A new destination for us: We have never been to Fuerteventura or Fuerte - as the island is called in a nutshell. Everything you need to know about Fuerte can be found in our article Fuerteventura.
We already booked the rental car in Germany with which we will explore Fuerte today. And because the island is large and offers a particularly large number of overwhelming landscapes, we concentrate on the northeast. You can find our tour and details about the individual stations at Road trip Fuerteventura.
In the north of Fuerteventura - view from the No hay Monumento
Mein Schiff 2 is located in the port of Puerto del Rosario, the island's capital. Puerto del Rosario is a rather tranquil place with 35.000 inhabitants. Maybe we'll have time for a tour on the way back.
Dune landscape in the Parque Natural de Corralejo
First we follow the coastal road towards Corralejo. Fuerteventura is the Canary Island with the most beaches. Something very special, however, is the dune area of the Parque Natural de Corralejo. The protected dune landscape extends for around eleven kilometers. A paradise for surfers and kite surfers, which we pass through before Corralejo.
Corralejo is very pretty around the old fishing port. A path leads along the water, it smells like fish, and there are still simple fish eateries. I didn't expect that, more like a purely tourist retort place. I also like the view over to the bird island Isla de Lobos and Lanzarote.
From Corralejo to Betancuria
We drive to La Oliva via Lajares and Arriba. The parish church and the Casa de los Coroneles, an old manor house, are worth seeing.
I like the trip across the island. Fuerteventura often resembles a lunar landscape because of the volcanoes and the cooled lava flows. But the colors are extraordinary and give the barren land a very special charm.
Landscape of the Montana Tindaya
On the way to the former island capital Betancuria we stop at the Mirador de Vallebrón. The short climb to the lookout point is worthwhile because you can see far over the island. This is followed by the Ecomuseo de la Alcogida. In this open-air museum, the traditional agriculture of Fuerte is shown on several original farms.
Betancuria is a picture book place. Palm trees and lush green gardens make Betancuria seem like an oasis. We visit the church, stroll through the town and enjoy the delicious Canarian tapas.
Salt pans and lime kilns
We drive back to the east coast via Antigua and Las Pocetas. In the past, salt was extracted in the salt pans of Las Salinas; today, information is provided interactively in the Museo de la Sal. Our last detour is the Hornos de Cal de La Guirra, three restored lime kilns that are very close to the water.
The Hornos de Cal de la Guirra
In Puerto Rosario, a beach party awaits us at Parque Playa Chica, right next to the Mein Schiff 2. Lifemusik farewell to Fuerte - we think that's good.
We leave the island at 18:00pm It's a beautiful evening and the dim light gives Fuerteventura something mysterious. Fuerte has made new friends. Right across the street is Lanzarote, our next destination, which we will reach at 11:00pm.