village on Fuerteventura.  The main focal point is the church and gardens at the Iglesia de Santa Maria, which was restored in the 17th century after being raised by Berber pirates.  Further to the south lies Antigua (or old in Spanish), which as the name suggests is one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Canary Islands, dating back to 1485. 

Fuerteventura is one of two islands that lie in close proximity to Lanzarote – so if you are really keen to get out and explore you can also visit La Graciosa, the 8th Canary Island.

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