Fuerteventura is one of the islands that makes up the Canary Islands (Spanish: Las Islas Canarias). It is the second largest island of the Canaries to Tenerife, with population around 106 000. Fuerteventura is located south of Lanzarote, the two islands lie only 11 km apart.
The island is about 100 km long and 30 km wide. The mountains (of volcanic origin) in the north reach a height of up to 700 m above sea level (Maxorata). The highest peak is in the south – peninsula of Jandía, the Pico de la Zarza (807 m).
Fuerteventura is divided into six historical municipalities (though most tourist areas are fairly recent):
- 1 Puerto del Rosario. The capital on the east coast, with airport to the south. The community area stretches to the west coast, few tourist attractions are in the area.
- 1 La Oliva. Covers the whole north of the island, but still it’s quite small. Isla de Lobos is also part of the municipality. Known for Corralejo, Villaverde, El Cotillo and Parque Holandes
- 1 Batencuria. The former capital, it’s a favorite excursion destination – combined with Valles de Santa Inés and Vega de Río Palmas.
- 1 Antigua. With Caleta de Fuste
- 1 Tuineje. With Gran Tarajal
- 1 Pájara. The south peninsula, with the tourist centers Costa Calma and Morro Jable. Contains natural park Jandía, small and remote Cofete and Villa Winter.