By Regina Winkle-Bryan
The Canary Islands are off the western shores of Africa, and are made up of seven large islands. Fuerteventura is one of them, and I was lucky enough to spend a few days there this spring. Dry and volcanic, Fuerteventura is like no place in Spain I’ve ever been.
People mainly come to Fuerteventura for its superb beaches and windsurfing. I especially liked the coves near El Cotillo, pictured here:
We ate fresh fish, locally produced goat cheese and the spicy specialty, potatoes with mojo picón, a hot garlicy sauce that will stay with you for hours….it’s tasty, but you may not want to eat it before a date.
Most tourists find a beach and burn, I mean tan, there for the duration of their stay. But there are many pueblos worth exploring if you have a car that are inland or lesser-known. These villages are less set up for tourists and therefore not as expensive and less crowded. Here are a few that stood out.
I also visited an aloe vera farm on Fuerteventura where I learned all about what aloe can do for my body, inside and out, and how it’s processed. Is there anything aloe cannot do? Doubtful. It’s one of the earth’s most useful medicinal plants. You can eat it, drink it, and slather it on your skin. You may need aloe if you spend too much time roasting in the sun! Maybe it doesn’t sound that thrilling, but I found the farm tour really interesting. FYI: Aloe is not a cactus like I had thought. It’s actually a succulent, closer to asparagus. Feel free to impress your friends with that fact at your next dinner party. In addition to aloe, which is one of the island’s exports, I also peeked in on a goat farm, and a salt factory.
I stayed at Elba Palace Golf, a luxury 5-star resort near Caleta de Fuste. I also visited a casa rural, or country house B&B, called La Gayria. I didn’t stay there, but it may appeal to visitors who want to stay off the tourist track on a working farm, complete with donkeys, dogs, hens, gardens, and a burgeoning vineyard.
More on hotels:
Elba Palace Golf: http://bit.ly/15d2bnU
Casa Rural La Gayria: http://www.agroturismolagayria.com/
Hopefully these photos have left your curious and inspired to see more of Fuerteventura. Have questions? Send us an email or leave a comment below.
***I was a guest of Elba Palace Golf. All the photos are my own as are the descriptions and opinions about the hotels and destinations listed here.