Geography and Politics:

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, about 100 kilometers west of the Moroccan coast. The island covers an area of about 1700 square kilometers and has about 107,000 inhabitants (as of 2015).

Fuerteventura's capital is Puerto del Rosario (37,000 inhabitants), and the national language is Spanish. Fuerteventura constitutes (along with the island of Lanzarote to the north) the Eastern border of the Canary Islands and is the archipelago's second largest island after Tenerife.

Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria altogether form the Spanish province of Las Palmas. The Canaries are part of Spain's sovereign territory, but possess the outstanding privilege of a special status as a self-governing community with their own parliament and president.


Fuerteventura's climate is perennially very agreeable due to the island's proximity to the Tropic of Cancer in between the 27th and 29th degree of latitude (their geographical position being along the sobriquet "Islands of Eternal Spring"). The ocean regulates the temperatures during the day and during the night, and the trade winds keep hot air masses from the nearby Sahara away.

Consequently, desert sandstorms seldom drag along hot air and desert sand off the African continent. The climate is also affected by the trade winds' clouding as well as the direction (north-east trade wind), the winds blow from. The daytime temperatures perennially range in between 20°C and 30°C . The northern part of Fuerteventura is, for the most part cooler and soggier than its drier and warmer southern counterpart.


Fuerteventura's most prominent attraction is the vast beaches along the eastern coast. The constantly-blowing winds make the island's beaches a water sports paradise. Surfers get their money's worth outstandingly on the western coast, whereas wind-surfers will be quite at home at Playa de Sotavento to the south or at the northern part of the island close to Corralejo. At Playa de Sotavento, kite-boarding has been established throughout the last years. The beach there is partially separated in wind-surfing and kite-boarding recreation areas.

The western part of the island mostly consists of a scenic bluffs. Due to life-threatening offshore currents, swimming is strongly discouraged there.

If you embark on a roundtrip, you would do well not to avoid the picturesque mountain ranges. This harsh and bare landscape of volcanic origin features a charme of its very own. But if you prefer to go upcountry anyway, you will encounter a scenery suggestive of the island's closeness to Africa with its green oases and dispersed villages (with sacral and profane architecture of the 17th and 18th century).

In the beginning of 1994, the American cruise ship SS American Star ran aground at the remote beach of Playa de Garcey on the western coast and broke apart shortly thereafter. It is strongly recommended that visitors avoid swimming to the well-attended derelict, as unpredictable currents, wide-spread wreckage and severe waves may make this shot a life-threatening endeavour.