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Top 6 Facts about the Wind-Swept Canary Island Fuerteventura

Viewers watch from the ground as multicolored kites fill the sky at 27th International Kite Festival, November 08, 2014 in Dunes of Corralejo
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Viewers watch from the ground as multicolored kites fill the sky at 27th International Kite Festival, November 08, 2014 in Dunes of Corralejo

Fuerteventura – the second-largest Canary island – is often overshadowed not just by Tenerife, but also by Gran Canaria. And that’s a real shame, as its unique landscape, shaped by lava and strong winds, its pleasant climate, lagoons and big waves attract many water sports enthusiasts, families with small children and seniors in search of sun baths. Here we present six more interesting facts about the island for those planning to visit it.

1. The island’s Corralejo Beach constantly makes the lists of the Europe’s best beaches. Here you can enjoy an excellent climate and conditions for water sports or simply lying about on the sand.

Northern Fuerteventura, Corralejo Flag Beach
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Northern Fuerteventura, Corralejo Flag Beach

2. Fuerteventura is the oldest island of the archipelago. Geologists suppose that both Fuerteventura and the neighbouring island of Lanzarote used to be one big island.

3. Thanks to its unique nature, Fuerteventura was recognized as a Biosphere Reserve. The island’s volcanic origins have given it an original shape and an interesting lava-formed landscape.

Two people walking through the spray of the Atlantic Ocean at the solitary beach of Cofete
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Two people walking through the spray of the Atlantic Ocean at the solitary beach of Cofete

4. Fuerteventura’s first inhabitants are called majoreros, a name that originates from their goat skin footwear.

5. According to some theories, the Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura, are remnants of the lost civilization of Atlantis.

Jandia Beach and Morro Jable in Fuerteventura, Spain
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Jandia Beach and Morro Jable in Fuerteventura, Spain

6. Even though this arid island doesn’t see much rain, it’s still characterized by a greatly varied climate. One part of the island might be soaking in rain, while another, located just 5 km away, is a windy and sandy wasteland.

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