Fuerteventura’s 150 km long coastline, white sandy beaches, and majestic waves make it the best place for sun, sand, and sea activities in Europe. Declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the geologic formations and ecosystems on the island are also wondrous sights to behold. A virtually treeless volcanic island, Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands and the second largest in the archipelago. Naturally, there are plenty of different localities across the island’s six municipalities to lose oneself in. The charm of the oldest island in the Canaries isn’t limited to its beaches. Cultural trips, hiking, trekking, gastronomic excursions, and nature-tripping are just some of the things that await tourists. Needless to say, it’s a holiday destination no one will ever forget.
Weather Situated beside the western side of the African continent, Fuerteventura is consistently warm and sunny all year round with average high temperatures of 25°C throughout August and September. Not dipping beneath 18°C from January to March, it is estimated that the Canary Island receives 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it an attractive proposition no matter the season.Rainfall is extremely limited on this desert-like island too, with most (26mm) falling in December. Given Fuerteventura isn’t a steep mountainous island, raindrops are rarely felt in the popular east coast resorts around Las Rocas and Castillo Caleta de Fuste.
Taste a Canarian classic As for alternative Fuerteventuran specialities, many are tapas-based given the region belongs to Spain despite being tucked around the side of Western Africa. Pejines (dried fish) is often stewed while goat meat, swordfish and papas arrugadas (salt steamed potatoes) represent fellow best-loved dishes here.
Resorts in Fuerteventura In Fuerteventura, to say “there is a beach for everyone” is an understatement. Start in the northeast at the fine white sand of Corralejo Beach opposite the world-famous shape-shifting Dunes of Corralejo Natural Park. The popular 11 km shoreline has sections for families and even for naturists. Venture into the south through mountainous dirt tracks that lead to Playa de Cofete. This 12-km virgin beach is quite remote and deserted, framed against stark black cliffs and the imposing mountains of Jandia Natural Park.
Discover your new favourite water sports Fuerteventura’s remarkable beaches are the perfect backdrop for various water sports. For those who want to go underwater, scuba diving and snorkeling schools are located at Corralejo. Dive centers are also found in Pajara and Morro del Jable. At Sotavento Beach in the south, the waters easily get packed with surfers, kite surfers, and windsurfers. Here, the waves regularly dance to the rhythm of the trade winds, inviting every brave soul to dance along.
Feel like you’re on top of the world Amidst the arid soils and extinct volcanoes is a fair share of extraordinary hiking and trekking destinations in Fuerteventura. Discover the beauty of Isla de Lobos just off the coast of Corralejo in the north. Also popular are the “badlands” of the Jandia Peninsula in the south. These trails are a great way to explore the endemic flora and fauna found on the unspoiled island. Those who love trekking will also delight in the Ajuy caves. Believed to have been used by pirates who attacked the island long ago, every trek is rewarded by a relaxing dip in the nearby beach.
Close encounters with wildlife To treat the kids to an exciting encounter with wild animals and a plethora of plant species, visit Oasis Park Fuerteventura in Pajara. Or take a plunge in one of the winding slides at Acusa Water Park for a fun-filled afternoon. Oasis Park is the one and only zoological and botanical garden in Fuerteventura. One of the Canaries biggest amusement parks, the recreation area is home to more than 3,000 creatures of roughly 250 species. The large tropical garden that surrounds the whole facility recreates the natural habitat of its fauna.
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