Fuerteventura is the second largest island of the Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.It is part of the province of Las Palmas and is divided into six municipalities: Betancuria, Tuineje, Antigua, Pájara, Puerto del Rosario and La Oliva. In 2009 the island was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
Besides being the second largest island Fuerteventura is also the oldest of the Canary Islands. It has seen many volcanic eruptions but the last ones are claimed to be about 5 000 years ago.
Situated only 100 kilometers from Africa, Fuerteventure has one of the longest and finest beaches of top 10 beaches in Spain. There are 152 of them along the coast. The island lies in the same latitude as Mexico and Florida. Its temperature varies from 18 °C to 24 °C and it is all about sun, beach and watersports which make the island one of the major European holiday destinations.
The tourism on the island started to develop in 1965 when the first tourist hotel was built together with the construction of Fuerteventura Airport. During the years the place became one of the favorite surfers spot from different corners of the world. It is truly a year-round paradise for surfers and other watersport lovers thanks to summer winds and winter swells. You may find a lot of scuba divers, fisherman and sailors as well as dolphins, turtles and whales. Windsurfing and snorkeling are mostly popular on the northern coast around Corralejo and Playas de Sotavento. Kite surfing attracts numerous people to the west coast but is only for experienced kite surfers. The beginners should take some classes before they start practicing as it can be dangerous due to pretty strong winds. Besides these watersports Fuerteventura has excellent conditions for sailing but it is however less popular here than windsurfing and kite surfing. Besides watersports those who love hiking can practice it thanks to numerous hills.
On the island everyone will find something according his or her taste. Besides picturesque scenery and extremely beautiful nature Fuerteventura also offers you some interesting museums to visit. Among them are the Salt Museum, the Atalayita Archeological Interpretation Center and the Antigua Windmill Craft Center.
There is always something happening on the island including market fairs, fiestas and sports events. Among sport events are swimming, cycling, car rallies and football matches. Fiestas are very often held with traditional singing and dancing, market fairs are held throughout the year every week.
Among other Fuerteventura attractions are Baku Water Park and Oasis Park Fuerteventura. Baku Water Park is not the largest one but it is the best option for a day out with the family. Oasis Park is a very nice zoo with different kinds of animals.
The island truly has everything to satisfy both young and old.