There are few adventures bigger or better than a road trip. Pack a picnic, a camera and round up your favourite people and you have all of the ingredients for a fun-filled day. Car hire on holiday is a tool for exploration, and when there is so much more to the destination than your villa, why not get out and see it!
The dramatic mountainous terrain strikes you the minute you arrive in Fuerteventura. A route that takes you into the heart of the mountains in the centre of the island is the best opportunity to take in these incredible views.
Start your engine in Caleta de Fuste, a tourist centre and marina with an 18th century fortress and tower. Head out of town on the FV-413 and you’ll arrive in Antigua after about 20 minutes. This agricultural and handicraft village is dotted with an array of local craft stalls to browse. Drive on to Betancuria via the FV-416, then the FV-30. This is Fuerteventura’s former capital, which shows off the distinctive architecture of the island.
Re-fuel with a tasty lunch in one of the many restaurants, before heading south on the FV-30. After 500 metres you’ll find a dirt track, which marks the beginning of your mountain journey. Your reward at the end of the track is a picnic area where the view of Betancuria is fantastic – so bring snacks and your camera!
While you’ve got your camera handy, head up the FV-30 and just after passing the entrance to the Morro Velosa viewpoint, follow the road for only a few more metres and you’ll find parking spots on both sides of the road. This is the best place to view the Betancuria Valley. You’ll feel like you’re high-up, floating in the clouds. Pose alongside giant bronze statues of Guise and Ayose, Kings of Ancient Fuerteventura.
Back in the car, wind through the roads of the FV-30, rolling through the mountains until you reach Vega de Río Palmas – a place of pilgrimage. The impressive church here houses the Virgen de la Peña, patron saint of the island.
Head north again, following the FV-30 to Casillas del Ángel, Los Llanos de la Concepción and the valley of Santa Inés; villages that have preserved all their typical local character and charm.
The FV-20 will take you to the capital Puerto del Rosario, where your exploration finishes. Not that there isn’t plenty to see! If you wish you can visit the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the Museum of Unamuno – a Spanish poet, novelist and playwright.
Costa Blanca is a melting pot of powdery white beaches and turquoise waters, with unexplored valleys and hilltop hamlets. No doubt it’s a firm holiday favourite. The varied landscapes are a driver’s dream, and this route takes you right to the unspoilt beauty and traditional towns.
Start your drive by the sea. Pretty little buildings with whitewashed walls and views out to the Mediterranean add to the charm of Altea. It’s easy to lose a whole day in this coastal town, but instead head inland along the CV-760 to La Nucia. Endless fields of vegetation make for beautiful scenery, and there is some great shopping too.
Hop back in the car – the next stop is the village of Polop. Just a 20 minute drive along the CV-70, in Polop you can leave the car and amble up the zig zag paths to the medieval wall. The views are fabulous. You can even see back to your starting point of Altea on a clear day.
Head higher and the windy roads will lead you to Guadlest town. The Penon de La Alcala bell tower stands perched high on the mountain – quite the sight to behold while ascending to the town. Park up to take in breathtaking views across the mountains and down into the valley. Guadlest town itself has a selection of great restaurants, shops and attractions, including a museum. Stop for lunch and take in the beauty of untouched Spain.
When you’ve finished eating, head east on the CV-755 to Callosa d’en Sarrià. Choose to look around the cathedral, visit the waterfall or the nearby DinoPark, which the kids will love. Onto peaceful Parcent via the CV-715, known for its wine grape growing – and of course more spectacular views.
Don’t head back to your villa just yet. Take the CV-720 then the CV-750 to Jalon, where you can pick up wicker products made here and absorb the valley views.
When you’re ready to head home, get back on the CV-750 for about 6km, then join the N-332. Now you can cruise through the main resort areas along the coast, back to your villa for a dip in the pool.
Why not discover more of Spain with the freedom of a hire car this year?
Boasting lovely views across countryside over to the Montgo mountain, Pomelo is ideally nestled in the countryside community of Elefante, within a 10 minute walk of a small choice of restaurants. Perfectly located for enjoying the nearby resort of Javea.