Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the archipelago after Tenerife (approx 98km long and 30km across at the widest point) and is generally regarded as the oldest of all the Canaries. Its undulating contours come from various volcanic episodes, the last eruption occurring about 7,000 years ago.
Fuerteventura has some of the most impressive shorelines in the whole of Europe and there is no other island in the Canaries with as many long golden beaches (more than one hundred and fifty). From the white sand dunes of Corralejo in the North to the miles of flat beaches in Jandia in the South, Fuerteventura is an ideal destination for the beach lover.
Water sports are very popular in Fuerteventura. Every year thousands of surfers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, and divers descend on Fuerteventura. Sotavento in the South has been the host venue for P.W.A (Professional Windsurfing Association) Grand Slam events.
There are many other attractions inviting tourists to discover different aspects of the Island’s landscape and culture, such as the Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography and Tefia Craft Village.
From Fuerteventura, it is easy to make a day trip to Lanzarote on one of the regular ferries or take a short boat trip over to the small uninhabited island of Los Lobos (Wolves Island), named after the large number of “sea wolves”, also called monk seals, that once lived there.
Fiestas and celebrations are plentiful on the island of Fuerteventura. Amongst the most popular festivals in Fuerteventura, the January Cabalgata de los Reyes (Three Kings Parade), the February carnivals and Easter Holy Week celebrations are known for their colourful parades. Other well-liked festivals and events in Fuerteventura include:
May: Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross): major festivities centred around public plazas, including crosses decorated with flowers (Cruces de Mayo), dancing and traditional costumes.
June: Corpus Christi: – a religious Catholic event, where many streets are lined with flowers, which are laid to form intricate patterns and biblical pictures.
Fuerteventura en Música – FEM / Fuerteventura Music Festival – late June / early July, held in El Cotillo, a popular summer festival attracting many famous bands and musicians from around Europe, with numerous outdoor concerts and musical events.
July: Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz and Mas Heineken (International Jazz Festival): lasting approximately three weeks, with a range of jazz concerts and gigs across the island, with many prestigious international jazz musicians.
October: Día de la Hispanidad / National Day Festival: a public holiday celebrating the history of Spain, with many lively events and parties around the island of Fuerteventura.
November: Fuerteventura Kite Festival: a famous three-day festival held on the Playa del Burro beach south of Corralejo which attracts some of the best ‘kiters’ from all over Europe.