Fuerteventura and an eternal spring

Why does Fuerteventura always boast sunny days and a pleasant climate? The eternal spring climate is the result of the Canary Islands’ close proximity to Africa, the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and the trade winds. All this combined offers guaranteed good weather for all visitors to the island.

Fuerteventura, like the rest of the Canary Islands, boasts an excellent location that enables it to enjoy all year round good weather, even in the normally crueler winter months. This means that seasons do not dither from extreme to extreme and rather remain quite stable. Not too hot; not too cold. A never-ending spring.

The island is lucky to be located in the so-called “subtropical zone”, closer to Africa than any other European continent, with its warm winds and calm haze; characteristics that are very typical of its climate. The permanent Atlantic Anticyclone makes it so that it hardly rains and that, even though there’s always going to be a few clouds in the sky, they’re not a threat to days spent on the beach.

The average temperature in Fuerteventura is marked by the humidity caused by the thermal sensation that is very different to what it says on the thermometer (which never falls below 18-20°). The trade winds regulate this sensation so that the temperatures drop to what their natural location calls for.

These Canary Islands winds come directly from extreme zones, from the poles (in the case of Fuerteventura, the North Pole, around the 30th parallel of the famous Azores High) and find themselves in the zone of Ecuador, crossing the high and low altitudes. On this island, the winds blow quite fiercely, thus the reason for the island’s other name as the “windy island” and the reason why so many windsurfing enthusiasts take a trip to the island.

The most humid zones are those with low altitude; those with the coldest and driest peaks. Thanks to this phenomenon, Fuerteventura boasts lush and tropical forests as well as mountains so bare, they bear likings to deserts. This brings lots of advantages to the island, with good agricultural production in populated areas; some even closeby to the sea, making it so the food is full of varied ingredients that are produced on a large scale and last all year round.

Both winter and summer are good times to enjoy the island. On one hand, winter is good because everything is a lot more relaxed, with a lower influx of tourists and holidays have a more homely and family feel to them. On the other hand, spring and the months of May and June especially, offer many different proposals: beaches are quiet, vegetation is in full bloom and the island starts offering more programmes and activities to join in.

In the southern zones like Costa Calma, Esquinzo and Playa Jandia are the best climate-wise. In these zone, you’ll find all types of hotels but if you’re travelling with children or with your partner, stick to some of the most recognised ones online like the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace, IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas and IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park; as well as the H10 Sentido Playa Esmeralda, H10 Tindaya or SBH Costa Calma Palace.

 

To get around easily, our recommendation is to hire a car so that you can move freely around the island, although, even though in the south there’s not much reason for leaving the zone, there are many hidden zones within Fuerteventura that are definitely worth a visit.

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