Tour from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura
Enjoy a guided day trip to Fuerteventura from Lanzarote and discover the island’s most interesting places.
We will actually begin our excursion by embarking on the ferry, operated by the Fred Olsen Company, which will take us from Playa Blanca, in southern Lanzarote, to Corralejo, in northern Fuerteventura.
In barely half an hour, we will have navigated the 14 kilometres that separate these two islands, which were once joined together. The ferry is large, and during the journey you can get something from the cafeteria or enjoy the views from the comfortable lounge chairs or on deck, where you will see Lobos island, a wild and uninhabited island near Fuerteventura that was once inhabited by monk seals, also known as sea lions.
We have designed an itinerary that allows us to make the most of our time getting to know the most celebrated places in Fuerteventura in a single day. Keeping in mind that the island is quite large, over 100 kilometres long by 20 wide, it’s impossible to tour it in its entirety in just one day.
Our route through Fuerteventura begins in the northern part of the island at Correalejo, from where we will head toward Oliva, a typical village on the island, on the way to our first stop: the Aloe Vera Centre.
This Aloe Vera plantation is dedicated to cultivating the plant Aloe barbadiensis miller, the most beneficial species for health. During the visit, discover its innumerable medicinal and cosmetic properties, and find out why Fuerteventura is an ideal place for its cultivation.
After learning the secrets of Aloe Vera, we will return to the bus to head toward two popular mountains. The first is Montaña Quemada, a small volcanic cone where a monument to the great writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno is located. The second is one of the island’s most important natural monuments: Tindaya Mountain. This mountain, declared a Cultural and Geological Interest, was sacred to the aborigines who inhabited the island before the conquest of the Castilian Crown in the 15th century.
You will be surprised to find that the centre-most area of Fuerteventura is a desert landscape, with great valleys surrounded by mountains.
Another point highlighted on this excursion is the town of Antigua, which we will cross on our way to our next stop: a farm where we will enjoy the exquisite cheeses of Fuerteventura, made with local goat milk. See why the cheese industry is important for the island, and learn that there as many goats in Fuerteventura as there are people (about 100,000).
From here, the itinerary will take us to Betancuria, the island’s first capital and one of the most beautiful towns in our guided tour of Fuerteventura. Discover its charms and get to know the Church of Saint Mary while passing through its streets, where time seems to have stopped.
Continuing with the islanders’ religious traditions, we will head toward the Vega del Rio Palma, where the hermitage Our Lady of Suffering is located. This is the most venerated saint of Fuerteventura. On this part of the journey, we will see hundreds of palms from the species Phoenix canariensis, which is endemic to the Canary Islands.
Our next stop is in Pájara, where we will see the Baroque church Our Lady of Rule, its most important monument, in which the facade decorated with motifs originating from the American colonies stands out.
After this visit to Pájara, we will take a lunch break. Although food is not included in the price of this excursion to Fuerteventura from Lanzarote, the guide will give you the option to contract a menu during the tour.
After eating, we will begin the return journey to Corralejo in order to get to know the most important attraction in our visit to the island: The Dunes of Corralejo National Park. The start of the dunes will be indicated by the volcanic cone of the Red Mountain, which we will have to cross before arriving in the National Park.
The Dunes of Corralejo National Park encompasses 2,600 hectares of white sand dunes that come from the beach and whose colour contrasts enormously with the turquoise waters of the surrounding ocean. It is a landscape that transmits peace and beauty.
We are convinced that we have saved the best and most powerful image for the end of the excursion to Fuerteventura, because after this intense day through the island, we will board the Ferry and return to Lanzarote. Without doubt, that final vision of the dunes of Corralejo will be the best memory of this day trip to Fuerteventura.