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Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

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Weeks go by, but our thoughts about this island stay almost the same as they were shortly after arrival. Read what were our first impressions of Fuerteventura. Fuerteventura is a very special place, and we love it. It is our deserted paradise. After 3 months here, spent mostly in the Southern part of the island, we have compiled a list of interesting and free things to do in Fuerteventura.

Enjoy your time in Fuerteventura!

1. Go for a Hike in Fuerteventura

This island is just a perfect place for it. Because of the rocks and hilly terrain it’s not the easiest place for it, but that is what makes it more interesting as well. Just step off the tarmac road and go in any direction you want. In Fuerteventura it is as easy as it sounds.

Walk by the ocean, if you want to see the rocky coastline of Fuerteventura. Walk across the mountains, if you are up to more serious walk, though walking by the coast can be challenging as well.

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Look for the trails that others have already taken before –  they aren’t marked in any way – or go completely on your own. The choice is yours. Only thing to remember – don’t forget to take enough water and some snacks with you, when going on a hike to explore Fuerteventura!

hiking in Fuerteventura near Tarajalejo - Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

Hiking near Tarajalejo – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

Hiking - Free things to do in Fuerteventura

Oh, these hills! – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

2. Spend a Night on a Deserted Beach

Fuerteventura is not a big island. And at the same time there aren’t too many people living here. Thus making it a perfect place for some lonely night on the beach. Search for a place, where others have put rocks in a circle (to hide from the wind) and you will not even need a tent.

You don’t want to be all alone? Go to the beach South of La Lajita city beach, and spend your night there. This place is not crowded at all, but usually there are at least few other tents and/or camper vans. To make you less afraid of this probably new for you camping experience.

Let the beach be your 5 million star hotel!

night on deserted beach - Free things to do in Fuerteventura

Black sand beach – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

3. Go Sunbathing on a Black Sand Beach

One third of all the beaches of Fuerteventura are with black volcanic sand. Does it sound weird for you? No worries, this sand is the same as nice as white sand. The only real difference is its color.

If you need a recommendation, then our favorite black sand beach in Fuerteventura is the beach of Gran Tarajal. This beach is long. Sand there is nice and there are no rocks on it. And as an added bonus – Gran Tarajal is a very cute town, popular mostly among the local people.

Go sunbathing on black sand beach - Free things to do in Fuerteventura

Gran Tarajal – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

4. Climb the Hills of Fuerteventura

There are many hills all around the island. Though, none of them is really high. But it doesn’t makes it less interesting, I can assure you. Because of sharp and loose volcanic rocks in many places it could be dangerous as well. So in search for the best way up you may need to go for some longer walk. But at the end it’s always worth it.

If you are looking for the highest point of the island, it’s Mount Jandia. Located in the South Western part of Fuerteventura.

For the first time Mount Cardon will be perfect. Views there are spectacular and there is a trail going up the mountain. Though, it doesn’t goes to the very top, it’s still very interesting walk.

Go climbing - Free things to do in Fuerteventura

Looks like another planet, huh? – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

5. See All the Greenery of the Island in Garden Center La Lajita

This 180 000 m2 big “gardeners shop” is like a big park, where one can walk and walk, and walk. Need some cacti? Here are the big ones, here are the small ones, here are the round ones, here are the 3 meter tall ones. Palm trees, anyone? Orange trees? Here you can see and also buy everything growing on the island.

Garden Center La Lajita is a paradise for garden lovers.

La Lajita garden - Free things to do in Fuerteventura

Cacti at La Lajita – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

6. Watch the Stars in Fuerteventura

The night sky in Fuerteventura is beautiful almost every night. As I already mentioned, this island is not too populated, which means the light pollution here is very little. But the sky often is cloud free.  And this combination makes Fuerteventura one of the best places in Europe to watch the night sky.

night sky - Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

Night sky – Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

7. Have Fun in Sand Dunes Near Corralejo, Fuerteventura

At the very North of Fuerteventura there is a town called Corralejo, top tourist destination of this part of the island. Just outside the town there are sand dunes, made up from sand brought by winds blowing from Sahara desert. This isn’t a real desert, but it’s not a tiny area either. Big enough for an hour or few hours of fun.

When you are going to Corralejo it’s impossible to miss these sand dunes, which are on your left, while ocean is on your right. Another similar place, but only similar and smaller, is at the very South of the island, at its most narrow part, near Costa Calma.

Kaspars jumping - Free Things to Do in Fuerteventura

Kaspars jumping – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

8. Go Snorkeling in Fuerteventura

Water in Fuerteventura ir crystal clear everywhere. And so you can snorkel wherever you want. Though, it’s more interesting near rocks and cliffs. Two interesting spots, where we liked to snorkel were – beach of La Lajita, where bottom of the ocean is covered with black sand and rocks, and some parts of the beach just before Corralejo, where there are some rocks near the coast.

Beware of possible strong waves and current. And don’t go snorkeling alone.


Best Budget Hotels in Fuerteventura (and Apartments)

I guess, now it’s decided and you are traveling to Fuerteventura, right? But have you already booked a hotel for your trip to Fuerteventura? If not yet, then check out this list of 9 of the best budget hotels and apartments in Fuerteventura, Canary islands:

1. Apartamento Rodriguez

Big, 98 m2 apartment, which can accommodate up to 4 persons, located in the main city of the island, Puerto del Rosario. It’s in the North of the island, close enough to the airport and not too far away from famous white sand beaches of Corralejo. Book Apartamento Rodriguez!

2. Castillo Playa

Ssingle bedroom bungalow with kitchenette, right next to the beach at Caleta De Fuste, in the North of the island. Great choice both for couples and for families with 1 children. One of the most popular hotels in the area. Book Castillo Playa!

3. Hotel Rural Restaurante Mahoh

19th-century country house turned into a hotel, in the North of the island. Hotel has a pool. But famous beaches of Corralejo are 13 kilometers away from this place. Book Hotel Rural Restaurante Mahoh!

4. Corralejo Surfing Colors Apartamentos

Studio apartments, only 50 meters away from the nearest beach. Las Dunas Natural Park, where you can play in sand dunes of Corralejo are only 5 minute drive away. Book Corralejo Surfing Colors Apartamentos!

5. Soul Surfer Hotel

Clean and comfortable hotel on the North West coast of Fuerteventura. West coast, by the way, is popular for its HUGE waves and wild coastline. Beaches there aren’t the best for swimming, because of strong waves, but it’s a great place for long walks. And when you want to swim in the ocean, just head to the East coast, to Caleta De Fuste or Corralejo! Book Soul Surfer Hotel!

6. Elba Carlota Beach & Convention Resort

Located short walk away from the beach, this hotel is another great choice in Caleta De Fuste, in the North of the island. If you don’t want to go the ocean, where water can be quite cold even in summer, you always have a big pool just by the hotel. Book Elba Carlota Beach & Convention Resort!

7. Bahia Calma Beach

Bungalows and apartments only 200 meter walk away from the beach of the Costa Calma. Located in the South of Fuerteventura Costa Calma and its surroundings attracts crowds of wind and kite surfers. If you aren’t into surfing, then I can recommend you this place also because of its long white sand beaches, which are great for long walks along the coast. Book Bahia Calma Beach!

8. La Fresa Hostel

One of the Fuerteventura’s best hostels. You can choose between a bed in a dorm and private room. Compared to others on this list, La Fresa Hostel is simplier, of course, but it’s quite cheaper as well! And, hey, people love it here! Book La Fresa Hostel!

9. AlternativeHouse.es

Do you want to stay a bit out of the city? Check out AlternativeHouse.es. These people are our friends and they have several rental properties in Fuerteventura, some away from the city and some in small towns – Tarajalejo and Gran Tarajal. All of it is in the South of the island. In the picture below you can see one of their properties. At this place they have 5 cosy houses for rent, and each one of them big enough for a group of 2-4 friends or small family.

Didn’t find anything that interests you? Check out all hotels and apartments available for rent in Fuerteventura on Booking.com!

Volunteering in Artistirma, Fuerteventura

Artistirma – AlternativeHouse.es – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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Kaspars Misins

Author: Kaspars Misins

Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.

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