Fuerteventura is located to the east of Gran Canaria. This is the second largest island of the Canary archipelago, its area is 1730 square meters. km. The name of the island is translated from Spanish as “strong wind”, because steady winds constantly blow on its coast. Thanks to the winds, the island is one of the most popular places in the archipelago for windsurfing. In addition, Fuenteventura boasts the longest beaches, composed of fine light sand. There are no large cities, noisy resorts and amusement parks on the island, calmness and silence reign here.
The capital of the island is the city of Puerto del Rosario. (Puerto del Rosario). Here is the largest port of the island. In general, there are no attractions here, but there are hotels where you can stay, and there is an airport nearby. Caleta de Fusteis located 12 km south of Puerto del Rosario on the coast. Here, near the city beach, you can see the ruins of the 18th century San Ventura Castle, which was built to protect against pirate attacks. The waters washing the local coast are calm, which allows you to relax on the local beach with children. The beach of Caleta de Fuste is a great place to learn the basics of windsurfing. In addition, Caleta de Fuste offers boat trips, during which you can watch dolphins, whales and even sharks. South of Puerto del Rosario is the city of Gran Trajal (Gran Trajal) with a small beach of black volcanic sand.
According to ELECTRONICSMATTER.COM, 30 km from Puerto del Rosario in the center of the island, in the middle of low mountains covered with forests, is the ancient capital of Fuerteventura – Betancuria. The city was founded in the 15th century by the French traveler Jean Betancourt, from which it got its name. The appearance of the city has not changed much since the beginning of the 19th century, when the island’s capital was moved to the neighboring city of La Oliva. In Betancuria, it is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum, which tells about the history of the island and the life of the indigenous population – the Guanaches, the church of Iglesia de Santa Maria of the 16th century and the Museum of Religious Art. Also in the central part of the island, the cities of La Oliva are interesting. (La Oliva) with the ancient residence of the colonels Casa de los Coroneles (18th century) and the Agricultural Museum of Del Grano and Antigua (Antigua), in the vicinity of which you can see old mills.
The main resorts are located in the northern part of the island – Corralejo (Corralejo), and in the south on the peninsula Jandia (Jandia).
The Jandia peninsula forms the southwestern tip of Fuerteventura and has the status of a natural park. Most of its coastline is occupied by wide sandy beaches. In the central part of the peninsula, small mountains rise (the highest elevation is 807 m), and in the northern part, near the isthmus connecting the peninsula with the island of Fuerteventura, sand dunes stretch. At the sand dunes on the eastern coast of the peninsula, near the town of Costa Calma, there is the Playa de Sotaventobeach, which was chosen by windsurfers. A little to the south stretches the beach of the city of Morro Jable. Ships depart from Morro Jable to Gran Canaria. In the vicinity of Morro Jable, on Punta de Jandia, there is an old lighthouse, and beaches stretch on the opposite coast of the peninsula Playa de Cofete and Playa de Barlovento. The beach of the town of La Pared, located on the western side of the isthmus connecting the peninsula with the island of Fuerteventura, is famous among surfers.
On the west coast, the village of Ajuy is interesting , which in ancient times was the main port of the island. There are caves in its vicinity, and a variety of fish dishes are served in local restaurants. Also in the northern part of the west coast is the village of El Cotillo. The waters in these places are restless, which attracts surfers here.
In the northern part of the island of Fuerteventura, perhaps its most popular resort is located – Corralejo. In Corralejo, an 11-kilometer beach stretches along the entire coast, and in the northern part of the city the beach is bordered by rocks, and in the south by the sand dunes of the Natural Park of Corralejo. Sand dunes stretch here over an area of 27 square meters. km. Constant winds make it possible to practice windsurfing in this part of the coast. 2 km from the coast of Corralejo is the protected island of Lobos (Isla de Lobos) with an area of 5 square meters. km. Tourists are invited to go to the island on sightseeing boats with a transparent bottom. The island can be explored on foot in a few hours, since there are plenty of hiking trails here. Be sure to go to the northern tip of the island, where the lighthouse stands. From here you can see the neighboring island of Lanzarote.