Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Fuerteventura, whose capital is Puerto del Rosario, is the island of the archipelago closest to the African coast. Second island of the Canary Islands by size, it is geologically the oldest.
The island is not very high, Mount Jandia rises to 807 meters and presents landscapes of dunes and a desert environment due to chergi and calima coming from the Sahara. Calima is an easterly wind charged with dust and sand, very hot which can reduce visibility.
Fuerteventura has 150 km of white sandy beaches on which the wind, combined with waves of more than two metres long, allows windsurfing and kitesurfing, among other things.
The island has two natural parks, Jandia Park in the peninsula to the southwest and Corralejo Natural Park and its dunes to the north.
The giant statues of the Guanche kings near Betancuria and the mummies of Mount Tindaya recall the first occupants of the place, the Guanches.
In the hinterland, we discover small typical villages where it is good to taste majojeros, local goat’s cheese or pejines, small anchovies.
The FV-2 road runs from north to south along the east coast of the island. The Fuerteventura airport, located 5 km from Puerto del Rosario, is mainly used for low-cost international flights.
The island’s four ports, Puerto del Rosario, Morro Jable, Gran Tarajal and Corralejo, provide connections with the other islands of the archipelago and Spain.
Puerto del Rosarió
Capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosarío was born from a small fishing village founded at the end of the 18th century. Originally called Puerto de Cabras, the village developed around the bay to become today a thriving seaside resort with an important and prosperous port. Accessible by sea and air, it is the main entrance to Fuerteventura.
With a pleasant climate and temperatures, the city offers beautiful beaches: Puerto Lajas, Jarugo or Playa Blanca. The latter has modern hotel and sports facilities, as well as numerous shops.
Scuba diving, surfing and sailing among others are on the agenda. In addition to the church of Nuestra Señora del Rosarío, the house-museum of the Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno and beautiful buildings line bright streets with white houses.
Patronato de Turismo de Fuerteventura. Calle Almirante Lallermnd, 1. Puerto Rosarío. Tel: (+34)928 85 20 16.
Carretera Tefía. Puerto del Rosarío
The museum exhibits seven typical houses on the island of Fuerteventura, where you can discover the traditional rural life of Fuerteventura. An ideal place for children who can participate in workshops: making bread, cheese, pet care… Open every day except Mondays from 10am to 6pm. Admission: 5€, free for children.
Betancuría, founded at the beginning of the 15th century by the Frenchman Jean de Bethencourt, was the capital of Fuerteventura until 1834.
The Cathedral of Santa María de Betancuría, an important building of the city, was rebuilt in the XVIIth century in the original Gothic-Norman style. Inside it has a baroque altarpiece and a Mudéjar coffered ceiling.
Nestled in the rural park named Betancourt, it is a strategic place for those who enjoy hiking.
Access: from Puerto Rosarío via FV-30.
Archaeological and ethnographic museum
Calle Roberto Roldán
At the same time palaeontological, ethnographic and archaeological, the museum exhibits ceramics as well as a model of the Guanche village of La Atalayita as well as fossils and objects related to indigenous culture. Tel: (+34)928 85 14 00.
Islote de Lobos Natural Park. La Oliva.
Islote de Lobos is a small island located 2 km north of Fuerteventura. It is part of the municipality of La Oliva. Gulls’ paradise, the island has amazing geological landscapes that are representative of the archipelago.
L’ Islote de Lobos can be visited in a few hours along the few hiking trails that crisscross it, and its beaches are easily accessible. As there is no accommodation, a boat goes back and forth during the day.
Access: by boat from Coralejo, El Muelle pier. Approximately 15 min of crossing.
Corralejo Natural Park. La Oliva.
Like a small island desert, Corralejo Park is located on the eastern coast of Fuerteventura. It extends its dunes along the ocean, from Playa Remedio to La Salina, 8 km long and 2.5 km wide. Only the volcanic peaks of los Apartaderos and Roja emerge from el Jable as it is called.
Turning to tourism, Corralejo is an ancient fishing village with some of the most spectacular beaches in Fuerteventura.
The park is crossed by the main road FV-1 and several car parks facilitate its discovery.
To the north-west of Fuerteventura, dependent on La Oliva, El Cotillo has several beaches with a clearly naturist character and a vast stretch of sand stretching from the north of the municipality to Los Lagos. A marina completes the tourist offer of this small seaside village.
Jandía Natural Park
Between ocean and mountain, Jandia Park occupies almost the entire peninsula, located in the extreme south-west of Fuerteventura. A long car trail runs through the contrasting landscapes that characterize it.
The dunes of Istmo de la Pared are followed by hills from Valle del Pecenescal. On the northern slope, the peak of the Zarza peak rises to an altitude of 804 m, while the southern part of the massif is composed of ridges and valleys with numerous plant varieties and ornithological fauna.
Morro del Jable. Pájara.
At the southern end of Jandía Park, the small seaside resort of Morro del Jable has a beautiful white sandy beach extending 4 km long and 60 m wide.
Facing a seafront bordered by hotels and various tourist structures, part of the beach is reserved for the practice of naturism. A small marina a mile away completes the tourist offer offered by the village.
Located in the centre of the island, its privileged position between Betancuría and the pier of Fuste and Pozo Negro have favoured its development. The agricultural land is home to many gofio mills for grinding maize.
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