August 23rd, 2010
The semi-arid Island of Fuerteventura lies just 52 nautical miles off the coast of Morocco. Situated in the Atlantic, Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island, after Tenerife. With a near perfect climate, average monthly temperatures ranging from 17°C in January to 25°C in August and with some of the best beaches to be found, it is not hard to understand why Fuerteventura is quickly gaining in popularity.
Fuerteventura – ‘the Island of Eternal Spring’
With over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and less than 150mm of rainfall, Fuerteventura is often referred to as the ‘Island of eternal spring’. It is a prime destination for sun, beach and water-sports enthusiasts. Blessed with the longest beaches in the Canaries and having no less than 152 beaches along its coastline.
The seven islands that make up the Canary Islands archipelago are Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Stretching from East to West in a 500km arch.
The Island of Fuerteventura is the second largest and measures 1660km2 (including the island of Los Lobos).
Widely believed to the oldest of the Islands, having been the result of a volcanic eruption some 20 million years ago.
Its origins and location, less than 100kms from the Sahara have been instrumental in giving Fuenteventura its desert, almost lunar-like landscape. The prevailing Easterly winds, blowing in from the Sahara have bought in all the fine white sand that makes up the spectacular beaches and sand dunes that the Island is so famous for.
The sand dunes of Corralejo, one of the most well known and cosmopolitan of the islands resorts, have now been designated a Natural Park, along with the Island of Los Lobos.
The waters off the coast are teeming with fish and is said to have some of the best diving in Europe. Dolphins, marlins and whales are common sights.
Place of ‘strong wind’ – a surfer’s paradise
Taken literally, Fuerteventura can be translated as ‘strong wind.’
The Trade Winds and swells of the Atlantic make this a year-round surfers’ paradise.