Brown Dwarfs of the Age


Fuerteventura is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, politically part of Spain. It is the second largest island in the archipelago, after Tenerife. Fuerteventura, along with Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, is part of the Spanish province of Las Palmas.

The island has an area of 1660 km2, being 100 km long and 31 km wide. It is divided into six municipalities:

A hundred individual settlements are distributed through these municipalities. A nearby islet, Islote de Lobos, is part of the municipality of La Oliva.

In this island with over 150 km of sandy beaches and turquoise waters, a place to enjoy numerous activities in the best conditions, the visitor can discover vast natural landscapes and share the natural openess of its people. Fuerteventura is the oldest Canary Island, and was formed about 70 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity. It lies only 60 miles off the coast of Morocco. Due to its geographical position, for tens of thousands of years sand from the Sahara has been deposited on Fuerteventura's shores, giving rise to some of the most impressive beaches in the world.


Fuerteventura is often referred to as the island of eternal spring. The sea adjusts the temperature making the hot Sahara winds blow away from the island. The weather conditions of Fuerteventura are very similar to Florida and Mexico which are on the same latitude and make this island the ideal holiday location with three thousand hours of sunshine a year.

In May the weather is dry, sunny (10 hours of sunshine per day) and windy. Temperatures average a high of 24 °C and a low of 17 °C. Water temperature is about 19 °C.

The N/NE wind keeps the island cool, preventing it drying out and being a gift for surfers, windsurfers, kiteflyers and sunbathers.

Weather forecast (in Spanish) for the conference venue (Costa Calma)