F = Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is one of my favourite places for a holiday. It's the second largest of the Canary Islands, and has a long and interesting history, and of course all one needs for a holiday: sun (the sunniest of all the islands), fantastic beaches (152 - 50 km with fine, white sand and 25 km of black volcanic shingle), lovely food (shrimps in garlic oil is one of my favourites), great temperatures (it rarely falls below 18 C).
Villa Winter is one of the interesting places to visit on the island. It's a lonely place on the south-west coast. One can only reach it on a bumby road which is very dusty!
Don Gustavo (a German engineer called Gustav Winter) built the place, when the southern parts of Fuerteventura was declared a military zone after Hitler "helped" Franco in the Civil War in Spain.
It's said that the villa was built by war prisoners (there is a mysterious cemetry near by), that there were plans to build a submarine base in the village, that Nazis sailed from the small harbour over to South America after the 2nd World War - and a lot of other stories. I don't know what's true, but I've been there, and the villa is still there, and there's the most fantastic beach there. Well worth a visit.
My favourite place on the island is a small fishing village called Morro Jable. a beautiful beach there as well, some 30 km long. Parts of this beach is called Playa Esmeralda and is one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Of course I had to make a fabric postcard from Morro Jable!
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