The greatest attraction of Fuerteventura Island for those who do not know it yet are its beaches and landscapes. However, Fuerteventura is much more than beaches and that is why today we teach you what to do in the north of the island, one of the most spectacular areas.
It is one of the largest and most important municipalities in Fuerteventura. In the 19th century, La Oliva was the capital of the island until 1956 when it was moved to Puerto del Rosario. Its population centres include Corralejo and El Cotillo, two of the most famous and spectacular villages in the northern part of Fuerteventura.
The culture of the municipality of La Oliva is very interesting and in almost every place we can find a fascinating history to discover. Among the monuments of this municipality, the Casa de los Coroneles is a sample of the typical traditional Majoreras houses. This house was built in the XVII century and is a place that every traveller should visit.
Cereals were the basis of the diet of the first residents of Fuerteventura. The drought of the land favoured dry farming in which cereals were the local product. La Casa de la Cilla is now a museum that takes you to the granaries of the island in the XIX Century. There you will find the old tools and traditional farming methods, as well as photographs of the time.
The church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria hides a polyptych by Juan de Miranda Cejas, one of the most important Canarian painters. The architecture of the sanctuary does not stand out, as it follows the forms of the local majorera architecture.
In order not to miss any of the places hidden in La Oliva, the best thing is to stay at Casa Tile. A majorera traditional house ideal for beach lovers and for lovers of crops and agriculture.
The famous village of Corralejo
Who hasn’t heard of Corralejo and its immense dunes? Corralejo is one of the best known areas of Fuerteventura that you shouldn’t miss. The dunes of Corralejo, formed by the erosion of shells and shells of marine organisms, are the perfect scenario for the youngest children to play by sliding down high mounds of organic origin.
Corralejo has much more to visit. This small fishing village has changed in recent years due to tourism. The small low and white houses gave way to family hotels and places for entertainment and water activities. However, Corralejo still has the fishing essence and you can taste the best fresh fish on the island.
If you visit Corralejo, we recommend that you find out about the boats that go to Isla de Lobos, one of the most popular tourist attractions if you go to Fuerteventura.
El Cotillo’s corners
Another of Fuerteventura’s most charming fishing villages is El Cotillo. Its whitewashed houses with turquoise sea in the background welcome you. It is a landscape worthy of a postcard and no one can pass unnoticed to its charms. Its inhabitants continue to live from fishing and therefore one of the most important points is the port.
The Castle or Tower of El Tostón is another point of interest in the fishing village. Juan de Bethancourt, conqueror of Fuerteventura, ordered the construction, known as Rico Roque, to defend the island from pirates. The current tower is built on the foundations of this and is considered a Historic Monument of Cultural Interest and one of the important monuments of the island of Fuerteventura.
With the same name we can also find a short distance the Tostón lighthouse. It is currently the traditional Fishing Museum and here you can discover the oldest major traditions and customs.
Although El Cotillo is one of the most touristic areas of Fuerteventura preserves the traditional fishing houses. Stay in Casa Marinera to enjoy the experience to the utmost and get to know first hand how the fishermen of El Cotillo lived.