FMHOY / Fuerteventura - PHOTO: EMMA HARRIS
The first one is the temperature, with an average of over 20°C, but there is a lot more…
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.
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 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.
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.
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?