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Welcome to La Oliva
The town of La Oliva is in the North of Fuerteventura, although not a well known tourist resort it is close by to the popular resort of Corralejo and worth a visit as it is rich in historical and cultural background. It was the political centre of Fuerteventura between the early 17th and mid 19th century and was also once the capital of the island too.
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The Architecture of the village is amazing with typical Canarian town houses white washed and wooden shutters, old buildings dating as far back as the early 17th century, the main church - Parroquiade Nuestra Seiiora de Candelaria, this lovely church has finely carved wooden doors, a mudejar painting, a baroque altar painting by Juan de Miranda (1723-1805), a large painting of The Last Judgement, fine trompe 1'oeil work and a square bell tower which can be seen for miles round.
The town hall is another building that is at present having restoration work done on it. This is probably one of the main tourist attractions in the town - Casa de los Coroneles, or house of colonels! Military governors of the island once resided here. Just above the main entrance of the building you will see a coat of arms which shows a goat, a tree and a crown. There is magnificent wooden carvings in the balconies and it is said to have 365 windows although this could come from the comments from the poor who's opinion regarding the wealth of the people that lived in the house was that they had as many windows as there are days in the year!
The nearest beaches are those in Corralejo, which is about 15 minutes maximum from la Oliva, The beaches in the town of Corralejo are smaller and great for sunbathing but if you want picturesque scenery or water sports then flag beach is the place to go it is popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers. Flag beach is just outside Corralejo town, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and toilets around the beach and life guards patrol the area too! With its crystal clear water and white sand that goes on for miles its no wonder that its neighboring sand dunes and part of this beach is used regularly for photo fashion shoots, TV advertisements, Music Videos and lots more!
The nightlife in La Oliva is non existent other than a few small local bars, Tapas restaurants and cafes you will not find anything else here so again if you are up for an evening out then you will have to go to the nearby resort of Corralejo, here the nightlife mainly centres around the Atlantico Commercial centre that has plenty of bars and restaurants in and surrounding it, this is where to go for a great night out! Whether you are looking to party the night away in one of the many bars or chill in the beautiful square close by listening to the evening entertainment in a variety of lovely restaurants that share this picturesque setting. Or maybe you'd prefer an seafront restaurant and just sit outside and watch the world go by! Whichever you preference you can find it in Corralejo and never be stuck for anything to do in the evening! Alternatively the majority of the main hotels in the resort have brilliant restaurants and a varied entertainment schedule which is perfect for those with the younger families!
Although as an Island Fuerteventura does not contain the usual water parks, zoo's and theme parks as lot of of other holiday destinations do, but it as an immense amount of beautiful land and surrounding ocean, with a national park in the South and lots of history throughout for you to explore!
There are not many Apartments and villas that available to rent for your holiday, in La Oliva although if you stay in the nearby tourist resort of Corralejo you will have a lot more variety - whether you want are looking for a basic property somewhere just to lay your head a night or luxurious with an abundance of facilities! Properties range in size and shape, from studio's or one bedroom apartments, if there are just the two of you to three bedroom - normally sleeping up 8 if your taking the family or going in a big group, or one bedroom villas and bungalows up to 6 bedroom villas!
There are Companies that rent these properties out, but also there is private rentals, where people that have bought the property for holiday homes and when they are not there using it they will rent it out for your exclusive use! Some of these properties can be set in privately owned complexes, where locals live! Most come with communal swimming pools too, and these are normally quieter due to the fact it isn't full of holiday makers and is more residencial. A word of warning though these are quieter and normally better for families or older groups than the young tourists!!!
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