Holidaymakers looking for an island getaway in the sun but away from hoards of other tourists may like to try Betancuria. It is a town in the centre of Fuerteventura, which is one of the Canary Islands a few miles off the Southern coast of mainland Spain. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
The nearest beach to Betancuria is the fishing village of Ajuy or a little further away on the east coast is Caleta de Fuste, which is about a 35 minute drive away. The beaches are ideal for sunbathing and building sandcastles. The sea is ok to swim in but visitors need to be a little careful as the waves can get quite big. There are plenty of watersports to try on the coast such as wind surfing, sailing and fishing. There is one 18-hole golf course on the island at the popular resort of Caleta de Fuste. Another way to get about is by taking one of several boat excursions including one on a glass bottomed boat. There are just a few bars and restaurants in Betancuria, which is a fairly quiet resort away from the coast. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and drink from the local stores and markets. There are also a handful of shops selling gifts and souvenirs.
The historic town of Betancuria has some very interesting places to visit such as the Casa Museo Arquebiologico and the Centro Insular de Artesania. The local church also features a museum, whilst there are museums other on the island such as Los Molinos Interpretive Centre. Other interesting places to visit on the island include the Animal Experience, which is part of the Baku Theme Park and features an aquarium. In the south of Fuerteventura near Costa Calma is Oasis Park, which is a zoo and botanical gardens. A visit to the lunar landscape of Volcano Calderon Hondo can be enjoyed on the back of a camel. There are regular ferry crossings from the island taking passengers to neighbouring island, Lanzarote.
The temperature during mid summer in Fuerteventura can get quite hot although this is tempered slightly by the wind from the Atlantic. The warmest time of the year to visit Betancuria is generally July and August when the average daily maximum temperature is approximately 32 degrees centigrade. However the temperature remains reasonably warm throughout the year during daylight hours. June to August sees very little rainfall with December the wettest with a monthly average of 39mm.
Fuerteventura Airport (FUE) is approximately 40 minutes transfer to Betancuria and has flights to and from other Canary Islands, mainland Spain and numerous European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna and Zurich amongst others. Taxis are parked straight in front of you as you come out of the arrivals area from the main airport building.