La Pared - 9 kms
Situated on the West coast of the island, where the seas are rougher, La Pared is a favourite for surfers. The beaches are spectacular but a little intimidating for casual swimmers. A good family day out is a visit to the restaurant “Bahia Mar” which has a large salt water swimming pool and stunning views of the surrounding coast. Sunsets in La Pared are particularly beautiful so remember to take a camera.
La Lajita - 10 kms
Originally a small fishing village La Lajita is probably best know for the “Oasis Park” zoo. With giraffes and hippos and over 200 species of birds the park provides an interesting day out with shows including sea lions and birds of prey. There is also a garden centre, the largest on the island, adjacent to the zoo. On Sunday there is a vegetable and craft market and a local Mariachi band plays in the bar/restaurant.
Jandia - 21 kms
The beach surrounding the lighthouse at Playa del Mattoral was voted one of the best in the world. Clean and quite steeply sloping and without a strong current it is ideal for swimming. The long beach is ideal for promenading as well an activity carried out with or without clothes depending on your preference, though most chose to wear at least a sun hat. There are diving, watersport centres and sailing schools at various locations along this beautiful beach. Adjacent to the beach are many bars, restaurants and tourist shops and a reasonably.
Morro Jable - 23 kms
Just further south than the tourist resort of Jandia lies the old town and port of Morro Jable. A seacat and ferry service runs from here to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. As well as the ferry terminal there is also a marina and a few bars and Restaurants near the port. The old town itself has had a spruce up recently but remains very cosmopolitan with many bars and restaurants. Fish is the local speciality particularly in the many restaurants bordering the sea.
Gran Tarajal - 30 kms
The second largest town on the island with a much more Spanish feel than the other coastal areas. A black sandy beach and a promenade with bars and restaurants. A small square in the centre of town with a seahorse fountain and an attractive church. There are plenty of shops and supermarkets rather than the more usual tourist outlets.
Las Playitas - 32 kms
A small seaside village set on a mountainside with a black sandy beach. There are two bars and two restaurants specialising in seafood. Two hotels with a sporty theme now occupy the East side of the village with an 18 hole golf course making the area very green. A cycle track from Gran Taarjal to Las Playitas is popular with both local and visiting cyclists. Nearby, at the top of a steep climb, is the Entellada lighthouse with spectacular views of the adjacent coast.
Bentancuria - 47 kms
The old capital of Fuerteventura until 1834. A very scenic trip through the mountains from Pajara leads to this charming little village. The main attraction is the church of Santa Maria of Betancuria. There are a few pretty bars/ restaurants and some souvenir shops. A nice area for a stroll round the countryside.