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Fuerteventura, the most ancient Canary Islands

With an area of 1,659 km², Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canary Islands after Tenerife (which has 2,034.38 km²) and the closest to the African coast, which is 97 km away.

To the north-east, just 6 km away, is the small island of Lobos, whose surface area is 4.58 km² and which depends on Fuerteventura.

From a geological point of view, it is considered the oldest in the Canary Islands. Formed from underwater volcanic eruptions, the last eruptions took place about 5,000 years ago, since that moment erosion has shaped the landscape that characterizes it.

8 Isole formano l'arcipelago Canario
Mappa Isole Canarie

Where is Fuerteventura located?

The island is located at the same latitude as Florida and Mexico and the temperature rarely drops below 18°C or above 26-27°C. With its 362 km of coastline, the island has more than 152 beaches along the coast: 50 kilometers of fine, white sand and 25 of volcanic gravel. These particularities make it the second island with the longest coastline in the archipelago.

Much of the interior, with its wide plains and volcanic reliefs, consists of protected areas, which can be explored by off-road vehicle or dirt bike. The highest mountain on the island, Pico de la Zarza, is located on the Jandía peninsula and reaches a height of 807 meters.

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