The Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa and politically part of Spain. Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife and possibly the least developed.
Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption from the Canary hotspot. The majority of the island was created about 5 million years ago and since then has been eroded by both wind and weather. The last volcanic activity was between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.
The climate on Fuerteventura is pleasant throughout the year. During the winter months temperatures average a high of 22c and a low of around 15c where as during the summer a mean high of 28c and a low of 20c can be expected. Rainfall is about 150 mm (6”) per year most of which falls between October and March.
Fuerteventura has a registered residential population [excluding holiday-home and time-share owners] of around 95,000 of which some 23,000 have moved in from abroad in recent yaears making this the biggest contributor to population growth. The island also enjoys some 2 million tourist visitors per year.
Antigua is the Capital of the Municipality of Antigua. It is in the middle of the island but tourists [and taxi drivers alike] often confuse the tourist areas of Costa Antigua and Caleta de Fuestes with the municipal capital which is around 25km away from the nearest beach or tourist hot-spot area.