Central Fuerteventura offers the most geographically diverse landscapes on this overwhelmingly desert-covered island. The soaring mountains of the Parque Natural de Betancuria are contrasted in the south with the wadi-style palm-tree oasis of the Vega de Río Palmas. The west and east coasts are characterised by rocky cliffs interspersed with small black-pebble beaches and simple fishing hamlets.
In further contrast, the central copper-coloured plains around Antigua are dotted with old windmills dating back a couple of centuries. It is the sort of landscape that makes you wish you had invested in that wide-angle camera lens. This area has some of the most scenic drives on the island, particularly around Betancuria and Tefía.