How to Visit the Ajuy Caves on Fuerteventura (in 2024!)

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Are you looking to visit the Ajuy Caves on Fuerteventura? Keep reading to find out more!

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  1. Fuerteventura: Panoramic Highlights Tour (my TOP pick—goes to Ajuy Caves!)
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The Ajuy Caves were one of my favorite places I visited in Fuerteventura! From the black sands to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks and echoing in the dark caves, I just loved the mystery of it all!

And I highly recommend everyone heading to the island visit them and experience this for themselves!

To help out, this guide details a bit of the history of the Ajuy Caves (Cuevas de Ajuy) and how to visit them on a tour (and independently)!

How to visit the Ajuy Caves in Ajuy, Fuerteventura
How to visit the Ajuy Caves in Ajuy, Fuerteventura

I also go over some of the main things to do in Ajuy, including a site nearby that is worth checking out on your way into the Fuerteventura village.

📝 UPDATED FOR 2024: My last trip to the Ajuy Caves was in December 2019, but I have given the guide a thorough update to make sure it is relevant and useful in 2024. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Did I miss anything you’d like to know before visiting the Ajuy Caves? Let me know in the comments!

What are the Ajuy Caves (Cuevas de Ajuy)?

The Ajuy Caves, called the Cuevas de Ajuy in Spanish, are a breathtaking geological formation on the western side of Fuerteventura, around 7km (4.3 miles) from the town of Pajara.

These ancient limestone caves (there are two of them) allowed me to dive into the island’s geological history when visiting on a tour from Corralejo (I give more details about that below!).

A sign at the caves
A sign at the caves

Formed during the Cretaceous period about 100 million years ago, they’re the oldest formations in the Canary Islands and carry immense geological and paleontological significance.

The Ajuy Caves were declared a natural monument in 1994, and you can visit them and see them in person today.

The Fuerteventura caves are nestled in the coastal village of Ajuy within the Betancuria Rural Park and are an easy day trip from Corralejo and other places on the island.

Inside of one of the Caves in Ajuy
Inside one of the Caves in Ajuy

There is a short hike (on a well-trodden path along the coast) to reach the caves, and it begins at Ajuy Beach (on the right side if you’re facing the water).

This guide will detail how to see them on a tour and what to do in Ajuy Village if you decide to hang around for longer than just lunch!

How the Ajuy Caves Were Formed

The Ajuy Caves boast a rich geological history dating back to the Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago.

As the oldest formations in the Canary Islands, they were created by the submarine flow of lava and sediment rising to the surface, initiating the island’s formation.

The caves are part of Fuerteventura’s basal complex, which emerged from a depth of 3,000 meters, forming the foundation that supports both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Around Ajuy
Around Ajuy

Since they were designated a natural monument back in 1994, the caves have been protected and maintained.

They hold immense geological and paleontological significance for the Canaries and are among the 150 sites of primary geological interest across the globe.

Over time, the caves have served various purposes, including serving as pirate hideouts and storm shelters.

Heading down to the Ajuy Caves
Heading down to the Ajuy Caves

The coastal village of Ajuy, where the caves are found, was actually the entry point for Jean de Béthencourt, the conqueror of the Canary Islands in the early fifteenth century.

How to Visit the Ajuy Caves

You can visit the Ajuy Caves independently or on a tour. I visited them as part of the Fuerteventura Panoramic tour (which is one of my favorite tours I have ever taken in Europe).

Ajuy Village
Ajuy Village

If you’re visiting independently, it is free and quite easy to get to.

But, I would recommend visiting either early in the morning or before dusk, as the tour groups will be hanging out in the village during the day, which is one of the best things to do in Fuerteventura.

I think visiting the Ajuy Caves with a tour is the easiest way to see them personally (if you don’t have a car).

The village of Ajuy
The village of Ajuy

The Fuerteventura panoramic highlights tour is an 8-hour tour that will pick you up in a minivan from various places on the island (Corralejo, Lajares, Villaverde, and Cotillo).

You will have a driver and knowledgeable guide, and you will get a chance to see some of the best spots on Fuerteventura!

Some of the stops you will make are Sand Dunes Natural Park, Sotavento Beach, Pajara, and eventually Ajuy.

In Ajuy, you can independently walk to the caves (they are only 30 minutes away on foot) before enjoying a local seafood lunch at a restaurant in Ajuy.

Seafood lunch at La Jaule de Oro
Seafood lunch at La Jaule de Oro

Then, your tour will head to the Natural Park of Betancuria, where you’ll get to see gorgeous views of the Canyon of La Peñita.

You will have plenty of time to explore Betancuria (don’t miss the chance to get some ice cream there!) before checking out views of Tindaya Mountain, also known as ‘Sacred Mountain’.

This tour is not wheelchair-accessible, and lunch is not included.

Overlooking the beach in Ajuy (the caves path is to my back!)
Overlooking the beach in Ajuy (the cave path is to my back!)

If you’re looking to take this trip to the Ajuy Caves and beyond from the center or the north of the island, you will have to get your own transportation to one of the places it picks up from.

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Other Things to Do in Ajuy (and Nearby)

If you are visiting the Ajuy Caves without a tour, there are a few other cool things in the area. Here are a few things to do in Ajuy and nearby:

Hang Out With the Local Wildlife

It will be only about 30 seconds before you realize you are in chipmunk territory. They are everywhere around here and are not shy at all.

Furry friends at the caves
Furry friends at the caves

If you’re eating or snacking on something, they will come toward you and try to be your friend. Take some photos of them, but do not feed them. Human food is harmful to them.

Enjoy One of the Best Restaurants in Ajuy

Ajuy is filled with quite a few restaurants for a town of such few people. However, not all Ajuy restaurants are created equal.

Some of the most popular (and top-rated) Ajuy restaurants are:

I enjoyed lunch at La Jaule de Oro because the area was teeming with tourists who were on variations of the same tour I was on.

La Jaule de Oro
La Jaule de Oro

La Jalue de Oro has a 4.5 rating on Google and serves seafood for lunch, along with a killer sea view. But the other restaurants above are all highly rated and great options if you are limited based on the number of people hanging out in Ajuy.

Mirador de Las Peñitas

Not too far from Ajuy village is Mirador de Las Peñitas, a stunning viewpoint.

Located within Betancuria Rural Park, this scenic spot offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including rugged mountains, deep valleys, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Mirador de Las Peñitas features the small, picturesque Ermita de la Peña chapel perched on a rocky outcrop.

The area is ideal for hiking, photography, and appreciating the island’s diverse natural beauty. It is a great stop on your way in (or out) of Ajuy!

Visiting the Ajuy Caves in Fuerteventura
Visiting the Ajuy Caves in Fuerteventura

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