Fuerteventura is a world famous holiday island of the Canaries and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. Fuerteventura is situated about 60 miles (about 100 km.) from the coast of North Africa, on the south of Lanzarote. Fuerteventura is the second largest and the longest of the Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura offers great much to its visitors from its beautiful golden sandy beaches, unspoilt nature to volcanic scenery dotted with little white villages, windmills, beautiful coasts and palm trees.
Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste, Costa Calma, Morro Jable and Puerto del Rosario are the popular holiday resorts in Fuerteventura.
The greatest charm of Fuerteventura lies in the tranquillity emanating from its kilometres of golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.
Fuerteventura possesses the largest coastal platform of all the Canary Islands, with a vast store of marine life which scuba divers find simply irresistible. Above, the sea surface becomes the scene of spectacular world windsurf championships, when sportsmen skim the waves at breakneck speed and come to form part of the seascape.
Fuerteventura enjoys more than 2,800 hours of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 22 degrees. The island tempts those keen on water sports with its modern tourist facilities at Corralejo, Caleta de Fuste, Costa Calma, Morro Jable and La Pared and the up-to-the-minute nautical sports centres at El Castillo, Corralejo, Gran Tarajal and Morro Jable.
The best way to get to know the island is to visit the historical-artistic site of Betancuria, the great Casa de los Coroneles at La Oliva and the eco-museum or take a boat ride to the small island of Lobos, facing Corralejo.
Fuerteventura also offers great leisure activities for the holidaymakers from diving, scuba diving and windsurfing to rural tourism and trips of geological interest along paths which may be travelled on foot, by bicycle or on the back of a camel; not to mention cultural visits to the archaeological sites, proud of their towering stone temples wrapped in the mystical aura of previous times.
The rough, singed countryside of Fuerteventura is very ideal for exhilarating, adventure sports like hang-gliding, abseiling, trekking, cycling and so on.
Every July and August, the World Windsurf Championship is held on the Sotavento beaches in Fuerteventura. As for sailing, the best stretches of coastline are Jandia in the south and Corralejo in the north.
As for shopping in Fuerteventura; the busy streets of Puerto de Rosario or any of the tourist resorts such as El Castillo, Morro Jable, Costa Calma, Corralejo and more are very popular. Lajares, Molino de Antigua and the eco-museum at La Alcogida are the best places for handicrafts.
There is also a handicraft shop situated at the Fuerteventura airport. Fine articles, guaranteed as having been made in the best majorero tradition are also available at all these outlets.
As for accommodation in Fuerteventura; holidaymakers may find variety of nice and quality hotels and apartments to choose from.
Fuerteventura can be accessed by sea or by air. There is one well-communicated airport along with three major ports running services from one island to another; Corralejo, in the north, provides transport to Lanzarote, where trips to Isla de Lobos are organised; Puerto del Rosario runs services to Gran Canaria and Tenerife; and Morro Jable specialises in tourism and sports activities.