Fuerteventura, a paradise in the Canary Islands
Parque Natural de Corralejo, en Fuertevetura (Islas Canarias)
Fuerteventura is in the Canary Islands and measures 210 kilometres from one end to the other. It is outstanding for its magnificent white sand beaches and for the bright sun that shines all year round. It is an essential destination for windsurfing and scuba diving lovers. Here you will find unforgettable locations.
If you want to enjoy broad, clean beaches, washed by tuquoise waters, then Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, is for you. There are more than 150 beaches in the north and south of the island, spread over 340 kilometres of coastline. Meanwhile, on the east coast you will find cliffs and small, hidden coves. Their shallow, crystal clear waters are ideal for watersports: sailing, water skiing, surfing, fishing... and, above all, windsurfing: the island now has an important place on the windsurfing World Cup circuit. There is a long list of beaches where you can practise this sport: Corralejo, Cotillo, Jandía, Caleta de Fuste, Cofete... This is also the case for scuba diving. Fuerteventura is an ideal destination for diving fans, thanks to the crevices, caves, tunnels, overhangs and rock formations to be found on its ocean beds. Here you can go on outings that are sure to leave good memories behind.
Its excellent climate, sandy beaches with dunes, stunning natural beauty and modern infrastructure make Fuerteventura a privileged destination for tourists. On the Jandía peninsula, in the south, you will find the majority of hotel complexes, with a full range of facilities. However, if you prefer a more rural atmosphere, head for the inland villages, beautiful spots where you can enjoy peace and quiet. The best way to get around the interior is renting a car. There are many rental companies to be found all over Fuerteventura. Otherwise, you can also get around by bicycle or motorbike. The main towns are also linked by regular guaguas (buses).
A good way to discover the island's most unusual spots is exploring the tracks and trails that criss-cross the island. Some are dirt tracks, others are paved, and they will take you into the heart of the countryside. This is true of Mount Tindaya, the island's "Sacred Mountain", and the Betancuria Nature Reserve, the island's largest protected nature area. On the coast, don't miss the broad beaches of Corralejo, the unspoilt dunes of Jandía, and the coastal flavour of villages like Ajuy and El Cotillo.
The island's artistic and cultural heritage can be seen in the old town of Betancuria. One of the most unusual things in Fuerteventura are its windmills, which you can see at various different places around the island. Be sure to try delicacies like the local cheese and dishes prepared with goat's meat.
Fuerteventura airport is five kilometres from Puerto del Rosario, with services by airlines from many different countries. The island also has scheduled boat and ferry services to the rest of the archipelago, departing from Puerto del Rosario, La Oliva and Pájara.
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