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Reasons to travel to Fuerteventura in autumn

FMHOY / Fuerteventura - PHOTO: EMMA HARRIS

TOURISMThe first one is the temperature, with an average of over 20°C, but there is a lot more…

The climate
While on mainland temperatures have already dropped below 20°C and the rain falls may have already started, average temperatures in Fuerteventura in September and October range between 22 and 24°C.
What could be a better plan in autumn than escaping to the islands of eternal spring with over 300 days of sun per year? Furthermore, the Tradewinds that have shaped the orography of the archipelago are weaker at this season.

Nature
350.000 Hectares that include the World Biosphere Reserve, show the efforts of Fuerteventura’s population to preserve its cultural, landscape and natural heritage. The commitment of Fuerteventura for the management of water, renewable energies and responsible fishing are good examples.
The natural conditions of this first island of the archipelago have helped preserve large areas that are still almost unspoilt, barren kilometres with volcanoes and very little vegetation. It is also a study site for the palaeontology of Macaronesia.

The coast
The best beaches in the Canaries: endless, unspoilt, desert like and white due to the organic origin of the sand. It is made of rests of marine animals that are deposited by the currents along the centuries.
In the North, the islet of Lobos and Corralejo’s dunes are the perfect location to discover the arid beauty of this landscape, to stroll and enjoy all the services available to families. West, you will find the unspoilt coves of El Cotillo that attract surfers with interior lagoons and beaches with constant wind. In the South, we find rocky coves for solitary couples and souls.

The landscape
Walking in the dunes, getting a glimpse of volcanoes in the background and climbing to the top of them is another touristic attraction of the island. Away from the coasts, the yellow rippled dunes and the burned mountains remind us of the desert of the Sahara nearby that is only 100 kilometres away. But inside Fuerteventura, we discover a volcanic landscape in shades of brown, with the mountain of Tindaya as the best example.

The Fauna and flora
The endemic vegetation resists the aridity of the dune such as jonquils, melosas, cebollines estrellados and sea hawthorn that make up the majorero ecosystem. They endure the low level of rainfall and the high salt levels brought by the humidity of the sea that surrounds Fuerteventura.
As for the fauna, amongst birds, there is an endemic species that is shared with the nearby island of Lanzarote, the Canarian houbara. There is also the pululan cernícalos, alcaravanes, gangas, bisbitas camineras, corredores, terreras marismeñas or the tarabillas canarias. As a refuge for those species, Fuerteventura has been named Area of Special Importance for the Protection of Birds.
Endemic reptiles can also be discovered, such as the perenquén rugoso and the lagarto de Haría. Amongst mammals, you will get the opportunity to observe hedgehogs and shrews.

Tranquillity
Peace and tranquillity are the best attractions of the island, especially in autumn. Tourism on the island quietens down at this time of the year, which is another reason that makes Fuerteventura the perfect destination.
You can go across kilometres and kilometres of sand without meeting anyone and enjoy solitude and tranquillity in many coves. It will be as if this beach was just yours.

Destination for athletes
If you are into sports, Fuerteventura is also your destination because the calendar of September and October is filled with challenges. On 29th September, in Puerto del Rosario, you can participate in the 4th Half Marathon of Puerto del Rosario and the 4th Run-walk against cancer.
In October, the track moves to Antigua on the 7th, for the obstacle race called IV Antigua Xtreme Race, and on the 28th October, it is the 3rd Milla Noche en blanco (3rd Mile at night in white). Competition and relaxation, what more could you ask for?

LOCAL NEWS
• The winner of the National Gastronomy Prize 2006, Paco Roncero, to attend Taste Fuerteventura
• The Territorial Politics' Council studies the state of preservation of the Egyptian Vulture in the Canaries
•The Frente Polisario start their tour in La Oliva in the search of support for the Saharan cause
•Youssou Ndour and The Original Wailers will be on stage in July during Fuerteventura en Música
•The Canarian Government promotes the extra virgin olive oil sector of the islands
• New equipment for the island's call centres in order to improve services
• Five wild donkeys get moved to the Experimental Farm of Pozo Negro
• La Oliva works on its tourism strategy on the German market that is picking up again in the North of Fuerteventura
• Seven women receive an award from the Cabildo and the six ayuntamientos for International Women's Day
• The refurbishment of the old Stella Canaris will start in May
WHO IS WHO
• Alfonso Girón - Director of the Hotel Barceló Castillo Beach Resort
• Gregorio Benítez – Training Coordinator of Work Centres and in charge of the Relations' Department with businesses of CIFP Majada Marcial
• Aida Le Pesqueur, Margarita Bethencourt and Inés Nájera – Organisers of CONSCIENTIS - Fuerteventura
ASTRONOMY
•Spring: sweeter temperatures that invite us to enjoy the night sky
HEALTH & WELLNESS
• Homoeopathy treasures: Gelsemium
• Traditional Chinese Medicine (M.T.C) - How to find a good acupuncturist – part IV
•In good shape thanks to fasting - Medical advice from Doctor Bludau
• Marine plankton - The Montse Puyol - Fundación Aqua Maris
• Regular check-ups of moles to prevent skin cancer - Clinica Principal
COMMUNITY
• The Majorero cheese from Fuerteventura is amongst the best in the world
• Project to clean up the barranco of Río Cabras
• What the legend says…The Garoé tree
WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR MUNICIPALITY?
• ANTIGUA
• BETANCURIA
• LA OLIVA
• PÁJARA
• PUERTO DEL ROSARIO
• TUINEJE
LEGAL CONSULTING
• The Supreme Tribunal considers that the reference rate of the IRPH is not abusive and is therefore legal. Is this sentence final?
DECO
• Greenhouses
FOREIGNERS CORNER
• Police reports and false complaints