Located 62 miles from the northern coast of Africa, the island of Fuerteventura, (strong wind) offers beautiful beaches and a spectacular varied landscape.
Based in Corralejo in the northern tip of the island we ventured to different parts of the island.
Corralejo to Ajuy
Our first stop out of Corralejo was the small town of La Oliva named for its old olive trees. It has a simple yet beautiful church and the wonderfully preserved “Casa de los Coroneles” set against a beautiful arid landscape.
Continuing south on FV-10 and later roads FV-207 and FV-30 winding roads we get great views of the Tindaya mountain and surrounding arid landscape with interspersed palm trees as we approached the towns of Tefia and Betancuria. You can stop along The way to appreciate the panoramic views.
This little town of only 150 residents host the wonderful caves of Ajuy. Before our short hike, we had lunch at the friendly restaurant named after the caves.
A very well maintained path begins at the volcanic sand beach rising to the edge of the cliffs leading to the spectacular caves.
On our return to Corralejo we stopped in the nearby town of Pájara, which contained a gorgeous church from 1711, honoring the Virgin de Regla with a Mexican influenced animals and geometric designs on the portada of the main facade.
These towns are all beautifully kept with simple gardens, plazas and town centers. We were very lucky to stop in Tinueje on the day of the third Sunday of June when they celebrate the Virgin of Health, with a lovely concert and the locals dance the rondillas.
As the night set, we returned to Corralejo for a very late dinner.