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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2009
We used this book for our recent trip to Fuerteventura, and found it very informative - tho, being a small guide and mainly for walking trips don't expect great detail, history etc.etc. that you may get in city guides.
However, for walks and driving tours, it was extremely useful, giving good detailed instructions and some small background details - and locations of petrol stations!
We also used it for a trip to Lanzarote in the car, which worked out very well indeed, taking us to a great many sights and places of interest we may not have found on our own.
This book had been recommended by users on the Fuerteventura forum website, and I can see why. A nice little guide to seeing the sights by car or by foot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2011
I have just come back from Ferteventura and this Sunflower travel guide was of great assistance to me exploring the island. I also used a free update service from their website as there has been a lot of development recently in the areas where some routes start and end. The selection of the walks in the book is very good covering not only popular tourists destinations on the northern and southern coastline but also the central region of the island. In addition, the descriptions of the routes on the neighbouring islands of Lobos and Lanzarote are very helpful as they can easily be reached by sea from the port in Corralejo. I found the book very practical with detailed instructions and accurate maps. It was important for me that every route in the guide has a general overview including the information on distance, difficulty and transport what made planning of the walks easier. I did walks 4, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18 using the public bus service which is reliable and cheap and enjoyed all of them. For those who do not like the idea to complete a strenuous route 17 to see a famous remote Playa de Cofete I highly recommend walk 14 over the Pared isthmus. It is an easy short route crossing the island in its narrowest part and allowing to get impressed by the wild scenery of the western coast completely different to main tourist resorts.
This excellent guide will definitely bring variety to your beach holiday on Fuerteventura.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2010
Based in Corralejo for the week, did 5 walks all convenient from town/using public buses and in case of excellent lobos island walk 1, local boat.
Walk 2 el Cotillo - only so-so as road now macadamed
Walk 3 Lajares - brilliant
walk 4 el cotillo - pleasant
walk 5 hard going up with no path but v good
walk 6 strenuous but well worth it.
Walks all thus very accessible and relatively easy to follow.
A quality (and very cheap) week's walking.
Recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2009
Having been introduced to Noel Rochford's Sunflower Landscapes series of walking books on a trip to Corsica several years ago, we now look out for one of these whenever we go on holiday. This one, on Fuerteventura, lived up to our expectations as a useful, practical, accurate and enetertaining walking companion. We were based in Corralejo, so only sampled the walks in the northern half of the island. These included an enchanting day on the Island of Lobos (not to be missed) walks along the coast from El Cotillo and the Faro de Toston, and a walk up the impressive Caldero Hondo. Walks are all graded, so you can choose ones to suit your energy and fitness levels and the longer walks often have shorter variations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2013
The version we got from the library was a bit out of date but we found much of the information was still valid and applied to what we wanted it for, which was mainly walking. We did the following walks:

14 Sand Encrusted cliffs of the Pared Isthmus
15 The Dunes of Pared Isthmus
16 Pico de la Zarza

Even though we only went on 3 walks, we used this book a lot and I found it a refreshing change from the heavier travel-tombs we normally take. It is bite-size, easy to use and to the point. Such as advice on pests, clothing and weather, pictures of flora & fauna to watch out for on walks as well as some useful phrases thrown in were valuable even if you don't use the walks/drives.

Being able to walk up to and be dwarfed by the wind turbines was very special, we probably wouldn't have ventured further without this book and had we not we would have missed out on the stunning sea-scape on the west side with the "pounding surf." We made an informed decision not to try and cycle to the peninsula because of advice about the roughness of the road, which may have seen us otherwise making a bad decision and being stranded with a puncture.

We did get lost on the Isthmus on the way back, I think we took a wrong path as all the tracks seemed to go across us instead of directly back to town, so it was a bit of a trudge in the heat. I think there must be new tracks made by camels and sand buggies since this older version was written, although there weren't many signposts to be seen.

The only minor gripe, because it is mainly text, it is easy to lose track when of where you are on the page and you have to keep re-reading paragraphs (note: take a little post-it note to mark the paragraph).

I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2013
We did two walks from the book - walked out from Caletta - the restaurant was great! Fortunately we had enough cash to pay! Don't take cards. Noel must jog down these walks - we never found the beach at the end - what seemed like hours slogging across semi desert didn't get us there!
We got the bus to Morra Jable south end of island 8 euros each - takes hours. Bus driver wouldnt stop until the big shopping area so a long walk to start of walk :-((
Set off up the beach - much harder work across scree fields in the surf - glad we took boots with us! Again we seemed to walk for hours past the naked Germans. Had a sandwich and realised we weren't going to get to the bus stop in time as Noel again must have been fell running on the flat! As the main road has been uprated recently, at last one of the bus stops doesn't exist - error between the two maps of the area Luckily, my wife thumbed us a lift back to civilisation. I had vision of us being out there in the dark! As Noel says a car or friends are the way to do this walk - as we nearly found out to our detriment!
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...if only the weather had co-operated! We would have more walking, but with Fuerteventura being so windy it's hard to make plans, not to mention to be willing to strike out for long walks in the exposed countryside. A lot of walks described here are one-way and dependent on public transport, so those of us with a car could only do half the walk and then had to double back. The book did however take us to some lovely palm oases, quiet picnic spots, spectacular seaside settings and 'off the beaten track' places not mentioned in most guidebooks such as the ruined church near Betancuria. So although we didn't do hardly any walks from the book it did help us discover a lot of the countryside. We disagreed with lyrical description of the shore between Majanicho and El Cotillo: we were disappointed to find it flat, featureless and not at all remote despite the rough road; with the tide out, the sea was inaccessible across the rocks and what little sand could be found gave off a nasty pong. We especially enjoyed however the walk through the palms and down the gorge to the chapel near Vega del Rio Palma plus the coastline north of Ajuy (the weathered sandstone, huge cave and remote Playa del Jurado - although the rock window there has collapsed). No doubt the new 5th edition is up to date but we had no problems using the 4th edition. I felt Los Molinos deserved a walk but it's only mentioned as a detour on one of the drives, so we only scrambled around the cliffs a bit without knowing whether it was worth heading further along.
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on 2 March 2014
A must for any visitor to this and many other destinations the Sunflower guides have been our companions for many years: indeed we usually base our trips on where they cover.
Describing car tours, picnics spots and a great choice of long and short, varied walks, for all abilities these handy guides will take you off the beaten track to "secret" corners seldom visited by others where, quite often, no other guides are readily available. They cover a little of the flora and fauna you can hope to see, too, as well as public transport options, where to stay, when to go etc.
In general, the walk notes are detailed enough, when used with the maps provided, to almost guarantee not getting lost!.The best feature is the free online update service to the current edition, written by users, to give future visitors fore warning of changes on the ground(quite common), errors in text (rare) or useful hints on route finding or travel and other walking options available. Do ensure you visit the Sunflower website and print a copy to take with you to check your chosen walk before setting off. Fuerteventura, for instance, now has a way marked footpath running its full length which we linked up with Noel's routes, to tailor make our holiday and open up far more walking routes linked in to bus routes than we thought was possible.
So pack your boots and a Sunflower guide and go and explore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2010
A very useful and detailed guide with stunning walks of varying lengths plus shorter alternatives in that area. The difficulty of the terrain, the equipment needed and the likely time taken are given. (It always took longer!). The car drives give an excellent overview of a fascinating island - not all beaches and people! An update of the book would be useful though likely changes of route due to development are noted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
Although marketed as a walking book, this includes car tours and more. It gives insight to the island's geography and history. I cannot walk too far, but found lots of really lovely short walks, ideal for picnicking. Tips on beaches, villages and restaurants are also good. It's written by a real enthusiast and this shows through.
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