Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. However, the islands are part of Spain. Known as Paradise Island due to its numerous stretches of sand dunes and long sandy beaches, Fuerteventura has become popular with expats looking for a quieter, more laid back lifestyle. Because of its warm, sunny climate, the island is popular with tourists all year round making it a profitable place for an expatriate to move to. It’s also popular with surfers due to its windy summer season; a potential hobby to take up when living there. The island offers culture in the form of the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography in Betancuria, the island’s former capital. The museum offers displays of aboriginal artefacts and fossils found on the island. For more information about life on Fuerteventura get involved on InterNations’ forums. Here you can get in touch with expats living on the island and request information as well as hints and tips and further details about topics such as cost of living, local cuisine, health care and more.
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Any expatriate moving to Fuerteventura can expect a comfortable pace of life, a warm climate and friendly locals. It’s not surprising that this popular tourist destination is starting to attract people looking for a more relaxed, simpler, but rewarding way of life. With the development of the island’s airport in the 1960s, many of the island’s first expats came from mainland Spain because of increasing job opportunities in leisure and tourism and also due to the common language. Expatriates from other parts of mainland Europe and Britain soon followed, attracted by the lifestyle and warmer climate. While the island nowadays may not be experiencing the same level of boom as in that era, its popularity and population continue to grow. Learn about expat life on Fuerteventura, where and how to find accommodation, the most desirable areas to live in, details of local schools et cetera from people already living on the island. The InterNations website offers you the opportunity to contact local expats and ask them any specific questions you may have through forums and a direct messaging service.
This small island is geared towards tourism and is the perfect place to work if that is your background; many tour operators have employees based there. There is also the option to work at one of the islands many resorts, bars and restaurants or water sport centers. Alternatively, you may want to consider opening your own bar or restaurant. Other key industries include agriculture and fishing but these are mainly carried out by locals rather than expatriates. The main tourist areas are located around Corralejo on the North of the island and Morro Jable to the West; Caleta de Fuste and Puerto del Rosario are large, purpose developed tourist areas. You will need at least a basic level of Spanish in order to get employment but being able to speak English and other languages such as German is also very helpful. InterNations’ website offers support by putting you in touch with local expatriates and helps you settle into your new life. Many an expat moving to Fuerteventura has found this invaluable as they make their move to pastures new.