Walking in Fuerteventura

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Landscapes of FUERTEVENTURA: walks and car tours

by Noel Rochford

We took Noel as our guide. We quickly found that his instructions were clear and his routes excellent. Fuerteventura wasn’t the moon with beaches but an island of beautiful valleys, stunning mountain passes and hidden chapels. We came to regard Noel, childishly but fondly, as Know-all, the old-fashioned and decent schoolteacher ever by our side. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that we grew to love him. (Ruth Picardy, in The Independent)

This book had been recommended by users on the Fuerteventura forum website, and I can see why. Very good guide to seeing Fuerteventura by car or by foot. (KF, Amazon)

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Description

FuerteventuraFuerteventura is different from all the other islands in the Canaries. Being the closest to Africa, there’s a definite taste of the Sahara about it. The countryside is lonely but warm, bleak but friendly and, in its own way, beautiful. Beaches are what Fuerteventura is all about; mile upon mile of untouched golden sand, great billowing white sand dunes, foaming surf, and quiet turquoise coves. Even though the landscape changes little, it’s pleasant to tour Fuerteventura by car, since there’s little traffic. But walking in Fuerteventura is also extremely enjoyable; there are walks to suit all appetites — rambles across the hills, fairly easy mountain ascents, a seaside hike and, for explorers, rocky barrancos with hidden streams and palm groves.

Area covered: The guide covers the whole of Fuerteventura and includes a day-trip to nearby Lanzarote — with a car tour there and four walks for those who stay a bit longer.

The best time for walking in Fuerteventura is from October to June.

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Where to stay

If you want to be able to reach both ends of the island by bus, Caleta de Fuste in the centre would be a good choice. If you will have a hire car, then take your choice from the many package holiday resorts on the coast, north or south.

Edition/contents etc

3 car tours on Fuerteventura and 1 on Lanzarote, 28 long and short walks (of which 4 in Lanzarote), 10 picnic suggestions
128 pages + 2 touring maps (Fuerteventura and Lanzarote); plans of Corralejo, Gran Tarajal, Puerto del Rosario, Morro del Jable, Caleta del Fuste; plan of Playa Blanca on Lanzarote; large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
6th ed, 2015; ISBN 978-1-85691-459-8; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $18.00

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Acknowledgements; Useful books 6

Town plans 6-10
Morro Jable (6), Caleta de Fuste (7), Puerto del Rosario (8-9), Gran Tarajal (9), Corralejo (10)

Getting about 7

Picnic suggestions 12

Touring 14
A country code for walkers and motorists 15
TOUR 1: THE BEST OF FUERTEVENTURA 16
Morro Jable · La Pared · Pájara · Betancuria · Antigua · Gran Tarajal · Las Playitas · Morro Jable
TOUR 2: PUNTA DE JANDIA AND THE WEST COAST 25
Morro Jable · Punta de Jandía · Cofete · Morro Jable
TOUR 3: NORTHERN LANDSCAPES 28
Corralejo · Puerto del Rosario · La Matilla · Los Molinos · Tindaya · Vallebrón · La Oliva · El Cotillo · Corralejo

WALKING 33
Guides, waymarking, maps 33
Where to stay 33
What to take 34
Weather 34
Dogs and other nuisances 35
Spanish for walkers and motorists 36
Organisation of the walks 37

THE WALKS
1 Around Lobos 38
2 Corralejo · Majanicho · El Cotillo 42
3 From Lajares to Corralejo – the crater route 49
4 El Cotillo – the clifftop walk 52
5 La Oliva · Morro Carnero · La Oliva 55
6 Tindaya · Vallebrón · Mirador de Tabaire · La Oliva 58
7 Montaña Tindaya 62
8 Llanos de la Concepción · Embalse de los Molinos · Morro de la Cueva · Llanos de la Concepción 64
9 From Antigua to Betancuria 68
10 Barranco de las Peñitas (Vega de Río Palmas) 72
11 Ajuy · Peña Horadada · Ajuy 76
12 Caleta de Fuste · Las Salinas del Carmen · Puerto de la Torre · Caleta de Fuste 80
13 From Ginijinamar to Tarajalejo 83
14 The sand-encrusted cliffs of the Pared isthmus 86
15 The dunes of the Pared isthmus 92
16 Pico de la Zarza 94
17 Barranco Gran Valle · Degollada de Cofete · Playa de Cofete · Barranco Gran Valle 99
18 From Morro Jable to Costa Calma along the beach 102

TOUR 4: A DAY OUT ON LANZAROTE 108
Playa Blanca · El Golfo · Yaiza · Parque Nacional de Timanfaya · Tinajo · La Santa · Monumento al Campesino · La Geria · Uga · Femés · Playa Blanca

CHOICE OF WALKS ON A DAY VISIT TO LANZAROTE FROM FUERTEVENTURA
19 Montaña Roja 116
20 The rock pools of Janubio 120
21 Castillo de las Coloradas · Punta de Papagayo · Castillo de las Coloradas 122
22 Around Femés 124

Transport timetables 126
Index 127
Touring maps inside back cover

Guidebook index

Agua de Bueyes 23, 32
Ajuy 13, 18, 72-73, 76-77, 79
Antigua 16, 22-23, 68, 70, 70-71, 70-71, 126
Atalayeja Grande 88-89, 93

Barranco
de Ajuy 72-73
de Butihondo 102-103, 104
de Gran Valle 96-97, 99
de Majada Honda 81, 82
de Mal Paso 72-73, 74-75
de Pecenescal 88-89, 93
de Vinamar 94-95, 96-97
del Caracol 84, 85
de la Madre del Agua 13, 18, 72-73, 76-77
de la Peña 72-73, 78
de la Torre 81, 82
de las Peñitas 13, 18, 20, 72-73, 75
de Mal Paso 72-73, 74-75
Los Canarios 16
Marquina Yosa 85
Tras del Lomo 88-89, 93

Betancuria 2, 4, 12, 16, 21, 22, 68, 69, 70, 126
Bimboy 81, 82

Caldera de Rebanda 44-45, 50
Caldereta 31
Calderón Hondo 44-45, 49, 50, 51
Caleta
Beatriz 42, 46-47
de la Seba 44-45
del Marrejo 42
Negra 13, 72-73, 78

Caleta de Fuste 28, 80, 81, 126
plan 7
Cañada de la Cueva 88-89, 91
Casa de los Coroneles 12, 30-31, 55, 56-57, 61
Casas
de Gran Valle 96-97, 100
de Jorós 26, 96-97
de Pecenescal 88-89

Castillo de Río Roque 32, 46-47, 52, 54
Cofete 13, 25, 27, 96-97
Cortijo de Cofete 101
Corralejo 12, 28, 42, 44-45, 49, 51, 125, 126
town plan 10
Costa Calma 17, 86, 88-89, 91-92, 102-103, 105, 126
Degollada
de Cofete 96-97, 99-100, 101
de Mojones 88-89, 93
de la Villa 68, 70, 70-71

El Cotillo 12, 28, 31, 34-35, 42-43, 46-47, 48, 52-53, 54, 126
El Jable 88-89, 92-93
El Molino 22
Embalse de los Molinos 64, 65, 66

Faro de Tostón 12, 46-47
Fraile 96-97
Fuente de Tabaire 58-59, 61

Ginijinamar 13, 24, 83, 84, 85
Gran Tarajal 16, 23, 126
town plan 9
Gran Valle 25

Huertas de Chilegua 17

Lajares 32, 42, 44-45, 46-47, 49, 126
La Lajita 24
La Matilla 28-29
La Oliva 12, 28, 30, 55, 58-59, 61, 126
La Pared 16-17, 126
Lanzarote
Atalaya de Femés 118-119, 124, 125
Castillo de las Coloradas 118-119, 122
Charco de Los Clicos 110, 112
Degollada del Portugués 118-119, 124, 125
El Convento 118-119, 121
El Golfo 108, 110
El Rubicón 118-119
Femés 108, 115, 118-119, 124, 125
Islote de Hilario 111
Janubio 118-119, 121-122
La Geria 108, 112-113
La Hoya 109
La Santa 108, 113
Las Breñas 115, 118-119
Los Ajaches 118-119, 122-123
Los Hervideros 110, 111
Mancha Blanca 113
Masdache 113
Montaña Atalaya 115
Bermeja 110, 111
Roja 116-117, 118-119

Montañas del Fuego 110-111, 113, 120-121
Monumento al Campesino 108, 113
Mozaga 113
Papagayo 118-119, 122-123
Parque Nacional de Timanfaya 108-109, 110-113 120-121
Piedra Alta 118-119
Playa
de Janubio 118-119
de las Coloradas 118-119, 122
del Pozo 118-119, 123
Mujeres 118-119, 122

Playa Blanca 108-109, 117, 118-119, 122, 125, 126
town plan 114-115
Punta
de Aguila 118-119
de Pechiguera 116-117
Salinas de Janubio 109
Tao 113, 114-115
Tiagua 113
Tinajo 108, 113
Uga 108, 115
Yaiza 108, 110, 112

Las Calderas 44-45, 50
Las Parcelas 29
Las Playitas 16, 23, 20, 24
Las Salinas 13, 80, 81, 126
Llanos de la Concepción 64, 65, 67, 126
Lobos 12, 38-39, 40, 41, 126
Casas El Puertito 12, 39, 40
Montaña Lobos 39, 40, 41
Playa de la Calera 12, 40, 41

Los Boquetes 86-87, 88-89, 91
Los Molinos 28-29

Majanicho 42-43, 44-45, 46-47
Mirador
Caleta Negra 18
de Tabaire 58-59, 60, 61

Montaña
Arena 30-31, 61
Bayuyo 32, 51
Cardón 17
Colorada 44-45, 49
del Frontón 31, 55, 56
Tindaya 29, 58-59, 60, 61-62, 63

Morro
Carnero 55, 56-57
de la Cueva 64, 65, 67

Morro Jable 16, 25, 96-97, 99, 102, 126
town plan 6

Nuestra Señora de la Peña 13, 20, 72-73, 74-75

Pájara 16, 19, 126
Parque Holandés 28
Peña Horada 72-73, 76, 79
Península de Jandía 16, 25-8. 86-93, 88-89
Pico de la Zarza 16, 94-95, 96-97, 98
Playa
de Barlovento de Jandía 13, 96-97
de Cofete 13, 96-97, 99, 101
de Marfolín 46-47
de Ojos 26
de Sotavento de Jandía 16, 17, 102-103, 104, 105
del Aguila 52-53, 54
de las Coloradas 96-97

Pozo Negro 28
Presa de las Peñitas 12, 13, 20, 72-73, 74
Puerto
de la Cruz 26-27
de la Peña 18
de la Torre 13, 80, 81

Puerto del Rosario 28, 126
town plan 8-9
Punta
de Jandía 25-26
de Tostón 46-47
del Caracol 84, 85

Stella Canaris 96-97, 102-103

Tarajalejo 24, 83, 85, 126
Tefía 29, 126
Tetir 29
Tindaya 28-29, 58-59, 62-63, 126
Tiscamanita 16, 23, cover
Tuineje 20, 23, 126

Vallebrón 28, 30, 58-59, 60
Valle de Butihondo 96-97
Valles de Ortega 1, 32
Vega de Río Palmas 20, 72-73, 126

Current update

FUERTEVENTURA updates to 6th Edition (2015); updated 20/1/2017

Updates given below supplement the information provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Touring map: The map of Lanzarote on the reverse of the touring map shows numbered walks from the 6th edition of Lanzarote (to be published in January 2016) onwards, where the number of walks has been doubled. Thus walk numbers will not correspond to those in earlier editions of the Lanzarote guide. (Sunflower)

Walk 5: On page 57 line 7 reference is made to a “property”.  I walked round the extensive fence, but noted only levelled ground behind it.  There was an operational plant near where the gradient started to increase, but this plant is not relevant to the walk. Secondly, the climb up was fairly difficult, and maybe “only recommended for the adventurous” (top of page 56) like me. However, I found an easier route down by walking approximately east initially from the summit. (User, 1/17)

Walk 14, important: The book ends the walk at Costa Calma and mentions a ‘tunnel’ which you may have to go through as you approach a roundabout and then the Royal Suite hotel. A user now reports: A new motorway is being built here. It is not yet open/finished and apparently will open in bits and pieces until finished in 2017. It will  link  Corralejo with Morro Jable. The motorway runs behind the last houses at the back of the El Palmeral shopping centre. To begin crossing the plain you have to get to the other side of the motorway but there is a fence in the way! The only way is via an underpass which is to the right and almost at the end of the road from the Royal Suite Hotel. If you did start the walk here you would have to turn right and walk down beside the motorway fence to the underpass, go through, turn left and walk back up beside the motorway to the start of the walk. To me this is a pointless waste of time! So for the update I would say park near the Royal Suite Hotel or if coming by bus get off at the roundabout on the FV2 in Costa Calma and walk to the Royal Suite hotel. Keep straight ahead to  a roundabout and as the road ends continue on a track veering slightly left towards the underpass of the motorway. (At the end of the walk you also use this same underpass).  Go through the underpass and turn left and continue beside the fence of the motorway until you come to a wide track on your right (in the book referred to as the middle of three tracks). Near the end of the walk you pass through the fence and turn right to the underpass. (User, 1/16)