A Day in Fuertaventura

 
Our cruise itinerary originally hadn’t included the Canarian Island of Fuertaventura however, an itinerary change due to bad weather found us stopping there. As we hadn’t been supposed to be calling in there we hadn’t done any research on what the island had to offer (other than nice beaches which I think each of the Canary Islands is blessed with!).

When we arrived at Puerto del Rosario and got onto dry land we found a bunch of taxi drivers offering trips around the island visiting some of the best attractions. There were trips of varying lengths and different prices but we opted for the short drive to Corralejo, a town on the east coast of the island with a stop off at the sand dunes included too.

Corraejo is a pretty little town with (unsurprisingly!) a rather gorgeous beach.
A DAY IN FUERTAVENTURA

It attracts many visitors each year who come to surf (Fuertaventura hosted the windsurfing and kiteboarding wordcup in 2013), play golf and just relax and enjoy the year round sunshine and temperate climate.

There was plenty of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to keep up entertained in Corralejo and we stopped for a drink after browsing in some of the little shops before returning to our taxi and heading to the sand dunes.

The area on which most of the sand dunes can be found has been declared a national park, Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo, and it was easy to see why. The sand dunes are incredible.

DAY IN FUERTAVENTURA PARQUE NATURAL DE CORRALEJO

The sand dunes stretch for 11kilometres and look so magical against the volcanic hills in the background.

This is a great area to go walking in and explore the sand dunes on foot. We even saw people sliding down some of the tall sand dunes, which can be up to 10 metres tall. So much fun!

DAY IN FUERTAVENTURA PARQUE NATURAL DE CORRALEJO

There’s also a lot of flora and fauna that live in the sand dunes. There are baby sized sand gekos, sand snails and squirrels who burrow into the dunes themselves.

If you’re planning to explore the sand dunes on foot then be sure to take plenty of water with you as there’s nowhere nearby to get any and you’ll definitely need it.

A DAY IN FUERTAVENTURA PUERTO DEL ROSARIO

After wandering the sand dunes and admiring their beauty we headed back to our taxi that returned us to Puerto del Rosario. The sun was shining and we plonked ourselves down in a cafe and enjoyed an afternoon refreshment with this view of our ship, MSC Armonia, in the background. Perfect!