My Top 5 Places To Visit In Fuerteventura

Top 5 places to visit in Fuerteventura

These are my top 5 places to visit in Fuerteventura if you are coming for a holiday. You should never be stuck wondering what to see in Fuerteventura as there is plenty to see.

But another good thing is that there are no “ancient ruins” that you feel you should visit as it will be good for you. So you can just lie on a beach in the sun if that is what you would prefer.

1. Cofete

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The wonderful view of Cofete beach from the road in

Right down in the south of Fuerteventura. There some absolutely spectacular views on the way to Cofete. Once there the beach is lovely and there is a nice little cafe/restaurant for a drink and some food.

On the road to Morro Jable port you turn right onto an unmade road. It is unmade and rather bumpy all the way to Cofete but it doesn’t actually require a 4×4. If you don’t fancy driving it yourself there is a 4×4 bus that runs from Morre Jable to Cofete. This bus was used to transport people to and from the film set of Exodus: Gods and Kings in 2013 and donated to the island after filming.

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Villa Winter

There is a large house, Villa Winter, set back from the village which allows people to look around at times. The rumours are that at the end of WW2 some leading Nazis fled Germany and were brought to the island by submarine. At the villa they had plastic surgery and then continued on to south America. Well those are the rumours anyway.

2. El Cotillo

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La Concha Beach in El Cotillo

El Cotillo is without doubt the nicest coastal village on the island (in my opinion) and is a great place to visit and to stay.

The beaches of El Cotillo are numerous, wonderful and varied. They range from long beaches favoured by surfers and kitesurfers to quiet sheltered lagoon beaches, ideal for families.

There are some great restaurants in El Cotillo too. Great for lunch if you are just visiting for the day or to eat at for dinner if you are staying there.

Don’t forget to visit the Toston Tower and the the Toston lighthouse as well.

3. Betancuria

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This is, by far, the prettiest village on the island. Betancuria was once the capital of Fuerteventura and is now a quiet little tourist destination, nestling amongst the mountains in the middle of the island. You can combine this with a coffee at the viewpoint on the way there.

4. Isle de Lobos

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This a great day trip from Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura. You can get there on the glass bottom boat, the Lobos ferry, or, as we did take a catamaran trip there.

It is a great place for for walking, swimming and sightseeing. You get a lovely view of Fuerteventura and the dunes beaches from there.

5. Jandia/Sotavento Beach

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This beach literally goes on for miles

This beach has lovely yellow/white sand, clear blue water and goes on for about 25 kms. There are lots of roads leading off of the main road to Morro Jable which access the beach. The only problem is deciding which part to go to.

Morro Jable in southern Fuerteventura
Morro Jable

The beach is used by clothed, topless and naturist sun-worshipers throughout its length. You could combine it with a visit to Cofete.

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Cofete: The Windy Road


 The Windy Road To Cofete

That is windy as in “bendy” not windy as in “breezy”. Cofete is almost at the bottom of Fuerteventura and is somewhere not many people see.

We took our friends on a trip down south to Cofete, which is quite a trek once you leave the paved roads of Morro Jable. I had to fib a bit to Sue telling her it would only take 20 minutes as if I had told her the truth she would never have gone. The road is rather bumpy and windy in places but it is certainly worth the trip. Sue’s comments are quite funny on the way down from the viewing point.

There is a 4×4 bus service that goes from Morro Jable if you don’t fancy the drive yourself.

A large house, Villa Winter, sits above the village overlooking the coast. It was owned by a German, Gustav Winter, who was a friend of Franco. Many rumours surround the villa. The villa contains an operating theatre and the rumours are that at the end of WW2 some senior Nazis escaped by submarine and were then operated on by a plastic surgeon at Villa Winter before continuing on to South America.

Cofete was one of the major locations for the filming of Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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