Once a place of refuge for British corsairs, fishermen, exiles before subsequently becoming a Spanish dominion, the island of Fuerteventura and the rest of the Canary Islands are today a sanctuary for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its scenic landscapes, it’s little wonder that it is rumoured to be the original location of Atlantis.

Our guide to Fuerteventura

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The second-largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura emerges from the Atlantic Ocean as a striking blend of wide-reaching sandy beaches, enormous sand dunes and jagged volcanic landscapes. The Spanish poet Miguel de Unamuno described the island as ‘an oasis in the desert of civilisation’, and with its charming little towns and luxurious seaside-resorts, this is really the perfect destination if you’re seeking to relax and recharge, while enjoying the sun and the clear waters. On Fuerteventura you can pursue any leisure interest that takes your fancy. Try wind-surfing, jet-skiing, snorkelling or go on catamaran- and boat tours to see flying fish, whales, turtles and dolphins, among a wide array of marine life. Back on land, you can stroll along the white beaches and the promenade of Corralejo in the north of the island, before exploring the shops and restaurants that populate the seafront and winding streets. Heading south along the east coast, you’ll pass through the stunning Corralejo Nature Park, before arriving at Fuerteventura’s capital, Puerto del Rosario. Here you can visit the House of Culture and shop amok in the Las Rotondas shopping centre. On the south- and west coast you can explore the stunning raw natural landscapes of the Jandia and Betancuria Park, where you can gaze across the unique landscapes from the heights of the volcanic ridges. After a long day of exploring, a local restaurant will be beckoning you to try some of the local dishes. On Fuerteventura, like the rest of the Canary Islands, seafood and the spicy mojo-sauce are on the top of the list of things to try. The island is also famous for its grilled and stewed goat dishes that are served with the local delicacy, wrinkled potatoes. Every bite can be beautifully complemented with a cold glass of crisp Spanish wine.

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