Fuerteventura – the Windy Island

Fuerteventura – the Windy Island

"Elba Carlota Hotel in Caleta de Fuste"Fuerteventura is a Spanish island, the second largest Canary Island after Tenerife, situated in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Fuerteventura is also known as “the island of the eternal spring”, it enjoys a near-perfect climate with the average monthly temperatures ranging from 17°C in January to 25°C in August.

The island reminds of its African neighbors Morocco and the Western Sahara, including rocky and desert landscapes as well as simple flat roofed white washed villages. But Fuerteventura is most famous for its beaches, with over 50km of stunning white and golden sand. Unfortunately, the Ocean water is far colder than waters of the Mediterranean and it takes a bit of courage to dive in and swim without putting on I’m freezing face!

"El Cotillo"Things to do

As the Spanish name Fuerteventura suggests it is a very windy island! Even though the breeze can be a bit too much, the wind surfing and kite surfing fans couldn’t ask for a better place to enjoy their hobby.  The best locations for a kite surfing can be found Corralejo on the north, el Cotillo on the west coast, Caleta de Fuste, Playa de Esquinzo, and Playa de Sotavento where every year some of the worlds best windsurfers and kitesurfers compete.

Despite tourism being a relatively recent phenomenon on the island, there is a well developed infrastructure with Golf courses, a Zoo, a Water Park and a number of Marine Excursions. It is also possible to do diving as well as big game fishing in the Atlantic Ocean or go on a quad safari that enables drivers to see some breathtaking scenery that you might miss otherwise. I would also recommend a day sailing on the catamaran that includes jest ski and snorkeling near the Lobos island as well as drinks and lunch.

"Renault Megane Cabrio in Fuerteventura"Travelling around Fuerteventura

Fuertevenura is not a big island. One day is enough to explore its whole beauty! So you can compare hotel prices before you book as no matter where you are going to stay you will be able to travel from one place to another in relatively short period of time.  There are other ways of discovering Fuerteventura. It is possible to hire a bike and use the new bicycle paths or just hire a car. I would recommending getting Jeep Wrangler or any other 4×4 because otherwise you will not be able to drive on a special rough terrain roads and beaches. I think hiring a car instead of going on a bus tour around the island gives you the opportunity to be independent and stop at as many places as you want, with the car’s roof down you can admire the breathtaking landscapes of Fuerteventura.

 

 

"Catamaran in Corralejo"

"Catamaran in Corralejo"

"Isla de Lobos - Lobos Island"

"catamaran trip"

"Fuertventura - Canary Islands"

"the sand dunes ta Fuerteventura - Canary Islands"

"the sand dunes ta Fuerteventura - Canary Islands"

"the sand dunes and a road to Corralejo"

"Fuerteventura"

"hills at Fuerteventura"

"hills at Fuerteventura"

"Playa de Sotavento - Costa Calma"

"kite surfing at Playa de Sotavento"

"kite surfing at Playa de Sotavento"

"Beach at the hotel in Caleta de Fuste"

 

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