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Corralejo Natural Park Photo: Shutterstock
Corralejo Natural Park Photo: Shutterstock

When in: Fuerteventura

With a stunning “otherworldly” landscape that made it an obvious location choice for the upcoming Han Solo movie, and fabulous beaches, the oldest and second largest of the Canary Islands has much to offer.

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Surf’s up

The island’s name translates as “strong wind,” so it is no surprise to hear that surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing are hugely popular pastimes here for locals and holidaymakers alike. It’s not unusual in fact to see more people in or on the water than lying on the beach.

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Life’s a beach

If surfing sounds like too much effort, just lie back and enjoy one of the many superb beaches on the island. El Cortillo, flanked by lagoons, is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

El Cortillo

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Corralejo, Spain

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Corralejo National Park

Corralejo National Park on the northern tip of the island boasts an 11km-long beach with enormous sand dunes flanked by the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For the more daring, it is also famous for nude bathing.

Corralejo National Park

Corralejo Natural Park, La Oliva, Las Palmas, Spain

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Puerto del Rosario

Until recently there were more goats on the island than people. Indeed, the capital city, known today as Puerto del Rosario, was called Puerto Cabras (Port of Goats) for many years. Naturally, goat is a local specialty, but if you do want to sample it, try to book ahead. And, of course goat cheese is a ubiquitous treat not to be missed!

Puerto del Rosario

Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain

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Caves of Ajuy

Like its neighbors in the Canary Islands, much of the landscape on the island is volcanic. A great place to explore its geology is the former smugglers’ caves at Ajuy, which were once the secret hideouts of pirates.It was along these rocky shores that Jean de Béthencourt dropped anchor when he first arrived in 1402.

Caves of Ajuy

35628 Jandia, Las Palmas, Spain

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