This article is about what to do in Ajuy, a hidden gem on the West coast of Fuerteventura Island in Canary Islands, Spain.
There are very few villages on the estern coast of the island. Fuerteventura seems to be developed just on the East part, thinking mainly on the extraordinary fishing bank in between the island and the African Coast and because of the old connection with the ancient Spanish colonies in Sahara. Indeed, the West is as wild as a kind of a Spanish Far West.
To reach Ajuy you will need to arrive to Pájara, this is a nice inner town to which Ajuy currently belongs. In Pájara, there is Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Regla which is worth for a visit that may include a nice coffee close to it, in one of the very local terrace bars.
The road to Ajuy has nice views and is in a fair condition. Once you arrive to the village is possible to park for free at the entrance in a huge parking lot. You may think then that will be many tourists there, but you will find a very authentic and calm white village on an awesome rocky coast.
Nevertheless, the world is small and after, when we were just walking on the almost lonely black sand beach, I heard a guy yelling from a terrace bar…
“Are you from Santa Coloma?” he asked before he approached to start a short friendly conversation. I realized then that I was wearing a T-shirt with the name of the town I used to work in (“Santa Coloma is not Barcelona”), a gift from my funny local colleagues.
More you get down to the beach more in love you will feel with the town. The white houses will lead you down along narrow streets to an amazing black sand beach. In middle October, there were three restaurants open and a nice bar upon the village with excellent views to beach.
The beach was calm and very few people were sun bathing. It was actually very empty even though the water was at perfect temperature for a bath and from there you could get the best views to the rocks and the town itself.
There is a path starting from the extreme north of the beach that leads upon the rocks following the natural caves of the coast. It is really worth to climb up there (it is not very tyring) and walk a bit along the cliff to get the best pictures on the coast. When you have time don’t miss to admire the village from the top, including the black bay and the picturesque anglers’ boats docked around.