Fuerteventura is one of the largest but not so well known Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Africa; it’s the second largest island of them all. Throughout the year temperatures can reach a high of 35˚C (95˚F) during the summer months. The island’s main industries lie both in fishing and agriculture (vegetables and cereals).
Hit the Surf
The island is famous for its sunny beaches and water sports. Its coastline has amazing trade winds and water swells that makes surfing here a fantastic experience. Scuba divers, fishermen and sailors are always drawn to these sensational waters all throughout the year; you may even catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean’s residents that include whales, dolphins and turtles.
See the Animals
Take a trip to Oasis Park where you can see a range of animals including spiders, hippopotami and giraffes. Don’t forget to take a picture of the islands indigenous animals – goats, donkeys and camels. There are many attractions for all who visit the Oasis Zoo that include kissing a sea lion at the zoo’s sea lion show, watching colourful parrots doing acrobats at the parrot show or watching a bald eagle fly the skies in the birds of prey show. Make sure you don’t forget to bring your camera as you won’t want to miss a thing.
Take a Jeep Safari
Further explore the island in the comfort and security of a jeep. On your journey you drive along the hiking trail in Morros Bayuyo, the landscapes formed by volcanic lava. You will also pass through and discover scenic villages that include Villaverde where you can visit the Casa de los Coroneles; a centre known for its cultural activities.
Have you tried Sport Fishing?
Get taught how to fish from top professionals and take the whole family along with you. You’ll be departing from Corralejo’s Harbour and with the help of the local fishermen find the best spots to land that elusive catch of legend. You’ll not regret it, as the waters are literally teaming with fish from sharks, tuna and rays to that dream catch the blue marlin. The price for the 5 hours normally includes full use of the fishing equipment, food and drinks and most importantly insurance for all who accompany you on the trip.
One traditional sport that is still very popular on the island of Fuerteventura is Canarian wrestling. The aim of the sport is to skillfully get your opponent to touch the floor with any part of their body (excluding your feet). Matches can last up to 2 minutes. There are many wrestling clubs scattered around the towns in Fuerteventura. Being the audience you will notice that there are no weight categories, and watching some matches can be very interesting, as the bigger person doesn’t always win.