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Are some of you wondering where Fuerteventura is? Fair enough. If we are talking geography, Fuerteventura is an African island. If we are talking politics, it is in Europe. In many ways Fuerteventura is the best of two worlds; a little bit of Africa, but with an European level of development and service.

SPAIN1Fuerteventura is one of those sweet-spots on the planet where it’s always sunny and always warm. It never gets too hot or too cold. For now Fuerteventura is a fairly undiscovered destination, when compared to its big sister Islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife or even Lanzarote.

Fuerteventura owns powder white beaches and black sand volcanic beaches. The island has all you could wish for. White beaches on the island were made out of Sahara’s sand. For thousands of years, occasional strong winds have delivered the Sahara’s sand across the Atlantic to the Fuerteventura’s shores. This repeated, natural event blessed Fuerteventura with the best beaches in the archipelago.


SPAIN2The island’s main tourist resorts are located at opposite ends of Fuerteventura, with Corralejo standing on the northern side, famed for its spectacular white sandy beaches and dunes. On the southern side of Fuerteventura you will find heaven on the earth, called Sotavento Beach.

Thanks to its regular warm climate and pleasant water temperature, Fuerteventura is a favourite with sport enthusiasts who enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, parasailing, or hiking (yes, I call hiking a sport).

The island’s interior is rather barren and thanks to the island’s limited vegetation, it sometimes feels more like the surface of the moon, than an exotic paradise. However, it is senseless to spend whole holiday on the beach or, by the pool.

Fuerteventura deserves exploring. Unfortunately most of the tourists come here to relax in one of the big holiday resorts for one or two weeks. Many of them never leave the hotel complex and the pool. At best they explore the island by making long walks on one of the long extended sandbeaches. It is quite cool, indeed, but it is also SPAIN3a big mistake! Believe me, Fuerteventura is not only a beach. For me this island is without doubt the most beautiful and spectacular of the Canary Island chain.

So just as I did, go out, discover it, leave no stone unturned, and soon, you will find out that judging Fuerteventura only by its sandy cover, was a mistake.

Would I travel back to this place? In a heartbeat I would! It is not surprising at all since the enchanting Canary Islands never fail to seduce.