The oldest and windiest of the Canary Islands, the volcanic island of Fuerteventura lies just 100km from the African coast. And so it feels, its traditional houses with North-African style flat roofs for collecting rainfall, and thousands of goats wandering freely across the countryside.
With the longest and best beaches of all the archipielago and its turquoise sea, the long, sunny days, the intense wind and the usual waves up to two metres explain the island's long tradition of windsurfing and kite surfing. Divers will also find their thrill, thanks to the amazing caves, tunnels, overhangs and rock formations that are found on its ocean beds. It is also holds an interesting variety of birdlife, although it is its immense volcanic landscapes and pristine beaches that earned the entire island the honour of receiving UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status in 2009.