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Fuerteventura - The oldest island in the Canaries

Fuerteventura, which translates as "strong wind" but also means "great adventure", is after Tenerife Second largest in terms of area and at the same time geologically oldest of the Canary Islands. It is also just under 100 km from the Moroccan coast, which is why it is strongly influenced by the African climate.

The volcanic island is ideal for a relaxing beach holiday, because there are picturesque, fine sandy, almost already here Caribbean-style beaches. No other Canary Island has such long and flat coastlines that invite you to swim and relax. The geographical affiliation of the Canary Islands to Africa, especially Fuerteventuras, has the consequence that on the island one dry, hot climate prevails. The wind turns several times a year and brings with it a dense, sandy desert dust from the Sahara, which covers the most eastern islands of the archipelago like thick fog. This phenomenon, which causes the temperatures to rise again by a few degrees, is called in the Canary Region "Kalima" and is usually over after a few days when the northeast trade wind takes over again. 🙂

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Fuerteventura is the most sparsely populated island of the Canaries, because it has just under 100,000 inhabitants, the highest point of the Pico de la Zarza in the south, is 807 feet high. The national language here is also Spanish, but if you are planning a holiday here as a holidaymaker, you can trust that most of the locals speak at least a few words of German, because around 60% of holidaymakers a year come from Germany. In an individual accommodation such as an apartment or a holiday home you can enjoy the ambience of Fuerteventura in all its originality.

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What to see and do on the island of Fuerteventura

The attraction of the island are of course the inviting sandy beaches in the north and south of the island. Water sports are very important everywhere. Jandía, the peninsula in the south of the island, offers excellent conditions for kiters and surfers. The east of Fuerteventura is generally more bathing-friendly as the sea is calmer. Caution is advised on the west coast due to high waves and strong currents, here you should be very cautious about swimming in the sea. However, in the southwest you can enjoy one of the last completely undeveloped coastal strips of the Canaries, the wild Playa de Barlovento.

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But not only water rats and sun worshipers find their fulfillment on Fuerteventura. Many a worthwhile excursion destination also lures into the interior of the island: The Corralejo shifting dunes in the north of the island, for example, are not only a feast for the eyes, but despite their apparently inhospitable, desert-like appearance, they are also an important habitat for rare bird and insect species as well as rare plant specimens, which is why this area was placed under nature protection as early as 1982. By the way, boats go from here to the one about two kilometers from the north coast Isla de los Lobos, a must for nature lovers. There are neither streets nor houses, only wild nature and a lagoon invites visitors to walk, swim or snorkel.

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The Fuerteventura's largest city is Puerto de Rosario, with around 35,000 inhabitants, the capital of the sparsely populated island. Visitors are particularly drawn to the port, where merchant ships replenished their supplies for the further sea route many years ago and where today impressive cruise ships from all over the world moor. Here, in Puerto de Rosario, is Fuerteventura's El Matorral Airport, where all international flights land.

If you are interested in the history of Fuerteventura, you should pay a visit to the La Atalayita settlement, about 30 km from the capital Site and shepherd's village of the Mahos, the indigenous people of Fuerteventura. Here an exhibition room and an interesting tour provide information about life in times long past.

Wild, untouched nature combined with beautiful sandy beaches and the warm hospitality of the Canaries - this is what awaits you on your holiday in Fuerteventura! Here you will find our offers of holiday homes and apartments on Fuerteventura.

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