Reasons to visit Fuerteventura

Year-round warm weather, consistent breezes and clear waters make Fuerteventura a mecca for watersport enthusiasts. Surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are all hugely popular with lots of schools and courses for those wanting to learn. There are great dive locations too, and almost any stretch of sheltered water will be a joy for snorkellers. For a more laid-back approach to the water, the sea and the long sandy beaches are ideal for the simple pleasures of swimming and sunbathing.

Fuerteventura is the driest of the Canary Islands, so the interior is mostly a desert landscape of broad plains, lavascapes and volcanic mountains. Much of this consists of protected areas, although there are organised tours and vehicular access. This rugged natural beauty, combined with the balmy climate and 3000 hours of sunshine every year, makes the island an attractive destination for walkers too.

Nature-lovers are attracted by the cute Barbary ground squirrels and geckos, as well as the various migratory and nesting birds and the possibility of sighting a rare Canarian Egyptian vulture. In the surrounding waters, whales, dolphins, marlin and turtles are all a common sight.

Visitors to Fuerteventura will find all the facilities they require, yet the island has not experienced the over-development found in some other places. Tourism here is more sustainable and has a lighter touch.