Fuerteventura is the oldest and second largest island in the Canary Islands with 1725 km² landmass, it is only 60+ miles from the coast of Africa. However, it is the most sparsely populated island with about 115,000 permanent residents, the capital is called Puerto del Rosario.The island is famous for having some of the best beaches in the entire archipelago, surrounded by the turquoise Atlantic sea and its open valleys between dormant volcanoes.
People often think that if winter is so warm on the island, then summer must be overwhelming, but this could not be further from the truth. The summer in the Canary Islands is softened by trade winds that cool the archipelago with pleasant summer seasons with temperatures averaging 26 - 27° C. The sea is equally warm with temperatures that fluctuate between 18 ° C in the winter months and 22 ° C for the rest of the year..
TThis, together with the estimated annual rate of 2,900 hours of sunlight for the island, allows you to make the most of the day. The economy of the islands is based mainly on the tourism industry of which we welcome some 3,000,000 visitors a year, with fishing and agriculture also playing an important role. Due to the proximity of the island to Saharan Africa, the climate is semi-desert and the vegetation is composed of plants adapted to dry or saline conditions, such as date palms, aloe vera and cactus.With the introduction of desalination plants, crops such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, olives and cereals are now successfully grown. Fuerteventura and other Canary Islands are famous for their goat cheese (Majorero cheese) which is a local favorite and has won many international awards.
The island is divided into 6 municipalities of Puerto del Rosario, La Oliva, Betancuria, Antigua, Pajara and Tuineje.The north, east and south coast contain the main tourism areas, which involve Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste and Costa Calma / Jandia, while the west coast remains virgin and wild..
THE NORTH COAST
Corralejo has evolved from a fishing village to a vibrant city with a port. It has several small beaches but a few meters south are the famous Dunes (Natural Park). In these crystalline and safe beaches, you can enjoy a great variety of water sports such as Windsurfing, Kite surfing and Surfing.
Most shops and restaurants are located along the main street that runs through the city from top to bottom and only a few meters from the end of the street, we can find the Old Town of Corralejo. Here we find typical Canarian bars and restaurants and the famous tapas bars.
During the day Corralejo offers many alternative activities such as Mountain bike and Buggy, Quad and Jeep excursions. For golf lovers, Corralejo has a new 9 hole golf course. Ferries cover the line between Lanzarote and Corralejo as well as many pleasure boats that take tourists to Isla de Lobos. The marina is about to suffer a huge extension program that will increase the yacht moorings to 650. The improvements will also be carried out at the transport port, one of the busiest in the Canary Islands.
Many visitors come back more times, simply because a single trip is not enough to enjoy all that Corralejo can offer.
PUERTO DEL ROSARIO
THE BEACH SIDE CAPITAL
Puerto Del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura and has been since 1860. This bustling town is situated next to the sea and has the main port where you have both a mixture of commercial and tourist traffic from the many cruise ships arriving.
The town itself is the main commercial centre of Fuerteventura where you will find all the main public offices, courts, National Police Station, lawyers...
As with many large towns you will find a myriad of all kinds of shops, bars and restaurants and many of the main shopping streets are paved. Puerto has the Las Rotondas shopping centre which has over 70,000 m2 of shopping and where you will find many of the familiar high street brands both national and international.
The Auditorium Insular and the Palacio de Congresos of Fuerteventura offers a full calendar of cultural event all year. Fuerteventura’s International airport is only a 10 minute taxi ride from the centre of the town.
CALETA DE FUSTE
THE GOLF COURSE RESORT
The popular resort of Caleta de Fuste is located on the east coast of Fuerteventura and is known to the locals as Castillo because of the 18th century fort that can be seen by the harbour. Over the years the town has become known by other names just to confuse tourists, so if you hear it being called Caleta de Fuste, Caleta, El Castillo and most recently Costa Caleta beware it is the same place!
Caleta is ideally situated just a 10 minute drive from the capital, Puerto del Rosario, and 5 minutes from the Islands airport. Also being about halfway along the coast the fantastic beaches of the north and the south of the island are easily accessible as is the more rugged west coast.There are two excellent 18 hole golf courses both offering driving ranges, putting greens, pro shops and of course a 19th hole.
Every Saturday and Thursday there is an open air craft and trinket market held where you can try your bargaining skills.
For the tourists and locals there are plenty of bars and restaurants which provide a varied choice of food and nightlife with many of the hotels also providing free entertainment. Caleta de Fuste is a charming resort which meets the needs of the old and young, the active and the not so active or the undecided.
Many enchanting villages can be found off the beaten track around the island, with some hidden gems listed below...
La Oliva Village is the Capital of the Northern Municipality recognisable by its historic church and restored house of the Coronels - the largest in the Canary Islands plus the art galleries and museums.
Lajares iis found in the north of Fuerteventura, situated between Corralejo and Cotillo. Once a very sleepy little village, nowadays, it is rather popular with buyers, as it possesses an excellent infrastructure, but fortunately has kept its charming appearance.
Villaverde, in the north of the island enjoys superb views over the ocean and Lanzarote in the far distance thanks to its slightly elevated situation. This pretty village has steadily grown in recent years but retains all the qualities of a quaint, Canarian village.
El Cotillo beautiful seaside village located on the west coast of the north of Fuerteventura. The village is located around the “Puertito” which is mainly used by local fishermen and local sail enthusiasts, where you can relax and watch the breathtaking sunsets.
Parque Holandés Lies between Corralejo and Puerto del Rosario on the east coast of the island. There is an overwhelming cosmopolitan feel to the village as many different nationalities have chosen to make their home here.
It consists of luxury villas and more affordable apartments.
Triquivijate is close to the tourist resort of Caleta de Fuste making it popular with many choosing to make the island home. It has steadily grown from a small farming village into a bustling, vibrant community but retains its rustic feel being flanked by mountain ranges.
conservando su estilo rústico, ya que está flanqueado por unas montañas muy atractivas.
Betancuria is located in the center of the island, the old capital of the island and today it is one of the jewels that dazzles everyone who visits it with its history, its picturesque rural houses full of life and with a taste of the past, its Narrow streets full of flowers, the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere ... The town of Santa María de Betancuria was founded by the Norman conquerors towards the year 1404 since, due to its location between mountains and far from the beach, it facilitates the defense against possible attacks In this way, this charming place becomes the first capital of the Canary Islands.
THE SOUTH COAST
The south of the island is renowned for its long stretches of golden beaches and turquoise seas. There are three main areas of interest which are Gran Tarajal, Costa Calma and Morro Jable.
Costa Calma marks the start of a stretch of beach unbroken for 12 kilometres and a windsurfing paradise. Originally built around a small village, this resort maintains much of its charm and is something of a wildlife haven. In addition to the island’s wildlife park, the green belt hosts many species of birds. Wind powered generators are in abundance in this area, producing ‘green’ electricity.
Gran Tarajal is situated on the South East coast of Fuerteventura in the municipality of Tuineje, and is just a 30 minute drive from the airport. This typical Spanish town is surrounded by hills on three sides giving shelter from the almost constant cooling trade winds for both the tourist enjoying the large safe beach and to the sailors moored in the brand new marina.
Morro Jable, in the south of Fuerteventura used to be a sleepy fishing village until it was discovered by German tourists and now the towns of Morro Jable and Jandia have grown so much that it is difficult to discern where one ends and the other begins. Together they form one of the largest and most popular tourist resorts on the island.