Fuerteventura is a beautiful island in the Archipelago of the Canary Islands (Isla Canarias). The Canaries Archipelago consist of seven large and six smaller islands based in the Atlantic Ocean, lying some 100km off the North West coast off Africa (Morocco and Western Sahara) and about 1100km from the Spanish mainland (Cadiz). The Canary Islands are split into 2 Spanish provinces; The Westerly Islands of Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera and Hierro from the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (chief town Santa Cruz) while the Eastern Islands of Gran Canaria, FuerteVentura and Lanzarote from the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (chief town Las Palmas). Only a narrow channel separates Fuerteventura and the African continent.
Fuerteventura has the oldest history and the longest beaches of wonderful white sand of the Canary islands, with a population of only 30,000 and over three thousand hours of sunshine a year! Although not as well known as some of the other islands in the Canaries, Fuerteventura is a beautiful island with definitely some of the best beaches in Europe with over 150 of them! It is well known however, for its full array of water sports activities from surfing to whale watching! It is a paradise for beach holidays!
The Capital Puerto de Rosario is the oldest town of all of the Archipelago! There are even great beaches close to the town!
Fuerteventura Tourist Resorts
There are three main tourist resorts on the island of Fuerteventura, they are:
Jandia in the South here you will find undoubtedly some of the best beaches on the island, with over 20km of coast that has long stretches of pure white fine sand, endless lagoons and dunes, Jandia is definitely worth a visit even if you are not staying here! With the winds blowing all year round from the Northwest it is a Windsurfing paradise, with the P.W.A. World Windsurfing speed and slalom event taking place here every year in August! Nightlife here isn't as lively as other resorts it has a more laid back relaxed atmosphere! Although there are plenty of bar and restaurants around the resort.
Corralejo is in the North and is a lot livelier resort popular with English tourists of all kinds, families, groups of friends and water sport enthusiast's! With the Atlantico Commercial centre that has plenty of bars and restaurant in and surrounding it is where to go for a great night out! The beaches in the town are smaller and great for sunbathing but if you want picturesque scenery or water sports then flag beach is the place to go it is popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers. Flag beach is just outside Corralejo town, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and toilets around the beach and life guards patrol the area too! With its crystal clear water and white sand that seems to go on for miles its no wonder that is used regularly for photo fashion shoots, TV advertisements, Music Videos and lots more! If you are a bit more experienced with your water sports then there are plenty of other beaches close by that are ideal!
Caleta de Fuste is in the east of the island close to the Airport, it is a man-made resort, purposely built for tourists! Although still lovely it hasn't got the charm that the rest of the island has! It has a man-made beach too with imported sand! It has a lively nightlife but it is a nightlife that you would be happy to take the children out in! Because it was purpose built you will not find the traditional Canarian and Spanish restaurants - but hundreds of Chinese and English restaurants and the bars are typical 'holiday cheese' with a range of karaoke and entertainment bars throughout the resort! It is a lot more spread out though then its Northern resort Corralejo so get ready to walk a lot!!!
Fuerteventura General Information
All over Fuerteventura there are windmills dotted about which are a faithful testimony to the its farming tradition. They are being restored as tourist centre's with a vision to recreating the landscape of their working past when Fuerteventura was know as the Granary of the Canary Islands!
Fuerteventura has a lovely warm climate all year round like the other islands in the Canaries. At night during the winter months it can get chilly with a cold wind but it is still warm during the day with an average temperature through December to February of 63 Fahrenheit and during the summer rising to an average of 75 Fahrenheit! It rarely rains but again it is a little more likely during the winter months but still rare!
Although as an Island Fuerteventura does not contain the usual water parks, zoo's and theme parks as lot of of other holiday destinations do, but it as an immense amount of beautiful land and surrounding ocean, with a national park in the South and lots of history throughout for you to explore!
Around the main resorts there are plenty of Ocean front Villas for you to rent, apartments in complex's and Hotels that range from basic - somewhere for you to just lay your head to luxurious with a wide range of facilities! All available for your stay in this amazing island!
The volcanic island of Lobos is close to Fuerteventura, is only approximately 6 square metres in area, you can walk around the whole island within 3 hours! It is a perfect day trip for walkers and nature lover and lots of secluded little beaches! Also you find lots of keen surfers go there too! You can get a ferry from Corralejo harbour to the island which only takes about half an hour and runs regularly throughout the day all year round!
Fuerteventura Essential Information
Please find to follow a few helpful numbers, important information and useful tips that will help make your stay in Fuerteventura more enjoyable and stress free....
The Language used is Spanish
The Currency used is the Euro
Fuerteventura is also running on GMT so there isn't a time difference between there and the UK
A three course meal will cost you approx 14 Euros/£9, if you wish add a glass of beer for approx 1.80 Euros/£1.15 or maybe a bottle of wine for approx 5.30 Euros/£3.40 or both!!!
Visa's are not needed if you are a member of the EU, as long as your stay is below 90days.
The dialling code is the same as the Spanish mainland 0034 (remember to drop the zero from the beginning of the number being called if calling to the UK)
The Spanish Embassy number is; 020 7235 5555
Cash machines are widely available throughout the Island.
The Voltage in Fuerteventura is 220V - so take an European adapter!!
The shops are generally open Monday to Saturday 9am till 1pm, closing for a couple of hours in the afternoon and opening again from 4.30pm till about 8pm!
Banks are a little different they are generally open Monday to Friday 9am till 2pm
Please be aware of Ticket touts, they can be selling illegal trips on the streets and beaches.
The village of Antigua is located in the east of Fuerteventura close by to the popular tourist resort of Caleta de Fuste. It is one of the oldest village's in Fuerteventura and once for one year only was the capital of the island.
The resort of Costa Calma is a popular tourist resort located in the South of the island on the edge of the National Park in Jandia.
The town of La Oliva is in the North of Fuerteventura, although not a well known tourist resort it is close by to the popular resort of Corralejo and worth a visit as it is rich in historical and cultural background.
Tefia is a small village just outside the town of La Oliva is in the North of Fuerteventura, not known for anything else other than its Eco Museum - La Alcogida.
Tindaya is a small goat farming village and protected zone lying at the base of the Tindaya Mountain that is 401 metres high! Located in the north of Fuerteventura.
Lajares is a small village just outside of Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura. Although small a lot of locals live here or are starting to move here as it is easy access to one of the island popular tourist resorts (Corralejo) but is not in the hustle and bustle of the resort.
Horse Shoe Bay
Horse Shoe Bay is a new development between Corralejo and Puerto del Rosario in the north of Corralejo. Only minutes from the airport and the most spectacular protected beaches, the Corralejo sand dunes - Las Dunas de Corralejo!
Villaverde is a small rural village in the north of Fuerteventura. Its surrounding hills used to be dotted with smallholdings but with the growing wealth of people in the years that has changed and now you can see that some of these have been transformed into rather grander properties.
Nuevo Horizonte is a small holiday resort situated along the east coast of Fuerteventura. Close by to the popular Tourist resort of Caleta de Fuste. originally Nuevo Horizonte was built with the tourism industry in mind to and there is still new developments going up around the area.
Jandia is a lovely resort located in the very south of Fuerteventura. This fabulous resort has many shops, bars and restaurants. Amazing beaches, boat trips, water sports and diving!
Puerto del Rosario
Puerto del Rosario is the Capital of Fuerteventura. It has been the capital of this wonderful island since 1860. It is the oldest town of all of the Archipelago! There are even great beaches close to the town!
Casillas del Angel
Casillas del Angel is a small village located close to the capital of the island Puerto del Rosario.
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