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The 3 best hiking trails in Fuerteventura

The best beaches in Spain, excellent cuisine, interesting wildlife and dozens of monuments to visit. But that鈥檚 not all that the island of Fuerteventura has to offer. It also has one of the best experiences that will allow you to explore each and every corner of the island: hiking trails.

That鈥檚 right, Fuerteventura has more than 250 kilometers of hiking ground distributed throughout 21 possible routes. Each one is different, offering a different view of the landscape. But you probably won鈥檛 have time to try all of them in a single visit. That鈥檚 why we鈥檙e going to recommend the three best hiking trails in Fuerteventura.

Morro Jable-Pico de la Zaraa

The hiking trail that goes from Morro Jable to Pico de la Zarza is known as trail PR-54. A 7-kilometer route that leads to Pico de la Zarza, with an altitude of 807 meters, the tallest mountain in Fuerteventura.

This route is perfectly doable for beginners, as the trail is well-marked and in perfect condition. Getting to it is quite easy. Plus, you will be rewarded with a gorgeous view from the mountain peak. You鈥檒l also enjoy seeing the local flora in the area around the mountain, since you can find almost all of the island鈥檚 plant life there.

El Card贸n-El Tanquito

This trail is called FV-53, and it goes from the town of El Card贸n to the Virgen del Tanquito sanctuary. A 4-kilometer trek that is perfect for people who are new to the world of hiking.

We also recommend this route if you are hiking with children, because Card贸n Mountain is filled with legends and stories that date back to the island鈥檚 aboriginal population. It is known for being the gravesite of the giant Mah谩n and home to the Castillo Archeological Complex and the Virgen del Tanquito sanctuary. On the first Sunday of May, pilgrims walk this path carrying an image of the virgin Mary.

One interesting thing about this trail is that the sanctuary is built into a cave. In it, you鈥檒l find prints, candles and all sorts of objects left as offerings by the devout when they arrive.

Playa de Esquinzo-Barranco del Jable

Spending the day at the beach is all well and good, but why not get out and stretch your legs a bit? This route is one of the longest, a total of 18 kilometers. It starts at Playa de Esquinzo beach and goes all the way to the Barranco de la Ca帽ada, and is known as trail FV-1.

Along the way, you鈥檒l traverse coastlines and enclaves full of escarpments, not to mention the amazing paradisiacal coves, passing near the beaches Playa del 脕guila and Playa del Castillo. Although it is not a complicated route, it is not recommended for people who do not have at least some experience hiking.

It鈥檚 long, and it will take several hours to complete. It is recommended for those who have an intermediate level. Above all, be sure you go well prepared during the summer months.