Fuerteventura

The Island Fuerteventura

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Fuerteventura belonged to the Kanari islands and thus to Spain, the island is to about 100 km west far away from the African mainland on height of the Sahara. The second largest island of the Kanaren is settled the smallest with distance, it lives about 45 inhabitants per square kilometer on Fuerteventura. But 1.4 million foreign tourists per year come on the island, about 50% German and well 30% a Britisher.

Volcanic mountains

110 km for a long time and as the first of the Kanaren 20 million years ago from eruptions from the bottom of the sea, volcanic activities gave it resulted to 30 km broad volcanic island until before 10000 years.

Volcanic landscape

The dry and wildful interior forms a strong contrast to the gentle beaches at the east coast. On the desert island Fuerteventura prevails a very mild dry climate. The summer months are practically completely dry, only in the winter give it occasionally to something rains. All beautiful green marks on the island are artificially watered.

The temperatures are not the whole year over pleasantly and mildly, in the summer so hot, as one can experience that in the Mediterranean, and in the winter nevertheless still pleasantly warmly. The reliable trade wind provides for average temperatures between 19 degrees in the winter and 24 degrees in the summer. However an eastern wind blows occasional directly from the Sahara over here with the “Calima”, which sand-deaf and temperatures purify far over 30 degrees bring along.

meager volcanic landscape

The meager wild-romantic desert landscape has her own fascination, one must it however like. Who searches to cosy old cities or fishing villages with port romance, one will perhaps disappoint.

The landscape is determined also by volcanic rock and hills, which itself at the highest point, which pico raise de la Zarza in the south of the island, on 800 meters.