Fuerteventura's biggest attractions are undoubtedly its beaches and year-round sunshine. But the island offers plenty of things to do and places to visit away from the seafront - there are historic sites and museums, volcanic landscapes to explore, traditional restaurants to enjoy and a good range of sporting activities.
The island's capital, Puerto Rosario, is a picturesque small town on the east coast with typical Canarian architecture. Nearly a third of the island's 70,000 strong population lives here. There are good beaches either side of the town and you can take a ferry to the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, the "Land of the Volcanoes".
The original capital, Betancuria on the western side of the island, has just a few hundred inhabitants but is worth a visit for its historic interest. The land in this area is especially fertile which probably explains why the island's original inhabitants, the Guanches, established their most important settlement here. Remains of this prehistoric civilization can be seen in the town's Archaeological Museum.
The cathedral was built in 1410 and has some beautiful Moorish features and painted choir stalls made from Canarian pine wood. The Museum of Sacred Art contains some valuable religious art, gold and silverware.
A couple of kilometres to the north of the town you'll find the Mirador de Morro Velosa viewpoint which gives breathtaking views across the island's extraordinary landscape.
Much of Fuerteventura consists of protected natural parks such as Corralejo Nature Reserve in the north of the island where you'll find a large area of sand dunes, a lavascape and the volcanic cone of Montaña Roja.
Explore the volcanic hills and plains of the interior on an organised jeep safari or hire a 4x4 and go it alone.
You can take a 15-minute boat ride from Corralejo in the north to the deserted island of Los Lobos where 130 different species of plants and animals flourish. Go by glass-bottomed boat and you'll be able to see the reefs and wealth of marine life on the way.
At the other end of the island in Jandia you can take part in the popular Camel Safari which involves a camel ride, a visit to the zoo and a traditional Canarian lunch.
You'll find the hotels and restaurants in the main resort areas cater for international tastes but try to sample the local fare while you're out and about exploring the island.
The emphasis is on fresh fish and local produce at traditional restaurants where you can try specialties 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 Amercian 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.
For sports enthusiasts there's an 18-hole course at Caleta de Fuste, several tennis clubs around the island and riding schools which cater for beginners and experienced riders.
Birdwatchers will enjoy a day on the trail of the many different species which either live here or stop off on their migratory route - the endemic houbara bustard, Egyptian vultures, kestrels, hoopoes and flamingoes to name but a few.