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Planning a short break to Fuerteventura? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Fuerteventura. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Fuerteventura. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

American Star Shipwreck

Located on the tiny beach of Playa de Garcey. Here lays the remains of the American Star, once known as the pride of the United States maritime industry. The ship was sold to the Chaophraya Development Transport company, who planned to take the vessel to Thailand and convert it into a majestical floating hotel

Unfortunately due to a poor decision made regarding the towing route and rough seas, the ship beached itself onto Playa de Garcey. Two days after being stranded, the ship split into two and today remains one of the most visited tourist attractions in the area.

La Lajita Zoo

Located in the small fisherman's village of La Lajita, situated on the east coast of Fuerteventura. The zoo is in actual fact known as the Oasis de Los Camellos, due to the number of camels on view. The zoo also offers a small selection of other animals, as well as camel safari's and horse rides. Also available for entertainment is the most amazing parrot shows. The zoo also features a gorgeous little bar, situated under the shade of majestical palm trees.

Opening hours are daily 9am - 7:30pm.

Islote de Lobos Nature Reserve

The reserve can be reached via a short boat ride from Corralejo, and offers its visitors an ambience of total beauty, relaxation and peace. Lobos offers the most amazing views of Fuerteventura and the perfect opportunity to see an awesome selection of plants and birds which cannot be found any where else on earth. The reserve features paths on which visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll or an energetic cycle.

Betancuria

The former capital of Fuerteventura is located in a beautiful valley, right next to a dried up stream which was flowing blissfully until the 16th century. The town was founded by Jean de Behtencourt in 1405, and remains one of the greatest tourist attractions in Spain. The location was intended to protect the capital from pirate attacks, but sadly was demolished to mere rubble and ash by a pirate named Jaban in 1593. The town is littered with historical places to visit, including churches and museums. A specific highlight of the town is the Casa Santa Maria, a place where you can watch the locals at work, whilst they make their handcrafts.

Rosie O' Grady's

The oldest and finest restaurant was established in 1995 and is still running strong. The restaurant also features the friendliest Irish bar in the area. The menu includes a great selection of mouth-watering home cooked dishes and entertainment available is live music, which is featured every night, as well as satellite TV. The restaurant is open from 6:30pm and only closes late at night, depending on how busy it is. Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: (0034) 928 867 563.

Gibson's

The restaurant / bar is located in the town of Corralejo and has become one of the best dining spots in the area. The restaurant features a large menu, ranging from the traditional fish and chips to delicious traditional Mexican and Indian dishes. The restaurant is a true believer in delivering excellent service and therefore also features a large variety of vegetarian dishes, thus catering for the individual needs of all their visitors. The restaurant also features a lovely outside terrace, which allows visitors to enjoy the soothing smell of fresh air, whilst enjoying the ultimate dining extravagance.

The restaurant is open daily from 4:00pm until late.

Occidental Grand Fuerteventura

The hotel is located on the doorstep of the Playa de Butihondo beach and is situated only 4 km from Morro Jable. The resort absolutely oozes luxury. It is surrounded by the awe inspiring beauty of the Canary Islands and offers the most exuberant views of the ocean.

The hotel features luxury facilities such as 5 swimming pools, 2 tennis courts, massage rooms, shuffleboard, table tennis, a gym featuring a sauna and an exclusive children's club, to name only a few from a very long list. As if that is not enough, the hotel also has a private nudist area equipped with a pool, a Jacuzzi, massage rooms, solarium, a sauna and a bar. The 771 rooms which are available feature a lovely terrace, most of them offering gorgeous ocean views. Other facilities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar, a safety deposit box and in the Royal Club apartments you will find the exclusivity of a Hydromassage bath.

For more information visit the website fuerteventura.iberialodging.com, and click on the featured hotel.

Sol Jandia Mar Hotel

The hotel is located a few meters from the beach and is situated right next to the tourist center of Jandia. The hotel features a beautiful interior and has the ultimate holiday atmosphere. It is equipped with 294 double rooms, featuring a gorgeous terrace, which offers magnificent ocean views and gutted with modernised equipment. These include items such as a safety deposit box, a minibar, piped music, air-conditioning and satellite TV.

The hotel features 2 beautiful outdoor swimming pools, which are surrounded by lovely gardens and terraces. Other facilities that are available include a currency exchange, a pool bar, an entertainment area, washing machines, a supermarket and a restaurant.

For more information visit the website fuerteventura.iberialodging.com, and click on the featured hotel.

Fuerteventura Kite Festival

This joyous festival, which brings happiness to the hearts of participants and bystanders alike, has been colouring the skies of Fuerteventura since 1987. The festival is held yearly on the weekend closest to the 8th of September and lasts for three days. It takes place on the beach of La Playa del Burro.

The festival kicks off on the Friday, where participants can enjoy the experience of free-fly for the entire day. On Saturday morning it is time for the more experienced kiters to show off their talents and after supper, visitors are in for the ultimate treat - a breath-taking night display of beautifully lit kites on the beach. The festival is ended off in grand style with many activities to entertain the kids, including teddy bears parachuting, dropping tasty treats from the heavens. Once night falls, dinner is served and followed by a stunning fireworks display.

Sailing

One of the many treats of visiting the Canary Islands is the experience of ultimate relaxation upon a sailing boat. The Islands is blessed with a lovely tropical climate, which rarely drops below 18°C during winter and climbs higher than 24°C in the summer.

There are various island homes to visit, although those not so skilled in the sailing department, can opt for the tiny uncrowded fishing harbours of Los Lobos and Lanzarote.

The serene beauty of the crystal clear Atlantic offers the most extravagant opportunity to view marine life such as whales, dolphins, porpoises and loggerhead turtles. Another highlight is the opportunity to see flying fish skim the waves as you sail into the sunset.

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