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The island of Fuerteventura is one of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands, with a relatively flat terrain.
Considering a beach vacation? Idyllic temperatures, sun, brilliant clear waters, sandy long stretches of beaches or inlets of rocky pools to explore, then the Island of Fuerteventura, one of the most beautiful in the seven Canary Island groups, is a bucket list essential. However, be surprised because Fuerteventura has more to experience.
Guide of Fuerteventura
Located in the Atlantic sea, 97 kilometres off the African coastline, Fuerteventura whilst the oldest volcanically created and second largest of the Canary Islands is the least densely populated. Much of its true character is still prevalent with barren landscape interrupted by volcanoes, windmills, goats grazing and a diverse coast line offering endless hours of fun, there is also a lot of contemporary things to do. Fuerteventura is divided into two main regions joined by a narrow peninsula. Approximately 100 kilometres separates the tip of the larger northern region from the smaller region in the southwest. The narrow peninsula, 5km in width, isthmus of La Pared, was created by volcanic eruptions.
Climate in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura has been called the ‘Island of external Spring‘ because of the pleasant temperature range throughout the year. Temperatures in Summer range from 20° C to 27°C, with a definite north eastern trade wind offering a refreshing and cooling effect for pleasant night conditions. As the seasons progress the temperature and winds moderate slightly, Autumn and Spring averages are around 25°C. Winter the temperature fluctuates between 14°C to 21°C , with the occasional day of precipitation. Sea temperatures, because of Fuerteventura location in the Atlantic Ocean, range from 18°C to 23°C adding relief from the constant heat of the sun. A few times a year a phenomenon called Calima by the locals can affect Fuerteventura. Calima causes fine sand from the Sahara to reduce visibility to a few hundred metres, dry the air and raise temperatures. Fortunately these unpleasant weather events pass within days.
Fuerteventura has a culturally diverse background that has shaped the uniqueness of this Island as a desirable destination. Although now famed as a tourist resort for its beautiful coastline, excellent beaches and sophisticated resort offerings, Fuerteventura’s first inhabitants are hypothesised to be deportees from North Africa called Majos. Early 15th century expeditioners Jean de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle, came to Fuerteventura with the expectation of exporting the lichen for purple red dye used by textile companies and started the economic activity of significance, otherwise previously most activities were just survival economics. The threat of pirate invasion and the availability of water had most inhabitants living inland. Only when the threat of pirates diminished did the people build villages closer to river beds and along the calmer east coast sea. Late 18th century, early 19th century the Island did prosper with some production and exporting of quicklime, cochineal and sapphire. Remains of the lime ovens and cactus gardens that attracted the insect that supplied the red dye cochineal are still around the Island today. Climatic and environmental conditions have limited the suitability of agricultural activity to growing vegetables like tomatoes, wheat, barley, chickpeas and lentils on water collecting terraced sloped hills. Livestock on Fuerteventura is mainly represented by goats who thrive in the drier conditions. Fishing is now a favoured pastime between the Fuerteventura and Moroccan coast.
Whether you book a tour or do your own transport, such as hire a car with Enjoy Travel or take a bus, plenty of adventures await the opened minded traveller in Fuerteventura.
Things To Do in Fuerteventura
Uniquely beautiful beaches like Corralejo Grandes Playes provide endless hours of pleasure. Out of the 150 beaches Flag beach is one of the most popular and is perfect for surfing, scuba diving or water skiing. El Cotillon, a small quiet village on the northwest coast of the Island provides on low tide two lagoons , Playa Concha and Cotillo, which are perfect for family entertainment. On the Jardin Peninsula is Sotavento beach, a huge lagoon that is perfect for surfers, kite surfers and this is where the Windsurfing Championship takes place every year. Cofete Beach is not recommended for swimming and is harder to access, but a walk on unspoiled sand enjoying the view of the mountains and ocean is memorable. Not all beaches have amenities so research whether you need to take food and drink.
Explore the Caves
Although the beach is probably not considered for swimming the caves of Ajuy are considered to be amazing so preferably wear closed shoes for trekking over rocky soil. Another village on the west coast Puertito de Los Molinos has caves to explore when the tide allows visitors to cross the beach. These caves are more hazardous to reach and careful preparation is required.
The sand dunes of Corralejo have been listed as a National Park and are iconic, including the 10 kilometres of continuous beaches. The dunes play a significant role in preserving the unique bird species to the Island.
History and Culture
Touring around the various villages within Fuerteventura conjures up times gone by as the Island was the first to be conquered by Europeans. The museums reinforce the heritage of the Island. Betancuria the original capital city captures the ancient times with cobble streets and white colonial style houses. The Archaeological Museum contains Aboriginal fragments, ceramics, bones and tools. In Antigua the Salt Museum (Salinas del Carmen) explains the uses of salt and the actual working plains fascinatingly display how it is farmed. Antigua also contains an old windmill that was used for the processing of the grains the were developed previously on the Island. Visit a cheese factory to see how the locals blend the exquisite goats milk into an award winning cheese called Majorero (majo) throughvarious degrees of fermentation. In Olivia Mt Tindaya rises out of predominantly flat-landscape and is deemed a sacred mountain because of the 300 feet shaped engravings similar to those found in Northern Africa.
For the more active tourist various hiking trails have been constructed around the Island of varying degrees. Bare in mind they all require proper footwear, clothing attire, food and drink. One particular route is hiking Pico de la Zaria, at an altitude of 807 metres, the highest peak on the Island. At the peak, take in the spectacular view overlooking Playa de Cofete.
Eating Out in Fuerteventura
With a diverse cultural background the cuisine options are numerous, particularly in the well developed resort towns. Zoko, in Corralejo, a café offers quick meals with options for vegans of sautéed vegetable with rice, vegan pizza and fresh salads. However, it is well worth the experience to immerse oneself in typical Canary Island specialties that the locals favour and have developed from local produce grown or produced from land or sea. To start a meal with a savoury option one could try goats cheese lightly fried or baked in an oven. A seafood option are small fish similar to anchovies eaten whole called Pejines. Typical mains can include stews, using meat such as goat combined with vegetables of onion, carrots, potatoes and red peppers. Surrounded by the ocean seafood has become one of the Island’s gastronomy delights. Depending on the location you can try squid, prawns limpets and various types of fish. Mojo is a dip made of red or green pepper, parsley, garlic, olive oil and salt and is an accompaniment to many dishes, particularly the local stable of boiled then roasted salted wrinkled potato. El Gofio which is roasted corn flour is eaten as is or combined with other foods to make desserts or sauces. Marabu in the south of the Island offers a purely local produced menu, explained in 3 languages. Look for the fresh sea bass with wrinkle potatoes and Mojo. In Betancuria there is a “Michelin guide” awarded restaurant, Casa Santa Maria. At lunchtime there is a traditional locally produced menu which has guests returning for specialities such as braised goat. La Vaca Azul in El Cotillo specialises in fresh fish other types of seafood and homemade desserts. Tapas can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the sea of the old fishing port.
El Matorral international airport is located 4 kilometres south of the capital Puerto del Rosario. Depending upon your travel agenda transport plans need to be suitable. Between the airport and resort pre-booked airport transfer can be the most trouble free and economical option. However, if you plan to move around the Island there are choices of transportation. Inside a resort a taxi is a convenient way of getting around, although once you leave the locality fares increase significantly. Tiadhe run a public bus network, offering 17 different services between the major towns. To venture around the Island changing buses can be needed as 8 of the services hub out of Puerto del Rosario. Detailed planning is also required as the frequency of the buses can be limited to some of the smaller towns. For comfort, flexibility, overall cost and convenience many adventurous tourist choose to hire a car.