Fuerteventura: 6 Things To See On A Summer Road Trip

Almost every year, until I left home, my family and I would go to Lanzarote for our summer holiday. Only twice did we ‘mix it up’, venturing to Disneyland Paris and Turkey – but our favourite destination remained in the Canaries. I’m not sure why we always went there, it must have been a family tradition created long before I existed but since then, it’s remained somewhere each of us has gone back to – Joe and I, my brother and his partner, my mum and dad. But last year, Joe and I decided to try something new. We ‘cheated’ on our treasured holiday isle for another in the canaries… Fuerteventura.

The volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura

The plan was simple; to go on a beach holiday, get some sun into our lives and relax. The only problem is, I am awful at beach holidays. Even the two words together make me wince. It brings up images of sitting on a sun lounger, with book in hand or earphones in, doing little else – apart from tanning. This is my idea of hell but it is Joe’s idea of heaven. So there was a compromise. Half the holiday would be beach bound, the other half would be a road trip to see the sights.

Where we ventured to in Fuerteventura…

Morro Velosa Statues

Situated in Betancuria rural park, with one of the most amazing viewpoints I’ve ever been to, stands the statues of Guise and Ayosa. At an altitude of 600m, you can see to the dunes of Corralejo and back to Tiscamanita. Legend has it that the islands was divided in two kingdoms, each half owned by a king, Guise and Ayose. When the Norman conquerors arrived, it was these two kingdoms that they fought for control of the island. Where the statues stand is where the dividing line used to be between these two rulers’ kingdoms.

Morro Velosa Statues
Joe and I being incredibly adult at the Morro Velosa Statues

Gran Tarajal Cove

After seeing a number of beautiful beaches in Corralejo, we decided it was time to go and see a blue flag black sand one. We did wonder if they would look similar to the ones we’d already seen in Iceland. It turns out they were, a little, but they appeared less sculpted. Gran Tarajal was a lot quieter than the other white sand beaches, which was a relief after the summer crowds. It had an altogether different atmosphere – being more of a rural fishing village. Definitely venture around taking in the colourful houses (and the amazing local ice cream).

Gran Tarajal Cove
The beautiful Gran Tarajal Cove

Punta La Entallada Lighthouse

On the east coast, near to the village of Las Playitas in Tuineje, is one of the most beautiful and original lighthouses I’ve ever seen. Constructed by the architect Carlos Alcon, the building is juxtaposed with white-washed walls native to the island and coloured stone originating from the nearby central village of Tetir. On top the lighthouse has a lantern dome – which looks really impressive up close but acts as both a nautical and aerial beacon – unlike most lighthouses. The lighthouse itself is the closest point to Africa, just 100km east and provides a stunning cliff-side viewpoint.

Punta La Entallada Lighthouse
Taking in the sun at Punta La Entallada Lighthouse

Morro Jable Sperm Whale Skeleton

I appreciate that a skeleton may not be top of your list when on holiday but it was actually pretty cool, for two reasons. 1. It was an outstanding structure, it really makes you appreciate how massive whales truly are, especially against a perfect blue sky backdrop. 2. It’s protest art. The skeleton is part of a 15-year initiative where the Fuerteventura council are drawing attention to the threat to oceans and their inhabitants, and our responsibility to protect them. There’s actually 7 in total along the coastline – each one as impressive as the next. Each with an important message.

Sperm Whale Skeleton
The Sperm Whale Skeleton of Morro Jable

Tetir Village

A rustic blend of old and new, Tetir was one of my favourite villages on the island. The church was built in the 18th century and takes it name from Santo Domingo de Guzman, its patron. Four times a year, it plays host to a craft fayre where you can buy typical Canarian products, take a camel ride or listen to some local folk music. Ironically, the village also has a Lucha Canaria, a large hall for traditional Canarian wrestling. But my top tip?… hunt out the bakery, it’s fairly hidden but sells the most delicious pastries!

Santo Domingo Church, Tetir
Santo Domingo Church in the village of Tetir

Tostón Lighthouse

An active lighthouse on the north-western coast of the island, near to El Cotillo, it marks the La Bocayna strait that separates Fuerteventura from Lanzarote. We initially went here to spot some more whales, live ones this time, but alas there were none to be seen. The lighthouse and the keeper’s house next to it has a small cafe and a traditional fishing museum, which is openly during very random hours (so, good luck!). The most interesting fact I learnt… when lit, the lighthouse can be seen for 14 nautical miles. It’s worth a stop, even if it’s just for the stripes!

Toston Lighthouse
The rustic, towering Tostón Lighthouse

In summary, Fuerteventura can be more than a beach holiday –  if you want it to be. Even if it’s a simple 2-day road trip with your favourite people.

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Louise works as a Senior Strategist in the digital marketing industry and loves to see as much of the world as often as she can. She had her wedding and honeymoon in Iceland and dreams of going back. She also loves a European city break, as well as Asian adventures. Japan, Norway and LA are next on her wish list.


  • Ruth

    I am not a fan of beach holidays neither. I mean, I like beaches but not to lay on the sand for hours. I like to walk around, explore and mix it a bit with city life. Fuerteventura looks very unique! Not sure how different you found this island when compared to Lanzarote. #FarawayFiles

  • Alex - My Life Long Holiday

    I’ve got to say, we’ve only ever done the Canaries for a bit of winter sun (which usually involves lying horizontal for 4 days with a good book and a terrible all-inclusive Mojito) but lately I have read a few things about Fuerteventura, particularly in-land, and I think it may be worth booking a full weeks holiday for and doing a bit of exploring -thanks for the suggestions! #farawayflies

  • Corey | fifi +hop

    Sounds a lot like things in my family – I love the beach and sun, and my husband can’t stand it. So we always mix it up. The whale sculptures look amazing, and an import and message to communicate. I’d love to go to the Canaries some day, have never been and have always been intrigued. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

  • Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World

    I’m completely taken with the whale sculptures as well! What other measures is Fuerteventura taking to promote sustainable tourism and educate visitors to their travel impacts when visiting? I love the mix of relaxing and seeing the sights when traveling – I would absolutely be up for a road trip around the island – great pics and tips – thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles

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