Here is where I usually enjoyed my morning cortado.
There are four requirements for a January holiday - sun, sun, sun, and coffee. Here I could enjoy them all. Fuerteventura is known as the 'Island of Eternal Spring',with an average temperature of 23 degrees (although it did plummet to 15 degrees once, someone seemed to remember) and a rainfall of about a coffee-cupful a year. It is the second largest of the Canary Islands, taking almost a whole day to drive from one end to the other and back, visiting every town and village (and taking a break for lunch) (and of course coffee). This cafe is on the marina quay at Puerto de Fuste, a Barcelo dominated resort with a great (imported) beach. It is in the old lighthouse
and also serves fresh grilled fish in the evening. This is the beach
You get a sense from this picture, both how deserted it was in January, but also how deserted permanently the island is outside of the resorts. Can you see the mountains?On a couple of days, we walked into the next village. This is the road.
And here's the main road heading north.
About an hour's drive out of Puerto de Fuste, you come to these sand dunes. I assume all this sand has come over from Morocco.
And the interior of the island looks like this.
There are actually farms in there. Here's one
The walk out of town north is very nicely paved, with a cycle track and even street lights. There's still nothing there, but I was impressed to see that there was probably a vision with this infrastructure already provided. The main industry on the island of course is now tourism.
There are a couple of little villages in the interior which are attractive to see. This is Betancuria.
And this is the old fishing village of Corallejo.