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Why Holiday on Fuerteventura

The travel writer, Ben Ross, writes about Fuerteventura in the Independent Newspaper:

From earth and fire, to air and water. The elements combine rather differently in Fuerteventura. Just half an hour by ferry from Lanzarote, this place is all about the wind and the waves. In summer, the wind- and kite-surfing world championships are held here; in the winter, surfers ride the white water which crashes against nearly 100 miles of beach.
Being no expert at surfing, I tried my hand at the relatively gentle sport of stand-up paddle-boarding in the harbour at Corralejo. As our film testifies, I quickly discovered that I was no expert at this, either.
But there are plenty of other sports to try here in the adventure capital of the Atlantic: sailing, perhaps, or scuba-diving. And after my recent dunkings, I can speak from experience when I say that the water is impressively warm even at the very end of November.
Fuerteventura is bigger than Lanzarote, and developing fast. But like its little brother to the east, the interior of the island is a strange amalgam of present-day tranquillity and ancient turmoil. When we paused at the peaceful village of La Oliva to film the simple lines of its colonial-era church, my eye was drawn first to the vivid blue sky that contrasted so pleasingly with the white stucco of the building – and then to the jutting volcano that glowered just beyond.
The Basque poet Miguel de Unamuno, exiled to Fuerteventura by the government in Madrid in the 1920s, called it "an oasis in the desert of civilisation". It's a description that holds true today: far fewer people live here than on Lanzarote, and the raw, untamed character of this island is evident after just a few minutes watching the surfers along its western shores. Try as they might to tame the waves, the Atlantic always wins in the end.
Ben Ross

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