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Things to Do on Fuerteventura- Beaches, ship wrecks, history, volcanic remains

The island of Fuerteventura offers much more than just Sunshine and beaches as it is well known for Spain holidays. Away from the seafront are many activities to enjoy. There are many historic sites and museums as well as volcanic remnants to explore. Inland you can find traditional restaurants and many more sporting activities.

Puerto Rosario is the island's capital and although a small town is home to over one third of the 70,000 population of the island. Apart from it usual good beaches you can take the ferry from here to the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

On the western side of the island is the original capital, Betancuria which has only a few hundred inhabitants now. The island's original inhabitants, the Guanches, most probably settled here due to the fertile land. In the towns Archaeological Museum you can view the remains of the prehistoric civilization. The towns cathedral was built in 1410 and features some beautiful Moorish architecture designs.

Just north of Betancuria is the Mirador de Morro Velosa, a viewpoint offering breathtaking views of the island's beautiful landscape. Much of the islands landscape is protected as natural parks such as Corralejo Nature Reserve in the north where you will also see the volcanic cone of Montaña Roja. You can explore the interior also by an organized safari or a 4 x 4 and go it alone.

Another venture worth while is a glass bottom boat trip from Corralejo to the desert island of Los Lobos where you will see all of the different sealife on the way and on the island over 130 different species of plants.

For a totally different treat, venture to the other end of the island to Jandia and the popular Camel Safari for a camel ride and a traditional Canarian lunch.

The islands emphasis is on fresh fish and local produce at traditional restaurants is a definite, where you can try specialities such as braised baby goat, sancocho de pescado (a fish soup made with sweet potato) and puchero Canario (a hugely filling local stew with mixed meat and vegetables).

An interesting day out is to visit the wreck of the American Star on the remote west coast beach of Playa de Garcy. The ship, once the pride of the United States maritime industry, was wrecked in a storm on its way to Thailand where it was to have been converted into a floating hotel. The Cafeteria del Naufragio (Shipwreck Café) in Puerto del Rosario is completely fitted out with windows, doors, panelling and furniture from this once splendid ship.

When you choose to stay in Holiday Rentals in Spain, other island activities are available including the well known golf course Caleta de Fuste as well as tennis clubs and riding schools. Birdwatchers can enjoy a day out viewing birds on their migratory trail. Some of these are the likes of the endemic houbara bustard, Egyptian vultures, kestrels, hoopoes and flamingoes to name but a few.