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Known by some as the “Beach of the Canaries”, Fuerteventura certainly lives up to its nickname with over 90 miles of sand and 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. There are over 150 beaches to enjoy in Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura dates back to a volcanic eruption 20 million years ago. It is an island of rugged natural beauty as well as fully developed tourist facilities, and offers a good combination of accessibility and unspoilt terrain to marvel over. It is also a Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 2009.
A good range of shops, plus options for both exciting and laid back nightlife, make Fuerteventura a good choice regardless of whether you are a family, a couple or a group. Cocktail bars and pubs playing live acoustic Latin and Spanish music are abundant throughout, while many open-air bars and restaurants fill the streets in Fuerteventura’s nearby resorts. The Las Rotondas shopping centre in Puerto del Rosario have helped to make Fuerteventura a great place for shopping, and due to the Canary Islands’ tax-free status alcohol, tobacco and perfume is far cheaper than across mainland Europe.
As for the cuisine there is plenty to make stomachs rumble and mouths water, particularly if you are a fan of seafood. Shellfish are enormously popular, while “pejines” are tiny fish dried in the sun and then cooked in alcohol. Two other specialities from the region are “papas arrugadas”, which are small potatoes steamed in salt and served with hot sauce, and “queso majorero”, which is a local goats’ milk cheese that can be served in many different styles.
The Fuerteventura is as you would expect for one of the Canary Islands – gorgeous all year round, with January average temperatures rarely dropping below 18 degrees Celsius. Perfect for those disabled holidays on the beach under the sun!