Endless Beaches and Volcanic Landscapes on Fuerteventura

March 14, 2013 by

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Sand dunes in Fuerteventura. Photo courtesy of alfaltendorf via Flickr

Sand dunes in Fuerteventura courtesy of alfaltendorf via Flickr

As the second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura offers more than just ancient volcanic landscapes, but also almost-endless beaches and some of the best waves around.

The oblong-shaped island is also the archipelagos’ oldest, dating back some 20 million years to an eruption on the Canary hotspot. Sometime before the 11th century, settlers from North Africa arrived, followed by Phoenicians, and eventually it was conquered by Spain in the early 1400s.

Nowadays the Spanish island, along with its neighbors, is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, making it a prime destination for beach and nature enthusiasts. One of the best ways to enjoy the island is actually from afar: grab a ferry from Corralejo and head to nearby Islote de Lobos, where you can circle the islet, scale its caldera, and take in views of Fuerteventura as you trek.

Consider returning to the area to visit Corralejo Dunes Natural Park, just south of the resort town of the same name. There you can frolic on seemingly endless fine-sanded beaches (11km to be exact) without having to share shore space with crowds.

Indeed, with the longest beaches in the Canary Islands, it’s no surprise that Fuerteventura is especially famous for its water sports. As host to the Professional Windsurf Association’s Grand Slam event, you can bet that the Atlantic shoreline is more than suitable for surfing and windsurfing. Then, with all sorts of sea life, Fuerteventura also offers loads of other water-bound activities, from diving to dolphin excursions. And considering that is has a pretty pleasant year-round climate – after all, it sits at the same latitude as Florida and Mexico – outdoor excursions are rarely a bad idea.

Apart from sports-related activities, plenty of other options abound. Visit the tiny fishing village of El Cotillo, where you can go to nearby Playa del Castillo, one of the best beaches in the region (and also a pretty sweet spot to catch an impressive sunset). Or, if you still seek more adventures, head to another island altogether by grabbing a ferry to Lanzarote, Tenerife or Gran Canaria.

 

Erin Ridley

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