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Hidden Trails of Fuerteventura

Spain, Canary Islands
2 reviews
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
LEISURELY LEISURELY

A lovely centre-based walking holiday on the colourful island of Fuerteventura, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Canary Islands.

Trip Code: HTF
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Hidden Trails of Fuerteventura

Highlights
  • Take a boat to the uninhabited Lobos isle - a biosphere haven for sea-birds
  • Discover the African-inspired architecture of Betancuria   
  • Lovely walks to desert oases, sweeping dunes and colourful volcanic landscapes
  • Stay in a fishing village and experience traditional Canary Island life
  • Easily combined with Walking Lanzarote for a two week walking holiday

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 15
  • 6 days walking and sightseeing
  • Join In La Lajita

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 nights Apartment
Overview

The charming island of Fuerteventura lies just 100km off the North African coast, and alongside its beautiful landscape, you’ll find year round sunshine, endless sandy beaches and the most stunning coastline in the Canary Islands. Fuerteventura is little known to walkers, but has a wonderful variety of trails meandering through pretty African-style architecture, and volcanoes so colourful, they resemble mountains of exotic spices. Plus the island was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2009 due to an abundance of endemic flora and fauna. On this centre-based walking holiday you’ll explore Fuerteventura on foot, whilst staying in the small fishing village of La Lajita. Walking highlights include the Betancuria Mountain Range and walking in the footsteps of the ‘Guanches’ (Fuerteventura’s first inhabitants) around the lava flows of the Cuchillos de Vigan and Volcan de Jacomar. You’ll also explore the Jandia Nature Reserve, discover a magical Saharan-style desert landscape and enjoy a boat trip to the tiny island of Lobos, nestled between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Experience staying in a small fishing community and discover a surprising side to Fuerteventura as you walk the very best trails on the island.


 Looking for a two week Canary Islands holiday?

For a complete Canary Islands experience, why not combine our Hidden Trails of Fuerteventura holiday  with our one week Lanzarote - The Island of Eternal Spring.   Our dates work back to back and with frequent ferry crossings between Playa Blanca on Lanzarote and Corralejo on Fuerteventura it really couldn't be simpler! 

This relaxing holiday is centre-based with a mixture of easy day walks and sightseeing. During the week we walk on a wide variety of terrain which includes well defined footpaths, tracks of gravel, volcanic scree (lapilli), volcanic ash and small roads. There are minor sections of the trail with stony slopes, but these are mainly when ascending and descending. Each walk will be from 3 – 4 hours allowing plenty of time for sightseeing and photography along the way. On top of this, each day is optional and you can choose to walk or have a day off hiking. Adding to the relaxation factor is our home-from-home accommodation. Whilst there is sufficient walking on each day to satisfy weekend hikers, it is intended that this should be a walking holiday led at a relaxing pace. Evenings can be spent relaxing at the accommodation, enjoying dinner at a local restaurant, or sampling local wines on the terrace.

Why KE?

As Canary Island walking experts, KE are always working hard to create that special holiday with the perfect combination of picturesque trails, excellent leaders, unusual accommodation and captivating landscapes. This one has it all, plus plenty of year round sunshine - welcome to the Hidden Trails of Fuerteventura.

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Itinerary

The group will meet at the accommodation in La Lajita, which is a brief 50 minutes taxi ride away from the airport. Our accommodation is located in a quiet area with lovely views of the
black sand and stone beach. After arriving and settling in you may wish to explore. It's an easy 10 minute walk to the centre of La Lajita, a small fishing village with a church and a little sandy beach, the ideal place if you want to swim after hiking. In the past, large natural underground wells made La Lajita an area for growing crops. To the south of the village there is a small hill you can walk up, which is great for photographing the sunset and see the south part of the island and the Cardón Mountain. There is also a supermarket, local bars and restaurants, a bakery, cash machine and a pharmacy. The local goat's cheese from the nearby village of La Pared is famous for being one of the best on the island.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

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After a brief transfer (15 mins) we find ourselves surrounded by volcanic cones. It was in this area, 100,000 years ago, that the last eruptions on Fuerteventura took place. Today's trail is good and mostly flat, through a lunar landscape, with just one big pull up as make the last ascent to the crater. The Malpaís Grande Protected Landscape is one of the wildest and most arid areas of Fuerteventura, but of great geological interest. The "malpaís" (a "bad land"), is a typical geomorphological feature around volcanoes that have erupted with "dense" lavas. If we look to the skies we might also hope to catch our first glimpse of the emblematic bird of Fuerteventura, the 'Guirre' or Egypcian Vulture.

*Food for thought: The local cheese (queso) is called Majorero and is named after the island's locals called majos. Made from goat's milk, the wheels are often rubbed in olive oil, paprika, or a mix of corn meal called gofio. They also produce a smoked version, which was quite delicious. Served with fresh bread, a drizzle of olive oil and a glass of wine - this simple dish is bursting with flavour. Mojo Picon is an easily addictive sauce which is served with almost every meal. Made from olive oil, vinegar, paprika and garlic, mojo comes in red or green varieties, and is extremely popular across the Canary Islands.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

B L

Ascent

50 M

Descent

50 M

Time

3 hrs walking

Distance

6 KM

After breakfast, a 35min transfer finds us in Tenicoscai, close to the Cuchillos de Vigán Natural Monument. Occupying an area of around 60 square km, the Cuchillos de Vigán is a landscape formed by a lava flow from Volcan de Jacomar, which has suffered intense erosion, creating knife like ridges, cliffs and valleys, and the coastline is dotted with inlets and lava tubes. Our walk starts at the beach from where we will walk towards Volcan de Jacomar. Along the way we will be able to observe what remains of the refuges of the 'Guanches', Fuerteventura's fist inhabitants. We then follow the route of the volcanoes lava flow to the coast, passing by an isolated fishing only accessible by sea. We may spot Barbarian Falcon today or, if we are especially lucky, a rare Fish Eagle.

*Food for thought: A Canary Islands staple and delicious snack are papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes). Here potatoes are boiled with the skin on and then baked in the oven until wrinkly but still soft on the inside. They are wonderful when served with the famous sauce mojo picón. More of an ingredient or national institution that food, gofio is ground cornmeal cooked in a variety of ways. People usually love it or hate it, but it's worth trying either served with fresh fish or sweetened with condensed milk or fruit.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

B L

Ascent

280 M

Descent

300 M

Time

3 - 4hrs walking

Distance

8 KM

This morning we pack our swimwear and transfer 1.5hrs to Corralejo, located on the northern tip of the island. This town enjoys an excellent location with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east, dunes to the south and a desert landscape to the west. Once a tiny fishing village, Corralejo has grown in size over the years, but is still home to fishermen's cottages and a bustling harbour. As we head down to the harbour we'll have views of Lobos, a relaxing 15 mins boat journey away. Described as a haven of peace and tranquillity, this little island is only 5 square kilometres but is home to white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Nestled between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, Lobos is a designated protected area for birds due to the rare species that migrate or live there. Lobos del Mar or Sea Wolves was named after resident seals that used to inhabit the island many years ago. After landing, we pick up a trail which follows the coast, taking us across lava fields and beautiful white sandy beaches. With an entire coastline of under 14km, Lobos can be walked around in a few hours and our time we'll head up Caldera de Lobos (127m), the highest point on the island. We descend on trails of lava scree which offer views across to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Once back at the coast there will be time for a refreshing dip as we hopefully spot petrels, shrikes, bustards, ospreys and Caspian gulls. In the afternoon we sail back to the mainland and after a refreshment stop we take a short drive to the Dunes of Corralejo. This area was designated as a Natural Park in 1982 and we'll be on the look out for Cream-colored courser, Great spotted cuckoo and Berthelot's pipit. Afterwards we transfer back to our accommodation in La Lajita.
*Food for thought: Cabra or goat is one of the main meats on the island and has been served for many years. Either roasted or stewed, it is generally served with wrinkled potatoes and Mojo picón. When cooked on the Canary Islands it remains very moist and is extremely popular with locals. The most famous fish is Vieja or Parrot Fish which is freshly cooked in the oven with citrus fruit. Light and fragrant when baked, it is served with potatoes and mojo.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

B L

Ascent

220 M

Descent

210 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs walking

Distance

9 KM

After breakfast we make our way to the peninsula of Jandia, home to white sandy beaches, deep gorges and towering cliffs. Offering a true feeling of remoteness, Jandia feels very much off the beaten track. Today's transfers down to the south takes around 35 mins. Jandia peninsula contains one of the largest natural reserves on the island and in the past, this wild area was cut off from the rest of the island by the sea. Today the two sections are connected by sand which has created some of the best beaches in the world. We start near Morro Jable and follow excellent footpaths for the majority of the walk. The trail today has the occasional rocky section, but these are not difficult. After leaving the south coast we walk through a wide range of landscapes, including a footpath which cuts through the dramatic and wild central mountain range of the Jandia Peninsula. As we start to approach the north coast we descend to Cofete beach. At Cofete we'll have time to explore the mysterious Winter House which was built in 1937 by Gustav Winter. The impressive villa with its towering arches and round tower now stands empty on a remote spot but rumour has it that during WWII the villa was a clinic for plastic surgeons. Island stories tell of Hitler and Eva Braun being patients before fleeing to Argentina. Cofete is a great place to end the day before our short journey (1hr) back to our accommodation.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

B L

Ascent

300 M

Descent

360 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

After breakfast we start with a transfer of 45 minutes to Betancuria, the former capital of Fuerteventura and we pass through Antigua. The climb to Betancuria is spectacular. Nestled in the heart of the island, in a picturesque valley, Betancuria has pretty architecture lining its
cobbled streets and a fascinating past. The town was built in its present location to avoid pirate
attacks and did so quite successfully until 1593, when the town and church were reduced to
rubble. Now fully restored, we'll wander through its centre and visit the church. From Betancuria
we make our way to the village of Vega de Río Palma which is the start of our walk. We start by following a lovely trail up to the Parque Rural de Betancuria. This wonderfully lush area is
known as the Betancuria Mountain Range and it does an excellent job of protecting the villages in central Fuerteventura. We hike along a trail which runs alongside the south-eastern crest of the island, and are rewarded with beautiful views over the central part of Fuerteventura. Towards the end of the walk we descend through the Barranco del Malpaso to the reservoir of Vega de Rio Palma. Once here we'll visit a hermitage site known as Virgen de la Peña and visit a shrine which was excavated into the rocks by monks during the 17th Century. Our day ends in the village of Pajara, village bordered by gigantic ficus trees and after a refreshment stop in a local café or bar, we'll transfer back to our accommodation.

*Food for thought: A Canary Islands staple and delicious snack are papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes). Here potatoes are boiled with the skin on and then baked in the oven until wrinkly but still soft on the inside. They are wonderful when served with the famous sauce mojo picón. More of an ingredient or national institution that food, gofio is ground cornmeal cooked in a variety of ways. People usually love it or hate it, but it's worth trying either served with fresh fish or sweetened with condensed milk or fruit.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

B L

Ascent

350 M

Descent

450 M

Time

4 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

This morning we start with a transfer of 15 minutes Pecenescal in the desert like area on the south west coast of the island. Today's walk is a showcase of the many contrasts of Fuerteventura and takes us far away from the main towns and tourist resorts. We'll follow a sandy trail, which is soft underfoot and runs through the area where parts of Star Wars: A Solo Story were filmed, parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. We will have an interesting view of the Cofete massif and the mountains around the village of La Pared. As we walk we can enjoy rich variety of colours created by the sandstone and limestone. We will transfer back to our accommodation in plenty of time to freshen up before heading out for a meal together.

Accommodation

Apartment

Meals

B L D

Ascent

220 M

Descent

210 M

Time

2 - 3 hrs walking

Distance

5 KM

The holiday ends after breakfast. Depending on your departure time there may be time to relax on one of the little terraces. The tour leader can help you arrange a taxi to combine with other members of the group if possible.

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Tips
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

Due to the wide range of flights servicing the island we have not included a group transfer in this holiday. It is very easy to take a taxi from Fuerteventura Airport to the accommodation.

During the week the tour leader can assist in reserving a taxi for your departure, which you may be able to combine with other members of the group.

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners are included in the holiday price.

Many places on this holiday have drinkable water from the tap to fill your personal water bottles. Please check with the leader at the various locations. Please take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) for days when drinking water out of the tap is not available. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

The food of the island is as colourful as the landscape and prides itself on fresh produce. Breakfast is generally continental in style with bread, pastries, honey, jam, cereal, tea, coffee and it's not unusual to enjoy cheese and ham. Lunches will be picnic style, meaning we can find the perfect spot during the day to enjoy lunch on the trail whilst enjoying the views. Dinner on the Canary Islands is a social affair alongside being fresh and colourful. Fish and seafood are popular dishes as well as braised goat and beef. The famed wrinkly potatoes are absolutely delicious, especially when combined with the rather addictive mojo picon sauce. Gofio is a combination of toasted corn/wheat meal and used to thicken stews or popped into desserts! However the island prides itself on queso majorero, a local cheese from goats milk which is excellent and famously known as the best goats cheese in the whole of Spain! Salads and fresh vegetables are in abundance alongside a fantastic range of fruit. Don't forget to sample the excellent open wines, which are enjoyed by the glass or in carafes. A must try are the wonderful after dinner liquors on the island.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

Accommodation for the week will be in simple but comfortable shared apartments, close to the ocean, just outside the small fishing village of La Lajita. Not all rooms are en-suite, but there are enough bathrooms to ensure comfort. Each apartment has a light and airy open plan kitchenette / living room. Having the added bonus of a kitchen area means any local drinks or refreshments purchased during your week can be kept chilled to enjoy at leisure on your terrace, perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif or night-cap! Breakfast will be set out buffet style in one of the apartments, ensuring a leisurely start to the day.

Accommodation is twin share. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.

The group will be led by a professional and qualifed tour leader.

Approximately 150 to 200 Euros should be allowed for tips, soft, drinks, snacks, wine with dinner and miscellaneous expenses. ATMs are available at the airport and you will be able to get currency from bank ATMs in places we visit. You can also choose to take your money in pounds sterling or dollars as there will be the opportunity to change money into Euros on arrival at the airport. Credit cards are useful and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

We ask you to restrict your baggage to one main bag and a day pack of approximately 25-30 litres. We recommend a bag with wheels or a rucksack for this holiday.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.

The islands of the Canaries are a year-round holiday destination and often described as eternal spring with temperatures ranging between 16 in the winter to 25 in the summer. The islands of the Canaries are a year-round holiday destination with what is often described as eternal spring conditions with temperatures ranging between 16 in the winter to 25 in the summer. Fuerteventura has its own micro-climate with the north of the island being slightly sheltered from any weather extremes by neighbouring Lanzarote. This means the island receives less rainfall than its neighbouring islands. The name Fuerteventura translates to ‘strong wind’ and although the island is known for its Atlantic breeze, the Canary Islands are also well known for it's all year round good weather.

  • Berlitz: Lanzarote and Fuerteventura Pocket Guide
  • Canary Islands Song – Robin Jones Gunn 

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

You should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots / shoes
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Swimwear and small towel
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack (30 - 35 litres)
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottle 1 Litre (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Shorts
  • Camera and batteries
  • Penknife (for picnic lunches)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 from 2 reviews

Great week of walking in January, despite the sirocco dust! ★★★★★

A very full mid-January week of walking the best parts of Fuerteventura, based in La Lajita in the south of the island. Gwen was a wonderful tour leader and adapted the itinerary as appropriate in response to the strong sirocco wind blowing sand from the Sahara and creating a haze on several days. The apartments were very comfortable and Gwen's picnics showcased many of the island's specialities, especially the cheese. Highlights were the walks on the Cofete Peninsular and in the hills above Bet ancuria. Gwen also arranged a magnificent Paella which we enjoyed in the apartments one evening and the standard of food in the restaurants in La Lajita was high. Very enjoyable week. I was able to continue onto KE's Lanzarote trip the following week; my advice to people doing this is to only book your inter-island ferry once you arrive in Fuerteventura so that you can co-ordinate the (not inconsiderable) cost of the taxi transfers to/from the ferry ports with other people doing this combination.
By Jeremy London | 11 February 2022

A great winter escape - wild remote daily walks from a comfortable villa base ★★★★

A great taste of the different areas Fuerteventura has to offer - from rocky headland to wild sand dunes and spectacular calderas. Small group and flexible travelling open up possibilities for walks in areas few visitors get to. Though the walking is wild and at times exposed, the accommodation in La Oliva villa is very comfortable and evening meals always an enjoyable time to unwind. If lucky with the weather (we were) this makes a perfect winter escape

By Richard LONDON | 07 February 2018

Traveller Reviews
4.5 out of 5 from 2 reviews

Great week of walking in January, despite the sirocco dust!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A very full mid-January week of walking the best parts of Fuerteventura, based in La Lajita in the south of the island. Gwen was a wonderful tour leader and adapted the itinerary as appropriate in response to the strong sirocco wind blowing sand from the Sahara and creating a haze on several days. The apartments were very comfortable and Gwen's picnics showcased many of the island's specialities, especially the cheese. Highlights were the walks on the Cofete Peninsular and in the hills above Bet ancuria. Gwen also arranged a magnificent Paella which we enjoyed in the apartments one evening and the standard of food in the restaurants in La Lajita was high. Very enjoyable week. I was able to continue onto KE's Lanzarote trip the following week; my advice to people doing this is to only book your inter-island ferry once you arrive in Fuerteventura so that you can co-ordinate the (not inconsiderable) cost of the taxi transfers to/from the ferry ports with other people doing this combination.
By Jeremy London | 11 February 2022

A great winter escape - wild remote daily walks from a comfortable villa base
★ ★ ★ ★

A great taste of the different areas Fuerteventura has to offer - from rocky headland to wild sand dunes and spectacular calderas. Small group and flexible travelling open up possibilities for walks in areas few visitors get to. Though the walking is wild and at times exposed, the accommodation in La Oliva villa is very comfortable and evening meals always an enjoyable time to unwind. If lucky with the weather (we were) this makes a perfect winter escape

By Richard LONDON | 07 February 2018

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