Nature has made great works of art on the island of Fuerteventura. The Arco de las Peñitas is an example of this. This rock formation is considered one of the most unknown areas of the island of Majorera, and one of the most beautiful landscapes that can be visited.
Betancuria is the municipality that hides the Arco de las Peñitas. Near this construction of nature, you can also visit and enjoy the Barranco de las Peñitas and the Ermita del Malpaso, where is the patron saint of Fuerteventura, the Virgen de la Peña.
The Hermitage is located in a place of difficult access and therefore a new temple was built so that the devotees of the virgin could visit it without danger. Despite being located in a new place, every September pilgrims visit the Ermita del Malpaso, in the Pilgrimage of the Virgen de la Peña.
In this landscape everything will leave you with an open mouth, but the Arco de las Peñitas is the structure that stands out within this group. A block of rock eroded by the force of the wind has left a perfect formation that does not escape anyone’s sight.
All these places are within the Betancuria Massif, created with the oldest materials that can be found in Fuerteventura and the rest of the Canary Islands. The sienite is the rock that stands out in the Betancuria Massif, and its hardness makes it perfect for climbing.
The Barranco de las Peñitas has many scalable roads, and of different difficulties. This makes Las Peñitas a good place for lovers of this sport to enjoy a day of climbing.
The set of the Betancuria Massif is perfect for a full day. You can start hiking until you reach the Arco de las Peñitas, a gateway to Fuerteventura’s landscape, continue with a visit to the Hermitage of Malpaso and end the day practicing the climbing on the tracks offered by Betancuria Barrando.