4-Xtremes – Part 47: The "other side" of Fuerteventura

Series: 4-Xtremes – The World Tour

Bone dry.

Fuerteventura attracts millions of tourists. Mike and Andrea have started up their Axor to discover the island off the beaten track.

Close to the abyss: If you drive off the beaten track on Fuerteventura, you need a steady hand – and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views.


Recently, we introduced you to tranquil El Hierro. What a contrast to the Canary Island, which is the focus today. Fuerteventura is much bigger and a tourist magnet. But the island has more to offer than just hotel complexes: unlike the relatively verdant El Hierro, this is a bone-dry and exciting landscape.

If you want to experience the real Fuerteventura, we recommend a trip to the southern tip of this long and narrow island. This is where the Parque Natural de Jandía, which Google Maps displays in green, is located. But looks can be deceiving: Here, too, the island is barren – and the track consists of long stretches of sand and gravel.


Miles of undeveloped coastline.

After crossing a mountaintop, the view down to the beach of Cofete takes our breath away. Apart from a few modest fishermen’s cottages, the twelve-kilometre stretch of coastline is undeveloped. We reach the beach in stormy and rainy weather, but you can ride it out easily in this place. It doesn't bother us that we’re sandblasted during the tour with Aimée.

Especially since it's worth the wait: In the following days, we experience nature that can actually be called "untouched". We even encounter wild Majorera donkeys – but they make us realise us that even this is not a paradise. The breed is threatened with extinction. We slowly sneak up on them and manage to take photos of the shy animals.


High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.
High waves, bare rock and houses like in Tunisia: Impressions of Fuerteventura.

An imaginary trip to Tunisia.

A few days later we reach another fascinating destination at sunset: the gorge of Las Peñitas. Before that, we followed the main road north with the Axor on the island’s east side and then wound our way through the mountainous interior. We go on a climbing tour in the gorge – and a few isolated houses and palm trees make us think of Tunisia. It's been a few months since our visit to the country. What will the coming months bring?


4-Xtremes – The World Tour.

An unparalleled journey.

Andrea and Mike Kammermann have been on tour in their Axor for three years. "4-Xtremes – The World Tour" is the motto of the journey that the two Swiss nationals embarked on in mid-2020 and which they share with the RoadStars community. Keep up to date and don't miss out on any of the stunning destinations visited by the adventurous pair.

You can find all the parts from the “4-Xtremes – The World Tour” series here.


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