Excursions & Getting Around
Brief summary to the history of Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is about 20 million years old and the oldest formation off the Canary islands.
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are located on the same plateau with only 40-50 metres sea depth between them.
Similar to all other canary islands Fuerteventura has a volcanic origin. Below sea level the first eruptions subsequently pushed up the formations. These early eruptions show the typical gentle slopes of the Betancurai Massif.
At a later stage eruptions upbove sea level followed and created the tradional "volcano" - shapes. The latest eruption was in La Oliva about 5000 years ago.
The first inhabitants of Fuerteventura were of North African origin. Due to recent genetic research at least three types of human races have been proofed.
With Jean Bethancourt and Gadifer de la Salle significant explorations of the island began in the 15th century.
From the early 1970s the north of Fuerteventura has been developed for tourism whereby the south followed 10 years later.