When broken down, Fuerteventura can be broken into two Spanish words – ‘Fuerte’ and ‘Ventura’ – which translates to “strong winds”. That is exactly what the majority of visitors to the island come to appreciate, with surrounding waters and plenty of beaches that provide ideal conditions for surfing and other water sports. The year-round warm temperatures and abundance of sunshine make the island an ideal place to relax and unwind, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. But, as the second largest of the Canary Islands, there is much more to see if you are willing to explore.
Despite its size, Fuerteventura is also one of the least developed of the Canary Islands and this is apparent in the beautiful natural landscapes. A volcanic setting that resembles piles of exotic spices is certainly abstract and has recently been recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. There is, however, one historic city that dates back to the 15th century. Bentacuria, which was also previously the island’s capital, is today home to an archaeological museum that offers an insight into a bygone way of life on the island.
Being a small island located 100km from the western coast of Africa, Fuerteventura also offers an abundance of succulent seafood to enjoy. You can also enjoy a delicious range of locally-produced cheeses from one of the many cheeseries on the island, with particular reference to Majorero.
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