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Puerto del Rosario - A travel report by Vibeke
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Fuerteventura - Sea, sand, moutains and waves

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When going to Fuerteventura you don't just visit one place, or even a few. You visit the whole island, and the whole island is what this travel report will describe.


One of the panoramic views along the inland roads.
One of the panoramic views along the inland roads.
Fuerteventura is the second biggest of the Canary islands. The west coast is fierce and scattered with black beaches and cliffs. The east coast is lined with beaches with African sand. The inlands are covered by mountains, valleys and aloe vera.

Fuerteventura is very popular with water sport enthousiasts. The constant winds and the big waves on the west coast attract many (wind)surfers. Diving is also very popular.

There is relatively little touristic development on Fuerteventura. In Corralejo you can already see what will probably happen to the whole island in time.

Favourite spots:
El Cotillo
El Cotillo
El Cotillo

This small town is located on the north-west tip of the island. The town has a tiny port and a big bay, Playa del Castillo, which has excellent conditions for surfing.

Scattered around you will find vans, which the surfers call 'home' for months on end. In the silent steets, you'll see lonely skaters crossing around on homemade boards, and other hints that this is where the dudes like to stay.

Not only is it the most charming town on Fuerteventura, it's also one of the few places where you'll be adressed in English or Spanish, unlike the German used on the rest of the island.

What's really great:
Playa del Castillo. Surfers paradise - El Cotillo
Playa del Castillo. Surfers paradise - El Cotillo
Fuerteventura has everything. It's the complete package. Hiking, biking, diving, surfing and touring in jeeps provides you with more than enough to see and do.

The perfect temperature and the cooling breeze makes it the most perfect place to relax, get a tan and spoling yourself.

This is the place to go if you need to recharge your batteries. The wide selection op sportive activities makes is easy to experience, and even learn something new.

The people are very friendly and seem happy.

Sights:
Ajuy - A path heads north along the cliffs.
Ajuy - A path heads north along the cliffs.
American Star

This is the stranded cruise ship "American Star". The ship stranded in Playa del Garcey (west coast) in 1994 when it was being towed from Greece. The ship lays right off the coast, and is absolutely worth seing.

If you want to go there by car, you have to rent a jeep that you're allowed to drive on unsurfaced roads. The walk from the tarmac is 7km. This sight is visited by many of the jeep- and bike tours.


Ajuy

This is a very small town on the west coast. The town has a handfull of cafés, and a black beach. The sea is too rough to swim in.

A very easy path has been made alongside the cliffs, from Ajuy heading north. Makes for a very nice walk, even for the less fit.


The mountains

Make sure to drive the FV 30. This is a very nice ride and the views are magnificent. Every now and then you'll come across panoramic points, where the view is extraordinary. On these places you'll also find squirrels, who are very comfortable with humans.

Accommodations:
The most interesting two sights of Jandia.
The most interesting two sights of Jandia.
Most hotels have at least 3 stars and the quality is good. Therefore here's a short description of the most popular towns.

Puerto del Rosario: The capitol of the island. It's not a pretty town, but quite good for shopping. The inhabitants of this town are mostly locals who work in tourism outside of town.

Corralejo: Clearly the biggest tourist trap of the island. Here you will find the most excursions, shopping, and similar activities.The island of Lanzarote, as well as the small Isla de Lobos, can be seen from the port.

Costa Calma: A collection of hotels on of the better beaches. Quite calm and very the surroundings are lovely. Moestly german tourists.

Jandia: A smaller version of Corralejo. Not by far as developed, but has the same feel. Very nice beaches here as well.

Caleta de Fuste: Golfing...need I say more?

Nightlife:
Playa de Sotaveto de Jandia - Costa Calma
Playa de Sotaveto de Jandia - Costa Calma
Don't go to Fuerteventura for the nightlife. In Corralejo you might find what you're looking for, but the rest of the island is downright dull.

Restaurants:
Aguayre in El Cotillo

The best sandwiches I've ever tasted, and the coffee is alsmost as good as Coffee Heaven in Warsaw.

If you visit Fuerteventura, you have to eat here. It's got a good view of the port, very nice staff, and delicious food.

In Aguayre you experience the feel of El Cotillo.

Other recommendations:
El Jable - Parque Natural
These are the dunes stretching south from Corralejo along the east coast. At some points, it looks like you're in the middle of the desert. Very easy to find, as the FV1 runs through it.

Bargain hunting:
Fuerteventura is a tax-free island. This means that e.g. alcohol, tobacco and electronics is very cheap. Be ware of the people selling the electronics, they will try to rip you off.

Published on Friday June 9th, 2006


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Sat, Jul 08 2006 - 12:23 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Este es un report muy bueno!

Sun, Jul 02 2006 - 09:59 AM rating by jesusferro

Very interesting and accurate report. Thank you very much for your contribution

Fri, Jun 23 2006 - 01:38 PM rating by mamielle

very informative report, I want to go there ! thank you

Sat, Jun 17 2006 - 10:21 PM rating by gloriajames

Wow! Looks like u had fun! A nice report and some great pics!

Sat, Jun 17 2006 - 03:44 AM rating by downundergal

Interesting report. The dunes look huge.

Sat, Jun 10 2006 - 02:52 PM rating by femika

Nice report, very informative.

Sat, Jun 10 2006 - 12:36 PM rating by bear495

I like the development of the tourist theme that you have in this report. Well done.
Russ

Sat, Jun 10 2006 - 05:41 AM rating by davidx

Really interesting. I'm sure you are right about it changing but what a pity! It would be so nice if one Canary Island could stay unspoiled.

Sat, Jun 10 2006 - 03:23 AM rating by marianne

Good information and nice photos. Why is the stranded ship worth seeing?
Could you show us a photo?

Sat, Jun 10 2006 - 03:13 AM rating by terje

Hei Vibeke! Godt å se noen som kan skrive skikkelige rapporter.. hehe Well done! Hartelijk bedankt!

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