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.Download the Travel Map of Spain
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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.
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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