Best time to visit: May, June, July, August, September
Average high: 24˚C
Average low: 17˚C
Price of meals: 3/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Family
Known as “the island of eternal spring”, Fuerteventura’s comfortable climate and the strong ocean winds make it a windsurfer’s paradise. Fuerteventura has resisted much of the overdevelopment of
tourism that has afflicted its neighbours. Consequently, much of the island’s semi-arid landscape remains untouched and its sandy beaches have been chosen as one of Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations by QualityCoast International.
Fuerteventura’s turquoise water swells with the strong winds to create perfect conditions for surfers of all types along the north and west coasts. Meanwhile, sunbathers and swimmers preferring calmer waters can enjoy numerous coves and lagoons where the water is calmer, such as El Caleton. Those willing to venture further from the shore can enjoy stunning coastal and underwater marine views via sailing, scuba diving and boat tours, where whales, dolphins and turtles are all common sights.
A hire car is the easiest way to get around the island at your leisure, although there is a reliable public bus system, as well as boat tours for viewing the rocky coastline. The Ajuy Caves give you a view of the island’s volcanic underbelly and how it formed 20 million years ago, while the small island of Lobos to the north of Fuerteventura is protected and home to unique flower and seabird species.
Make sure to walk up Pico de la Zarza, Fuerteventura’s highest peak, where there are spectacular views of the rugged landscape inland and Cofete Beach below, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Just make sure to come prepared; the higher climate is much more prone to strong winds, sun and even rain uncharacteristic of the rest of the island. There are also numerous small towns and villages to explore if you want to get a sense of traditional life on the island, while the golden white sand dunes at Corralejo offer unmatched scenery.
Fuerteventura has a semi-arid climate with over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, yet the strong trade winds which carry hot air from the Sahara are countered by those coming off the Atlantic, meaning the climate is always warm but rarely uncomfortable. There is little rainfall throughout the year, with most of it falling in December. May to September are reliably sunny and warm. Although the winds will keep you cool in the hottest months (June, July and August), these are also the busiest for tourists. The winds are strongest in the north and west, so are popular for water sports, while the south and east are better sheltered for warmer temperatures.
Prices on Fuerteventura are comparable with the other Canary Islands and the Spanish mainland, if not slightly cheaper. A typical meal for one costs €8 on average, while a three-course meal for two is
normally €30 to €35. Domestic and imported beers are available for approximately €2 to €2.50, while coffee and water can both be purchased for around €1. Make sure to try the locally made Majorero cheese, made from the island’s indigenous goats.
Winter need not be that gloomy time of year with dark days and wet nights. Swap the fireplace for blue skies and sunshine and the gloves and scarf for shorts and sunscreen by booking a winter getaway ...
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