FUERTEVENTURA – a Windy Island
There are places we fall in love with from at first sight and we want to go back there. Fuerteventura is an island that captured our hearts. It was a trip that we want to keep in our memory forever. The video, which we would like to share with you today is for us an important memorial, a collection of lovely moments.
Fuerteventura, called the “Windy Island”, is the first one of the Canary Islands we have had the opportunity to visit. It’s hard to find luxuriant vegetation there, but it is easy to encounter lunar landscape, vast wilderness and mountains with bushes eaten by the ubiquitous goats and wild squirrels.
Located closest to Africa, Fuerteventura charmed us with variety of beaches- the wild, difficult to access, with black sand and a few-meter waves, and, on the other hand- calm and wide covered by the sand blown in from the Sahara. Among the beaches that we recommend you to see are: the Playa del Castillo and Playa de la Pared on the west side of the island, which are a paradise for surfers, and the Sotavento, the beautiful wide sandy beach. It is here where every two weeks (due to tides and outflows) we can observe the formation of the picturesque lagoon Gorriones, which annually held World Cup Windsurfing and Kitesurfing.
If you are ever on Fuerteventura you must go to Playa de Cofete. You access it by a gravel road leading over chasms along the mountain slopes. Although it is difficult to get to, it is really worth seeing and for us it is the most beautiful beach on the island.
If you want for a moment turn into treasure hunters you must visit the huge pirate caves in the small village of Ajuy. It was here where in 1402 the Spanish conquistador Jean de Bethencourt docked in and thus started to conquer the island. In addition to the caves in Ajuy you can also find an ominous black Beach of the Dead (Playa de los Muertos), a very intriguing location, surrounded by steep cliffs. Its name originates from castaways found here.
Although we found no treasure in the caves, there was something in them that enchanted us- the pebbles arranged in small piles, set by people visiting the caves. There was something mystic about it. We also left our marks there… Each of us composed one’s own unique small mound.
Canarian cuisine is certainly tasty and varied. It is dominated by fish, seafood and typical Fuerteventura goat. A common additive are papas arrugadas- small potatoes cooked in the shell- and necessarily with mojo sauce green or red. Very popular are also tapas, or small snacks served cold or warm. Of course, it’s all served with fruity sangria.
Check recipe on our blog here: Canarian potatoes with mojo sauce.
You should spend the whole day here… we spent at this place a few hours and barely had time to see all the attractions. It is not only the zoo, but also botanical garden. Already at the beginning we were fascinated by pink flamingos on one leg, then prancing and being silly in water otters. Our hearts were captured by giraffes. Without repentance they stretched their long necks and long tongues to reach the treats in the form of fruits and vegetables we had on purpose bought earlier at the entrance.
However, the most memorable was the unexpected meeting with lemurs “Lemur experience”, staying with them alone in their private land. Something amazing, even King Julien was present. We really recommend this place.
The guide drew our attention to the fact that lemurs are very sensitive creatures, they like to meditate and draw energy from the sun. Currently lemurs live only in Madagascar, where they are protected and venerated. In the mythology of all the Malagasy lemurs are sacred, and one must not harm them.
During our week tour on Fuerteventura (for the entire stay we rented a car, and this is the best option to discover the whole island) we encountered the Jandia peninsula, and there the only resort of Morro Jable. It’s the perfect place for people who truly want to feel the tourist atmosphere.
At the entrance to the town’s there is the most famous roundabout on the island. What’s so interesting? Now, 30 children figurines of terracotta, staring up at the sky. It is the work of Colombian artist Lisabet Fernandez, which has become one of the most famous masterpieces of the island. Small figures enrapture its precise workmanship. The face of each child shows has different expression. Currently, figures interpreted as:
A symbol of respect for or even a fear of what one admires.
In the Morro Jable there is a beautiful promenade over the ocean with interesting Mediterranean plants, wide sandy beach and a 60-meter-high white lighthouse. It was on its background we could admire the wild parrots, who willingly posed for pictures.
If you like the sun, sandy beaches, endless landscapes, Mediterranean food and extreme sports, then Fuerteventura is made for you.
xoxo Marta & Gosia