Sights & Points of Interest on Fuerteventura
The eternal beaches of Fuerteventura invite everyone to laze and swim. But there are activities and sights on the islands of the strong winds, which make it worthwhile to skip a day or two on the beach. The museums of Fuerteventura can be found on a seperate page.
The Villa Winter
Villa Winter was built in 1938 by Gustav Winter. Numerous myths surround it. It is said that there was a secret submarine port underneath the villa, which could never be confirmed. The house is located in the south of the island and due to a gravel road, it is not directly accessible by a normal rental car. With a bit of luck the current owner opens the doors and gives a private tour for a small obulus.
Turtles Rescue Station
Also in the south of the island, in the port of Morro Jable, is the turtle sanctuary. Animals wounded by propellers, nets and plastic have the opportunity to regenerate themselves under professional supervision and care. There is not much to see! The public has access to several basins with well generated turtles until 1pm. Understandable, because the turtles need rest. There are also information boards on the work of the rescue station and a donation box. It’s not worthwhile to drive south because of the station, but if you’re in the vicinity, you should stop by the sight.
Finca Canarias Aloe Vera
Just north of Gran Tarajal, on the main road FV-2, lies the Aloe Vera Farm. There is also a second one in the north, near La Oliva. The farms are exclusively ecological. However, the end products are classified into organic and conventional products. A small guided tour is free of charge. In addition, the consultation is very intensive. There are many different Aloe Vera products. Not only creams, but also deodorants, shampoos, shower gels and drinks are on offer. Guaranteed better than conventional products!
Carretera General km 42
The Jandia Peninsula is the southwestern part of Fuerteventura and is the largest part of the National Park. Besides the tourist resorts of Morro Jable, Esquinzo, Costa Calma and Jandia, there is also the Jandia Nature Park. From the harbour, only a gravel road leads to Faro de Punta Jandia, Cofete and Villa Winter. Accordingly, there are several places of interest here.
The highest point of the island is the Pico de la Zarza (807m). Apart from the long beaches between Costa Calma and Morro Jable, there are numerous small hidden bays to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Often you will find a quiet place just for yourself.
Caves of Ajuy
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the caves of Ajuy were mainly used by pirates to hide their treasures. Lime was later mined here. Even today you can still see remains of the kilns and a keel for loading the ships. The caves themselves are located at the end of a 10 minute walk. On the way there are information boards about the geology of Fuerteventura, as the oldest rocks of the Canary Islands can be found here.
You can visit two caves which are directly adjacent to each other. In one of them a tunnel was started, which was supposed to reach the village but was never finished. If you want to go to the end, you need a flashlight. In addition, one should be careful because some tourists like to use the dark caves as a toilet.
Dunes of Corralejo
With the exception of two large hotel complexes, there is almost only sand on more than 2668 hectares. The shifting dunes of Corralejo have been a national park since 1982. Accordingly, it is forbidden to drive them in an off-road vehicle. Along the coast there are several small and large beaches.
Faro de el Toston
The Faro de el Toston is located on the northwestern tip of Fuertventura. You can reach it via the little village of El Cotillo. In addition to a small circular hike with information about the flora, fauna, history and origins, there is also the Fishery Museum and last but not least there are many swimming possibilities. Even in rough seas, the rugged coastline offers a lot of small bays to refresh yourself.
Castillo de el Toston
The small fortification in El Cotillo was originally built in 1743 to protect the island from pirates. However, the buccaneers’ activities had already decreased by this time. The property is in good condition and can be visited from the inside for 1,50€. There are changing art exhibitions to be seen. A very nice beach is reachable within a 5 minute foot walk.
Castillo de San Buenaventura
The small watchtower is located in Caleta del Fuste. Unfortunately, it can only be inspected from the outside and not inside. Originally it was built to defend against pirates. Today it is one of the monuments of Caleta del Fuste. You will find it easily once you are in the harbour area.
Cueva del Llano
The Cueva del Llano is located a little north of La Oliva on the FV-101, the lava cave was formed about 1 million years ago and is 648m long. There is also an endemic spider species to be discovered here. Although the cave is one of Fuerteventura’s most interesting sights, the cave and the Visitor Centre are closed until further notice due to the danger of collapse.