Fuerteventura, or beach, beach, beach…
We went to Fuerteventura for the first time six years ago. Usually, before I go to a new place, I try to read a bit about it and find out, what is worth seeing there, but this time I did not know anything about the island. The only thing I knew was, that the weather in Fuerteventura, as well as in all the Canary Islands, is mild and it is warm and sunny all year round. It was enough for me, to want to fly there.
We went there for a typical All Inclusive holiday. However, apart from sunbathing by the pool, we planned to rent a car for a few days and travel around the island. But already driving from the airport to the hotel, I found the view of the island not too inviting to make you want to see more. People like to compare views of Fuerteventura to unearthly, as if they landed on Mars. For me they looked like excavations on a larger construction site or in some mine. Everywhere there was sand, gray-brown-black colors and except for artificially planted and watered palm trees somewhere in typical tourist places or near hotels, there was NO greenery.
However, armed with a guide to Fuerteventura, we rent a tiny car and went off to conquer the island, hoping to find some beautiful oasis somewhere in the middle of a desert. Kilometers passed, but I still felt like on a construction site … Although we did see a few nice places – here a pretty little village, there some cave (I will not rewrite the travel guide nor wikipedia on what you can visit there exactly), but the verdict was clear – the island was ugly and we would NEVER RETURN there.
And yet! Now we have been on the island three times and I know for sure that we will go back there again. Why? Because Fuerteventura, and more specifically a small town Morro Jable, located on the southern coast of the island, is a great place to spend winter vacation on the beach. Going there do not expect much sightseeing nor great adventures. But the beach there is one of the most beautiful, I have ever seen – light, sandy, wide and long, with a characteristic lighthouse. There is also a wide strip of wild greenery on the beach – grass and bushes, which adds a lot of charm to it and contrasts well with beautiful gardens of nearby hotels. Along the beach and by the street, there is also a bicycle and running path. I love to run there in the morning at sunrise, still before breakfast. The weather there is just perfect for me – it is very sunny, very warm, but it is not too hot, because its usually windy there. But you have to be careful, when planning a holiday in Fuerteventura, because there are places like Sotavento, famous with kite- and windsurfers, where the wind is really strong. However, the wind on Jandia Playa beach near Morro Jable nicely cools. Being on the island, you simply must try Paella – we ate one that was trully delicious, although I do not remember the name of the restaurant anymore. However, I think that it is not difficult to find a good one there, because they have access to fresh seafood all year long.
Fuerteventura is the perfect place, when you want to escape from the cold and smog; when you are tired of work and dream about a peaceful place, where you can walk for hours on a beautiful sandy beach, go jogging, ride a bike and just relax, admiring beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I just can not wait to go back there again.