Fuerteventura the Caribbean of the Canary Islands!
Fuerteventura is often described as the gem of the canary islands, just one visit here and you are sure to agree. Its reference to the Caribbean is due to the 50 kilometers of powered white sands, and the turquoise crystal clear waters that the island is surrounded by. The island lays approx 100 kilometers from the cost of Africa and boasts temperatures of 30 degrees in the summer and 18 degrees in the winter. Fuerteventura translates to strong winds, but do not be put off by this, as the breeze is a warm welcome in the hot summer. The island truly has something to offer for everyone, from the young to the old........
Places to Visit
Betancuria the former capital of the island is a beautiful quaint old fashioned village, which lies in a valley. Here you can wander through the museum, and browse the archaeological exhibits, and learn the history of the island, or simply stroll through the village. Nearby the museum is a great restaurant and cheese and wine tasting is offered.
Which brings us on to Puerto Rosario, the now capital of Fuerteventura, here you will find a great mix of culture, the capital still maintains lots of charming history, from the old fashioned buildings to, the many statues around the town. Puerto Rosario is also home to the largest shopping centre in the canaries, here you can make use of the duty free, and pick up bargains from the well known stores as H+M, Zara, C&A to name but a few. The only airport on the island is also situated on the outskirts of Puerto Rosario.
Corralejo is in the north of the island, and is probably the main tourist resort on the island. Here you will find a good diverse of old and new. There are plenty of restaurants, from the fantastic seafood, tapas on the harbour, to the original British, Chinese, and Indian in the main town. Corralejo also has a few small beaches, most with restaurants on, ideal to take a break from the hot sun.
Lanzarote is only a short ferry ride from Corralejo, and there are two operators that offer this service. Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas, for more information/ websites please see our links page.
Corralejo is also home to BAKU water/ Fun Park , where you will always enjoy a great day out.
You will many other interesting resorts to visit whilst holidaying on Fuerteventura, each offering something different, from Jandia down the south of the island which also incorporates Morro Jable, Costa Calma, to Caleta de Fuste which is a man made resort 10 mins from Puerto Rosario. Finally we reach El Cotillo on the northwest coast of the island. Again as most of the island , here is a quaint village which although small in size boasts some of the most beautiful lagoons ever seen, these lagoons are on the right side of the village and are perfect for snorkeling, bathing, fishing. The waters are very safe for children and for those who are not confident in water, but like to get their feet wet. To the left of the village, is more beaches, although not recommended for children as the waters here can have strong under current, you will often see many wind surfers, kite surfers this is a very popular spot for water sports.
Things to do
There are in excess of 150 beaches on Fuerteventura, so infact you could visit a different beach every day of your holiday! There is also many water sports from windsurfing, kite surfing, kite boarding, fishing, snorkeling, and there are many companies offering courses on this for beginners and advanced..........
There is also many companies offering tours of the island, or simply hire a car and see for yourself, as it only takes 1.5 hours from the north to the south, this can be easily done. There is also a great bus service that runs regularly.
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