If you take a tour of the island by coach, chances are it will probably make a brief stop at a popular spot in the hills where chipmunks run wild and free. It is possible to get right up close as these cute little creatures are fairly tame!
They will happily accept any sunflower seeds offered to them, so remember to take a snack sized bag with you! Our well organised guide Connie had brought enough to share out so we could all enjoy this delight!
Pico de la Zarza, with 807m Fuerteventura's highest point, makes a great viewing point. It's reached with an easy hike from Jandia Playa. The way starts behind the 3 RIU hotels becoming a path after a while. Wear shoes with a good profile as it gets a slippery on the way down and bring water and sun protection.
This little provincial town is the capitol of Fuerteventura. It's a pleasant place, but it's lacking any major attractions.
There's a small museum dedicated to the poet and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno who was exiled to Fuerteventura in 1924 after critizing the political establishment.
La Atalayita lies on the half way between Pozo Negro and the crossroad with the road FV2.
Going from the road FV2 take the road FV 420 to Pozo Negro.
The Settelment of la Atalayita lies on the left hand side.
There was no sign indicating the settlement at the time I was there.
You can see some reconstructed stone houses of the original inhabitants. The houses are made from loose stones without mortar.
You can visit the cthe centro de Interpretation de la Atalayita and become acquainted with the life style of the old Canary people. ;-).
The houses are very small and were used as a shelters against wind.
My curiosity led me to a tiny collection of houses built from flotsam, a "village" called called Cofete. It's in the far south western reaches of the island. I felt very much like an alien from another planet here: I do wonder what these villagers make (or even know) of the outside world. Unfortunately my Spanish wasn't up to finding that out.
To reach Cofete you must drive along what is really no more than a dirt track for something like 10 or 12 kms, but it feels more like 50kms! I'd suggest letting someone know where you're going in case you get stranded. I don't think hire car insurance covers this sort of journey, and I sure as Hell have no idea how a recovery truck would get out there, so you HAVE been warned. However, the view from the mountain pass up the south west coast is magnificent. So is the force of the wind: I had serious doubts about getting the driver's door of my car open again after the wind shut it behind me.
At Cofete itself there is a small cafe, a small windmill / generator, and the flotsam houses. There's also supposed to be a very long, deserted beach which I didn't actually get to see except from the distant mountain pass. I'm seriously wondering whether to try that journey again, or perhaps I shouldn't press my luck having been there and back once already without mishap.
Maybe I'll wait till I stay in Jandia before trying this again - if you're staying there it might make a good day out for mountain biking, assuming you're fit enough!
A suberb wreck of an old American liner. The only problem is that it is at the end of a two mile VERY rough track.
The remote beach of Playa de Garcey, on the west coast of Fuerteventura, is home to one of the world's strangest tourist attractions, the shipwreck of the American Star ocean liner. This huge ship has been wrenched in half by the force of the elements and now sits alone, lost and ghostlike, a truly weird sight.
In 1994 the ship had been taken out of service and was on its way to Thailand for a new career as a floating restaurant. However, while being towed by the west coast of Africa, it encountered a heavy storm. It was decided that for the tug towing the ship to stay out of danger they should cut the American Star loose, with the intention of reconnecting in calmer weather.
The reconnection was never made and the liner wasn't seen again until it ran aground at Playa de Garcey.
We took a hire car which is a must if you want to get the most from this Island, and went 2000ft up into the mountains. Our first stop was at Antigua, it was well worth the climb and very windy at the top! Although the Chipmunks seemed pleased to see us! Antigua is one of the oldest places on the Island, founded in 1485 by Norman and Andalusian settlers. The church of Cruz de los Caidos has been consecrated since 1785 as an independent presbytery of Betancuria and patron saint of Antigua. Its later form was influenced by the order of Franciscan monks. Antigua was declared an independent community in 1812, and for a short spell in the 19th century it even became the capital city. The two storey houses are proof of the farmers prosperity, achieved thanks to modern technology - by abundance of water on an island of dry cultivated fields. Wind wheels imported from America replaced the old windmills. In memory of of the old tradition, David Juan Nieves, an artist from Fuerteventura, restored one of the old windmills and turned it into a tourist attraction with a restaurant, 'El Molino del Antigua'.
We passed afew of these guys and women just sitting in the shadfe minding their own business and just either doing their chores and weaving like this guy to earn abit of money.
I have alot of time and respect for these people, because its not everyday you see people like this, they have not a care in the world and seem oblivious to what is going on in our world... Maybe its for the best
Get a car or even better, a four wheel drive, and get up into “them there hills”.
It is only when you get up into the mountains do you realise just how big this island is.
The scenery is breathtaking, and you can find some lovely little villages too. Don’t just sit around the pool, get out and about, but do be careful on the roads, as it seems that there are barriers on the cliff roads, that are neither use nor ornament.
This was the last resort on our travels in the car that day, and we ended up here in an absolutely RED HOT village. There was NO ONE about, and I was.nt suprised by the heat, I could only step out for about 10mins to take these pictures before I had to get back in the car, its was overwhelming, but I got a great picture !
I was amazed by all the Lava that ha erupted thousands of years ago to form this baron, yet beautiful Island, so I had a stroll along, picked out a good spot, found a comfy looking rock and had my photo taken. Afterall, its not everyday you can go through your photos and say that's me sitting on Lava from thousands of years ago, and I even brought a piece back ! (only hand size of course!)
Don't do what I did and forget your hillwalking boots. Fuerteventura has lots of vulcano mountains.
Did the mountain left from the village Villaverde. The desert looks different from above... Mind the heat though!
A tip is to approach it from the north, as the mountain side is less steep and actually has a path part of the way.
Southside is worth a visit too. If you're not afraid of goats or skeletons... Caves have erroded on the hill side and they're quite remarkable. Mind the goat skeletons though.
A good tip is to take the bike. Then you can experience some refreshing downhill biking on the way home!
Morro Jable has a little port but almost every day really big cruiser are reaching this harbour. Besides there is a giant catamarn in the harbour, you can book a tour on the catamarn, about 105 persons can go on this ship.
If Italy is shaped like a boot, then Fuertuventura is shaped like an upside down chicken leg.
Of the seven Canary Islands it is one of the largest. To make the most of the island I recommend to hire a car, the roads are reasonably quite, well signposted and tarmacked.
It is full of surprising villages, secret coves, beaches and unspoilt nature.
Cars are inexpensive to hire compared with the rest of Europe and petrol prices are apx 75-80 cents a litre.
If you are visiting Fuerteventura, you should try and rent a Jeep for a couple of days. And then, it's off to the most southern point of the Island, Jandia.
There, where the paved roads end, only dirt tracks remain. The only way to travel there safe is by Jeep, because normal cars, cannot always drive over the rocks and through the sand.
Here the island becomes more and more tight and you can see the sea around you. Below the cliffs there are many hidden small beaches, where you can only climb down to. Here you can have your private beach.
On the end of the island a small village is situated with one bar and a few houses and a lighthouse. Here, it feels like you have reached the end of the world.