230 KILOMETRES AND 3.690 METRES TOTAL ASCENT (without the optional 2ª stage – 5 stages)
284 KILOMETRES AND 4.190 METRES TOTAL ASCENT (6 stages-Recomended)
Fuerteventura is the second largest and oldest island in the Canary archipelago. The absence of recent eruptions, the proximity to the Sahara desert and an implacable erosion for more than 80 million years, has caused a spectacular and desolate landscape in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
1st Stage: Puerto del Rosario – La Oliva
55 kilometres, 400 meters of altitude gain.
We leave Puerto del Rosario, capital of the island, also known as Puerto Cabras (Goats Port). We will head north along the coast, facing the prevailing northeast wind. Luckily for the rest of the days on the road, this wind will almost always be our ally. To the north of the island we will reach the tourist town of Corralejo, port of access to Lanzarote. From here we will skirt the impressive and famous dunes of Corralejo, before heading through arid and dormant volcanoes towards the town of La Oliva, the end of the first stage.
2nd stage: La Oliva-La Oliva
55 kilometres, 500 metres of altitude gain.
Optional circular stage in case of carrying out the route in 6 days, which we highly recommend.
We begin the stage by cycling between the millenary volcanoes near Corralejo and then continue to the sea and ride the wide tracks that border the untamed northwest coast of Fuerteventura. We will pass the town of Cotillo, surfers paradise, where we will cycle on cliffs that look down on us beautiful beaches of furious waves. We will return to La Oliva through desolate ravines of sandstone formations.
3rd stage: La Oliva – Betancuria
46 kilometres, 900metres 1,500 metres of positive altitude gain.
We return to the west coast with its remote and solitary beauty. The sacred mountain of Tindaya contemplates us silently while we advance towards the south, to the small village of Los Molinos, where we will return to the interior of the island, to cross several agricultural and cattle villages. We have possibly already crossed our paths many times with the famous majorero (name of the locals) goats, from whom the excellent Fuerteventura goats cheese comes from. Before finishing the stage, we will have to climb to the mountain pass of Morro Velosa, to end up in the beautiful and colonial town of Betancuria, where Jean de Béthencourt began the conquest of the Canary Islands for the Spanish crown.
4th stage: Betancuria – Costa Calma
50 kilometres, 950 metres of positive altitude gain.
We leave Betancuria, between mountains and roads with little traffic and spectacular views, and always head south, towards the charming town of Pájara. The road comes to an end and we cycle in sections through the GR that crosses the island. Once in the town of La Pared, we enter the white sand tracks that take us to the Sahara like desert, reaching Costa Calma, our final “Oasis”.
5th stage: Costa Calma – Morro Jable
40 kilometres, 970 metres of altitude gain.
Today the stage is easy but no less interesting. We have changed from the west coast to the southeast coast. We will continue along the sea to the south, cycling on tracks, beaches, trails, going up and down ravines… You will have the possibility to go for a swim in the biggest and most beautiful beaches of the Canary Islands. Halfway through the stage you have to go up and down the Mirador de los Canarios, with stunning views over the wild beaches of Cofete, and the mountain massif of Jandía. We will finish the stage in the tourist town of Morro Jable.
Last and most spectacular stage of the Fuerte Tracks (CIRCULAR). Today we will enter the peninsula of Jandía and the remote beaches of Cofete, possibly the wildest area of the whole island of Fuerteventura. We will ascend a hill at 500 m, but not before having to push the bike for about 10 minutes. From the hill the views take your breath away… A path that seems impossible will take some of us on our bikes and others walking another 10 minutes, until we reach a good track that will gently drop us in the small village of Cofete, where we can recover our strength in it’s small restaurant. Here we can see endless beaches of untamed sea… A surfer’s paradise. To return to Morro Jable we will go up another hill by wide and comfortable track. From here we can choose to reach the Faro de Jandía, the southernmost point of the island, and small port where we can eat good fresh fish, before heading north again and returning to Morro Jable, the end of our journey.