The semi-desert Island of Fuerteventura is located just 100km from the coast of Africa (near the border of Morocco and Western Sahara). It enjoys a dry subtropical climate with average daily maximum temperatures ranging from 20°C in January to 27°C in August (and higher in the South). The island receives, on average, just 141mm of rain per year (some parts of the UK receive over 4000mm!) and here’s the best bit: approximately 300 days of sunshine per year.
Fuerteventura is the longest Island in the archipelago measuring 98km from north to south and is the second-largest Canary Island after Tenerife.
Fuerteventura was declared a Biosphere Reserve and Starlight Reserve by UNSECO in May 2009 and according to UNESCO also offers a rich fossil record, spread around 50 palaeontological sites of global importance. The island is also home to Europe’s largest area of desert and semi-desert!
The unforgiving barren and arid interior of the island shares much with its African neighbours of Morroco and the Western Sahara with sparse rainfall, rocky-desert landscapes (the temperature of these rocks can reach 67°C on a hot day!) and simple flat-roofed white-washed villages.
Fuerteventura is perhaps most famous for its beaches, with over 150km of stunning white and golden sands. Despite Tourism being a relatively recent phenomenon on the island, there’s a well developed infrastructure with Golf Courses, a Zoo, a Water Park and numerous Marine Excursions. If you fancy something a bit more active, the island offers great Surfing, Windsurfing and Kite Surfing as well as Big Game Fishing and Diving.
If you just want to take it easy, then the miles of white sandy beaches make for the perfect getaway, you should be able to find a relatively secluded spot for yourself even in peak season.
Fuerteventura’s resorts are quite varied in character; Corralejo, in the north of the island, has a bohemian-surfer appeal and has the best nightlife, Caleta de Fuste is a purpose-built resort with easy access to the airport, Costa Calma attracts a mostly German clientele while Morro Jable/Jandia has the best beaches.
There really is something for everyone – Families, Couples, Twenty-somethings and Sports enthusiasts alike.