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Geography and Politics

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and is located about 100 kilometers west of the Moroccan coast. The island has an area of ​​about 1700 square kilometers and about 126,000 inhabitants (as of 2020).

The capital of Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario, the national language is Spanish. Fuerteventura, together with the Northern island of Lanzarote, defines the eastern border of the Canary Islands and is the second largest island in the archipelago after Tenerife.

Fuerteventura, together with Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, forms the Spanish province of Las Palmas. The Canary Islands belong to the sovereign territory of Spain, but enjoy a special status as an autonomous community with its own parliament and president.


Climate

The climate of Fuerteventura is very pleasant all year round due to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer between the 27th and 29th parallel (their geographical location earned the Canary Islands the nickname "Islands of Eternal Spring"). The sea equalizes the temperatures during the day and at night and the trade winds keep the hot air masses from the nearby Sahara away.

Only rarely do sandstorms bring hot air and desert sand from the African continent. The cloud formation of the trade winds and the direction (northeast trade winds) from which the trade winds blow also determine the climate.

The north of Fuerteventura is usually cooler and wetter than the drier and warmer south. Daytime temperatures range between 20°C and 30°C all year round.


Tourism

The real attraction of Fuerteventura are the wide beaches along the east coast. The constant winds make the island's beaches a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. While surfers are more drawn to the west coast, windsurfers and kitesurfers will find ideal conditions, especially in the south at Playa de Sotavento or in the north at Corralejo.

The west of the island consists to a large extent of remarkable cliffs. However, you should absolutely avoid bathing there because of the life-threatening offshore currents.

One should not miss driving through the island's mountain ranges, which are well worth seeing. This rough and barren landscape of volcanic origin has its own charm. One encounters green oases and scattered villages that indicate the proximity to Africa.