What to see in the northern Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a paradise of beaches, natural environments and charming villages where you can discover its excellent culture, gastronomy and, of course, its spectacular landscape. It has so much to offer that you could spend days exploring this wonderful island. But since we know that sometimes your lime is limited, let us show you what to see in the north, where there is so much to discover. Take note!
The most charming villages in the north.
Corralejo is one of the northern towns of Fuerteventura surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal city with a fishing legacy has grown in recent decades thanks to tourism. For this reason, it offers a wide variety of leisure activities (shopping centres, pubs, wind water sports rentals and schools) and places to enjoy fresh fish from the island such as the restaurant ‘Avenida’ (C/ General Prim, 11 or ‘ Brotherhood of fishermen ‘(C / Muelle Chico, 5).
If you want to travel in time and get to know the traditional Fuerteventura, you should not miss Lajares, a town near Corralejo that still retains its old charm with its picturesque shops, where you can buy clothes and handicrafts on less crowded streets. Also, you can find one of the symbols of the island: the windmills.
This hidden enclave of mass tourism is an area of fishing tradition, whose activity is concentrated around the port. This town still lives off fishing as the main economic activity, stands out for its gastronomic offer, with a selection of exquisite fresh fish and typical dishes such as those offered at La Marisma Restaurant (C / María Hierro, 56).
The wonders of the municipality of La Oliva
The Dunes of Corralejo, one of the main tourist attractions of Fuerteventura, is the name of this beautiful protected natural area of 2,600 hectares. As the name suggests, they are mobile dunes formed by the accumulations of sand of organic origin. And they have been created by the fossil remains and shells of millions of marine animals, dragged to the northeast of the island during years.
La Cueva del Llano
It is one of the ‘jameos’ or volcanic tubes that exist in the Canary Islands. In this particular one, an Interpretation Centre has been installed with facilities of didactic interest, perfect for a family holiday. The Cueva del Llano is a long underground passage whose grounds have a record of the climate of Fuerteventura for over thousands of years and it links up with the Montaña Escanfraga volcano.
El Monumento Natural del Malpaís de La Arena
It is a volcanic area of some 900 hectares, formed by the spectacular Volcán de la Arena that is surrounded by a sea of lava, ‘malpaís’, which has created an ecosystem with a very characteristic biodiversity in the area.
La Torre del Tostón
This small tower, in whose upper part the cannons were installed, was built in the 18th century to defend the coast from pirates, and is one of the heritage landmarks of northern Fuerteventura. Nearby you can also find lime kilns, which proclaim the importance that this industry had in those times. You can also visit the Faro del Tostón.
El Museo de la Pesca Tradicional
5 kilometers from El Cotillo is the Toston Lighthouse with its original exposition collection and detailed reproductions of sustainable marine exploitation of the ancient ‘majoreros’ – natives of Fuerteventura. A great example of past traditions and customs give this museum a high anthropological and cultural value.
Spectacular beaches for all tastes
Playa del Moro
This beach of white sand and turquoise water is located in the Natural Park of the Dunes of Corralejo and is every bit as good as the Sahara desert. The fact that it is somewhat unprotected from the wind makes this beach ideal for practicing your preferred wind water sport.
Caleta del Marrajo
In the outskirts of the town of El Cotillo we find Caleta del Marrajo, a spectacular cove of white sand and crystal clear waters. This area is ideal for traveling with children because of the tranquillity of the waves and the shallow depth of the water. The best about it is that it is not usually very crowded so it is also ideal enjoy its paradisiacal landscape in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
Playa El Charcón
This is one of the isolated beaches in the north of Fuerteventura with authorization to practice nudism. It is a spectacular cove of white sand and crystal clear waters where the waves are practically non-existent. It is a perfect option for the most daring in search of peace and tranquillity.
Playa del Esquinzo
If what you are looking for is a completely wild beach, obviously without any kind of service, this is the best option in the north of Fuerteventura near the town of El Cotillo. Here you can enjoy nature in its purest state and be fascinated by the spectacular views from the top of its cliffs. But watch out! Its waves are so strong that you should exercise extreme caution if you decide to go for a swim.
A special mention is made of the small beach of Muelle Chico, located right in the heart of Corralejo and surrounded by beach bars, restaurants and shops along its promenade. Although it is far from the ideal paradise beach, it has all the services and is a very good option if you plan to do more activities in a single day. It is known for perfect harmony between urbanism and nature.
As you see everything you can wish to discover in Fuerteventura you will find it in the north of the island. If you wanted to know more details and discover in depth the wonders of this place, we hope that this publication has helped you.