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Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of the North Africa region, politically part of Spain. At 1,659.74 square kilometres, it is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife. As at the start of 2019, Fuerteventura had 116,886 inhabitants. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in May 2009. Its capital is Puerto del Rosario.

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Fuerteventura is one of the seven islands of the Spanish archipelago of the Canaries. on the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco, it is the closest to Africa, at about 100 km. Characterized by a desert landscape marked by dunes, it has been recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Fuerteventura is certainly not limited to its seaside resorts.

The desert landscapes of Fuerteventura are irresistibly reminiscent of the American West. Its mountains dotted with windmills hide picturesque villages with white houses such as the old capitals Antigua, Pajara, and Betancuria, which have not changed since its foundation in the early fifteenth century. In the extreme north of the island, Corralejo is a small fishing town ideally located near a large beach of dunes, classified as a natural park, and facing the volcanic island of Los Lobos. This Saharan landscape is a reminder that the African coast are really close

Fuerteventura is known as one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in the world, thanks to the trade winds that blow constantly between April and October. Kite flyers will also be delighted. The famous beach of Jandia, in the southeast of the island, hosts the world championships in July and August. It stretches for almost 25 km from Morro Jable to Costa Calma.

Even if this island sticks to the image of dream vacations with the sea in the sun, conveyed by the Canaries, it would be a shame to stay on the beach. In the north of the island, its capital Puerto del Rosario is a lively port with preserved architecture where you can see several churches or classified chapels. If the main activity of the island revolves around tourism and seaside resorts, fishing and agriculture still exist and contribute to the economy and... to the landscape. You should also see the salt mines of Carmen and the salt museum, the natural park of Corralejo and its dunes, and especially the peninsula of Jandia where the island culminates at the top of Pico de la Zarza (807m). You can easily climb this peak to enjoy a 360° view of the island. The peninsula is home to a natural park and an old lighthouse that has become an interpretation center of the site. Do not miss either the historical village of Betancuria or the viewpoint of Morro de Vellosa and its giant statues of the Guanche kings.

When to visit Fuerteventura 

Even if its name comes from the strong wind that passes over these islands, Fuerteventura’s climate is considered one of the best in the world. In fact, it is always pleasant to be there since the average temperatures always arebetween 20°C and 30°C (68°F and 86°F) with minimum temperatures between 15°C and 21°C (59°F and 70°F). You risk having a little colder and rain by going there between November and February even if the temperature is always correct. To sum up, apart from the winter period, it is always pleasant to go to this sumptuous Canaries Island, especially during the summer season, between June and September.

How to get around Fuerteventura 

Fuerteventura is pretty small which will allow you to get aroung easily.

It is possible and understandable to want to rent a car in order to be able to circulate freely but know that it is quite possible to discover the island by using :
  • public transportation : buses are called guagua and prices vary according to the distance travelled and will be between 2,00€ and 5,00€ ;
  • cabs : cheaper than on main land Spain or the rest of Europe, taxis fares are about 1,50€ per kilometer ;
  • bicycle : there are several bicycle rental companies, which you will find in several places on the island, especially in Corralejo. Prices usually start from 15,00€ per adult for one day and are degressive
  • and your own feet : pedestrian paths are well laid out and the tourist spots are well connected and accessible. Moreover, you will feel freer to discover every walk you come across on your way.

What To Do In Fuerteventura

Corralejo Sand Dunes
Located on the coast of the Corralejo Natural Park, these sand dunes are outstanding. Walking on these dunes reminds us that the African deserts are not so far. This is a must to go in Fuerteventura. On the other side of the high dunes, beautiful beaches are waiting for you and an extraordinary view of Lanzarote.
Up for more adventures ? Go e-biking and get closer to the volcano chain of North Fuerteventura.

Lobos Island 

This gorgeous island is at least 6000 years old. Many sea wolves (seals) lived around the island when the Spanish conquerors “discovered” it. Lobo meaning wolf in Spanish, this is where the islands got their name from and why you might see statues of seals on the beach. Be aware that access to Lobos Island is limited to 400 visitors per day so if you plan to visit during peak season, it might be a good idea to book your ticket a few days in advance.⁠
The island is pretty close to Fuerteventura but not close enough to swim there! Book a 20 minutes ferry ride and get the best local infos about this volcanic island.

Cofete Beach

In the South of the island, Cofete Beach offers breathtaking and endless scenery. This beach is part of the park of the same name and is 12 kilometers long!
Between golden sand, turquoise blue sea, majestic mountains, you will be amazed by the speculator views. Enjoy to the fullest and get on a buggy and explore the heights of Cofete Beach!

Ajuy Caves

Located in the West of the Island, Ajuy is not to be missed. Beeing parts of Betancuria Rural Park, Ajuy Caves are fully protected. Their particular shapes are formed by the submarine flow of lava and sediment that rose to the surface. Rumours say that pirate treasures still lurk there. Don't wait any longer and discover the park and its mysterious caves and be sure to enjoy the rarely black sand beach of Ajuy!

El Cotillo

El Cotillo is located on a wild and windy coast. Book your surf lesson and make the most of this unique beach! From the waves, you will be able to see the majestic cliffs.
To the South, there is a small, typical and pleasant port where you must try a fish dish.
El Toston Castle of Cotillo was built in 1700. Over the years it became a coastal defence against ships and especially Berber, French and English pirates.
The huge whale skeleton that you will find nearby is one of six on display on the island. It is part of a project led by the Cabildo and the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve that aims to increase public awareness of the great diversity of cetacean species present on the coast of Fuerteventura.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Fuerteventura

Why visiting Fuerteventura?

Only 100 km from the African coast, Fuerteventura is reminiscent of its neighbor Lanzarote, only more colorful. Its multiple touches of color resemble a mosaic of spices, such as saffron, chili, and coriander. Here, there is no trace of the pine trees shrouded in mist or the mountain microclimates of Gran Canaria. Swept by the winds and darted by the sun, the island offers a striking spectacle. The Mirador Astronómico de Sicasumbre offers a panoramic view of this Martian landscape, so keep your eyes open.
Most visitors come here to enjoy the wind and waves rather than to appreciate its ruggedly beautiful desert landscape. The second-largest island of the archipelago (after Tenerife), Fuerteventura enjoys almost permanent sunshine (3,000 hours per year) and has the largest and most beautiful beaches in the Canaries. The island received the status of biosphere reserve from UNESCO in 2009.

The high season is from December to February. During this period, the accommodations are fully booked well in advance. The weather is a little cooler and windy, but still very pleasant.
In late spring (April and May), the weather is ideal, although the beaches are sometimes crowded at Easter.
July and August see an influx of Spanish vacationers, as well as families traveling with children. The temperature often exceeds 30°C, however, it is rarely sweltering. The world windsurfing championship is held in July.
Autumn is a great time for parties and festivals, including the International Kite Festival in Corralejo and the Fiesta de la Virgen del Rosario in the capital. The average daytime temperature is around 20°C, while the nights become progressively cooler.

Fuerteventura is known for its sand dunes, its beautiful beaches but also its deserted landscapes. It is an ideal island for board sports: surfing, kitesurfing, water-skiing... Its maximum altitude is 807 m, not much higher than the other Canary Islands. For all these reasons, Fuerteventura is a destination for those who love the beach, relaxation, beautiful landscapes and sun.

Lanzarote, on the other hand, is home to numerous volcanoes and national parks. Indeed, almost a quarter of the island is covered by lava. Hikers will be delighted on this island. Its maximum altitude is 671 metres, but the views are still spectacular!

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