Canary Islands: Places to Explore

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Fuerteventura

Some of Fuerteventura's towering sand dunes have blown across the sea from the Sahara Desert, 96 km (60 mi) away, and indeed it's not hard to imagine Fuerteventura as a detached piece of Africa. Despite being the second-largest Canary Island, Fuerteventura is the least populous, and tourism is relatively new to its 20,000 inhabitants. Fuerteventura's capital, Puerto del Rosario, has long suffered from an image problem. It used to be called Puerto de Cabra (Goat Port), but the new and improved name has not changed the fact that this is a poor city with little of interest to travelers. The two main resort areas are at the island's far north and south ends. Corralejo, across from Lanzarote, is known for its sand dunes, many miles of which are protected and pristine. The Jandia peninsula on the southern part of the island has dozens of beaches, including one that's 26 km (16 mi) long. It's caught up in a building craze, but there are still miles of virgin coastline left.

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