Fuerteventura travel story

Crystal clear waters, year-round sunshine, mild temperatures, endless stretches of beaches, wild nature and very windy, this is Fuerteventura. Outside of the main locations often very crowded, the island remains largely untouched by tourism and good part of its interior and easily accessible with good roads, even if the most interesting parts are often accessible only through rough roads.. Precisely for this reason, the best way to turn the island is to rent an off-road vehicle and so to reach points suggestive and isolated.

East cost

It is the side of Fuerteventura that overlooks on the continent of Africa, and leeward location, with respect to the Atlantic coast, enjoys better climatic conditions, sea more calm and warm and the winds of less intensity. The first stretch of the est coast starting from Corralejo until you reach Puerto del Rosario and lack of interest, there are no residential areas, the coast remains low with small beaches little frequented. Once the capital of the island and its airport located south, begins the bathing zone more known to the mass tourism starting from Caleta Fuste, the renowned tourist resort modern and fashionable with a city center very well looked after and rich in local tavernas, bars and restaurants. Here you will find the remains of the fortress of San Buonaventura (Castillo de La Caleta de Fuste) whose tower (remains) a figure circular is glimpsed barely between the modern constructions that surround it. Pity that all around to Caleta de Fuste is developing a large settlement with a concreting wild that has impoverished the surrounding hills with a huge complex of apartments for tourists.
Continuing south we find a number of countries and villages located at coves on the coast more or less large with beach.In this section the beaches are mostly of dark sand or volcanic pebbles mixed of volcanic origin and dark sand as Pozo Negro, Jacomar, Las Playitas, Gran Tarajal, Tarajalejo is The Lajita, locations are not favored by mass tourism and then little frequented but also poorly equipped and designated to people who can't bear the confusion while enjoying a beautiful sea. To report the location of Las Playitas, a small town very nice and quiet perched on a small hill with alleys in greek style with white houses finished in blue. After the Lajita, begins the peninsula of Jandia which east coast is very well known thanks to the resort Costa Calma, a succession of beaches large and small of golden sand divided by small rock spurs. On the long, main beach of Costa Calma, long almost 2Km, overlook the main hotel and resort. This is one of the more popular seaside resorts in Fuerteventura but its center is modest with a few local shops and a few local, probably the massive presence of facilities that offer services all inclusive has not allowed the development.
Shortly after Costa Calma Beach is Sotavento, a true spectacle. This is a long and deep stretch of sand that slopes gently toward the sea, this means that according to tides are created of the languages of sand that appear and declineth: i or change their shape depending on the level of the sea.. Thanks to a sea in vibrant color, to its amplitude and its continually changing its morphology is considered the most beautiful of the island together with that of Cofete. The favorable position to twenty leads to Sotovento many enthusiasts for windsurfing and kitesurfing students in particular toward evening, adding vibrant colors to the classic blue and the blue of the sea and the sky..
Still coming down the coast of the peninsula of Jandia, we find Morro Jable other tourist resort that developed on the long stretch of the beach of the Matorral. Also here the mass tourism has left its mark and the location is a succession of modern buildings type hives, local of all types and shops that sell the same things over and over again. In reality, there is also a Morro Jable ancient, a small village of fishermen caught up in a rocky area that now has lost the connotations of origins to be converted to tourism. After Morro Jable the asphalted road is transformed after a tortuous path you can reach the extreme tip of Fuerteventura, Punta de Jandia, where there is a lighthouse has been restored and is open to the public. The area is very interesting for its aspects a harsh, wild, here one can appreciate the difference between the coast exposed to the ocean, ruff, with respect to the section exposed to east much more calm. Near there is the small town of Puerto de la Cruz, a set of few houses in an area barren and desolate.


West coast

It is the coast more wild and rugged of Fuerteventura, stop by the wind and the force of the ocean with its waves works and models the rugged cliffs. The area north of the west coast starts in Corralejo and you can admire follow the unpaved road that coastal port in El Cottilio passing to Majanicho and punta de Toston. In this first segment, the coast is low with frequent and wide beaches of white sand stuck between dark rocks, beaches not practicable to wind and sea always moved. In some points there are coves larger coves with more quiet but always difficult to deal with if not for the lovers of the kitesurf as Caleta Beatriz, Playa el Marrajo and Caleta del Rio. After the peaceful resort of El Cotillio to which deserves spend a little time, begins a stretch of the coast high, jagged that extends for many kilometers until you reach the peninsula of Jandia in the south of Fuerteventura. A taste of this you may have traveling along a dirt road leading from Tindaya door toward the coast. The landscape can be admired is really impressive. Along this coast there are some points where the force of the sea and managed to create the creeks, Los Molinos is one of these, a small beach with a few white house surrounded by high and dark rocks on the sea cliff, a picture postcard image. Going to south, one encounters the small locality of Ajui has become famous for the caves that are located in a section where the cliffs have rock layers of different composition and then of different resistance to the erosion of the sea. The area of the caves can be reached easily via a marked trail, protected and little demanding that, starting from the country, allow you to visit a creek with many of these caves and enter in some of them.
In the area to the south of the west coast we find the peninsula of Jandia, here the coast of the Atlantic side returns to go down until you reach the spectacular Cofete beach. This beach is one of the wonders of this island, in reality it can be reached from a deviation of the dirt road leading from Morro Jable door toward the Punta de Jandia then from the east coast. The road climbs up with continuous curves without railings to overcome the Mountain de Joros. At the pass a bus stop is a must to admire the wonderful panorama, a long tongue of sand in a desert landscape with behind high mountains. The ocean beach of Cofete and beautiful, long, deep hundreds of meters with a thunderous sea due to the waves that occur and crashing on the beach. On this beach you can do long walks without encountering none, the bathroom is dangerous and can be done according to a few meters from the shore, a little more in the waves, high meters even in a day of "calm", follow a walking distance from the other.


Inside island

The island of Fuerteventura is traversed by a mountain chain that runs from north to south as a backbone with mountains that do not exceed 800 meters in height. All these mountains are rocky and arid and almost devoid of vegetation apart from some areas in the heart of the island where the mountain chain expands in a protected area that takes the name of Parque Rural de Betancuria. Fuerteventura lives mainly of tourism that develops along its coasts for which the inside island has not suffered a large impact by staying in good simple part is linked to local traditions with small town quiet and peaceful as Lajares and Tindaya, where life seems to slide with rhythms much slower than the coast. This, together with a rough and wild landscape, it becomes element of considerable interest and cultural landscape. Starting from the north, we find the village of La Oliva in which is has the Casa de Los Coroneles (the house of the colonels), a building that dates back to the eighteenth century which was official residence of a militia call of the colonels that in that period dominated militarily the island. La casa si trova in un paesaggio pianeggiante, con sullo sfondo la montagna di Tindaya, e presenta con un'architettura di tipo militare e civile allo stesso tempo. The house is situated in the flat landscape, with in the background, the mountain of Tindaya, and presents with an architecture of type military and civilian at the same time. More to the south in the center of the island we find the Parque Rural de Betancuria with its mountains, some sections, such as on Morro Velosa, have suffered the erosion of the inclemencies sweeten the peaks and steep gullies and resembling so to large a panettone. In this zone is located the town of Betancuria, ancient capital of the island which has undergone several vicissitudes in the course of its history including the complete destruction by pirates in 1593. Today, the town looks like a simple but pleasant and curated locality with its whitewashed houses, the church of S. Mary, the archaeological museum and the hermitage of San Diego, the first monastery of the island built by the Franciscans. Just south of Betancuria is Pajara another small town very cozy that deserves to be visited. Certainly, in an island so sucker may not miss the windmills, if there are those who are in all areas and of different types, the area where they are more present and that is the inner in the center of the island. Now the windmills have exhausted their function and many are left to decay implacable time while others have been restored and are well-preserved only for touristic purposes.

Puerto Rosario

It is the capital of the island of Fuertevenura since 1860 and its original name was Puerto de Cabras (port of goat). The city has had a strong development thanks to its harbor and after be become the capital in 19 th century at the expense of the town of La Oliva. The church in the center of 'Puerto' is dedicated to the holy protectress 'Virgin of the Rosary' which has allowed in 1956 the name change with the most pleasant Puerto del Rosario. The port is the oldest part of the city and it is here that you can find all the small streets lined with old houses in the typical style of the Canary Islands. Some areas have been deliberately renovated to give the idea to the tourist of the one that was the architecture of the port area of a time. The center of the city is quite content and collects the main administrative buildings and religious, and some track with shops more orientated toward the local population and tourists. An interesting feature of the capital are the statues that are distributed at various points of the city which are part of an exhibition open to the sky and many of them were realized during the art contests that are held in this city.

Corralejo

This town, located in the extreme north, and perhaps the most well-known tourist resort of the island, famous for its day and night life and for the wide range of entertainment that offers such as water sports, tennis, boating, boat tours, excursions in 4x4, mountain biking, etc.. The town is close to long and wide beaches that lie along the east coast, the closest to the town are also the most frequented and swarming with tourists, such as Playa Medano, but as it descends toward the south the situation improves and stretches extremely quiet as Playa de Bayo Negro, Playa de los Matos and Playa del Moro. From Corralejo you can easily reach the island of Lanzarote which is about 40 minutes away by ferry or take a boat ride and reach the nearby island of Lobos with its crystalline waters. The most original of the city focuses on the margins of the old pier or small pier, this is the zone of fishermen even if there were few. The center is divided in alleys leading down to the promenade consists, in alternating sections, from small and pleasant beaches.
To the south of the town, we find one of the main attractions in this area, the Natural Park of the Dunes of Corralejo, a very large area covered by sand dunes clear, such as flour, which move with the wind, so much so that the local people say that a dune never stays in the same place for more than two weeks. This feature seems to be due to the work of the wind, blowing for long periods of the year, has transported by Moroccan Sahara that is about 100km as the crow flies.


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