This is one of the more volcanic islands, created in the 1730s when over 100 volcanoes erupted to create widespread devastation. However, despite its pock-marked lunar surface, the island manages to grow much produce.

The majority of the beaches are black volcanic sand, although there are a few lovely white beaches such as Playa Blanca, an attractive resort on the south coast, where the road ends. There are a few good hotels at this resort, and Fred Olsen’s ‘Bocayna Express’, takes only 12 minutes from Playa Blanca to Fuerteventura.

Further along the coast is the more commercialised resort of Playa del Carmen, with its 3-mile long golden beach, and an old town with a small harbour just west of the beach.

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