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Fuerteventura Travel Guide

Fuerteventura is a volcanic island, one of the islands that make up the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, in some places the island is completely untouched but in others well developed for tourism. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO on May 26, 2009. At 1,660 km² it is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife, and has the longest beaches in the archipelago. The island is a destination for sun, beach and watersports enthusiasts.

Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption from the Canary hotspot. The majority of the island was created about 5 million years ago and since then has been eroded by wind and weather. On the seabed off the west coast of the island rests a block of rock 22 km long and 11 km wide, which appears to have slid off the island largely intact at some point in prehistory. The last volcanic activity in Fuerteventura was between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.

It lies on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico and temperatures here rarely fall below 18 ºC (64 ºF) or rise above 24 ºC (75 ºF). There are no fewer than 152 beaches along its coastline 50 kilometres of fine, white sand and 25 kilometres of black volcanic shingle. Of course, one of the biggest attractions for travellers on a Canary Island holiday will probably want to make their first stop the beachand Fuerteventura has some fantastic beaches. There are the shimmering sand dunes of Corralejo, and the flat beaches of Jandia.

The economy of Fuerteventura is mainly based on tourism. Primary tourist areas are located around the existing towns of Corralejo in the north and Morro Jable in Jandia, plus the purely tourist development of Caleta de Fuste, south of Puerto del Rosario. Other main industries are fishing and agriculture (cereals and vegetables). The famous Majorero cheese is locally made from the milk of the indigenous majorera goat.

The first tourist hotel was built in 1965 followed by the construction of Fuerteventura Airport at El Matorral, heralding the dawn of a new era for the island. Fuerteventura, with its 3,000 sunshine hours a year, was placed firmly on the world stage as a major European holiday destination.

Much of the interior, with its large plains, lavascapes and volcanic mountains, consists of protected areas which can be best be explored in a 4x4 or (for the more daring) with a cross–country motorbike on an organised tour.

Sites of interest include Corralejo and El Jable to the north which are made up of fine sand dunes whilst the south is filled with long beaches and remote bays. The summer Trade Winds and winter swells of the Atlantic make this a year–round surfers' paradise. Sailors, scuba divers and big–game fishermen are all drawn to these clear blue Atlantic waters where whales, dolphins, marlin and turtles are all common sights. With many hills present throughout the Island, hikers are also attracted to this Island. The constant winds blowing onto the beaches provide a paradise for windsurfing. Surfing is common on the west and north coasts where there are large waves. Windsurfing is common around Corralejo and Playas de Sotavento and wave sailing (windsurfing on the waves) on the coast along the northern half of the island. El Cotillo is a small fishing village in the north–west of the Island famous for a very long beach to the south of the village and few very calm beaches to the north. The northern beaches frequented by snorkelling enthusiasts and sun worshipers alike are referred to as lakes by the locals.

At Cofete on the western side of Janda a remote and imposing house – Villa Winter – looks out to sea across wide and generally empty beaches. It was reputedly built by a Mr Winter on land given by Generalisimo Franco. Despite being one of the most beautiful part of Fuerteventura Cofete has very little touristic facilities.

The island's capital city is called Puerto Del Rosario, and it offers plenty for a tourist to see. As a large harbor town that serves as the entry port for many ferries bringing visitors to and from Fuerteventura, there are a number of spots on the water that offer a glimpse into the nautical world. Away from the shore, the city also hosts the largest shopping mall on the island ? Las Rotondas ? with unique internationally–flavored stores.

If you'd like to get away from the larger cities, Fuerteventura also offers a number of quaint villages that are certainly worth a visit. Betancuria is a valley town set in the shadow of a mountain, and it is home to a large monastic ruin as well as a beautiful restored church and a handful of museums. La Lajita is another similar spot, with the vibe of a small fishing village. This town is home to one of the few pebble and black sand beaches on the island, and it also hosts a wildlife center called Oasis Park. Whether you're up for the excitement of a thriving, bustling city or a quiet, laid–back fishing village, you'll come across something that appeals to your tastes as you search for what to see in Fuerteventura.

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