The island of Fuerteventura lies only 50 miles from the African coast, and as you explore towns of flat-topped roofs and the undulating sand dunes of Corralejo National Park, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Africa. But travel inland and you’ll encounter a lunar-like landscape of eerie lava formations and bare, saffron-coloured hills.
Most tourists, however, flock to Fuerteventura for its pristine beaches. The island has no shortage of beautiful bays, where talcum-soft sand is caressed by clear turquoise waters. You’ll also find a mixture of upmarket resort towns and unspoilt fishing villages dotted along the coast.
Popular Ports in Fuerteventura
Puerto del Rosario
If you take a Fuerteventura cruise, you’ll disembark in the capital of Puerto del Rosario, where the island’s only cruise port is located. This thriving modern town is often overlooked by tourists eager to get to the beach, but it’s worth staying to explore. Enjoy some delicious Canarian food in one of the many restaurants. Queso majorero, goat’s-milk cheese rubbed with olive oil and paprika, is delicious, as is the tender goat stew.
Puerto del Rosario has an open-air sculpture park with more than 50 installations scattered around the city. Lots of them can be found on the newly revamped seafront promenade. You can also find a lot of colourful mural paintings on buildings across town.
A trip to Puerto del Rosario allows you to access some stunning beaches. Playa Blanca, a mile or two from the city centre, is the city’s main beach. The sheltered turquoise waters are perfect for families, and despite its proximity to Puerto del Rosario, it doesn’t get too crowded.
What are the best cruise ships for a Fuerteventura cruise?
There are so many ways to spend your leisure time on board the sophisticated Marella Dream. You’ll love the his-and-hers saunas and the extensive spa that offers treatments from massages to facials. Children will be caught up in adventure, with their own pool, a dedicated kid’s club and even a stage school. There are wining-and-dining options here to please everyone.
Enjoy on-deck barbecues at the Lido Restaurant, or a fragrant curry at Kora La restaurant. As for nightlife, you can enjoy everything from a low-key piano concert at Tides Lounge to a fun night of drinking and dancing at The Water’s Edge nightclub.
The luxurious Celebrity Silhouette won Critic’s Choice Best Mediterranean Cruises award, and it’s easy to see why. There are many unique features alongside the usual spa, sports deck and swimming pool facilities. Order a picnic hamper from one of the many restaurants and enjoy it on deck at The Alcoves.
Hang out at the Lawn Club Grill, a freshly manicured lawn on the top deck, where you can enjoy country club activities and cooking demonstrations from a celebrity chef. Meanwhile, the Celebrity iLounge features 26 Mac workstations, and there are even dance tournaments, too! There are plenty of activities for children, including the largest X-Box experience at sea, and the Fun Factory Club for younger ones.
Shore Excursion Ideas
Shore excursions enable you to get out and explore Fuerteventura’s unique natural environments. Here are three highly recommended excursions.
Corralejo Beach Transfer
If you’ve come to the island in hope of relaxing on the beach, this shore excursion is the best way to do it. You’ll take a hassle-free journey down the coast to Corralejo’s 6.5-mile-long stretch of golden sand, one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. Once you’ve arrived, there’ll be plenty of time to sun yourself, paddle in the sea, or explore the dunes behind the beach. Another alternative is to explore the town of Corralejo. Formerly a small fishing village, Corralejo is now a thriving resort with a pleasant waterfront, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.
You’ll literally go off the beaten track on this fun off-road tour of Fuerteventura, travelling past unspoilt villages and majestic mountains. Pass through palm groves and spiky cactus groves to the whitewashed village of volcanic Mount Tindaya. This mountain was once used for religious worship, and locals say it attracts witches and other strange happenings. Wind back towards the coast, passing windswept beaches until you reach El Cotillo, a quaint fishing village. There’s time for a dip before returning to the ship, via the island’s iconic sand dunes.
Fuerteventura Bike Tour
Stretch your legs after being onboard ship with an adrenaline-fuelled bike tour into the heart of Fuerteventura’s rugged badlands. You’ll follow an expert guide inland from Puerto del Rosario, cycling down quiet tracks and lanes across Fuerteventura’s rugged volcanic landscape. Ascend uphill to the unspoilt village of Guisguey, stopping for a rest and to enjoy the stunning views. You’ll descend through the Bariondo Valley, passing farms and terrace fields, before stopping for a rest on the beach at Puerto Lajas. Once refreshed, you’ll pedal back to the ship along the coast.
Top ports in this destination
- Puerto del Rosario