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Pick up your hire car at Fuerteventura airport and you're minutes away from over one hundred miles of beaches on this delightful Canary Island.

60-second guide to Fuerteventura

in its own head

"You want sandy beaches? We've got 125 miles of it! You want sun? We get 3000 hours of it every year! Volcanoes? Yep! Nightlife? Yep! Culture? Erm, did we mention the sandy beaches?"

but more realistically

You can't argue with that - it's all about the sun and the sand. However, lovers of nature, fortresses and windmills won't be disappointed either.

the vibe

With all that sand and sun, the vibe is a pretty relaxed one, as you can imagine.

the natives

Tourism is the main source of money for most of the 86,000-odd inhabitants of the island, so expect to be welcomed with open arms.

the weather

Like all of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is known for the eternal spring-like quality, but can soar to a blistering 35 degrees at the height of summer.

the local speciality

Majorero cheese, which is fashioned from goat's milk. Eat it with pear to impress the locals.

the celebrity

Less a person, more a massive ocean liner, the SS America ran aground in Fuerteventura in 1994, and you can still see the wreckage.

did you know?

Fuerteventura is a volcanic island, but there hasn't been a massive eruption for at least 4,000 years. You should be safe then.

they say

"Nick Hancock who hosted the They Think it's All Over sports quiz show, and Nick Hancock's Fishing School was in Fuerteventura last week." - www.sunnyfuerteventura.com

5 to see in town...

1. Baku Water Park, Corralejo

It's hot, the sun is blistering down, so what better way to refresh yourself than with a trip to a water park?

where to park?

There's a free car park outside the park.

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2. Oasis Park, Costa Calma

The camel safari is the highlight of this nature park, which hosts more than 200 species of animals.

where to park?

There's no problems parking here - simply use the on-site car park or park for free in the street outside.

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3. Museum Casa del Grano, La Oliva

A cute museum that traces the history of windmills and boasts an impressive stone one of its own.

where to park?

You can park for free on the streets surrounding the museum in the quiet town of La Oliva.

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4. Casa Unamano, Puerto del Rosario

This museum is located in the imposing structure that was once the Hotel Fuerteventura, where Spanish writer Miguel Unamano stayed during his exile on the island.

where to park?

It's easy to find a spot in the streets surrounding the museum.

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5. Avenida Leon y Castillo, Puerto del Rosario

Whether you're browsing or buying, this is the place to go in Fuerteventura - a street choc-a-block with shops, cafes and bars.

where to park?

There are parking bays along the Avenida Leon y Castillo itself, but if you have trouble finding a space there are plenty more in the surrounding streets.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Ajuy

If it's a quaint little fishing village with an impressive beach that you're after, then head here.

how to get there?

From Corralejo head south through La Oliva on to the FV-30. Join the FV-621 and follow signs to Ajuy, a 45-mile drive in total.

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2. Morro Jable Beach

At the southern end of the island is this sandy little number, which matches beach beauty with some pretty spectacular views.

how to get there?

Though the road name changes frequently, from Corralejo you're simply heading south to the opposite end of the island. It should take you about an hour and 45 minutes.

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3. Villa Winter

Lurking down dirt roads in Cofete, this splendid historical villa boasts great views of the surrounding mountains and a couple of conspiracy theories involving Nazis.

how to get there?

From Corralejo head south all the way to the tip of the island, past Morro Jable, and bear right along the coast road, where signs point you to Cotefe. It's a scenic two and a half hour drive.

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4. Corralejo National Park

A little north from the centre of Corralejo is a lovely little national park, which comes complete with a splendid array of sandy hills.

how to get there?

The dunes spread for miles along the coast east of Corralejo. Just follow the FV-1.

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