Photo Scoop (18): Island Time On Fuerteventura, The Canary Islands

An old farm on Fuerteventura

An old farm on Fuerteventura

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.

Beaches:

People mainly come to Fuerteventura for its superb beaches and windsurfing. I especially liked the coves near El Cotillo, pictured here:

El Cotillo - Spain

El Cotillo – Spain

El Cotillo with mountains in the distance - Fuerteventura

El Cotillo with mountains in the distance – Fuerteventura

Water around El Cotillo

Water around El Cotillo

Surfers at El Cotillo

Surfers at El Cotillo

Pebble Beach in El Cotillo

Pebble Beach in El Cotillo

Food:

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.

Fresh Fish on Fuerteventura

Fresh Fish on Fuerteventura

Mojo picón and potatoes

Mojo picón and potatoes

Locally made aged goat cheese from La Villa

Locally made aged goat cheese from La Villa

Island produced goat cheese - 'Queso Pimenton'

Island produced goat cheese – ‘Queso Pimenton’

Tomatoes are a crop grown on the island

Tomatoes are a crop grown on the island

Some of the best Carrot Cake I've ever eaten at 'Pastelo' in Lajares

Some of the best Carrot Cake I’ve ever eaten at ‘Pastelo’ in Lajares

Elegant seafood dinner with wine at Elba Palace Golf Hotel

Elegant seafood dinner with wine at Elba Palace Golf Hotel

Typical honey rum, served after dinner

Typical honey rum, served after dinner

Villages:

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.

El Cotillo, a few tourists but nothing like Corralejo

El Cotillo, a few tourists but nothing like Corralejo

Pajara, Fuerteventura

Pajara, Fuerteventura

Pajara is an oasis

Pajara is an oasis

Betancuria

Betancuria

Betancuria

Betancuria, an inland village near Antigua

Betancuria, village details

Betancuria, village details

Betancuria, Fuerteventura

Betancuria, Fuerteventura

Other sights:

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.

Aloe goodness at Savimax

Aloe goodness at Savimax

Aloe plants on Fuerteventura

Aloe plants on Fuerteventura

Goat farm - La Villa Queseria de Betancuria

Goat farm – La Villa Queseria de Betancuria

Donkey from Fuerteventura with 'cross' on its back

Donkey from Fuerteventura with ‘cross’ on its back

Salt factory with whale skeleton

Salt factory with whale skeleton

Stay:

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.

Elba Palace Golf, Fuerteventura

Elba Palace Golf, Fuerteventura

Elba Palace Golf, Bedroom

Elba Palace Golf, Bedroom

Elba Palace Golf pool

Elba Palace Golf pool

Elba Palace Golf bedroom balcony

Elba Palace Golf bedroom balcony

Elba Palace Golf bedroom bathroom

Elba Palace Golf bedroom bathroom

Elba Palace Golf outdoor lounge

Elba Palace Golf outdoor lounge

Casa Rural La Gayria

Casa Rural La Gayria

Casa Rural La Gayria - bedroom

Casa Rural La Gayria – bedroom

Casa Rural La Gayria - gardens

Casa Rural La Gayria – gardens

Casa Rural La Gayria - pool

Casa Rural La Gayria – pool

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.

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