Visit Roque del Moro

Fuerteventura has become a highly demanded tourist destination. However, there are still areas of wild beauty that characterize the island so much. One of these enclaves is Roque del Moro, located on the windward coast. 

Roque del Moro 

The Roque del Moro is an impressive monolith that rises vertically up to 50 meters high. It is located about 3 kilometers south of Cofete beach, another emblematic point of Fuerteventura. 

El Roque del Moro is one of the favorite places for all those who practice rod fishing, also for people who like to discover corners away from the tourist bustle. It is a very attractive area to enjoy a day of relaxation, lying down, or taking a walk on its beaten sand.

Night photography in Roque del Moro

 Roque del Moro is a point that you cannot miss if you are a fan of night photography. The place is far enough from any population center, and therefore, its skies are extraordinarily clear. In addition to that we have to add the spectacular nature of the landscape.

How to get to the Roque del Moro? 

The fastest way to get to Roque del Moro is by following a winding dirt track, which joins the Cofete road with Moro beach. 

The detour is signposted and is on the left, approximately one kilometer from the Agua Oveja cut-off. 

Although 4 X 4 vehicles can circulate on the track, the best option is to do it on foot. This will allow you to discover the natural and geological wonders of the area. For this reason, we encourage you to look for a place where you can park the vehicle well near the detour and decide to do this small route on foot.

Before starting to walk, take plenty of water, a hat and sun cream. 

Once underway you will be able to appreciate, behind you, a large part of Sierra Valluelos and Montaña Azufrá. 

Montaña Aguda, with its 452 meters above sea level, is on the left and is one of the most representative elevations of the Cofete arch. 

The path initially goes along the crest of a ravine. If you take the right flank, the track is wider, it is where the SUVs circulate. If you decide to go to the left, the path follows the same bed of the ravine. This path is the most spectacular to photograph. 

When you reach the end of the ravine, one of the best and most impressive golden sand beaches in all of Fuerteventura will open up before you: Roque del Moro beach, more than 2 kilometers long. 

To your left and emerging from the rough Atlantic waters rises the Roque del Moro. Getting there from the beach will take no more than 20 minutes.

Fossil dunes 

Although walking barefoot on the sand of the seashore gives you a magnificent feeling of freedom, you cannot miss the short walk along the interior of the beach. There the fossil dunes, which were formed millions of years ago, are quite a sight. 

These fossil dunes are made up of thousands of layers, of different shades, that overlap each other. If you approach them you will clearly see one of the most relevant curiosities: the different directions that the wind has had over thousands of years.

Veined trachytes 

Passing the fossil dunes you will come across other beautiful natural formations: the veined trachytes, also known as banded trachytes. 

Veined trachytes are colored magmatic rocks, ranging from gray to light brown. They present irregular annular drawings of dark tones. The veining is due to the presence and precipitation of iron oxide, during the weathering processes of the stone. 

This type of trachyte has been exploited for decades as ornamental rock in buildings. The sacred mountain of Tindaya is another of the enclaves on the island where you can see these rocks. There used to be a quarry there from where trachyte was extracted. 

The aborigines of Fuerteventura already used, before the conquest, small veined trachyte flakes as cutting elements.

Most characteristic flora and fauna of Roque del Moro 

Halophilic plants such as sea gooseberries, salted white, sea thyme, gorse and barilla, formerly used to make soap, are the most abundant plants in the area. But the “magarza de Jandía”, the Canarian Cardón and the Jandía cardón are also present. The latter is an exclusive endemism of the south of Fuerteventura, whose best populations are found in the valley of the Mosquitoes. 

Among the fauna, it is worth highlighting the guirre, the Barbary falcon, the Houbara, the Stonechat, the Kestrel, the Eagle, the Canary Crow, and the Trumpeter Bullfinch.

Is it advisable to swim at Roque del Moro beach? 

The beaches adjacent to Roque del Moro are not the typical coves where you can bathe. Here the currents and the strong waves are the main characteristic. This makes the place unsafe to take a bath. In addition, you have to take extreme precautions when you are in the area. El Roque del Moro is far from paved roads, there is no telephone coverage, nor does it have surveillance and lifeguard services.

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