FuerteventuraCanary Islands (Spanish: Las Islas Canarias). It is the second largest island of the Canaries to Tenerife, with population around 106 000. Fuerteventura is located south of Lanzarote, the two islands lie only 11 km apart.
Fuerteventura is divided into six historical municipalities (though most tourist areas are fairly recent):
Puerto del RosarioThe capital on the east coast, with airport to the south. The community area stretches to the west coast, few tourist attractions are in the area.
La OlivaCovers the whole north of the island, but still it's quite small. Isla de Lobos is also part of the municipality. Known for Corralejo, Villaverde, El Cotillo and Parque Holandes
BetancuriaThe former capital, it's a favorite excursion destination - combined with Valles de Santa Inés and Vega de Río Palmas.
AntiguaWith Caleta de Fuste
TuinejeWith Gran Tarajal
PájaraThe south peninsula, with the tourist centers Costa Calma and Morro Jable. Contains natural park Jandía, small and remote Cofete and Villa Winter.
- - The small fishing village on the west coast is always worth a visit and not overcrowded. Here one can visit the caves of Ajuy, but the rocks are already very worth seeing. There is also the black sand beach. There is plenty of parking for cars. Also, a small restaurant is here - with friendly service, simple Spanish food and drinks. Swimming is not too recommended here - after a few meters of beach it gets very deep and there are strong currents. However, you can just lie in the still shallow waters and get a refreshment from the Atlantic.
CofeteA small village in the south (west coast of it), Jandia peninsula. It has nothing to do with the tourist harbors on the rest of the south coast. It is worth a trip if you have a car - without it, it's hard to reach. The place itself is not very big, but has a bar.
Back at the time, Franco had here a military restricted area. From here, Franco pursued his interests in Africa. Nearby is also the , which is named after the name of the builder (Gustav Winter), surrounded by many legends.
There is a non-dangerous, but very nice beach. Hardly any people are here. In the vicinity of Cofete there are a lot of places where you can make beautiful landscapes.
Costa CalmaAt south-east coast, German-oriented. The right place for relaxation without stress. The town of Costa Calma is located outside of the tourist town. There are only a few houses. In the tourist resort of Costa Calma everything revolves around the tourist.
Eternally long yellow sand beaches mark the place, inviting for long walks. In the area of the village itself, they are guarded and quite cramped. To the south it becomes less sandy. Here the surfers and the kite surfers share their area. The waves and wind are always certain here.
El CotilloWest from Corralejo. It is a small place that has been the focus of tourism for only a few years. The individual life has not yet fused very much with the tourist. This is ideal for individual tourists.
The tourist buses also pass El Cotillo. The destination is the fortress of the old fishing village, where lime was burnt in the past. From the tower it was seen whether pirates were approaching the island. In the fortress, art pictures are exhibited. For a glimpse of El Cotillio this stop is enough. But the place has offers next to the fortress too. In the small Cotillo there are surprisingly many good restaurants (especially Canarian and Italian cuisine).
The place has a lot of peculiarities. From the fortress one has a beautiful view of the coasts to the north and south. The lagoon beach in the north towards lighthouses is suitable for families with small children. In the south the waves roll harder to the beach.
Hourly bus from Corralejo to El Cotillo is available. The direct bus connection with Puerto del Rosario is much rarer. It is best to visit the place with a rental car - parking is without problems.
JandiaA purely touristic artificial village, bordering Morro Jable.
Jandia itself consists only of hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. The village has even a small zoo.
The most important asset of Jandia is surely the beach. From Morro Jable, the beach with bright yellow sand stretches far east. There are beach sections that are guarded (with rent couches, bars and fast food), but also sections where you are very alone.
In the direction of Morro Jable the waves can hardly be felt. Going east, the waves become stronger. At the corner, where it goes northwards, a rock divides the beach - high waves can be enjoyed there.
The main street is also the shopping street. All are located in the north of the street, so you always have a view of the sea.
On Thursday, the African market takes place on the market square of Jandia. Plagiarism of all kinds can be bought here - in addition to fresh fruits, vegetables.
The village of Morro Jable rises up the mountain. Here are the people who work in the Jandia hotels. From the port you have to go up the mountain, then down to the village center. The town center has not yet been taken over by tourists and there is something to do until late nights.
The town is nevertheless worth seeing, to get a glimpse of the life of the locals. You can enjou some Spanish cuisine - or coffee "Leche y Leche". It's an espresso, on which one puts sweet condensed milk. If you turn it around, it becomes sweet milk coffee, if you do not, then you have a special taste experience.
The church in the center has a nice portal. Aztec art can be visited here. There is a lot of speculation as to how these works have emerged. The most plausible - a monk came home richly after the trip to South America and donated this portal.
Fuerteventura is a volcanic island, in some places untouched but in others heavily developed for tourism. "Fuerteventura" roughly translates to "strong winds" or Fuerte (Strong) Ventura (Venture).
By ferrySeveral ferries run between and Tenerife, Grand Canaria, Lanzarote.
From , the ferry takes about 20 minutes to Lanzarote.
The two major lines are:
By planeFlights from Spain, Europe, as well as from the other islands land daily, via the .
It plays host to a mix of scheduled flights from national operators such as:
Being a tourist destination there are also numerous charter operators flying into the airport. These include:
The airport has only one runway and 5 boarding bridges but is still undergoing expansion. It handles around 45,000 flights and 5 million passengers per year.
By carA hire car is the best option for discovering the remote wilderness regions, and numerous car rental companies are available.
By busThe bus lines from Puerto del Rosalio (via airport) to Correlejo, Caleta de Fuste, Morro del Jable and Cotillo are easy to handle, cheap and very reliable (timetables). It is extremely easy to get from Correlejo to the sand dune beaches south of town.
By bicycleRenting a mountain bike is a great way to see the island. There are many bike paths that run parallel to the main roads and many well-marked trails
Baku Water Park
Lighthouse Faro de La Entallada
"American Star" shipwreck
Corralejo sand dunes
Important centers of tourism are Jandia and Costa Calma on the south, and Corralejo on the north.
- Beaches: There are many guarded ones, but you can also find secluded ones (by driving a little and then being alone on a kilometer long beach). Many colors are "available" - white, yellow, black...
- Surfing: In the summer, Fuerteventura is the first choice for wind and kite surfers in Europe. Ideal weather and wind conditions bring in lots of sports enthusiasts (wind and kite surfing). There are regular international competitions at Playa de Sotavento, where tourists can also watch the most spectacular jumps.
- Swimming: The waves sizes also differ - there are places with virtually no waves, but also places where the waves are so violent that it is advised against bathing.
- Go into the mountains to see how the locals survived on this arid island over the centuries.
- Discover the strong connections with the countries of South America. Learn a few words like GuaGua (wah wah - "bus").
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