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Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)

By Jjgn @TravAroundSpain
The island of Fuerteventura has, without doubt, the best and most extensive beaches in the Canary Islands. Many of its 340 km of coast are white sand beaches, that remain largely pristine and lonely. The abundance of sandy areas in the island allow the enjoy the sea and sunshine is still possible, even on mostfamous beaches as that of Sotavento of Jandia, not seeing one person for many miles.
Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)
PLACES OF INTEREST
Jandia Peninsula
Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)The south of Fuerteventura is governed by the presence of the impressive natural landscape offered by Jandia Peninsula Natural Park, a leading point where multitude of landscapes can be found, highlighting the Arco de Cofete. The wide variety of spaces, and high ecological value and landscape has led the Canarias Government to declare it a Natural Park. More than 2600 hectares make the municipality of Pájara a must to visit, suitable for an encounter between man and nature. A pure blend of colours, smells, feelings and relaxation that direct contact with nature provokes anyone with the sensitivity to admire a true feast for the senses, reason of pride of the islanders. Places to visit:
  • Morro Jable (fishing port)
  • Punta de Jandia Lighthouse
  • Arco de Cofete
Corralejo This point shows the rich landscape that combines the freshness of the cleanest sea with the tranquility of the sand dunes. A pleasure for the senses located in one of the economic centres of importance of the island. Natural Park declared by the Autonomous Government in 1994, the Dunes of Corralejo is a tourist reference for visitors to Fuerteventura. In addition to being a National Park, home to a variety of birds, which has meant that it was declared a Special Area Protection of Birds. Places to visit:
  • Sand dunes
  • Corralejo fishing port

Lobos Island Located in the north of Fuerteventura, a Narutal Park declared in 1982, the Lobos island look at the world with the pride of being one of the last unspoilt natural sites in Europe. Just a few hours of major European cities, tranquillity of the beaches, the eternal Spring gives 365 days an exceptional climate and loneliness deserted island, make this island at one forced step for those who want to delve into a memorable experience. Places to visit:

  • La Caleta beach
  • Boats from the port of Corralejo: Catamaran trip "Celia Cruz" go 9:45, return 14:15, 17:00

Betancuria

Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)
Church of Santa Maria, located at the heart of historic centre of the town. This Church is included in the Historic Betancuria list, declared in 1979. In the early XV century conquerors built a simple chapel where to comply with religious precepts, the first chapel was replaced by the year 1410 by a new temple, ordered to be built by the conqueror Jean de Bethencorurt. This church was built along the lines of French Gothic of the XV century. In the year 1593 it was destroyed by the Barbary pirates devastating the town. The reconstruction of the temple began in the XVI century, and was not completed until the last decade of the century. The result of these works is the church we see today, which are seen Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque.
Pájara
Church of Our Lady of Regla. Water well in front of the church, along with the remains of a windmill. The wells have traditionally been used to extract water, using donkeys and camels as draft animals. Many traditional style homes, which can be seen on a walk through the streets. La Oliva The exponent par excellence of the civil architecture of the town, and most of the island, the building known as the House of the Colonels, built in the second half of the XVI century by the Bethencourt Cabrera family. The major additions and alterations were made ​​in the XVIII century. The church dedicated to Our Lady of Candelaria. It has three naves with chapels. The nave is supported by arches on Tuscan columns on square base. Mudejar and popular style in the late XVII century presents the peculiar forms of the region and the Renaissance in supports and cover. The latter is a very simplified classicism, dating from the early XVIII century. The tower, dark stone, is not only belfry but watchtower.

Tindaya Mountain
Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)
The importance of the Tindaya Mountain is given not only to be one of the most characteristic of geomorphology in Fuerteventura, but by the ethnographic value and cultural history it has given over the years. Visible from almost anywhere the north of Fuerteventura, the Tindaya Mountain rises erect and proud to be one of the main sites of the island. From the basal complex Betancuria Massif, weather and time has set up this space as is visible today. The Tindaya Mountain Esmeralda, a place of worship for pre-Hispanic inhabitants, is home of one of the most important engravings of all the Canary Islands. A place where the island's past is displayed with pride in the island to visitors who, like yourself, are looking for more than sun and beaches on your travels. Other villages
  • Antigua (church and windmill)
  • El Cotillo (fishing village)
  • Ajuy  
Typical meals:
  • Bafio (roasted goat)
  • Majorero cheese


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