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Fuerteventura Holiday

Where is Fuerteventura located?

Fuerteventura is one of 7 Canary Islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to Fuerteventura, they include Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma. Fuerteventura is located about 120 km west of the Moroccan coast and is the second largest Canary Island after Tenerife. The Canary archipelago is of volcanic origin, belongs politically to Spain and therefore also to the EU. Geographically, Fuerteventura and the rest of the island group belong to Africa. This is also reflected in the year-round, mild climate with little rain and many hours of sunshine.
You can easily reach Fuerteventura in a few hours by plane. The international airport is roughly in the middle of the island at Puerto del Rosario. This is also the capital of Fuerteventura with about 41,000 inhabitants. In total, about 120,000 people are living on Fuerteventura.

What language is spoken on Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is part of Spain, so Spanish is the national language here. If you speak Spanish yourself, you will quickly notice that there is a dialect all of its own. The people of Fuerteventura are called Majoreros. The dialect they speak is "Majorero Spanish". It is similar to other dialects, vowels are swallowed and words are sometimes strongly shortened. Instead of "muchas gracias" you often hear "mucha gracia", "por favor" becomes "porfa" and from "buenas tardes" often only "buenas" remains. Canarian Spanish is spoken on the Canary Islands. This dialect dates back to colonial times and has influences from Spain, Portugal, England and South America, among others.

Fuerteventura Holiday - Between White Sand & Turquoise Sea

Fuerteventura is the holiday island par excellence among the Canary Islands. Here you will find dreamy, white sandy beaches on the turquoise blue, crystal clear Atlantic Ocean. Even the inhabitants of the other Canary Islands love to go on Fuerteventura holiday. One of the most beautiful beaches is definitely Playa de Sotavento in the south. The fine, golden sandy beach stretches for kilometres along the east coast, from Costa Calma to the fishing village of Morro Jable. So if you like bathing and beach holidays, you will find a little holiday paradise on Fuerteventura.
But the "spring island" is also highly recommended for active holidays. Due to its geographical location and the constant winds, you will find many water sports enthusiasts on Fuerteventura. Surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers have appreciated the island for its consistently good conditions for decades. Surfers enjoy swell and good waves all year round. There are numerous spots for surfing on Fuerteventura, from the north of the island down to the south. In the summer months, the trade winds make the eyes of windsurfers and kitesurfers sparkle. Well-known spots here are the René Egli Windsurf & Kitesurf Center or Risco del Paso, at Playa de Sotavento. Every year in summer, the Windsurf and Kitesurf World Cup takes place at the René Egli Center.

How big is Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island with an area of 1,660 km². The island of eternal spring is about 100 km long and 30 km wide. You will find many mountains on it, all of volcanic origin. The highest mountain in Fuerteventura is the Pico de la Zarza (807m) in the south of the island near Jandia. Here you can do a nice little hike. At the top, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the east coast and the west coast with Cofete beach.
In general, Fuerteventura is divided into 6 municipalities, listed here from north to south:

  • La Oliva (Corralejo, El Cotillo, Lajares, Villaverde)

  • Puerto del Rosario (the capital of the same name and the airport are here)

  • Antigua (Caleta de Fuste)

  • Betancuria (used to be the island's capital, today a popular excursion destination)

  • Tuineje (Gran Tarajal, Las Playitas)

  • Pájara (Costa Calma, La Pared, Jandia, Morro Jable)

Although Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island, it is relatively thinly populated. Compared to the other islands, Fuerteventura's population ranks 4th. Behind it are only the relatively small islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. You will also find very little industry here and a lot of unspoilt land. Because of this untouched wilderness, Fuerteventura is also perfect for grounding yourself, taking a deep breath and relaxing.

What is the weather like in Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura is also known as the island of eternal spring. As the name already reveals, Fuerteventura weather blesses you with a pretty mild climate all year round. Rain is rare here, which is why the landscape is rather dry and lacking in vegetation. On the other hand, the sun shines in your face almost every day and you can enjoy the beautiful beaches all year round. Fuerteventura weather offers temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius in summer and they hardly fall below 10 degrees Celsius even in winter. The winds and the dryness provide a pleasant, warm climate during the day. It's not too hot at night either, which is great for a good night's sleep.
You can have a beach holiday in Fuerteventura all year round. However, bear in mind that it is very windy on the island from June to August. Then lying on the beach with the sand flying around your face is not always so much fun. Active holidays are always possible on our favourite island. The wind conditions are usually best from May to August. The best time for surfing with constant big waves is from November to February. However, this is for surfers who already have a good level and some experience in the water. Surfing beginners will find perfect conditions to learn surfing on Fuerteventura all year round.

Where is the most beautiful spot on Fuerteventura?

This question is very individual and not so easy to answer. It depends on what you are looking for. In our opinion, the most beautiful beaches by far are in the south. The Playas de Jandia stretch for kilometres down the east coast towards the south. Here, white to golden sandy beaches lure you to the turquoise, sparkling sea water. The unspoilt west coast impresses with its wild romantic flair. Beaches like La Pared or Cofete offer a magical view at sunset that you won't forget so quickly.
But the north coast definitely has its charm, too. The North Shore captivates with its incredible expanses and bays of white sand. The sand dunes of Corralejo are always a feast for the eyes. In the centre of the island, authentic villages such as Antigua or Betancuria convince with their very own, lovely charm. The special thing about Fuerteventura is the varied landscape that the Canary Island has to offer. From heavenly beaches, to sand dunes, to volcanic mountains, to barren lunar landscapes and small palm oases. No matter how many times you have been on holiday in Fuerteventura, you will always discover something new.

How long is the flight time to Fuerteventura?

The flight time to Fuerteventura is no more than a few hours from most major European cities. From Berlin, for example, you need just over 5 hours by plane. From Vienna or Munich, the flight time to Fuerteventura is usually just 4.5 hours. Many airlines offer direct flights to Fuerteventura from UK, Germany or Austria. If you book your Fuerteventura holiday outside the peak travel season, you can also get really cheap flights with Ryan Air or TuiFly, for example.

In short: Fuerteventura is always worth a trip!

As you can see, our beloved island of Fuerteventura is something very special. It captivates with its stunning beaches and unbelievably impressive landscapes. The sun shines 360 days a year and provides a mild climate. No matter if you just want to relax and enjoy the beaches or go surfing. Fuerteventura is the place to be!
We hope we have answered all your questions about the island. If you still have any, please feel free to contact us! We would also be delighted to welcome you to our favourite island for your Fuerteventura villa holidays.

Surfer in La Pared, Fuerteventura

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