Sunday, February 24, 2013

Exploring Fuerteventura

As you plan your holiday in Fuerteventura, you probably envision many hours spent basking under the tropical sun on one of the island’s world-famous beaches. Indeed, the second largest of the Spanish Canary Islands is said to have the best sand, and you’ll want to spend as much time as you can taking advantage of the beautiful coastline. However, the more adventurous traveler might grow restless after days of swimming and lounging, and a change of scenery just might be in order. If you research the island’s municipalities and geography, you’ll find that exploring Fuerteventura can be a very rewarding experience given the abundance of interesting landscapes and breathtaking views.

Mount Jandia, rising up from the southwestern corner of Fuerteventura, is the island’s highest elevation. At more than 800 meters above sea level, the mountain offers panoramic views of the surrounding land and nearby Atlantic Ocean. Ideal for hikers and climbers, Mount Jandia is a worthy site. Be sure to bring your camera and a pair of binoculars. If you prefer to keep your explorations to more developed areas, the coastline is dotted with various quaint fishing villages that are nearly void of the clamor of tourism. You’ll be able to interact with the island natives more casually, and the architecture will be more representative of a small Spanish settlement.

Extinct-volcano-crater-Corralejo-FuerteventuraInland from the coast you’ll find varied and dramatic landscapes that will capture your imagination. Vast expanses of the interior region are barren plains, and they are mostly bordered by unique land masses created by volcanic activities centuries ago. Most of these areas are untouched by modern development and may be traversed by SUV vehicles and bicycles; you can find many opportunities to join guided bike and 4×4 tours through these regions. Without a doubt, exploring Fuerteventura will provide you an opportunity to get off the beach for awhile and take in sights that will remain with you for a lifetime.

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