Foodie Things to do in Fuerteventura
We visited Fuerteventura to escape from the long winter in central Europe, we booked a week in an apartment located in the middle of the island to try different foods from north and south.
Along the way, we discovered that it is not only the beach that is pleasing in Fuerteventura. There are other things to do in Fuerteventura for food lovers that will make you think about this sunny island as your next vacation destination.
Salinas del Carmen is a piece of history in the centre of Fuerteventura. The salt production from seawater started more than 200 years ago and still is followed in some areas of the island. The magic of the process is that it is entirely organic, and it only uses the energy of gravity to get this precious mineral.
How it works in a nutshell. Waves break in a cliff, and water is sent via channels. The seawater is stored in a big pool and then sent to smaller lakes. The sundry the water and then the salt is collected. Salinas del Carmen also has an indoor museum with the history of salt production in the island. Link to Salinas del Carmen website
There is a small shop where to buy the produced salt and several variations.
Cheese farm “Finca de Pepe”
Fuerteventura is famous for its goat cheese, and Pepe is a goat farmer. He has a free entry farm where you can see how goats are fed, milked, and how the cheese is made. I recommend Pepe’s place over the Cheese museum because the cheese museum is merely videos and at Pepe’s, you can see the cheese making in action.
Pepe also has other animals like camels which makes it quite cool for kids. La Finca de Pepe is one of the free things to do in Fuerteventura, Pepe makes his business of selling homemade cheese and other local products at a small shop and honestly his prices are quite competitive.
Try a Caldo de Pescado in “Punta de Jandia”
Going to la punta de Jandia and coffee is an adventure by itself. If you like legends, there is one that says that Germans had a secret submarines base there during the second world war. Although there is very little remaining proof, the villa Winter looks like a fortress and back in the forties it has more technology than any other place in the islands or Spain. Therefore the legend has continued to grow along the years and there are many tourists that visit the place to know more.
What is still visible is an abandoned runway were allegedly German Luftwaffe planes landed to offload materials and provisions.
The restaurant la punta de Jandia (review here) offers a unique fish soup which is loaded with fresh-caught fish.
Link to the restaurant review.
Reaching Cofete is like reaching the last corner of the world, but some of the freshest caught fish is waiting for you.
Molino de Antigua
The history of Canarian food is marked by the invention of Gofio. Gofio is roasted cornmeal that is eaten with several foods such as milk, banana or mixed with fish stock. El Molino (the windmill) takes you through the history of this very basic yet fundamental ailment in the history of the canary islands.
There are many things to do in Fuerteventura and it is not only the beach and sun. It offers important spots for foodies that will let you go back to the history of the Canary Islands and its gastronomy.
Fuerteventura is definitely a great idea for a winter break or a vacation. Outstanding beaches, water sports, sun and fun are complemented by great food and entertainment offer. It is a good destination for families and wanderers.