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It is but recently I was frantically looking for relaxing holiday resorts I was able to go with a toddler and a 6 year-old constantly being around me. The main problem is, they are ok when I’m busily walking around in the house and doing chores but as soon as I sit down in front of the computer and try to look for some information or in this case hotel rooms, all of a sudden they are on top of me.

I’m having our monthly meeting in our house with the other mums dads this week. I'm 33 and I'm will soon finish my study at Psychology. Luckily enough, I have found this site that saved me from searching any longer. To be honest, I don’t like flying blind so I decided to research it quickly. And the result is:
Toddler: loves it
6 year-old wii ninja: likes it too
Spouse: hates it but the others are worst
Me: Me?

This resort is ideal for a long weekend escape. I'm Tuyet and I live in a seaside city in northern Australia, Vale Park. The majority of the island was created about 5 million years ago and since then has been eroded by wind and other weather. The last volcanic activity in Fuerteventura was between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.

On the seabed off the west coast of the island rests a block of rock 22 km (14 mi) long and 11 km (7 mi) wide, which appears to have slid off the island largely intact at some point in prehistory, similar to the predicted future collapse of Cumbre Vieja, a geological fault on the neighboring island, La Palma. How exciting, isn’t it? The island is divided into two parts, the northern portion which is Maxorata and the southwestern part called the Jandía peninsula.

I only have to double or rather triple the amount of time my husband wish to spend there and we are all set. Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption from the Canary hotspot. The highest point in Fuerteventura is Mount Jandía (807 m) in the southwestern part of the island.


The climate on Fuerteventura is pleasant throughout the year. The sea adjusts the temperature making the hot Sahara winds blow away from the island. During the winter months, temperatures average a high of 22 °C (72 °F) and a low of around 15 °C (59 °F), whereas during the summer a mean high of 28 °C (82 °F) and a low of 20 °C (68 °F) can be expected.

Geographical features include Istmo de la Pared which is 5 km (3 mi) wide and is the narrowest part of Fuerteventura. The island is also often referred to as the island of eternal spring. The island's name in English translates as "strong fortune" or "strong wind", the Spanish word for wind being viento.


Fuerteventura was chosen among 500 European destinations by the Quality Coast International Certification Program of the European Coastal and Marine Union as one of the most attractive tourist destinations for visitors interested in cultural heritage, environment and sustainability. Precipitation is about 147 mm (6 in) per year, most of which falls in autumn and winter.

October is the month with highest rainfall. Temperatures during this phenomenon rise temporarily by approximately 10 degrees Celsius. A sandstorm known as the Calima (similar to the Sirocco wind that blows North from the Sahara into Europe) blows southwestward from the Sahara Desert and can cause high temperatures, low visibility and drying air.

The wind brings in fine white sand, visibility can drop to between 100 to 200 m (328. 17 ft) or even lower and can even bring African locusts to the island. Fuerteventura also hosts several migratory and nesting birds. The island has significant populations of the collared dove, common swifts and several finch species especially in the vicinity of holiday developments. Butterflies which commonly occur on the island include the clouded yellow (Colias hyale) and the bath white (Pontia daplidice) which feeds on xerophytic cruciferae.

It is also inhabited by many wild dogs and cats. Despite its arid climate, the island is also home to a surprisingly large insect fauna. The islands sand dunes and shoreline are home to a number of bee and wasp species including the large Eumenid caterpillar hunting wasp, Delta dimidiatipenne and the striking blue banded bee, (Amegilla canifrons).

On the barren, rocky land there are Barbary ground squirrels and geckos. The island is also home the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and its close African relative Danaus chrysippus. Hawkmoths also occur on the island. The hunting wasp Delta dimiatipenne. Around holiday developments such as Caleta de Fuste, water is relatively abundant, and dragonfly species including the blue emperor, Anax imperator and the scarlet darter, Crocothemis erythraea can be found.


The island is home to one of the two surviving populations of the threatened Canarian Egyptian vulture. Population

The island has a population of 74,983. One of the more notable species is Hyles tithymali which feeds on endemic spurges such as Euphorbia regis-jubae. However, the development of tourism during the 1980s has caused the population to grow year on year since then, doubling it in a little less than a decade.

In 2005, with 86,642 registered inhabitants, the Fuerteventura population was formed by the following:

Born on the island: 30,364
Born on another Canary Island: 13,175
Born elsewhere in Spain: 20,938
Born in other countries: 22,165

Comparing this data with the 2001 census shows that the number of permanent residents born on the island has increased by just 3,000.


The economy of Fuerteventura is mainly based on tourism. The number who have moved in from abroad has increased by 22,910, making this the biggest contributor to population growth in recent years. Other main industries are fishing and agriculture (cereals and vegetables). Acherontia atropos, the deaths-head hawkmoth also occurs on the island presumably feeding on members of the Solanaceae, for example, Datura innoxia and Nicotiana glauca which are common weeds in the vicinity of human habitation.

Primary tourist areas are located around the existing towns of Corralejo in the north and Morro Jable in Jandia, plus the purely tourist development of Caleta de Fuste, south of Puerto del Rosario. Fuerteventura, with its 3,000 sunshine hours a year, was placed firmly on the world stage as a major European holiday destination. Throughout its long history, Fuerteventura has suffered from a population decline due to the economic situation and the climate, which have made it into a desert island.

The famous Majorero cheese is locally made from the milk of the indigenous majorera goat. While having fully developed tourist facilities, the island has not experienced the overdevelopment found on some other islands and consequently caters for visitors attracted by its rugged natural beauty. Sailors, scuba divers and big-game fishermen are all drawn to these clear blue Atlantic waters where whales, dolphins, marlin and turtles are all common sights.

Wind surfing takes places at locations around the island. Tourism

The first tourist hotel was built in 1965 followed by the construction of Fuerteventura Airport at El Matorral, heralding the dawn of a new era for the island. With many hills present throughout the Island, hikers are also attracted to this Island. Excellent sandy beaches are found in many locations. Western beaches, such as those around El Cotillo, can experience strong surf.

Naked sun bathing and swimming are the norm almost on all beaches. The summer Trade Winds and winter swells of the Atlantic make this a year-round surfers' paradise, with more exposed areas on the north and west shores such as Corralejo and El Cotillo proving most popular.

The beaches adjoining the extensive sand dunes east of Corralejo are popular, as are the more protected extensive sandy shores of the Playa de Sotavento de Jandia on the southeastern coast between Costa Calma and the Morro Jable.

Traditional holidays

Like the rest of the Canaries, Carnival is traditionally one of the biggest festivals celebrated on the island. These festivities have a different theme each year. They include activities such as parades and galas to choose the Carnival King. They are also held in smaller venues across the island, featuring bands such as Estopa, Van Gogh's Ear, and King Afrhica.

It is celebrated in different ways in all the towns during February and March. Much of the interior, with its large plains, lavascapes and volcanic mountains, consists of protected areas, although there are organised tours and vehicular access across them.

It started in the same year. Fuertemusica: like Lebrancho Rock, this festival aims to encourage the local or emerging groups. Concerts and festivals

There are many concerts and festivals held in the auditoriums, such as the Festival of Canarian Music.

This festival is mainly for groups that are already known in the music world. In 2009, Fuerteventura recorded the highest EU regional unemployment rate at a NUTS3 level, at 29. In the municipality of Betancuria (more specifically in the village of Vega de Rio Palmas) held every year the festivities in honor of the Virgen de la Peña, patron saint of the island of Fuerteventura, the most representative is the pilgrimage in which are involved people from all corners of the island.

It attracts kitefliers and kite surfers from all over Europe. It is popular because the winds are warm and constant and the beaches become filled with hundreds of colourful kites of all shapes and sizes The holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday of September. Festival Internacional de Cometas/International Kite Festival is held on the second week of November each year centering on the Corralejo Beaches.

It takes place in El Cotillo. Lebrancho Rock: in 2004, the Town Hall of Puerto del Rosario started this initiative for the growing number of local bands who had been performing in the area for years but had not had the chance to play at the same event.

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