Fuerteventura is perhaps most famous for its beaches, with over 150km of stunning white and golden sands. Despite Tourism arriving relatively recently on the island, there’s a well-developed infrastructure with Marinas, Golf Courses, a Zoo, a Water Park and an expanding motorway system. The island caters especially well to those seeking an active holiday and is famous for its great Surfing, Windsurfing and Kitesurfing as well as Big Game Fishing, Whale Watching and Diving.
If you just want to take it easy, then the miles of white sandy beaches make for a perfect getaway, where you can always find a secluded spot for yourself – even during peak season.
The island is located less than 100km off the coast of the Sahara Desert on Africa’s North-west coast (near the border of Western Sahara and Morocco). It enjoys a dry subtropical climate with average daily maximum temperatures ranging from 20°C in January to 28°C in August (although this often reaches higher in the South). The island receives an average of just 141mm of rain per year and here’s the best bit: approximately 300 days of sunshine per year.
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 arid interior of Fuerteventura shares much with its neighbours in Saharan Africa with low rainfall, a rocky-desert landscape (those baking rocks can reach 67°C on a hot day!) and Desert wildlife such as Egyptian Vultures and the introduced Barbary Ground Squirrel (often mistaken for Chipmunks).
Each of the main tourist resorts has its own distinct appeal; Corralejo, in the north of the island, has a surfer appeal and great nightlife, Caleta de Fuste offers sheltered beaches and easy access to the airport, Costa Calma attracts mostly German visitors, while Morro Jable/Jandia has the best weather and beaches.
There really is something for everyone – families, couples, chilled-out surfers, cyclists, fishing enthusiasts and even training for professional athletes.