Fuerteventura Travel Guide
Sixty miles off the coast of Africa lies the second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura. With mile after mile of warm, untouched sandy beaches tempered by a refreshing breeze off the Atlantic it has become a haven for sun worshippers seeking tranquillity. The least populated of the archipelago it has some incredible desert scenery, scattered with windmills and small villages with whitewashed houses. You could almost be in North Africa.
One of the main resorts on the island is Corralejo, which despite the numerous low-rise hotels and apartment buildings along the beach still retains some of the charm of the fishing village it once was. The town itself has several small shops, bars, cafes and a couple of discos but the main reason for Corralejo’s popularity are the miles of white sandy beaches and translucent blue sea at Las Grande Playas. It is a surfer’s paradise and often plays host to international competitions.
Fuerteventura has over 150 beautiful beaches, the most popular being at Costa Calma, Cleta de Fustes and Playa Jandia. There are also many spots where you can relax and sunbathe in quiet seclusion, especially off-season. Next to surfing the other most popular activity is big game fishing. The waters surrounding the island are teaming with Blue and White Marlin, Tuna of all varieties, Wahoo and Skipjack. You must, of course, return your catch to the sea but if you want to taste a sample there are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from, serving delicious locally cooked seafood.
It may not be everybody’s cup of tea but if you like quiet unspoilt beaches, shimmering turquoise sea, temperatures that never drop below 70 degrees and above all peace and quiet, Fuerteventura is the place for you.
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