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International Kite Festival

Every year, early in November, the International Kite Festival brings colour and grace to the skies above Fuerteventura's Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park, in the northeast of the island. The location provides not only reliable wind but 2,500 hectares of sand dunes, an ideal backdrop for the thousands of colourful and acrobatic kites. The events mostly take place on Playa del Burro. The International Kite Festival was first held in 1987 and now attracts international participants, with a notable following of German and British kite enthusiasts. It is a light-hearted and photogenic festival which children will love. Numerous free kites are handed out so that kids (and adults) can participate and there are exciting gimmicks every year, like teddy bear kites that drop sweets on the watchers beneath. The first full day of the festival, always a Friday, is an all-day free-fly, allowing everybody to enjoy the beach together, while later in the festival there are night shows, individual kite-flying contests and even things like kite combats, when two kites battle it out for supremacy. The atmosphere is friendly and creative and the festival is lots of fun to watch or participate in. Those in the area at the right time should be sure to pay a visit to Playa del Burro.

Venue: Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park

Date: 8 - 11 November 2013