Postcards from Fuerteventura

A few days in the sun recharge the batteries after a long winter. Sun, salt water, wind, swimming, surfing, running, reading, eating fish, playing football and watching Champions League in a Spanish bar, eating more fish, and more swimming. What could be better?

Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands and the oldest dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption, is located just 100 kilometres off the coast of north Africa. The first settlers arrived here from North Africa in the 11th century BC. The name doesn’t describe the Trade Winds but is believed to have come from French conqueror Jean de Béthencourt’s exclamation «Quelle forte aventure!».

The first lighthouse Faro de el Toston was built in 1887 at the northwest of Fuerteventura. Later in the 1950ies and subsequently in 1987, higher lighthouses were constructed. The most prominent celestial body in the upper left corner is planet Jupiter, and in the upper right corner is North Star Polaris.
The first lighthouse Faro de el Toston was built in 1887 at the northwest of Fuerteventura. Later in the 1950ies and subsequently in 1987, higher lighthouses were constructed. The most prominent celestial body in the upper left corner is planet Jupiter, and in the upper right corner is North Star Polaris.
View of the coast in El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain April 9, 2013.
View of the coast in El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain April 9, 2013.
Lagunas in El Cotillo, Spain April 13, 2013.
Lava rocks form lagunas near El Cotillo, Fuerteventura.
A beach in El Cotillo, Spain April 8, 2013.
A beach in El Cotillo, Spain April 8, 2013.
A stone in the sand in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
A stone in the sand in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.
Surfers in El Cotillo, Spain April 9, 2013.
Surfers in El Cotillo, Spain April 9, 2013.
A surfer (my son) enjoys the last sundays of the day in El Cotillo, Spain April 9, 2013.
A surfer (my son) enjoys the last sundays of the day in El Cotillo, Spain April 9, 2013.
El Cotillo, Spain April 13, 2013.
The small village El Cotillo is located at the northwest coast of Fuerteventura and has about 1100 inhabitants. The village has a harbor and is surrounded by desert. In the 18th century, a tower was built to protect the fisher village from pirates.
Fish for sale are arranged in a restaurant in El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Spain April 8, 2013.
Fish for sale are arranged in a restaurant in El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Spain April 8, 2013.
Sunset in El Cotillo, Spain April 13, 2013.
Sunset in El Cotillo, Spain April 13, 2013.
Locals are watching the Champions League football match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in a bar in El Cotillo, Spain April 10, 2013.
Locals are watching the Champions League football match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in a bar in El Cotillo, Spain April 10, 2013.
The night sky with stars at the atlantic coast near in Fuerteventura, Spain April 9, 2013. On the left, constellation Orion is seen, and the most prominent celestial body near the center right is the largest planet of the solar system, Jupiter.
The night sky with stars at the atlantic coast near in Fuerteventura, Spain April 9, 2013. On the left, constellation Orion is seen, and the most prominent celestial body near the center right is the largest planet of the solar system, Jupiter.