A Beach Holiday in Fuerteventura

By: Harry Lawrance

Fuerteventura is the most easterly of the Canary Islands and sits only 60 miles from the coast of Morocco in northern Africa. The island enjoys over three thousand hours of sunshine a year and experiences weather conditions very similar to Florida and Mexico as they all lie on the same latitude. This makes Fuerteventura holidays a year round possibility.

Fuerteventura may be an great holiday choice for beach lovers as it possesses around 120 miles of some of the most impressive beaches in Europe. Several of Fuerteventura's beaches are consistently awarded the coveted blue flag for beach cleanliness and all the major beaches have lifeguards on duty. With the strong breezes coming off the Atlantic, Fuerteventura is a great spot for watersports enthusiasts and is one of the best spots in the world for surfing, wind surfing and kitesurfing as well as diving and snorkelling.

Boat trips run regularly from Fuerteventura to the tiny Los Lobos Island nature reserve where you will find a great deal of seabirds and flora, some unique to the island. Trips are also available to the neighbouring Canary Island of Lanzarote. For those travelling with children, a visit to La Lajita Zoo on the east coast of the island will make an excellent excursion. In addition to the many birds and reptiles on display, visitors can take part in one of the excellent camel safaris the zoo offers.

The primary shopping area for those on Fuerteventura holidays is in Puerto Del Rosario, the capital of the island. Here you will find plenty of shops of all varieties, with prices much lower than you will find in the tourist resorts. Look out for unique clothing at extremely reasonable prices as well as cigarettes, alcohol and electronics, which all benefit from the islands tax-free status. If you are planning a shopping spree it is worth remembering that many shops will close for a siesta at lunchtime.

There is a wide range of restaurants on Fuerteventura with many different cuisines available. Typically the local cuisine is based on seafood with other local dishes available including Canarian Potatoes or Papas Arragudas (small potatoes cooked in sea water and usually served with a spicy mojo sauce) and a salted fish soup called Sancocho. The nightlife in Fuerteventura can mainly be found in Corralejo in the North or Caleta de Fuste on the East coast of Fuerteventura. In these two resorts one can find traditional pubs, dance bars, cocktail bars and clubs open until the early hours.

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