The beautiful island of Fuerteventura lies to the south of Lanzarote and to the east of Gran Canaria. This island has the second biggest land mass of the 7 Canary Islands. Only Tenerife covers a bigger area.
Despite being the second biggest, the population of Fuerteventura is 110,000 inhabitants. Both Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, although smaller in size have a bigger population.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Fuerteventura
There is much debate about the literal translation of Fuerteventura. “Strong Winds” and “Great Adventure” are among the suggestions. Fuerteventura is best known for it’s many beautiful beaches. There are over 150 in total, many of the best beaches in the Canary Islands are here. Below are some of the top things to do here during your visit.
Isla de Lobos (Island of Wolves)
Isla de Lobos is a tiny island that lies 2 km’s off the north coast of Fuerteventura. This is one of the top day trips and must visit attractions here. Isla de Lobos is no longer inhabited, nobody has lived here since the 1960’s. When the lighthouse became automatic, the keeper and his family were the last to leave.
Exploring this pretty tropical island is popular with adventure seekers and hikers. Fishing and sun bathing are also activities which draw the visitors.
Ferry and Boat Trips to Isla de Lobos
The ferry leaves from the popular town of Corralejo four times each day. You can leave as early as 10 am or as late as 1 pm. Most trips allow you around 4 hours on the island. The journey only takes 15 minutes each way but there are other options available. You could take an hour boat trip that explores the southern coast of Isla de Lobos. You will also get to see the small harbour and river among other points of interest.
The ticket prices for the normal trip are 15 € each way. Many choose to pay a little extra and enjoy some scuba diving which is also offered by the boat trip company.
Their boat has a glass bottom which offers a spectacular glimpse of the marine life down below. This is an excellent trip and well worth considering when you visit Fuerteventura.
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Peña
The patron of Fuerteventura lies to the west of the village of Vega de Rio Palmas. This ancient rock chapel is only accessible via a hiking trail. La Virgen de la Peña inside the chapel is one of the oldest sculptures in the Canary Islands. The patron of this island is also the most remote of the 7 main islands. Please visit this link to find the directions and map of the chapel. There is little information available in English for this attraction so we hope the map helps.