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Rallye de La Oliva

Rallye de La Oliva

Rallye de La Oliva

Rallye de La Oliva – this cool auto race is held in the island every November, and is reminiscent of the “Paris to Dakar” auto race held some years back. Participants’ driving skills are tested on the often rough terrain that is characteristic of this island. This event is part of a series of similar auto races that take place in other Canary Islands like La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. See the following website for info on upcoming auto races in Fuerteventura and other Canarian islands: www.vmrm.net/w3r/


Playa de Sotavento

Playa de Sotavento

Playa de Sotavento

Playa de Sotavento – this beach, located toward the southern end of the island (not far from Jandía peninsula) is the epicenter of windsurfing activities here. Both amateur and pro windsurfers congregate here to test their skills.

 

The seriousness of this sport on the island is stressed by the presence of the Rene Egli Windsurf Center at this beach (a short distance from the Meliá Fuerteventura resort). Egli is a longtime organizer of windsurfing events and runs a windsurfing school at his Center. Playas Solavento and Barca are chosen for such enthusiasts not only because of the ideal wind conditions present here, but because they have these beaches to themselves. For those wanting to learn more about this scene, go to the Rene Egli website: www.rene-egli.com

 


Playa del Matorral

Playa del Matorral

Playa del Matorral

Playa del Matorral (Jandía peninsula) – this beach has the distinction of being location on the southernmost part of the island. The popularity of this Caribbean-like beach (with its white sands and turquoise blue water) is confirmed by the presence of various resorts. Water sports are also pursued here, such as windsurfing and Kite boarding.

Playa de Costa Calma

Playa de Costa Calma

Playa de Costa Calma

Playa de Costa Calma (Pájara – Jandía peninsula) – this beach is located in the southern part of Furteventura, close to the town of La Lajita. This beach is two kilometers of white sand and refreshing turquoise waters. Its idyllic shoreline invites sunbathers to stroll along the sand, admiring the impressive views of a coastline full of ochre mountains, smoothed by years of erosion. Protected from the wind by the hotels and apartments, a dip in the sea is just a few short sandy steps away from one’s hotel terrace or pool.

Playa de Cofete

Playa de Cofete

Playa de Cofete

Playa de Cofete – located on the island’s west coast, this is considered one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. TripAdvisor.com included Cofete as one of the “Top 10 Best Beaches in Europe”. In fact, portions of the 2018 film “Solo: a Star Wars Story”, as well as the 2014 Hollywood film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” were both filmed at this beach.

 

Such Hollywood filmmakers choose this beach for a reason: its reputation as “the loneliness place in Spain”, due to its remoteness. It’s located about 5 km from the south-west tip of the island and with no access to the northern side of the beach, you can only enter by crossing through the Jandia Nature Park from Morro Jable. First-time visitors to Playa Cofete are advised to bring enough food & drink for the duration of their time there (since there are no convenience stores in the area).

 

Playa Barca

Playa Barca

Playa Barca

Playa Barca (35627 La Lajita) – this beach (which is part of Playa Sotavento) is located just a short distance northeast of Costa Calma, and is one of the options that visitors approaching the Jandía Peninsula area can consider.

 

Windsurfing & kitesurfing are some of the main leisure pursuits here, given the high winds in this part of the island. In fact, this is where the “Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup” competition is held (late July – early August), so international media attention descends upon this area during that time of the year.

 

Pico de la Zarza

Pico de la Zarza

Pico de la Zarza

Pico de la Zarza — Pico de la Zarza, also known as Pico de Jandia, is the highest mountain on Fuerteventura (and second lowest of all the Canary Islands). At an elevation of only 812 meters, it might seem like a minor bump but if you consider that these 812 meters rise directly from the beaches in the north of the Jandia Peninsula, that’s why it was designated a mountain.

 

Like other sites on the Canaries, Pico de la Zarza, is of volcanic origin, a background it hides rather well. There is little – if any – volcanic cinder around. Basalt, which is omnipresent elsewhere, is missing here. Experts of volcanic islands will note that Pico de la Zarza is the remnant of something larger and bigger. These days, this is an eco-tourst destination – attracting hikers looking to reach the top and take photos of the spectacular panoramic views of the southern part of the island.

 

Parque Natural de Corralejo

Parque Natural de Corralejo

Parque Natural de Corralejo

Parque Natural de Corralejo (Highway FV-1ª, Corralejo, La Oliva) – this is a natural park consisting of yellow dunes stretching along the east coast for about 10 km from Corralejo. Tourists come here just as much to enjoy the beach, as they come to see the rest of the park. There’s a lifeguard on duty by the beach, so it’s safe for families to be there. There’s also windsurfing and kite surfing within these waters. Since it’s not a commercial area, visitors are advised to bring their own food & drink.

Oceanarium Explorer

Oceanarium Explorer

Oceanarium Explorer

Oceanarium Explorer (Urb. Barceló Club el Castillo, 35610 Castillo Caleta de Fuste) – this is a vessel that lets visitors explore the underwater – without getting wet. It’s ideal for whale and dolphin watching. During a visit to the harbor area where this vessel is docked, visitors can see a sea lion show, go on a pirate ship, and even hire jet skis. See the Oceanarium website for updated pricing & schedules: http://puertocastillo.com/leones-marinos/

Oasis Park

Oasis Park

Oasis Park

Oasis Park (Museo del Campo Majorero, Carr. Gral. Jandía, 35627 La Lajita) – this is the only zoo anywhere in Fuerteventura. Amog the animals found here are hippos, giraffes, African elephants, and lemurs. Oasis Park Fuerteventura boasts the only interactive show with snakes and crocodiles in the Canary Islands, where members of the public are able to pet reptiles and amphibians. But it is not the only show that the park offers: there is also a lovely parrot show, a spectacular bird of prey demonstration and a hugely entertaining sea lion show. Prices vary. Check the website for updated pricing and schedules: http://oasiswildlifefuerteventura.com