It was Friday, February 6. Our 3 hour flight from Barcelona to Fuerteventura was coming to an end, and plane started to land. Few minutes later the island appeared in our sight. Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, located near to the western coast of Africa, politically part of Spain.
Sky was cloudy. And all the island looked like one big and uninhabited desert. Brown and hilly. We felt like landing on Mars. From the very first moments this island seemed special. Week has passed, and our thoughts haven’t changed.
We still see Fuerteventura as a very unique place. It is our deserted paradise.
Rocks, Sand, Hills and Spiky Plants
This island is like a rocky desert. There are no jungles, no forests, almost no any bushes or any other greenery here. Though palms are widely seen, as well as aloes, cacti and other spiky plants we don’t recognize.
Wherever you look you see hills, higher and lower, but none of them is really high. Highest point in Fuerteventura is Mount Jandía (807 meters above sea level). All these hills are rocky and sandy, covered with loose volcanic rocks. With some green spots here and there.
An island is a very nice place for hiking, but think about your footwear! Because of big rocks hiking boots may be the best choice. And don’t forget about water! Because there are no any streams or rivers.
Rocky Coastline of Fuerteventura
We are living in the Southern part of Fuerteventura, near to a small town called Tarajalejo. In all the places around where we have been, we saw cliffs facing the ocean.
One third of the beaches in Fuerteventura are with black volcanic sand and rocks, the rest of them are white sand beaches. Although black sand may look strange, it’s the same as nice as white sand. Around Tarajalejo most of the beaches are black sand beaches.
Turquoise-colored water looks very appealing, especially in sunny days, but now in February it’s rather cold – about 18 degrees.
Solar and Wind Energy Is Used
Fuerteventura, loosely translated as “Strong Winds”, also is a very sunny island. Here sun is shining more than 300 days a year. And wind is blowing almost all the time.
So, sun and wind are few more things representing this island. And locals use it not only for pleasure (surfing, sunbathing, swimming,…). They use these magnificent resourses to get free electricity. For example, at our place sun and wind produces electricity for everything. Only time after time there is a need to start petrol generator.
Small and Pretty Houses
Have you been dreaming to live in a house facing the ocean in a not too touristic place? Come to Fuerteventura and you will find such a house there. Of course, there are also areas, where mostly tourists are living.
Most of the local peoples’ houses here are very simple looking, like square blocks. Mostly they are white and with terrace. And it’s not too hard to find one that is being rented out. Ask people, look in local newspaper or search online!
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Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.