Welcome to the beautiful unspoilt and sun drenched island of Fuerteventura – The perfect all year round holiday destination.
Location: Fuerteventura lies at 28°20′N14°1′W, in the Atlantic Ocean and is the oldest and second largest Island of the archipelago known as The Canary islands. It lies just 100km off the Northern Coast of Africa and has a land mass area of only 1660 km². It is 31km wide and 100 km long. Driving from one end of the Island to the other takes around 90 minutes. The airport is situated roughly in the middle of the Island, on the East coast, and is 30 to 45 minutes drive away from the resorts in the north and the south. The resorts of Caleta de Fuste and Nuevo Horizonte are just a 5 minute drive away.
Beaches: The Island boasts over 150 beaches of which most are beautiful white soft sand, which has lead the island being known as ‘The Caribbean of the Canaries’. The name Fuerteventura, loosely translated, means ‘Strong Fortune’, although many people believe that it means ‘Strong Winds’ as it is one of the windier Islands and a popular destination for wind surfers, kite surfers, surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The island was declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco in May 2009, and certifiedamong 500 European destinations by the Quality Coast International Certification Program of the European Coastal and Marine Union as one of the most attractive tourist destinations for visitors interested in cultural heritage, environment and sustainability.
Weather – The Island benefits from a temperate climate that very rarely drops below 14 °C, and unlike other holiday Islands, Fuerteventura does not close down for the winter and welcomes holiday makers all year round. The island is often referred to as ‘the island of eternal spring’ as the ocean adjusts the temperature making the hot Sahara winds blow away from the island. The winter months reach average temperatures of highs of 22 °C (72 °F) and lows of 15 °C (59 °F). The summer achieves average high of 35 (95 °F) and lows of 20 °C (68 °F), but throughout the year a phenomenon known as a Calima, can fill the sky with fine white sand from the Sahara and raise the temperature by around 10°C. Rain is pretty rare and normally figures of around 1.47 cm per year are recorded. October is the month most likely to experience rain, however sometimes light showers may occur, usually in April, November and Winter months.
Geology – Fuerteventura was created by a volcanic eruption that dates back 20 million years, however most of the Island is only 5 million years old. The last volcanic activity in Fuerteventura was between 4 and 5,000 years ago. The Island is an elongated shape and its highest point is Mount Jandia in the south west that towers to a height of 807m. The narrowest point of the Island is only 5km wide and is known as the Istmo de la Pared ( The Wall) The Island is divided into two areas Maxorata in the North and the Jandia Peninsula in the south.
Tourist Info: The currency on the island is the Euro and the main language spoken is Spanish, although a local Canarian dialect is often heard among the locals. As Fuerteventura is a tourist resort, there is a nice mix of other nationalities too and English is widely understood and spoken so holiday makers will have no trouble finding their way around. Menus and tourist information sources are also published in more than one language too. The people of Fuerteventura are some of the most laid back friendly and welcoming people that you will ever meet so the language barrier is very rarely a problem and there is always someone willing to step in and help out, but knowing a few words will always be met with a very warm welcome.
Have a great holiday!