A few hours in Fuerteventura can be worthy if we know where we want to go. That is why, after our first suggestion “Visit the north of Fuerteventura”, we show you now a route in the centre of the island.
If you are coming by cruise to Fuerteventura or by ferry from another island to spend a few hours, there are different routes which will make very useful your time on the island. So, if you are not sure where to go, pay attention the route we show you today.
Let’s start from Puerto del Rosario. From here we go towards the south through the coast until our first stop: “Las Salinas del Carmen Saltworks”. These salt mines are situated in the coast of Antigua, and they are the only ones left working in the island of Fuerteventura. Here we can visit the Salt Museum and go through the salt mines to know a bit more about its history and use in the culture of the island.
We continue the route going more to the south to visit the nearest geographic point to África from Canaries, the Entallada Lighthouse. We must take the FV-4 road on the way to Gran Tarajal and turn off to the town Las Playitas in the FV-512. At the entrance of the town, on the left side, we will find a diversion which will lead us to the lighthouse. Due to its design, this structure is unique in the world and offers stunning views to the sea and the Cuchillos de Vigán Natural Monument.
We return on the same way to go to the village of Tuineje. This place was the scene of important battles and disputes that made stronger the personality of the residents on the island. The San Miguel Arcángel Church, located in the town centre of Tuineje, was built in the XVIII century and declared Cultural Interest Site, with the modality of Monument in 1986. After a short visit, we go on our route to the cosy village of Pájara, one of the oldest settlement on the island, which was founded after Betancuria. The place invites us to have a walk on its streets and delight us with the aztec portico (very unusual in that period) we can find in the Virgen de la Regla Church, of the XVIII century. Inside, there are two big baroque altars which are a must to visit.
Take a break and drink something before continuing to the west coast, to visit the famous Caves of Ajuy. They are located in the small village of Ajuy, and stands out for its geological and ethnographic value. One of their most natural attraction is a fossilized beach there, four millions years ago. It is an essential place if you are in Fuerteventura, as the visit will not leave you indifferent, and you will can say you have been in the oldest area of Canary Islands.
We carry on with the route on the way to the centre of the island to visit its former capital, Betancuria. It was founded in the XV century by the conqueror of the island Jean de Betencourt. This place stands out for its cobbled streets and its essence, which transports us to another era. This is the city with the most important historical and artistic value of Fuerteventura. Among its interesting points, it emphasizes the Santa María Church, XV century, where you can see inside different works of sacred art. And if you want to know how was the life of the old settlers, you can visit the Archaeological Museum.
On the way to Puerto del Rosario, we can stop in Antigua. This place was one of the latest area of the island to be settled, where there were some indigenous areas. Its old town is situated around the hermitage which gives rise to the name of the town.
Our route finishes and we have to go to the port to set sail again to our following destination. Without a doubt, this trip around the centre of Fuerteventura is full of the history of its population, its culture and arid landscapes which are the signature of the island.
Fuerteventura has everything to enjoy and get away for a few hours or a few days.