Fuerteventura: Main Sights
White beaches, volcanic mountains, palm trees and goats (lots of goats!)
Fuerteventura's unique top sights can be easily reached by foot or through guided or self guided tours. Travellers will instantly pick up the unique Spanish culture in Fuerteventura as you will enjoy white sandy beaches, local eateries, and tourist attractions. Fuerteventura has many main sights certain to please everyone.
Puerto del Rosario
The main town on the island, Puerto del Rosario has a quaint charm and feel. Once known as Puerto de Cabras (goat harbour), travelers will no doubt see lots of goats. An ideal place to enjoy local eateries and shops. Enjoy the port and harbour.
The original capital of the island, Betancuria was founded in 1405 by Norman conqueror, Jean de Bethencourt and has a rich history. Visitors can view 16th and 17th century house facades or the pastel-painted altars of the Church of Santa Maria. A charming little town, perfect for picking up souvenirs or taking a bite to eat.
La Lajita Zoo
The little fishing village on the east coast of Fuerteventura has been put on the tourist map because it offers one of the island’s main attractions, the ‘Oasis de Los Camellos’ zoo. The zoo is home to a small selection of animals in a delightful setting with narrow, shady tracks and brightly coloured plants. The most popular attraction is the herd of baby camels (there are some 220 in total), the parrots, crocodiles, giraffes, meerkats and the new sea lion show.
The village of La Oliva was formerly the home of the military governors of the island between the 17th and mid-19th centuries. The Governor’s townhouse has been restored and is open to the public. Also in the centre of the village is the town hall and main church (Parroquiade Nuestra Seiiora de Candelaria), the bell tower of which can be seen for miles. You can also visit the Casa Mane Art Centre here, which features well known Canarian artists.
Beaches on Fuerteventura
One does not need to go far on Fuerteventura to find a perfect beach, whether it be packed with summer crowds or remote and quiet. The best beaches in Fuerteventura can be found around Jandia, on the southern tip of the island. Fuerteventura is famous for windsurfing.
Arqueológico & Ethnográfico Museum Not many artefacts or relics of the island’s original inhabitants, the Guanches, remain but what has been found has been collected here in this modest little museum found in Betancuria. Make sure to pick up the booklet from the desk for a translation of the Spanish captions.
Casa Museo Unamuno
Visitors to Puerto del Rosario can stop into the hotel where poet Miguel Unamuno spent most of his time on the island. There is a small exhibition of furnishings and memorabilia explaining the writer's time on the island as he was exiled here in 1924 for criticising King Alfonso XII.
El Museo de La Alcogida
An open air museum showcasing rural village life over a hundred years ago is found in the centre of the island. Head to Tefia for a glimpse at how the well to do, modest farmers and craftsmen lived. There is also a low ceilinged cafe-bar which is known for its coffee, brandies and liqueurs. A favourite with locals.
Parque Natural de Corralejo
Located on the north eastern corner of Fuerteventura the park is a protected nature reserve and offers a variety of plant types. Visitors can enjoy the sun and surf or mountain bike or hike the area. The park is also the site for Fuerteventura' annual kite festival. Nearby you will find Baku Water Park, complete with slides and a wave pool. There is also an aquarium.