The island of Fuerteventura has so much to offer such as rolling volcanic landscapes, stunning white and black sand beaches, and vibrant and rich culture and history. What better way to experience it than through a tour of the island?
We made the decision to do the Fuerteventura Grand Tour on our third time visiting Fuerteventura – we knew our way around Corralejo by that point and wanted to see what else the island had to offer. The Grand Tour was perfect for us – we don’t drive, so it gave us access to some difficult places to reach in Fuerteventura, and it meant we didn’t have to research the places to go beforehand.
The trip itself picks up day trippers from Jandia, Costa Calma, Corralejo, and Caleta De Fuste and includes a professional guide, an air-conditioned bus (much needed on the day we went – a sweltering 36 degrees celsius!), and free entry to each of the museums. Lunch isn’t included, however there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to visit in each of the locations or you can just take a picnic with you. It’s a full day, with pick-up at 7.30am at the earliest, so be prepared to be tired! You can also experience the trip in English, Spanish, or German depending on what day you do it.
The day starts with a visit to the Aloe Vera Museum in Tiscamanita, quite far out from any nearby towns. Aloe vera is to Canarians what tea is to the British… If you don’t have any in your house then there’s something wrong with you! It was very informative – not only did we get to try each of the products and discover how to prepare aloe straight from the plant but we also learnt loads about the different type of aloe vera and the range of health issues it can help with. I even received a free aloe vera shoulder massage! The products themselves were quite expensive so I didn’t buy any of them, however they were very high-quality products with a higher percentage of aloe than any others I’d seen in Corralejo so most likely worth the price.
We then headed off to the first of three towns – Pajara, which is a traditional and quaint village situated on the West of the island near Ajuy. It’s very different from Corralejo, Morro Jable, and the other resorts as it’s focused much more towards the locals than the tourists, so it was lovely to see this side of Fuerteventura. I was particularly wowed by the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, a small but beautiful church that you can freely explore.
The second town we visited was the island’s old capital of Betancuria. It’s nestled 800m above sea level in the mountains and the trip up there is certainly an interesting one… Lots of thin, winding ascents which can feel a bit scary when in a coach! The tour drivers are brilliant though, and there wasn’t one part where I felt genuinely unsafe. Betancuria was absolutely lovely – again very quaint, with cobblestone streets and colourful flowers lining the buildings which really stood out against the white walls. I would have liked to have spent more time here, so we made a mental note to visit again at some point.
The coach stayed up in the mountains for most of the afternoon, and the tour guide gave us a brilliant explanation of the history of Fuerteventura, from why Betancuria is no longer the capital to how the towns and villages were formed in the first place. We then went onto visit a local goat farm – goats are quite important in Fuerteventura as they provide lots of meat and dairy products (goats’ cheese is big over there) so we got to see the goats being milked and meet a variety of other animals on the farm. My favourite part of the farm was the farm shop, which had such a great variety of Canarian products! We bought some locally made mojo sauce and cactus jam, and we also got to sample the goat’s cheese that was for sale.
The last stop on the tour was El Cotillo, a beautiful village on the coast. By this point I was knackered so we didn’t explore as much as we would have liked, instead going for a relaxing coffee out of the sun. We were back home early evening, giving us time to go out for dinner and enjoy ourselves, but in all honesty we didn’t last long and ended up falling asleep pretty quickly!
I really enjoyed myself on the Fuerteventura Grand Tour – it gave me a really good understanding of the history of the island and we got to see some beautiful locations that could be easily missed otherwise. It’s the sort of tour I’d go on a second time as it’s just so convenient and there’s a lot to love. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour if you do visit Fuerteventura – we booked ours through Excursion Center and they were brilliant as well.
If you’ve travelled to Fuerteventura before, where was your favourite location? Let me know in the comments! Also don’t forget to like and pin! You can read my other Fuerteventura excursion reviews here: