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Fuerteventura is the second largest and the oldest of all the Canary islands. Past volcanic activity has created its strange landscape and contours, with enormous sand dunes and over 150 truly beautiful beaches.

Only 100km separate the island from Morocco, and there are 3000 hours of sunshine a year. It is great for walking; fishing; catamarans; watersports including surfing, windsurfing and diving; sunbathing and nature walks.

Places to visit in Fuerteventura

The main towns are: 10km south of the airport, mainly low-rise buildings. There are hotels, bars, restaurants, beach, golf course, shopping complex, cinema and bowling alley. You can do various watersports and venture under the sea in a submarine!

Corralejo - One of the most popular resorts, retaining its fishing village charm. You can do tennis, boat trips, jeep safaris, mountain biking and watersports, or visit the magnificent sand dunes along the east coast a protected nature reserve.

Costa Calma - The Calm Coast lies about 80km south of the airport near Jandia national park. It is a large resort, mostly catering to the German market.

El Cotillo - Dedicated to the Virgin of Good Travel, this small fishing village has wonderful beaches and lagoons. The Foraleza del Toston is a 1790s round fort, and there is a lighthouse. Betancuria Museum of Archaelogy - Exhibiting different aspects of the island's landscape, history and culture.

Los Lobos Island Nature Reserve - 2km from Fuerteventura, this tiny island is a place of peace, relaxation and beautiful scenery, with many unique plants and birds. It is included in the EEC's Areas of Special Protection for Birds.

American Star Shipwreck - Once the pride of the US maritime industry, the American Star beached on Playa de Garcey on its way to Thailand. La Lajita Zoo (Oasis de Los Camellos) Take the children on a camel safari at this zoo.. There is also a great parrot show, horse rides and a few other animals.

Betancuria - Founded by Jean de Behtencourt in 1405, this was once the capital of the island. It is situated in a beautiful valley, which, it was thought, would protect against pirates. Sadly it did not. Pirate Jaban destroyed the town in 1593. There are lots of places of historical interest to visit.

Festivals in Fuerteventura

Carnival is very important in local heritage. General Franco tried and failed to abolish it, such was its popularity. It is held in almost every village, town and city between January and April each year and consists of cultural, sporting and musical events, a float procession, funfairs, fancy dress and dancing till dawn.

Kite Festival - Held annually on the weekend closest to September 8th, on La Playa del Burro beach. It is a wonderful spectacle for kite fliers and observers alike, and includes great displays of kite-flying, illuminated by night, fun for children including parachuting teddy bears dropping sweets, and a fantastic fireworks display.

Windsurfing - In July the PWA world windsurfing speed and slalom event takes place in Sotavento.