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Fuerteventura

Island in Canary Islands

There’s definitely something in the air on this otherworldly island of mountains, desert-like sand dunes, and sea breezes filled with mood boosting negative ions.

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The charming & historic village of Betancuria, Fuerteventura

Why move to Fuerteventura

Move to an island of incredible landscape, art, sculpture and sacred spaces, where you’ll enjoy endless days in the sun, and be inspired by the truly breathtaking scenery.

Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and lies just 100 kilometers off the African coast. The landscape is beautiful and strange: the desert-like sand dunes of Corralejo gently peak and recede into deep slacks, while the badlands of the Malpais Grande rise dramatically in shades of deep russet and gold. The scenery is arid, otherworldly, and starkly beautiful, and its sea breezes are filled with mood boosting negative ions.

Yes, there’s quite literally ‘something in the air’ in Fuerteventura; perhaps this is why people frequently describe feeling an almost ‘spiritual’ connection to this mysterious island. The tranquil village of Betancuria features a Museum of Sacred Art, where you can explore religious iconography which spans all imaginable forms. There is the Mars-like ‘sacred mountain’ of Tindaya, which was believed to have magical properties by the island’s aboriginal inhabitants, and features mysterious, foot-like engravings at its base. Venture north and you will find the Barranco de los Encantados near Oliva – vast and unearthly canyon sand sculptures which look like they could have been lifted directly from the set of a Star Wars film. And perhaps they were: in 2017, the island served as a location for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Of course, there’s more to do here than ponder the mysteries of existence – 150 kilometres of beaches with warm winds from the Sahara create a perfect environment for windsurfing. You could lose many a halcyon day on these clear, turquoise waters, or lazing on fine, white, seemingly infinite sands. There are many beaches to choose from – head east to the island’s capital, Puerto del Rosario and you’ll be rewarded with a blue-flag beach with all the trimmings: showers, toilets and changing rooms plus restaurants and shops just 10 meters away. Take a stroll round the town and you’ll find works of art practically everywhere you look, as the area doubles up as an open air sculpture park and contains more than 100 works.

Where to live in Fuerteventura

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Corralejo

Town in Fuerteventura

Home to some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, Corralejo is a former fishing village on the north east of Fuerteventura that has retained much of its original charm.

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