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Fuerteventura - Beaches, Dunes & WIND!

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain


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The journey continues! We took a ferry from La Gomera back to Tenerife and a short flight to Fuerteventura (50 mins), arriving in Puerto del Rosario. Even though the islands look close together, it’s actually quite a ways to Fuertaventura from Tenerife, so the ferry options were quite long (12+ hours).

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Spain’s Paradors have run into some competition with the Avanti Lifestyle Hotel in Corralejo, this is definitely a great place to stay!

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The hotel has a Michelin rated “Restaurante Rompeolas”, where we enjoyed dinner one night (Fried Canary Island cheeses, Caprese salad, Cod with cheese and truffle, Grilled sea bass with Canary potatoes and pomegranate salad):

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If we had known Fuerteventura meant “strong wind” in Spanish and that May through August was windy season, we may have given this beautiful island a miss. It’s a good thing we didn’t know, as we loved the island, especially the north. We had been warned that this island could be very busy with tourists, but one of the silver linings of Covid is there are very few tourists and we stayed in the north which is less developed.

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Sand dunes cover a good bit of the island, and they are always cleaning the highways of sand the way we plow snow at home. The car rental agency warned us of getting stuck in sand and we saw people endlessly sweeping sand away – such a different way of life. The Parque Natural de Corralejo is a preserve for some of the largest sand dunes on the island and some beautiful beaches.

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We loved Playa Larga best of the dunes beaches, and so many kite surfers!

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El Cotillo is a former fishing village that has become a renowned surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing destination. It is near where we were staying and instead of just driving over, we decided to bike there. Anyways, remember the name of the island? Strong wind? And sand dunes? Put those two together and you have the story of our bike ride. It was so windy I was literally going backwards at times, and I have sand embedded in every pore of my body. It was 20 kms one way, beautiful views, gorgeous aqua marine water, surfers, and kiters along the way….and lots of sand. Our rental mountain bikes were in decent shape, but my butt will never be the same. Fine, white sand…beautiful unless you are trying to cycle through it. We finally made it, 3 hours one way, had lunch and rode back…into the wind both ways with all the ins and outs of the rugged coastline.

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We DROVE back in our lovely rental car on another day to enjoy the beach there, Playa La Concha:

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The most exciting part of any hike is getting to the top, right? Well, times that by ten when you hike a volcano. The Caldera de Hondo is a volcano near Corralejo where we stayed. It was our first real volcano hike, meaning you are walking through jagged, uneven black lava rock and when you get to the top to look in, it is jaw dropping. (The aerial shot is compliments of the local tourist agency.)

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Everywhere you look, there are volcanoes on the island:

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The south west peninsula of the island is protected, called the Parque Natural de Jandia. It is an incredibly rugged, natural, undeveloped finger of land characterized by fingers of lava descending to the ocean. Quite by accident we heard about an organization in Morro Jable trying to reestablish Loggerhead turtles on Fuerteventura after almost a hundred year absence. They also rescue injured turtles found on the island, rehabilitate them and return them to the sea. It was closed due to Covid to visitors, but the helpful staff/volunteers at “Centro de Recuperacion y Conservacion de tortugas marinas de Fuerteventura” took these pictures for us. We donated and enjoyed seeing flippers and the occasional head pop up:

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Playa de Cofete is a wild beautiful beach on the other side of Jandia, with a bit of a tricky road to get there, but not too bad (relatively speaking). This is where they are trying to reestablish the turtles, so are monitoring the activity on the beach closely. It is beautiful and feels like you are at the end of the earth:

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A lonely lighthouse sits at tip of the island, “Faro de Jandia”, overlooking the clearest blue water, what turtle wouldn’t want to come here?

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On our way back to our hotel (at the other end of the island, about an hour drive), we passed several “Maui quality” beaches on the Jandia Peninsula, largely deserted. Here is one is called Playa de Sotavento, it just went on forever:

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Just off the north end of Fuerteventura is Lobos Island, an easy day trip from Correlejo with frequent water taxis and small ferries providing transportation for the 15 min jaunt to the island. I had imagined paddle boarding out there when I was researching the island – HA! That was before I knew what Fuerteventura meant. Power boats even cancel trips on windy days, so we took the water taxi. I felt a little like I was on a ski boat with my old roommate and long time friend Garry Peterson – slamming on the waves to get there. Anyways we made it fine, enjoyed hiking around the island and some beach time. The color of the water was stunning and the bay we swam in is completely protected from the big waves – like a natural swimming pool.

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Dogs, donkeys and squirrels? Lots of wildlife on Fuerteventura:

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Adios Fuerteventura, till next time. A short 30 minute ferry ride to our next stop: Lanzarote

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Posted by margofiala 22:50 Archived in Spain

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Can’t see the wind in your photos, so the only thing that comes through is the beautiful beaches. And re turtle rehab - shoulder massages would be a challenge!

by Johndotbike

The different colours (Canadian spelling) of the sand on the beaches are spectacular!

by Donna-Lynne

wow1 What a beautiful place. I love all the long sandy beaches. The hike up the volcano looked amazing. You guys must be in great shape !

by Silene

OMG I am so sorry I missed THAT bike ride. NOT!!! LMAO

by Derise

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