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About Fuerteventura

With its 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Fuerteventura is the perfect place to enjoy the rays and top up a tan especially when taking into account its excellent beaches. The mix of trade winds and Atlantic Ocean swells offer the perfect mix for watersports enthusiasts, so it is no wonder that they are attracted to the island all year round. Like its near neighbours, Fuerteventura has a rugged charm found only in the bays and volcanic slopes of the Canary Islands. However, unlike the busier islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote, Fuerteventura has managed to avoid over development and still offers a great deal of tranquillity and stark beauty.

 

Shore excursions in Fuerteventura

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

4x4 Adventure

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Hop aboard a rugged 4x4 vehicle and explore quiet villages, farmland, and the volcanic region of the island.

Your tour sets out heading north for a stunning photo stop at the island’s magnificent and famous sand dunes. The white and golden sands, alongside the crystal turquoise sea make for some truly spectacular photo opportunities.

Continuing on to Corralejo, your tour heads off-road to take in the Bayuyo Volcano. You’ll follow the road towards the west coast of the island, through the fascinating ‘volcano route’ towards Lajares, a sleepy village much loved by surfers.

You’ll then move on to the pretty coves and picturesque lagoons of El Cotillo. Here, enjoy some free time to purchase refreshments at the nearby beach bar and restaurant.

From El Cotillo the tour heads north to the rugged and wild coastline. You’ll stop at El Toston, a lookout which was built in the 18th Century to defend the island from pirate invasions. Then it's time to head to the village of Vallebron, where the guide will explain the local farming industry.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 jeep or Land Rover and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking on this tour. Each jeep can accommodate 6 passengers. Comfortable non-slip shoes, swimwear, towel, jacket and camera are all recommended. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Passengers are not allowed to drive the jeeps.

A Taste of the Canaries

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit a typical agro tourism farmhouse combined with the island highlights.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic drive to La Gayria, a traditional farmhouse and vineyard, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the grounds and restored guest rooms. The farm is home to several animals including donkeys and horses and produces its own wine and olive oil. Visit the wine cellar and see how the wine is produced, followed by a tasting of the locally produced tapas including tomatoes, olive oil, Fuerteventura sea salt and fresh baked bread, washed down with a sample of the farms own wine.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Betancuria to visit Casa Santa Maria which houses a small museum, where a multimedia film will be shown highlighting Fuerteventura through the seasons. Your final stop will be the village of Tiscamanita to visit the Aloe Vera Factory. Here, you’ll learn more about the plant which despite its cactus-like appearance is a member of the Lily family. There will be an opportunity to purchase some products before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. There are also some steps and uneven paths to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Picture taking or videoing is not permitted in the Aloe Vera Factory. Euros are accepted for purchases.

Betancuria and the Caves of Ajuy

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Pay a leisurely visit to 2 of the most pristine villages on the island. Explore spectacular caves and enjoy some local shopping.

Your tour takes you to picturesque Ajuy - a small fishing village on the west coast of Fuerteventura. It truly is a location not to be missed when visiting the island. Still un-touched by time, this local village has dramatic views out to sea and a soft black-sand volcanic beach, framed by high rising cliffs on either side.

From the village, you’ll enjoy a walk along the scenic coastal path, which leads all the way along the cliff tops to the spectacular Ajuy Caves – one of Fuerteventura’s must-see highlights. There are steps that that lead you down to explore the fascinating caves from the inside.

After leaving Ajuy, travel to nearby Betancuria, the very first capital of the island. Here, you’ll enjoy some free time to explore the pretty streets with their traditional Canarian architecture. Alternatively, you may like to find a café to sit in and admire the village, surrounded by an impressive mountain range, or visit the village shops to see if you can find a local bargain to take home with you.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. There is a steep incline at the beginning of the walk to the caves and a lot of steps into the caves. The Ajuy Caves contain rough ground.

Catamaran Cruise to Lobos Island

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Hop aboard a catamaran and cruise across to the tiny tranquil island of Lobos.

You’ll travel by coach to the north of Fuerteventura to the resort of Corralejo. Here, you’ll step aboard the ‘Freebird’ catamaran and set off towards Lobos Island. The island has no inhabitants or roads and is an unspoilt haven.

Upon arrival, you’ll have a few hours of free time to relax on the warm sand and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim. You may choose to take a stroll and enjoy some of the island’s flora and surrounding scenery.

Afterwards, you’ll rejoin the catamaran and relocate to one of the island’s secluded bays. Here, you’ll anchor off-shore and enjoy a light buffet lunch on board before heading back to Corralejo.

During your cruise, soft drink refreshments will be available.

Essential information

This is excursion will operate by catamaran.There are 10 steps to board the catamaran and a further 5 steps to negotiate when on board. Sunbeds are not available and there is no sunshade on the beach. Toilet facilities are available on board the Catamaran. Please remember a hat, swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Flat non-slip shoes or water shoes are essential. You may be requested to remove shoes whilst on board.

Fuerteventura Highlights

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy the highlights of island of Fuerteventura, second largest of the canaries.

Setting off from the port, your drive will take you to the village of Tiscamanita to visit the Aloe Vera factory. Aloe Vera has long been an important crop of the island and during your visit you’ll learn more about the plant and have the opportunity to purchase some products.

Your next stop is Ajuy, a sleepy village located on the west coast. Here, you’ll have some free time to spend as you please. Perhaps purchase a drink and relax in one of the local cafés or for the more adventurous, you may choose to explore the pirate caves.

Afterwards you’ll head to Betancuria, the island’s former capital that lies in a picturesque valley. Enjoy a visit to Casa Santa Maria which houses a small museum, and where a multimedia film will be shown highlighting Fuerteventura throughout the seasons. You’ll also enjoy a short visit to the local church, which has been fully restored and contains works in Moorish-style.

Your return drive will allow you to take in some more of the varying landscape of the island.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. There are also some steps and uneven paths to negotiate. The ground at the Pirate Caves is particularly uneven and rocky. Free time in Ajuy is around 45 minutes. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. Picture taking or videoing is not permitted in the Aloe Vera Factory. Euros are accepted for purchases. Entrance to the Betancuria Church is dependent on local services and is subject to closure without notice.

 

A selection of cruises to Fuerteventura

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