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La OlivaSpain

Stroll across mountains of sand and investigate local traditions in this town full of stunning resorts in northern Fuerteventura.

Visit La Oliva, a quaint colonial town with pristine beaches and pretty architecture. It has Fuerteventura’s most popular resort areas, such as El Cotillo and Corralejo. Here the national park is full of sand dunes meeting ocean.

Enjoy a sense of the sublime as you look wistfully into the unforgiving desert and imagine being stuck in the Sahara. Then dash into the warm, clear ocean water to cool down and forget the harsh desert conditions.

Just north of the park in Corralejo Beach, relax and sunbathe with a view of Lobos Island. Take a short ferry ride from the resort’s harbor to the island. Walk around its circumference in 2 or 3 hours and note interesting wildlife and vegetation.

On La Oliva’s west coast is El Cotillo, a picturesque haven of beaches and lagoons. Stroll along the white sandy beach and capture photos of the lighthouse. Don’t be surprised to encounter naked sunbathers, as the area welcomes nudists.

Learn about the town’s culture at the Centro de Arte Canario. The outdoor sculpture gallery has works by local artists from the Canary Islands. See the fortified tower of Castillo de El Toston and look around the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, with its whitewashed façade and ornate interior. Find restaurants serving local dishes, such as tapas and shellfish.

People from La Oliva speak Spanish, although many who work with tourists also understand English and German.

Find La Oliva at the northern tip of the island, incorporating the stunning resort villages of Corralejo and El Cotillo. Ride a bus or taxi about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north from Fuerteventura Airport to get to the center of town. The journey should take less than an hour.

Stay in La Oliva for lagoons, sand dunes and a sense of colonial traditions.

Top hotels in La Oliva

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pierre & Vacances Fuerteventura Origomare
Pierre & Vacances Fuerteventura Origomare
4 out of 5
Carretera Majanicho 100, La Oliva, Fuerteventura
The price is £77 per night

This family-friendly La Oliva aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa de Majanicho and La Derecha. El Hierro is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (358 reviews)

"The water park is great for kids and the staff were friendly and helpful. The property didn’t feel very clean though, the beds were clean, but the villa smelt and the floors felt like they needed to be moped"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Pierre & Vacances Fuerteventura Origomare
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
4 out of 5
Avenida Grandes Playas, Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura
The price is £134 per night

With direct access to the beach, this La Oliva hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Grandes Playas de Corralejo, Corralejo Beach and Corralejo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)
On The Beach

"Tres Islas Oliva offers a location that a traveler dreams of, a home not just near a beach but on it, and what a beach it is with soft white sand and great surf. The three pools, various cafes and bars, the exceptional restaurant, all the amenities you could ask for and patient service with a smile ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2019

Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
Hotel THe Corralejo Beach
Hotel THe Corralejo Beach
4 out of 5
C/ Víctor Grau Bassas, s/n, Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura

Located in La Oliva, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Hoplaco and Acua Water Park. Corralejo Beach and Corralejo ...

4/5Very Good! (233 reviews)
👍

"Good hotel close to beach and shops"…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Hotel THe Corralejo Beach

Popular places to visit in La Oliva

Corralejo Beach
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Corralejo Beach

4/5(223 reviews)

Amble along the soft white sand of these beaches, cross the ocean to reach an exotic island and traverse miles of sand dunes.

Corralejo Dunes Natural Park
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Corralejo Dunes Natural Park

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Picture yourself in the middle of an unforgiving desert when you cross these sand dunes surrounded by the faint lines of distant mountains.

Cotillo Beach
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Cotillo Beach

4.5/5(125 reviews)

Take your surfboard out on the breaking waves after exploring the lagoons, sand dunes and lighthouse of this sandy oasis.

La Concha Beach
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La Concha Beach

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at La Concha Beach during your travels in El Cotillo? Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Church
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Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Church

You can find out about the history of La Oliva with a trip to Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Church. Amble around this relaxing area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Flag Beach
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Flag Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Flag Beach during your trip to Corralejo? Wander the beautiful beaches and waterfront in the area.

Top things to do in La Oliva

4-Hour Luxury Boat Trip to Isla de Lobos from Fuerteventura
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4-Hour Luxury Boat Trip to Isla de Lobos from Fuerteventura

£59
Per adult
Buggy or Quad Tour Experience in the North of Fuerteventura
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Buggy or Quad Tour Experience in the North of Fuerteventura

£44
Per adult
Return Ticket to Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura
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Return Ticket to Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura

£16
Per adult
From Lanzarote: Day Trip to Fuerteventura and Corralejo
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From Lanzarote: Day Trip to Fuerteventura and Corralejo

£44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Fuerteventura Sightseeing Tour
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Small-Group Fuerteventura Sightseeing Tour

£53
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Mini private photo session
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Mini private photo session

£87
Per adult

Cities near La Oliva

Sotavento de Jandia Beach featuring mountains, general coastal views and a beach

Puerto del Rosario

Corralejo featuring boating, a coastal town and a bay or harbour

Corralejo

El Cotillo which includes rocky coastline, a coastal town and general coastal views

El Cotillo

La Oliva showing a square or plaza

Lajares