The island has a wide variety of landscapes with colorful mountains, extinct volcanoes, sand dunes, steep cliffs and of course beaches. It is not for nothing that UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve. The best way to enjoy these landscapes is through the fantastic viewpoints found on the island. In this post we show you the 10 best and most impressive viewpoints in Fuerteventura.
1. Mirador de Guise y Ayose
At the top of the degollada that gives access to the historic town of Betancuria through the FV-30 highway, is the Guise and Ayoze Viewpoint, the two aboriginal kings during the conquest of the island in the 15th century, represented in 4 meter high bronze sculptures. A stop at this viewpoint is worth appreciating from a height the smooth and rounded landscapes of the oldest and most eroded area of Fuerteventura, to the north, and to the south, the ravine that descends towards Betancuria. This area has significant protection under the declaration of the Betancuria Rural Park, and it even became one of the proposals for the declaration of the first Arid Zones National Park in the entire national territory.
2. Mirador de Morro Velosa
Morro Velosa is the perfect place to enjoy this landscape of arid beauty and also to recreate in the viewpoint building, the work of the famous and prolific Canarian artist César Manrique. This house with an elegant plan, a wooden porch and a tiled roof is dressed in the colors of the landscape itself. Inside, the visitor can learn about the geological past of this volcanic island, see an excellent model of the island and stop for coffee en route to the old capital of the island, Betancuria. An almost infinite succession of rounded hills, colored in multiple ocher tones, opens before the traveler, and between them, winding ravines with few towns and hamlets on their bottoms. It is undoubtedly a surprising landscape that transmits serenity and spaciousness.
3. Mirador Risco de Las Peñas
This viewpoint is 426 meters high and offers exceptional views of the entire valley. It is also an ideal place to rest and eat with the views, although be careful with the squirrels that will still come to steal your food. As the signs indicate, you should not give them food. This place is also frequented by large crows that rest majestically on the edge of the viewpoint.
4. Mirador astronómico de Sicasumbre
Located in the south of the island of Fuerteventura, in Pájara, the Sicasumbre viewpoint is an excellent point for observing the sky. With a parking area and information panels, it also has indications on the location of the star constellations, a sundial and a vertical one. For the most experienced amateurs, the necessary supports have been provided at the Sicasumbre viewpoint so that visitors can install their own telescopes and cameras. From the Sicasumbre astronomical viewpoint, located about 300 meters above sea level, in the early hours of the night you can relatively easily see a prominent star at the beginning of spring. This is Spike, the main star of the constellation Virgo. Very close to it is the constellation of the Boyero, with Arthur as the prominent star, while to the right of Virgo is the small constellation of the Raven, characteristic for its rhombus or quadrilateral shape.
5. Mirador de Vallebrón
One of the best times of the day to go to this viewpoint is at the end of the day when the golden and reddish light colors this valley, and allows you to see how the sun goes down behind the Tindaya mountain. Another of the attractions of this viewpoint is its proximity to the Montaña de la Muda, a place of historical interest, since it houses an archaeological site belonging to the Majo people, where we can find caves, rock carvings and small livestock buildings. This viewpoint is within the Protected Landscape of Vallebrón, a place of great beauty that has some of the endangered species of the island such as the houbara, the Canary shrew, or plants such as the jorado, the cerrajón and the garbancillo.
6. Mirador El Salmo
From the Mirador del Salmo we have incredible views of the Leeward Beaches and their turquoise waters. A colorful bench acts as a signal to recognize the exact point of the viewpoint, where we can sit and observe the group of Playas de Sotavento, which are some of the most beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura.
7. Mirador de Cofete
The Cofete viewpoint is located in the extreme south of Fuerteventura, in the heart of the Jandía Natural Park, in one of the most beautiful and wild areas of the island. Also, from it we can see the Pico de la Zarza, the small town of Cofete, founded in 1800, and also the famous Casa Winter, full of legends about spies and Nazis.
8. Mirador de los canarios
In the Jandía Peninsula to the south of Fuerteventura, and within the municipality of Pájara, located between the peak of La Matanza and the peak of Viento, we find the degollada de Los Canarios, one of the most impressive viewpoints in Fuerteventura. From here you can see the Cofete arch, looking to the southwest, which includes from Punta Pesebre to the degollada del Mal Nombre. You can also appreciate the Costa de Cotillo if we look towards the Northwest and the day allows it. This spectacular place is known as the Mirador de Los Canarios, or Mirador del Barranco de Los Canarios, as it is at the head of the ravine that bears its name. The Los Canarios ravine was and is witness to the pastoral life of La Maxorata, and is currently the starting point of the Apañada de Cofete. Since pre-Hispanic times, this ravine has housed the life of the mahos, as evidenced by the different archaeological sites found in the area. One of these deposits is of an architectural type, having an important population that dates from before the conquest of the Canary Islands. Another of the deposits is of the funeral ritual type, and is located in the area known as Solana del Cuchillete. Inside a small cave located on one of the slopes of the Valle de los Canarios, a funerary overlap delimited with a stone structure has appeared, inside which human bones of at least three different individuals have been identified. In addition, interesting cultural vestiges have been recovered, such as vessels with aboriginal motifs and necklace beads, which confirms the ritual nature of the burial.
9. Mirador desde el Volcán Calderón Hondo
Calderón Hondo is one of the best preserved and has a crater 70 meters deep. In addition, from it you can enjoy spectacular views of Corralejo, the north of Fuerteventura and the west coast of the island; You will even be able to appreciate the silhouette of Lanzarote that looms with obvious proximity. If you want to reach its crater, you just have to pay attention to these recommendations. You have to get to Lajares and right at the roundabout where the municipal soccer field is located, you drive up and leave the car right in a siding where there is a sign indicating the start of the trail.
10. Mirador de Degollada de Villa Norte
From this place you will have the opportunity to fully appreciate the Northwestern area of the island of Fuerteventura; in addition to towns and plains, which form a perspective worth visiting. It is worth knowing that from it you can see to the north, the towns of Valle de Santa Inés, Los Llanos de la Concepción, Las parcelas, Tefía, El Almácigo and Ampuyenta.