Fuerteventura is the closest Canary Island to the African coast, with only 100 km separating the Punta de la Entallada from Cape Juby in Morroco - and, after Tenerife, it is the second largest of all the Canary islands. The prevailing weather conditions in Fuerteventura are very similar to the climates of Florida and Mexico (which are on the same latitude), making this island an ideal holiday location all year round. Fuerteventura has outstanding geographical features such as extensive dunes and more than 150 long, sandy beaches - and like other Canary islands, it is principally volcanic in origin, though now entirely dormant!
Water sports are very popular in Fuerteventura, and every year, hundreds of surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, and divers descend on the island - in fact during July, the island is host to the P.W.A world windsurfing speed and slalom event at Sotavento in the south. Within the island's interior is the Sacred Mountain, once considered by local people to have magical significance; you'll also find charming unspoilt villages, tiny fishing villages and a traditional culture that manifests itself in fascinating architecture, cuisine, language and history.
Fuerteventura Holiday Highlights
Tefia Craft Village and Antigua Windmill Craft Centre
Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo - the island's most important nature reserve
The Salt Museum, and Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography
Try local food such as: papas arrugadas - small unpeeled potatoes steamed with salt until the skin becomes wrinkled - served with a hot 'mojo' sauce; pejines - tiny sun-dried fish that are baked, grilled or cooked in alcohol - generally served as a tapas and great with a cold beer; La Montaeta - semi-cured goat cheese; shellfish such as mejillones (mussels), lapas (limpets) Cangrejos (crab), camarones (small shrimps), centello (spider crab), langostas (lobsters) pulpos (octopus) and chocos (squid)
Carnivals - occurring throughout the year, and well worth attending if they take place during your holiday
Playa del Matorral - a lovely beach containing many of the island's protected species of plants
Golf enthusiasts are advised to stay at the beautiful Sheraton Fuerteventura where they will find 2 of the island's best courses