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Shopping


Due to a special agreement with the European Union, the entire Canary Islands are a duty-free area which means that shopping for alcohol, tobacco, perfume and much more are popular pastimes for visitors to Fuerteventura. Although the island doesn't have the same concentration of shops as the more developed Canarian destinations, like Gran Canaria and Tenerife, there are still some decent shopping venues in the tourist centres of Fuerteventura.

The main resort town of Caleta de Fuste has the enormous Atlantico shopping centre with the usual chain stores found in large European cities. The resort of Puerto del Rosario has the island's largest shopping centre - Las Rotondas - with over 100,000 square feet (30,000 square metres) of retail space. Away from the glitzy, generic world of the shopping malls are the markets where Fuerteventura reveals some its personality. The markets of Corralejo, Caleta, Morro Jable and Costa Calma are worth browsing for fresh produce, pottery and textiles.

Shopping centres on Fuerteventura tend to have tiny entrances to combat the strong dusty winds which blow through town, so don't be fooled by small doors! You should bring your passport with you when paying by credit or debit card. Shops tend to open from 10am to 10pm, with smaller stores closing over lunch for siesta.

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