This week-long trip takes you to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, two of the incredible Canary Islands, where you'll enjoy charming island villages and idyllic white-sand beaches, as well as delicious, locally-sourced cuisine. Discover your adventurous side with camel rides through beach dunes and hikes to the highest peak on the islands, plus surfing and mountain biking. The highlight of the trip is a guided tour of the unique and otherworldly landscape of Timanfaya Park.

Highlights

  • Go surfing or scuba diving in Lanzarote's year-round warm waters
  • Hike to the highest peak on the Canary Islands and enjoy the incredible views
  • Discover the lunar-like terrain of Timanfaya Park with a private guide
  • Ride a camel on the sand dunes and along the beach in Corralejo
  • Find rare plant and bird species in protected national parks

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 Day Trip to La Graciosa - Cave Experience Lanzarote
Day 7 Enjoy Outdoor Activities in Lanzarote Lanzarote
Day 8 Depart Lanzarote  

Detailed Itinerary

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

Views of the stunning Bay of Corralejo
Views of the stunning 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

Ride Camels Along 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

Unique Landscape of Timanfaya Park
Unique 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: Day Trip to La Graciosa - Cave Experience

Sandy Streets of La Graciosa
Sandy Streets of La Graciosa

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, make your way to the small port of Orzola for a day trip to the island of La Graciosa. Riding a bike is a great way to get some exercise and learn the layout of this amazing little island. Take time to wander, get lost, and try some of the local products in the shops, boutiques, and restaurants lining the beaches.

Leave the main town behind and enjoy the surrounding countryside, which has a number of fantastic trails and footpaths. In the afternoon, you'll return to the ferry and head back to Lanzarote. Upon your arrival, opt to visit the house-museum, The Mirador del Rio, or the fascinating Cueva Jameos del Agua caves, envisioned by artist and architect César Manrique.

Day 7: Enjoy Outdoor Activities in Lanzarote

Try Surfing in Lanzarote
Try Surfing in Lanzarote

Take advantage of Lanzatore's year-round warm water and good weather by enjoying a day filled with outdoor activities. You can try one, or several throughout the day.

As one of Europe's top destinations for sport, the island has excellent sports facilities, such as state-of-the-art gyms, several Olympic-sized outdoor pools, a running track, and miles and miles of trails for walking, running, and mountain biking. If you're interested in road cycling, you'll enjoy the smooth tarmac, low traffic levels, and challenging climbs with remarkable views.

Take your workout and adrenaline rush to the ocean and enjoy the island's outstanding water sports, such as scuba diving, surfing, sailing, and windsurfing. You can also partake in extreme sports like paragliding, or more mellow adventures like tennis and golf. The island also hosts competitions, so you can signup for a triathlon or marathon while you're visiting.

Day 8: Depart Lanzarote

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

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.