The oldest Canary Island is Fuerteventura. The island is located about 100 kilometers off the African mainland in the Atlantic Ocean and is not only very popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.
The Spanish island is a about 100 kilometers long, about 30 kilometers wide and like its neighboring islands of volcanic origin. In the north of the island there are mountains up to 700 meters high, the highest elevation of the island is 807 meters high in the south on the peninsula Jandía. It is noticeable that the island has no elevation in the middle.
Holidaymakers love the island with its long beaches in the south. Here you can find sun-seekers from all over Europe all year round, who enjoy the climate on the island
Travel information about Fuerteventura
On Fuerteventura there are actually no seasons. Snow is said to have never been on the island, the temperatures are very moderate and it never gets too hot.
Many people spend their Fuerteventura vacations on the island in the months from October to December. Here you can escape the cool autumn of the european north and enjoy the warming sun once again.
January is the rainiest time on the island. There can be heavy rainfall.
Windsurfers are mainly attracted to the island in July and August. The wind is quite strong at this time.
Most tourists arrive on Fuerteventura by plane. The international airport is located just south of the island’s capital, Puerto del Rosario.
There is only one runway and the airport is quite clear.
The island can of course also be reached by boat. There are ferries between the Canary Islands.
On the way …
The road network on the island is well developed. Numerous car rental companies offer rental cars. Some touristic highlights can only be reached on quite bumpy gravel roads. Rental car companies forbid to drive to these places with their “normal cars”, you have to rent an off-road vehicle. Who nevertheless uses the gravel roads with a normal rental car, loses the insurance protection. In the last years there are real hunters, who take pictures of these “sinners”, give their pictures to the rental car companies and collect commission. The rental companies then keep the drivers’ deposit to cover the vehicle damages (even if there are no obvious damages).
Individual places are served by buses. The buses are very reliable and the tickets are quite cheap.
Taxi rides are quite cheap on Fuerteventura. Short distances can be covered so well. Longer journeys to neighbouring villages are considerably more expensive, so the bus is the cheaper solution.
The rainfall on Fuerteventura is quite low. Freshwater is scarce and so the tap water is produced in seawater desalination plants. You should not drink this!
Fuerteventura vacations – our tips
Besides a lot of recreation on the beach we also made some smaller excursions on the island.