To visit Fuerteventura is to discover a variety of landscapes: mountains, caves, lagoons, cliffs, sand dunes… And you don’t always have to take your car.
See our selection of the 11 best excursions in Fuerteventura to admire the different landscapes, have fun, go off-road or pop over to Lanzarote.
This guide also includes some of the best boat excursions in Fuerteventura to discover the island from another point of view.
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About excursions in Fuerteventura
Beware, the island is very long. Some excursions have no pick-up at the other end of the island. Take a good look at the starting points!
1. Ferry trip to visit Lobos Island
We know it’s strange, but one of our favorite activities in Fuerteventura is actually taking a boat to visit a small nearby island, our favorite!
From Corralejo in the north of the island, it’s a 15-minute journey to the island of Lobos.
The island has scenery like we’ve never seen anywhere else, with numerous small cones of volcanic rock. Sometimes we felt like we were on another planet, and we love that.
You can spend the whole day on the island. There are no roads and only one car to collect the garbage. You can:
- spend some time on the beach at the foot of a volcano, with golden sands and beautiful waters
- walk around the island to discover its stunning landscapes, including a feeding lagoon for migratory birds
- climb up to the lighthouse to admire the whole island
- swim in the shallow waters of the small fishing village
- or if you fancy a steeper hike, you can climb the volcano
And you can see more photos and info in our complete guide to visiting Lobos Island.
2. Panoramic tour of the island
Our favorite excursions in Fuerteventura are those that take you to see the different landscapes the island has to offer: mountains, large sea caves, sand dunes…
On this panoramic tour, you’ll discover..:
In the center of Fuerteventura lies a volcanic mountain range with several viewpoints.
The land is very old. Fuerteventura first appeared 20 million years ago, and most of the land was formed 5 million years ago. As a result, the shapes have been smoothed by millions of years of erosion.
The earth is bare with shades of red, orange and brown. It’s fascinating to admire.
One of Fuerteventura’s main geological attractions is the Ajuy cave complex.
In this area, you can discover an ancient black sand beach, the basalt complex along the way which is the oldest rock on the Canary Island: it’s actually the seabed that was revealed the oceanic crust 70 million years ago.
And at the end of the walk, you can explore large sea caves.
The dunes of Corralejo
One of Fuerteventura’s most famous landscapes, the Corralejo Sand Dunes Natural Park. It’s pretty impressive right next to the turquoise water to see dune after dune with a road running through.$ And no, they weren’t blown in from the Sahara. They formed naturally from the shells of sea creatures.
To book your panoramic tour
- From the southern cities, the minibus tour
See program, photos and availability – and book!
- From the north, see the panoramic tour
See program, photos and availability – and book!
3. Dolphin-watching tour
We love the whale and dolphin watching tours. We had high hopes, and were lucky enough to see a species we’d never seen before: pilot whales (also called pilot whales, but which are dolphins). A wonderful experience with the Fuerteventura landscape in the background.
You can also often see bottlenose dolphins in the Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura.
Sightings are never guaranteed, but in this corner of Fuerteventura, the chances are excellent!
There are tours in catamarans, speedboats and more traditional boats.
We chose the more classic boat for its comfort and the ability to move around on board. We enjoyed it very much:
Most dolphin tours depart from Morro Jable, in the south of the island.
There’s also a tour of Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste.
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4. 4WD excursion to Cofete
One of the most famous and grandiose places to see on Fuerteventura is Cofete.
If you’re looking for a more wilderness adventure, this is an excellent option (unless you have back problems).
There’s only one unpaved road to get there, and the journey is long and bumpy.
But once you reach the west coast of the island, you have this magnificent view of the impressive cliffs created by the landslide.
And you can go down to the beach, when there are usually giant waves.
- Unsurfaced road from Morro Jable.
- This is not recommended with a standard car, especially as you are not covered by the rental insurance.
- We advise you to join a 4×4 tour in a small group: see program and availability – and make a reservation
5. Buggy safari
If you’re looking for a little thrill coupled with stunning scenery, choose one of the options to get off the road and see some of Fuerteventura’s best spots.
There are buggy rides and activities with different types of vehicles.
This way, you can see the raw (and dry) beauty of Fuerteventura.
6. 4WD excursion on El Cotillo tracks
The north of Fuerteventura is an ideal place for off-road excursions, with trails around the volcanoes.
You can book a private tour to the Barranco del Encantado, for example.
Or you can join a tour that will take you there:
- In the village of La Oliva
- On the slopes of the famous Tindaya mountain
- At Château Toston
- And on the beautiful beaches of El Cotillo
WHERE TO STAY IN Fuerteventura
Option 1: Morro Jable
For its long sandy beaches, gastronomic and nightlife scene and activities. We recommend..:
Option 2: Costa Calma
For its beautiful beaches and water sports. We recommend..:
Option 3: Corralejo
For the charm of the town, the number of activities, the choice of beaches and access to the island of Lobos. We recommend :
7. Excursions from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote: volcanoes and wines
Another good option during a stay in Fuerteventura is to visit the neighboring island of Lanzarote.
They are both very different, as many of Lanzarote’s landscapes are quite recent compared with Fuerteventura (eruption in the 18th century).
It’s a short ferry ride from Corralejo (north of Fuerteventura) to Playa Blanca (south of Lanzarote).
If you don’t want to organize everything yourself, you can book a full tour with pick-up, boat and bus, or a walking tour to the other end.
- The volcanoes of Timanfaya National Park are impressive. A single road crosses it, with limited access. It’s surreal
- This tour combines the park with a visit to the famous vineyards. Despite the lack of rain and the hardness of the soil, wine production is high. We’ll show you how.
You can also create your own program: shopping, enjoying certain beaches…
Simply book a tour including ferry and bus to Corralejo.
8. Gastronomic excursion
We haven’t had time to try this one yet, but it’s on our list for a future trip! We always love local and gastronomic experiences.
During this tour, you’ll see a bit of greenery with the olive farm, which is rare in Fuerteventura. And with a small group, you’ll discover the typical dishes of the Canary Islands: goat’s cheese, fiches and cactus jam.
Other boat tours
And there are more boat tours available around the island:
Find out more in our article dedicated to boat tours in Fuerteventura.