Discover the unique beauty of Spain's Canary Islands on this 6-day tour covering both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. With your own rental car, you'll explore the islands' charming villages, pristine white-sand beaches, and quirky terrain and rock formations that'll make you wonder if you're on another planet. Ride camels on sand dunes, hike to the tallest peak on the islands, and nosh on freshly-caught seafood like a local.

Highlights

  • Hike the highest peak on the Canary Islands
  • Ride a camel in the dunes of Corralejo
  • Explore the amazing beaches and natural parks like a true Canario
  • Let a private guide show you the lunar-like terrain of Timanfaya Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Fuerteventura - Explore El Cotillo and Corralejo Fuerteventura
Day 2 Enjoy a Camel Ride Along Corralejo Dunes Fuerteventura
Day 3 Outdoor Adventures in Jandia Park and Morro Jable Fuerteventura
Day 4 Depart Corralejo for Lanzarote Lanzarote
Day 5 Explore Timanfaya Park Lanzarote
Day 6 Depart Lanzarote  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Fuerteventura - Explore El Cotillo and Corralejo

Beaches of Fuerteventura
Beautiful Views of the Bay of Corralejo

Welcome to the beautiful Canary Islands! 

Upon arrival at the airport in Fuerteventura, you'll collect your rental car and make your way to the northwest side of the island. After settling into your accommodation, start your exploration in El Cotillo's city center where you can meander the maze-like streets. If you're interested in the history of the area, stop at the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje or the 17th-century fortress known as El Tostón.

El Cotillo is home to many stunning beaches, the largest being Playa del Castillo. Stroll along the sandy shores or enjoy a dip in its emerald waters. The coves of the northern beaches, particularly La Concha, provide excellent swimming.

In the evening, drive out to Corralejo, a quaint fishing village known for the large dunes along its incredible beaches, as well as the scenic area of Corralejo Natural Park. Enjoy local seafood here, eating at one of the restaurants or cafes near the port.

Day 2: Enjoy a Camel Ride Along Corralejo Dunes

Camel Rides Along the Sand Dunes

After breakfast, visit Corralejo Nature Reserve, a long dune field which extends from Puerto Remedio beach all the way to the small peninsula of La Salina. It constitutes a large habitat with numerous protected and endemic species.

One of the best ways to enjoy the dunes is to ride a camel along the beach and through the park (short option), or up to the top of Roja Mountain (long option). The camels are always under the supervision of trained and experienced guides, who will take care of you at all times. Your only duties are to enjoy yourself and photograph the amazing  landscapes, if you wish.

In the late afternoon, head back to your accommodation to freshen up before enjoying dinner in El Cotillo.

Day 3: Outdoor Adventures in Jandia Park and Morro Jable

Jandia Natural Park's Unique Landscape
Jandia Natural Park's Unique Landscape

Today you'll have a full day to explore the beauty of Jandía Nature Reserve, which is set in the township of Pájara in the south of Fuerteventura. This area is renowned for its stunning beaches and a range of leisure activities. You can create your own itinerary, or sign up for guided excursions. Not only is there plenty to see along the shore, but the southern part of the island also encompasses some stunning interior villages and beaches.

If you prefer hiking, a great option is to brave the slopes of Pico de la Zarza, the island's highest point above sea level at 2,600 feet (807 m). The southern slopes of this great mountain are gentler and broader, with hills, crests, and valleys to enjoy. You can also walk through lower portions of the park, where you'll find unique plant and bird species, including kestrels, stonechats, Houbara bustards, broad-winged hawks, Egyptian vultures, and more. Lizards, golden skinks, geckos, and an array of insects are also present in the park.

End your adventure in the town of Morro Jable, home to one of the largest beaches on the island. The water is an unreal hue of turquoise and you can enjoy a seaside dinner before heading back to your accommodation.

Day 4: Depart Corralejo for Lanzarote

Unique Rock Formations of Lanzarote
Unique Rock Formations of Lanzarote

It's time to say goodbye to Fuerteventura and make the journey via ferry to the island of Lanzarote, where the town of Playa Blanca will be your hub for the remainder of the trip.

Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and start your exploration of the charming  island. Lanzarote is known for its black-sand beaches and incredible cave systems, such as Cueva de los Verdes and Cueva de los Jameos del Agua. You can also enjoy time in the art gallery and restaurant known as LagOmar, which is set in natural red-stone lava caves.

If you wish to be a bit more active, you can play golf amidst volcanic lava and cacti, go scuba diving, surf with waves that are considered some of Europe's best, and/or go deep-sea fishing in the local waters.

Day 5: Explore Timanfaya Park

The Lunar-Like Landscape of Timanfaya Park
The Lunar-Like Landscape of Timanfaya Park

After breakfast, meet your private driver at your hotel and transfer to the famous Timanfaya Park, where a guide will take you through some of Europe's most unique landscapes. Made up of volcanic soil and completely void of vegetation, the extreme roughness and quirky rock formations, along with the red-hued earth, will feel otherworldly. 

During the guided tour, you'll visit the breathtaking Montaña Rajada where you can observe a vast sea of lava that spreads out to the coast. Its impressive undulations and shapes are all uniquely formed by the lava flow. But perhaps what is most impressive of all is the way the local people have learned to coexist with this unusual, barren landscape.

Day 6: Depart Lanzarote

Lanzarote Aloe Vera Farm
Sunset View of Lanzarote

It's time to say hasta luego to the stunning Canary Islands. After breakfast, you'll head to the airport to catch your flight from Arrecife to Madrid. In Madrid, you can return home or continue to your next destination.

Map

Map of Exploring the Canary Islands: Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - 6 Days
Map of Exploring the Canary Islands: Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - 6 Days