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Ancient Fuerteventura

The original Canary Island
 
Just 62 miles off Morocco, Fuerteventura boasts starkly beautiful, desert-like scenery. This self-guided, single-centre walking holiday offers a choice of fascinating routes across the island, revealing its rich history and culture, and unique flora and fauna.
Ancient Fuerteventura. 7 nights
Ancient Fuerteventura. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Fuerteventura

Famed for its expansive, windswept sand dunes and starkly beautiful rolling desert landscapes of burnt amber, the dramatic island of Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands. It floats just 62 miles off the coast of Morocco, giving it a far more African feel than the rest of the archipelago – and therein lies its beguiling charm. Indeed, it is the proximity to the Sahara that gives Fuerteventura its special character.

The island is often referred to as the island of eternal spring, as the hot winds blowing in off the desert are cooled by the sea, keeping the island pleasingly warm and dry all-year round.
Unlike the western Canary Islands, you will find no laurisilva here, no deep ravines – instead there are miles of empty rolling hills and silent valleys that are home to a unique flora and fauna, including inquisitive Barbary squirrels, varied birdlife, and myriad lizards and skinks. 20 million years ago, this is where the Canarian Archipelago began. Such is the tranquillity of the island's less populous interior, where rural tourism is still relatively under-developed, you will almost feel like 'pioneers' venturing into a little-known land.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
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  • Choice of routes: 5km to 9km

    Montaña Arena: 9km, 3hrs
    From the hotel you head out into the heart of the distinctive landscapes of Montaña Arena where the white, wind-borne sands contrast sharply with the black, eruptive lava from the volcano. As well as being greeted by splendid views over the dunes of Corralejo and the island of Lanzarote beyond, you are likely to meet the ubiquitous Barbary squirrel.

    Lajares to Calderón Hondo: 5km, 2hrs
    Trails circumnavigate Montaña Colorada and Calderón Hondo, home to cheeky and perpetually peckish Barbary squirrels.

    Isla de los Lobos: 8km, 3hrs
    Take the boat from Corralejo to explore the fascinating nature reserve on the small island of Los Lobos, 'Wolf Island'. Discover the tiny settlement of El Puertito, and the lighthouse with its splendid views to Playa Blanca on Lanzarote. Spend time on the beach, swimming and relaxing, before catching the boat back.

    Barranco de los Molinos: 5.5km, 2hrs
    Starting from a secluded beach, head into the fertile Barranco de Los Molinos where a stream permanently flows, creating a carpet of rich flora. See goats grazing the rich pickings of salt marsh plants on the ravine floor and clinging to the cliff sides with gravity-defying ease while overhead, ravens and the occasional Egyptian vulture (if you're lucky enough) soar.

    Cliffs & palm groves of Ajuy: 8km, 3hrs
    Starting and ending at the small coastal village of Ajuy, the oldest part of Fuerteventura, this walk takes in a beautiful flower-strewn ravine, a cliff-top walk to a secluded beach, and some impressive caves which stretch deep into the cliffs from the sea.
    Lajares to Calderon Hondo
  • Choice of routes: 11km or 19km

    La Oliva to El Cotillo: 19km, 6.5hrs
    Follow a twisting linear route through the wide canyon river bed of the Barranco Esquinzo towards the distinctive outline of the sacred Montaña Tindaya, before reaching the pretty cove of Playa Esquinzo. Keep an eye out for hoopoe, curlew, kestrel, plover and sandgrouse before walking along the impressive cliffs into the lively harbour of El Cotillo. Return to La Oliva by bus (pay locally).

    Llanos de la Concepción: 11km, 4hrs
    From the hamlet of Los Llanos de la Concepción, you walk to the largest body of water on Fuerteventura, which attracts a wide variety of bird life, including noisy African shellducks, little egret, grey heron, kestrel, plover and teal. You may even be lucky enough to catch sight of an Egyptian vulture soaring above this tranquil landscape.
    Llanos de la Concepcion goat herd
  • Choice of routes: 7km or 13km

    In and around Betancuria: 7km, 3hrs
    This circular route around the former capital of Betancuria begins with a climb to a viewpoint dominated by the two imposing statues of the Mahoh kings who ruled the islands before the Spanish conquest. You then walk on to a viewpoint which commands vistas across the volcanic landscapes of fiery African soil stretching all the way to the coast. You return to the town in time for lunch along a path lined by agave plants. 

    To the Ermita: 13km, 5hrs
    From Betancuria, this fabulous walk takes you out into almost Biblical landscapes of ridges and dramatic ravines to reach the beautiful Ermita de Las Peñitas – a tiny, white chapel tucked into the rock face – a real 'wow' discovery. You catch the bus back to town.
    Around Betancuria and town
  • Explore by car
    The island as a whole is relatively new to the idea of rural tourism and, after the coaches have gone, you will often have the cobbled streets to yourselves. We therefore recommend that you make the most of your hire car, particularly around the island's more developed coastline.

    We provide directions for a trip to the south to visit the glistening salt pans at Las Salinas and to the clifftop lighthouse at Entallada, the closest point to Africa. Explore the immense sand dunes of the Parque Natural de Corralejo; visit Cotillo and its lighthouse, which is home to the island's Traditional Fishing Museum; or spend a day in the small capital, Puerto del Rosario, a friendly and authentic Canarian working town with pretty beaches, plenty of restaurants and an open-air art gallery with more than 100 sculptures adding a mix of whimsy and culture to the town's streets.
    La Entallada Lighthouse
 

Accommodation

We have found a delightful base for your week of walking.
Oasis Casa Vieja
  • boutique hotel
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 31 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £660 £295
    1 Nov - 14 Dec 2019 £540 £320
    15 - 20 Dec 2019 £680 £450
    21 - 30 Dec 2019 £740 £495
    31 Dec - 5 Jan 2020 £680 £450
    6 - 31 Jan 2020 £540 £320
    1 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £560 £325
    1 - 18 Apr 2020 £590 £330
    19 Apr - 24 May 2020 £515 £245
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 7 days' category C car hire (eg Opel Corsa or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time to/from the hotel: 0h40

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Oasis Casa Vieja, La Oliva (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £65 £105
    01 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £70 £115
    23 Dec - 02 Jan 2020 £95 £160
    03 Jan - 09 Jan 2020 £70 £115
    10 Jan - 03 Apr 2020 £65 £105
    04 Apr - 18 Apr 2020 £70 £112
    19 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £65 £105
    01 May - 31 May 2020 £60 £94
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    Fuerteventura

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

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    Belfast Intl. - Fuerteventura easyJet,  jet2 
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    Birmingham - Fuerteventura jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Bristol - Fuerteventura easyJet,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Fuerteventura Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Fuerteventura jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Glasgow - Fuerteventura jet2 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Fuerteventura Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Fuerteventura jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Liverpool - Fuerteventura easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Fuerteventura British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
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    Luton - Fuerteventura Ryanair 
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    Stansted - Fuerteventura jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Fuerteventura jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Newcastle - Fuerteventura jet2 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days' category C car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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