The Canary Islands have long been a popular destination for Brits holidaying abroad; earning Fuerteventura the title of a major European holiday destination.
Sunshine data obtained from Lanzarote weather station
Despite the island having a major tourist draw, it has not been lost completely to tourist resorts and modern buildings, still keeping the natural beauty of the island. The tourism met the beauty of the island with the Villa Winter building, built by German engineer Gustav Winter. Situated in one of the lesser-populated areas of the island, the villa looks out to sea over placid beaches of the stunning Fuerteventura coast.
Fuerteventura villas on the coast With 3000 sunshine hours a year, it is no surprise that the island is so popular. The coast is a surfer's paradise year round, with the summer bringing Trade Winds and the Atlantic providing the swells through the winter months. Temperatures rarely drop below 16 °C, even in the winter months, with the coastal winds keeping it a little cooler during the summer. Thanks to the warm, sunny, climate the winter months can be a good off-season destination to come and relax.
The island is rife with outdoor activity, from hiking through the soft peaked mountain ranges, to the extensive sand dunes along the coastline which create a haven for windsurfers. The natural beauty of the island alongside the fantastic education system has earned it UNESCO status.
It is believed that the first settlers arrived on the island from North Africa and established cave and semi-subterranean lodgings. The remnants and remains of a few have been discovered relatively recently, which has leant to extensive research into the history of the island. The conquest of 1902, commanded by French conqueror Jean de Béthencourt and Gadifer de la Salle, had them settle in Lanzarote before continuing on excursions to neighbouring islands. It was not until 1405 when Béthencourt completed the conquest of the island. He left his legacy by giving his name to the former capital, Betancuria, on the west coast. Fuerteventura itself is literally translated to strong (Fuerte) wind (ventura).
Fuerteventura's economy is largely based on tourism; mainly centred around Corralejo and Morro Jable, along with the purely tourist location of Caleta de Fuste. Other exports are made up of fishing, taking advantage of their coastline and the Mediterranean offerings from the ocean. Their agricultural economy is based on vegetables and cereal.
Last updated: 14 March 2014