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The windy island of Fuerteventura: Canary Islands of Spain

Beachgoers, island lovers, and aquatic sports enthusiasts, get to know a unique place to visit, especially for the summertime. Fuerteventura (strong wind) has the oldest history and geography of Spain’s Canary Islands. It lies only 52 nautical miles from Morocco’s coastline. Only 62 miles away bring the Sahara desert winds with its sands forming the island’s beautiful sandy beaches and dunes.

A magnificent view of the Morro Jable Beach.
A magnificent view of the Morro Jable Beach.Yoshi via Wikimedia Commons

There are seven islands in total: Tenerife, La Gomera, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and La Palma. Located between Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura is the second largest island behind Tenerife. Fuerteventura’s population is the smallest of the archipelago.

Every year in July thru August the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup takes place at Playa Sotavento, the high wind spot on this always windy island. Surfers, fishermen, and divers come for the ideal surfing, fishing, diving, and other water sports offeref. Besides Sotavento, other beaches are considered a surfer’s paradise including El Cotillo, Majanicho, La Caleta, Punta Blanca and Cofete.

Divers can explore the many caves, tunnels, overhangs and rock formations. Some of the best fishing and diving in Europe are found in Fuerteventura. Don’t be surprised if you see whales, dolphins, and marlins. They’re a very common sight.

It’s the perfect spot for your summer holiday, since summer temperatures are ideal during the months of June, July, and August, averaging in the 70s. Many come to this island from Spain’s mainland, though you’ll find plenty of German and British tourists. Fuerteventura is actually closer to the African continent than to Spain. Their water temperatures in the open Atlantic Ocean are cooler than the Mediterranean Sea.

With the longest beaches throughout the Canaries, Fuerteventura has over 152 beaches to choose from. Incidentally, nudity is widely accepted at the beaches. Interior-wise the island features the 600-year-old village of Betancuria. Marvel at its picturesque landscape on a plain with volcanic mountains and brightly colored bougainvillea in bloom.

Windmills like the ones seen in the film “Man of La Mancha” are plentiful wherever you go. Thanks to its strong winds, solar power has been used for 200 years. Goats and the Aloe Vera plant are in abundance. The local species of Aloe grown in Fuerteventura is the Barbadensis, famous for its magical healing properties.

This windy island may be the best kept secret for would be travelers. Come by air or take ferry connections from the other Canary Islands to this extraordinary lunar-like paradise.