FUERTEVENTURA FROM THE COAST TO THE HINTERLAND
We set out to explore the varied and spectacular landscape of this island that is almost African in nature and immerse ourselves in its local traditions amidst traditional windmills, aloe vera plantations and local specialities whose origins are lost in the mists of time.
- Sand dunes and views of Lanzarote and Isla de Lobos
- Mirador de Morro Velosa
- Mirador de Guise y Ayose
- Casa Santa Maria
- The village of Pajar and the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla
- Aloe vera plantation
- The Molino de Tiscamanita
- We leave Puerto del Rosario by coach, and head north along the coast driving through spectacular sand dunes and stop briefly to take panoramic pictures of Lanzarote and Isla de Lobos.
- We continue inland, in the direction of the Betancuria Mountains, enjoying the spectacular scenery that the north of the island has to offer. We stop at the Mirador di Morro Velosa, a belvedere with breathtaking views stretching from the mountains to the sea.
- After a short coffee break, we proceed with our journey to another viewpoint, the Mirador de Guise y Ayose with an enchanting panorama of Fuerteventura's north-central expanses.
- Having reached Betancuria, we stop at Casa Santa Maria, a beautifully refurbished 17th-century farmstead that houses a museum dedicated to the artisan handicrafts of the Canary Islands.
- Our next destination is the delightful village of Paraja where we visit the 17th-century church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, one of the Canary Islands' architectural treasures. The Aztec influences that characterise the exterior façades of this church are particularly striking.
- By the time we finish our visit to the church, it will be time for lunch and we head to the restaurant for a relaxing break.
- In the afternoon we visit a local aloe vera plantation. This remarkable plant was discovered many years ago by the farmers of the Canary Islands who make frequent use of it as a remedy for various ailments. During our visit to the plantation and its processing facility, we will have the opportunity to purchase various aloe vera products.
- A short journey takes us to the windmill known as the Molino de Tiscamanita, which has been converted into a museum. Here we will learn about different types of windmill and about gofio, a flour produced from toasted cereals that forms the basis of the traditional local diet.
- We conclude our excursion, heading back to the port driving through the splendid island countryside.