Fuerteventura is an island located within the Canary Islands archipelago, which is an autonomous region of Spain. One of Fuerteventura’s biggest claims to fame is having 150 km of beaches (93 miles). Another claim to fame is that the entire island is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Those two things alone inspire many people to visit Fuerteventura, and when you combine that with delicious cuisine, vibrant culture, and fascinating landscapes, it’s no wonder a Mediterranean cruise to Fuerteventura is at the top of many traveler’s wish list. We can help you easily get there and see some of the island’s top sites during a Fuerteventura cruise.
One of the things that makes the terrain of the Canary Islands so intriguing are the desert landscapes you can find laid out in stark contrast to the rich turquoise hue of the ocean, and one of the best places to see that in the entire archipelago is on Fuerteventura at Corralejo Natural Park. This protected area of land is made of a field of sand dunes that stretch beautifully against the blue sky as they slope gently toward the rippling ocean waves. Corralejo Natural Park is easily accessible from the port of Rosario and is located about 15 miles from it making it an ideal place to visit during a Fuerteventura cruise.
El Cotillo Beach is a peaceful beach located in walking distance from El Cotillo, a small fishing village along the northwest coast of the island. One of the draws of El Cotillo Beach are the lagoons located within it that create a series of small beaches made even more picturesque because of their white sand.
Visiting La Alcogida is a way to learn about the artisan life and architecture of the island. It is what’s considered a living museum as the exhibits you’ll see are actual artisans working on their craft and with whom you can interact with during your time at the museum. In addition, the museum is set up in seven separate houses, each of which showcase a different architecture style of Fuerteventura. La Alcogida is located near the town of Tefir on the north central end of Fuerteventura.
La Oliva is a centrally located town on the north end of the island that can give you a glimpse into life in the 18 th century on Fuerteventura since is the location of Casa de los Coronels (or the Colonel’s House), which today houses an art gallery you can tour, and many other colonial buildings lining its streets. Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria is also a popular thing to see in La Oliva because of the church’s simple, yet striking design, mostly due to its tower made out of volcanic stone.
Many cruisers love anything to do with the sea, so a highlight of a cruise to Fuerteventura for many is getting to see the island’s most famous lighthouse, the still active Morro del Jable Lighthouse. It gleaming white structure is still in use to guide ships around the coast of Fuerteventura. You can see the lighthouse while visiting the resort town of Morro Jable. To get to the lighthouse you walk across a picturesque wooden bridge, adding to its charm.
This gorgeous strip of land is a marvel to walk down due to its magnificent stretch of golden sand bordered by the ocean in shades of teal and turquoise. Something interesting to think about while you’re walking down Jandia Peninsula is that it is believed it was once its own island and became connected to the rest of Fuerteventura after a strong volcanic eruption that occurred thousands of years ago.
Travelers on a cruise to Fuerteventura who enjoy seeing a variety of flora and fauna will love visiting the Fuerteventura Oasis Park. It has an exotic ambiance that utilizes the local nature and ecosystem of the island to feature a zoo, botanical garden, and garden center.
This is a great place to eat to soak up the sunshine of Fuerteventura while you dine. It has a lovely garden terrace framed by trees and stone walls where you can enjoy some Mediterranean cuisine.
Land of Freedom
The culinary adventuresome who enjoy the slow food movement will love dining at Land of Freedom, which has a multi-course meal that changes daily. There is no menu; you get whatever the chef is preparing that day. You can also pair wine with each course.
La Jaira de Demina
This restaurant is a good option for vegetarians as one-third of the menu is vegetarian with some vegan options as well. You can try dishes made with local vegetables and even get some vegan mojito sorbet for dessert.
For a dining experience during your cruise to Fuerteventura that also feels like a historic tour, head to La Fabiola, a lovely restaurant located in 250-year-old finca (an agricultural piece of rural land that often has a farmhouse or estate on it). Along with delicious cuisine, you can walk around the grounds and the building of the restaurant to see the gardens, salon, library, and décor.
Past And Future Restaurant
This restaurant features a variety of traditional dishes including garlic-fried champignons, fried Canarian bananas, Canarian stew, and the famous Canarian wrinkled potatoes. There’s even a dessert made out of local aloe vera you can try.
Fuerteventura’s origins have been traced back to a volcanic eruption that happened 20 million years ago. It is the oldest island of the Canary Islands though much of its recent history begins in the 1400s with the Conquest of Fuerteventura that ended the prehistoric era on the island and started a new era for the island being part of Spain.
Today, Fuerteventura and the rest of the Canary islands are still part of Spain, but operate as an autonomous region. For those that live on the island, the sea plays a big role, both for the diet and the economy. The beaches of Fuerteventura entice people from all around the world to visit the island, making tourism a big part of the island.
Your cruise ship will pull into port in Puerto del Rosario, which is the capital of Fuerteventura. The harbor of Puerto del Rosario is located within walking distance from the central areas of the city and provides easy access to its top sites and shopping.
Public Bus System
Fuerteventura has a reliable public bus system that offers sixteen routes around the island with economical fares. Between Puerto del Rosario and Caleta, it is roughly 20 minutes by bus, and about 40 minutes between Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo.
Taxis are available for hire in Fuerteventura, but you aren’t able to order one in advance. Also, if you try to hail one and it doesn’t stop, it may be because it is outside of its operating area; taxis can only pick up passengers when the vehicles is in its zone.
You won’t find trains to take you between towns on Fuerteventura, but there are tourist trains for sightseeing and scenic views. Hop on one that goes up and down Chipmunk Mountain near Caleta or the train that tours Corralejo.
You’ll see ferry services while visiting Fuerteventura, but these are mostly for traveling between Fuerteventura and other Canary Islands and aren’t usually practical for a day trip.
The city of Puerto del Rosario has the most shopping opportunities on the island, which is convenient, too, since it is close to where the cruise ships dock. You can find some great shopping at Las Rotondas, which is a large and fairly new shopping mall, or at one of the stores dotting the streets in Puerto del Rosario. The town of Corralejo on the northern shore of the island also has some good shopping opportunities.
When it comes to what to purchase for a souvenir to remember your cruise to Fuerteventura by, some good options are locally made items. Textiles, whicker products, straw hats, pottery, and musical instruments are all specialties of the island and made by skilled artisans.
Similar to elsewhere in Spain, the currency is the euro. You can find ATMs all over Puerto del Rosario and the rest of the island dispensing euro notes, though you will likely be charged a fee. Check with your bank on international fees for taking cash out in Spain. During your Fuerteventura cruise you won’t need to worry too much about having a ton of cash on hand since most businesses accept all of the major credit cards. Many places will require an official form of photo ID so be prepared to go into port in Fuerteventura with your passport so you can show it if asked upon using a credit card.
Tipping is not expected in Fuerteventura, but most people still tip around 5% to 10% of the total bill amount when receiving service in restaurants and bars.