Hiking

Hiking

Hiking in Fuerteventura - individual or in a guided group - will allow you to discover the beauty of Fuerteventura. When making part of a guided group you also will have the opportunity to receive a lot more info about the history, nature and culture of the island. Find here where to book for a guided tour.

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Walking in Elysic climes - Fuerteventura.

S26_-_Fuertescout_004The main complaint about Fuerteventura, expressed by tourists at the front desk of the hotel is: " When will the wind finally lay down?" or "Does it always blow that much here?" Many groan about the wind, not knowing that it would be unbearably hot here in the summer without those tradewinds.

Already in the ancient Greek times they called these islands "the fortunate islands, gently stroked by the eternal wind" or "those Elysic climes", and also Beethoven's "Elysium" comes from the "Alisios", the tradewinds.

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Hiking beyond beaten tracks - Fuerteventura.

Wolken_am_Cardon_002Madeira and La Palma are hiking destinations - Fuerteventura is sunbathing and swimming. Because many tourists think that there is nothing else on this "heap of rubble". Very recently the Hiking tourism has discovered Fuerteventura: The approximately 1.700 km2 of "rubble" include 13 Natural protected areas with a total surface of 48.000 hectares! And unlike other islands, most of these areas here are interconnected and allow hiking without the usual road signs.

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HIKING: Sacred Mountain TINDAYA - Fuerteventura.

Tindaya-1The magnificent pyramid-shaped mountain Tindaya is truly inviting, but first we have to get permission from the local authorities to climb it. The guide will collect us at the base from the "Mountain of Witches" as it is called in the local folklore. On our ascent we will pass immense stone plates, coloured in all shades of pastel and with marmor-like designs that are admired by photographers.

 

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Walking to the Caldera Gairia

Escanear10002We start from Tiscamanita with a visit to the mill museum where they used to grow many sorts of grain in the past. We then head to the East. We enter the volcano through the solidified lava river from the protected volcano Jaina (463m). The Tabaibas grow along the path to the beautiful view over the red soil of the “Womens Lagune”, the Malpais Chico and the Malpais Grande with the 2 Picon volcanoes.

 

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The Volcano “Montaña Arena” – Villaverde/La Oliva

3The volcano “Montaña Arena” is shared between Villaverde and La Oliva. It is the last volcano that erupted, some 4,000 years ago. Thank God, it is protected as “Natural Area”.
The walk starts at the Villa Volcana via an old farm road, along fields that are surrounded by dry-stone walls and allows us to enjoy beautiful views over the northern volcano chain, the pirate island of Lobos, Lanzarote, and the dunes of Corralejo.

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HIKING: Around Betancuria - Fuerteventura.

DSCF3236Two lovely trips on the ancient Caminos Reales, the royal roads.

Betancuria is in the very centre of Fuerteventura. Both tracks, one shorter than the other, will show you the green centre of the island. You will discover the first capital and the oldest mountains of the Canary Islands and will enjoy miraculous views of the island. You will hear the wind sweep through the trees of the local forest and the neat BBQ place there will invite us to enjoy the prepared picnic. After having tasted the local specialities, the shortest version of the track will lead you back to Betancuria whereas the longer one will bring you via the palm tree valley to Vega de Rio Palma. The vegetation around the artificial lake is abundant. Your guide will explain to you about history, geology, culture, etc. The way back to Betancuria is through a dried river bed. Here you have time to visit the historic place and to enjoy a wine or a beer. Both tracks will offer nice views for pictures.

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HIKING: Walking trip Morro Jable – Cofete - Fuerteventura.

13-CAMINATACENTRALThe trip goes along the old herds track from Morro Jable to Cofete, at the wild West coast.

We start at the cactus field at “Gran Valle”, a few miles down the dirt track from Morro to Punta de Jandía. The journey begins with a light slope on the recently restored track (sand&stone). This was once the only connection to the west coast and to Cofete. At the top (350m high) you can enjoy the marvellous views to the entire coast from Punta de Jandía till La Pared which is regarded as the most unspoilt coast of Fuerteventura. The descent via serpentine tracks will bring you to Cofete whilst you will have the highest mountains of Fuerteventura in your back. And here, in the middle of this untouched nature and in its full grandeur, stays the saga-filled “Villa Winter”. We will picnic in Cofete, enjoy the scenery and rest. The return is on the same track. Pure nature!!!

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HIKING: Walking the Sacred Mountains of Cardón - Fuerteventura.

cardon_spirit_webThe trip will lead us to a special type of volcano: a vent volcano.

It is formed by a slow ascend of lava in the central column of an already existing crater, but without major outflows. Once the lava solidifies inside the cone of ash, it forms a vertical conduit of basalt that will stay upright long after the ash around has been eroded by the natural elements. The ascent is along an old shepherds track and leads to a cave that is the centre of an annual religious festivity. Here you can enjoy the superb views over the south of the island. After the descent we head for Pájara where you can choose between a picnic under the bougainvillas or a lunch in a special restaurant.

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HIKING: Walking to the Caldera Gairia - Tiscamanita - Fuerteventura.

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A trip that leads us to a mill, a lava river, a dried up lagune some "badlands" and an Aloe Vera plantation.

We start from Tiscamanita with a visit to the mill museum where they used to grow many sorts of grain in the past. We then head to the East. We enter the volcano through the solidified lava river from the protected volcano Jaina (463m). The Tabaibas grow along the path to the beautiful view over the red soil of the “Womens Lagune”, the Malpais Chico and the Malpais Grande with the 2 Picon volcanoes. The way back will bring us to a Tapas restaurant or to an Aloe Vera Plantation.

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HIKING: From Vallebrón to La Matilla - Fuerteventura.

guismat1Vallebrón, situated in a protected area and enclosed in a "U"-formed valley was once a very fertile farming area with hundreds of terraces and many wells.

We start the climb about 300m below the new sightseeing point and continue in the direction of the "La Muda" mountain, a place of historic interest due to ancient discoveries.

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HIKING: Climbing the highest summit of Fuerteventura: "Pico de la Zarza" (807m)

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A magnificent trip to the highest summit of Fuerteventura: Pico de la Zarza.

The ascending is trouble-free thanks to a broad and well-kept track. However, some condition is needed to go from sea level to 807m. Metre after metre we come closer to a (literally) breathtaking view. Turning your back you will see the hotel complexes and the Morro Jable lighthouse. Enormous Tabaiba bushes grow alongside the track, complemented by silky Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem. As we get higher these plants become more abundant thanks to the increasing humidity, supplied by a sea of clouds. After about 2 hours you will reach the summit and be astounded. You look at a steep edge to the West, the 14km long sandy beach of Cofete, the tiny village of Cofete and the mysterious villa Winter. In the North-East you will see the narrowest area (only 7km) of Fuerteventura: La Pared and the sacred mountains of Cardón. Further North lays the oldest mountain area of the Canaries. Watch out and keep tight as the wind can be strong, here!.

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Hiking Tracks Fuerteventura with Map and Fly-over

North: Tindaya – Playa Esquinzo.
You can start the track in the village or a couple of km further, close to the dried river bed (Barranco). You follow this barranco till the end to reach the sea for a refreshing moment. But do not swim out, as there are strong currents! Approx. distance: 9 km, approx. elevation: 178 m More
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A nice walk along the cliffs and sandy beaches on the West side of Fuerteventura. Also achievable in the summer for adults when regular "cooling" periods in the sea are respected. An extended family walk in the winter. Approx. distance: 5 km, approx. elevation: 33 m
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Centre: Pozo Negro – Poblado de la Atalayita.
The track starts in the village and goes west in a dried river bed (Barranco) to end up in a parking lot, next to the museum about the ancient village "Atalayita". You can visit the ruins of this village and walk up the small nearby volcano. The way back is mainly in a wide barranco. Approx. distance: 8,4 km, approx. elevation: 63 m
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South: Cofete – Barlovento
You can start your walk from the village or from the beach towards the tiny island "el islote" and end up North till the cliffs and the sea come together. Amazing views over the steep mountains and the impressive waves. STRONG CURRENTS - DO NOT SWIM OUT! Approx. distance: 7,7 km, approx. elevation: 66 m
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South:La Pared - Agua Liques
Attention: we strongly disadvise to walk this track during stormy weather or when big waves are hitting the West-side of Fuerteventura.The walk will take you from La Pared through the sandy part of the Natural Park and along the shore on your way back. There is a small sandy beach halfway the track where you can enjoy a refreshing paddling. STRONG CURRENTS! DO NOT SWIM! You will see impressive shapes of sand, carved by nature.Approx. distance: 7,1 km, approx. elevation: 90 m
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Centre: Buen Paso - Ntra. Sra. de la Peña
An impressive walking track for the entire family, although children must be kept at hand at all times: steep cliffs! The proximity of the massive and bare rocks creates a sense of futility. Jean de Bethencourt and his crew came along here about 600 years ago when conquering the island. Approx. distance: 1 km, approx. elevation: 75 m
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Centre: Ajuy – Bajas del Jurao.
You leave the road before arriving to Ajuy and follow the track till the Barranco de la Peña. Here you go left till the rocky beach. The "Rocky Gate" will welcome you for a refreshing rest.Approx. distance: 3 km - Approx. elevation: 60 m
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The track follows the coast line and connects the two villages, passing several valleys and small beaches that offer a welcome refreshment.Approx: Distance: 6,9 km – Approx. Elevation: 65 m
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Centre: Vega de Rio Palma – Presa de las Peñitas – SL FV 27.
The track is running through one of the most impressive landscapes of the island. The impressive rocks, the tiny chapel of the patron saint of Fuerteventura and the small path will give you a very special sensation.Approx: Distance: 3,57 km – Approx. Elevation: -85 m
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North: Lajares – Calderon Hondo – SL FV 02
The track starts with a light slope towards a platform with nice views over Lajares, Villaverde and the distant dunes. The short climb (approx. 100m) to the summit of the volcano is somewhat heavy, especially when it is hot, but is also doable for kids over 12. From here you have a good view over the North Shore of Fuerteventura and over Lanzarote. The way back is light.Approx. distance: 4,9 km / Approx. elevation: 128 m
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South: El Puertito – Caleta de la Madera – PR FV 56.
The track is running through the very southern part of Fuerteventura. You pass an old (1963) military airfield without buildings and go North to the shore to see the impressive erosion, the result of the brutal forces of the waves. You cross the island to the South again and return via some beaches.Approx: Distance: 12,8 km – Approx. Elevation: 125 m
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North: Villaverde – Mta. Roja.
The track starts in a dried river and goes up to a platform. Then you go East on a shoulder to reach the top. Tip: start very early in the morning so that you have reached the top when the sun rises: unforgettable moments!Approx: Distance: 8,2 km – Approx. Elevation: 240 m
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Centre: Betancuria – Mta. Morro de la Cruz.
The track starts on an asphalted road that you will leave soon for a dirt track. You will walk on a schoulder with superb views on the valley and finally get to the top with astonishing views over the central area of Fuerteventura. On the way back you will pass the statues of the two ancient kings – Guize and Ayose – and the ruins of the convent San Buenaventura. Approx. distance: 6,7 km, approx. elevation: 267 m
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Centre: Tiscamanita – Mta. Morro Jorjado.
You can start your walk from the village or from the beginning of the dirt track. The ascend starts slow, but increases rapidly. You will cross some dry river beds (Barrancos) to reach the top with nice views over the central area of Fuerteventura. Approx. distance: 4,1 km, approx. elevation: 417 m
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The track will bring you close to the highest mountain of the area and will pass next to a re-forestation project before you will reach the first capital of the island.Approx: Distance: 9,3 km – Approx. Elevation: 460 m
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The track will bring you almost to the top from where you can enjoy a superb view over the North of Fuerteventura.Approx: Distance: 1,5 km – Approx. Elevation: 160 m
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The track will bring you almost to the top from where you can enjoy a superb view over the North of Fuerteventura.Approx: Distance: 1,9 km – Approx. Elevation: 54 m
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The track passes the old agricultural area of the island and you can enjoy some old architecture. The volcano La Gairia is almost omnipresent during this walk. Approx: Distance: 6 km – Approx. Elevation: 109 m
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South: La Pared – Rincón del Camello.
Attention: steep slopes, we strongly disadvise to walk this track with children or with people who have fear of height.The track leads you to a barranco (gorge) that ends on very special shapes of sand, carved by the elements water and wind. Further you will come to a Caldera (mouth of a volcano) which will give you some impression of nature's power. The way back is over a sandy part of the Natural Park.Approx. distance: 4,0 km, approx. elevation: 80 m
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North: Corralejo - Calderon Hondo - Lajares
    N 9,0 km 178 m   A track over dirt roads and pavements with lava rock. Starting in the northern part of the city of Corralejo, via the vulcano Calderon Hondo to Lajares. Approx. length: 13 km, approx. elevation: 212 m
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South: La Pared - Risco del Paso
  A sandy hiking track, starting from La Pared to Risco del Paso near Costa Calma. A part of this track is the shortest distance to cross the island from one side to the other. Approx. distance: 11 km - approx. elevation: 130 m
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South: Morro Jable - Playa de la Barca - Hiking Fuerteventura
A medium walk from Morro Jable to Playa de la Barca. Most of the time you will be walking along the shore. Approx. distance: 12 km - approx. elevation: -70 m (downhill)
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The track is running through one of the most productive agricultural areas of the island and comes close to the reforestation project.Approx: Distance: 6 km – Approx. Elevation: 270 m
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Centre: Antigua – Degollada de Marrubio – Betancuria – SL FV 29.
The track crosses the Betancuria mountain range. From the top you will enjoy the surrounding landscapes which are one of the oldest formations of the island.Approx: Distance: 5,6 km – Approx. Elevation: 340 m
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The track climbs steeply on the mountain Cardón, one of the most emblematic natural elements of Fuerteventura. From the end point one has a magnificent view over the West coast and the plains of Fuerteventura. Approx: Distance: 2,3 km – Approx. Elevation: 200 m
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South: Cofete – Morro Jable.
The track starts at the east entrance of Cofete and goes relatively flat for a while. After about 2km you will begin a steep climb to the shoulder of the pass. Here – halfway – you can rest and enjoy the marvellous views back to Cofete or to the valley going to Morro Jable. The second part of the descent can be hot.Approx. distance: 6,3 km - Approx. elevation: 290 m
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North: Corralejo – Mta. Bayuyo.
You can climb this volcano from 2 sides: West or East or make a round trip. The track has some steep parts and on the top you can overview Corralejo, Lobos, the North-West coast and Lanzarote.Approx: Distance: 3 km – Approx. Elevation: 180 m
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South: Costa Calma – West Coast 1.
This track crosses the narrowest part of the island from East to West and runs through a sandy area. You get a good impression about the differences in power of the waves between East and West.Approx: Distance: 3,3 km – Approx. Elevation: 52 m
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South: Jandia – Barranco de Pecenescal (SL FV 11)
The track, which starts at the FV02 secondary road from Jandía to Costa Calma, will bring you to a famous view point which overlooks the impressive Barlovento coast line. The track is a mix of sandy and rocky road. Approx: Distance: 5 km – Approx. Elevation: 204 m
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The track is running within the Jandia Natural Reserve and offers from the highest point of the island some splendid views over the West coast.Approx: Distance: 6,4 km – Approx. Elevation: 680 m
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