Outside the town the terrain is almost desert-like as you travel the 25 miles north to the stunning Sand Dunes National Park near Corralejo. The north of the island is fringed with beautiful white sandy beaches and from Corralejo you can get a ferry trip to the island nature reserve of Los Lobos where no one has lived since the 80s and which is now home to the greatest concentration of bird species in the Canaries.
West of Puerto del Rosario on the FV-20 you’ll find the small town of Betancuria, much more traditional in feel to the coastal towns, this is where you’ll see the typical Canaries lifestyle of yesteryear.
Travelling north on the FV-207 you’ll pass alongside the mountainous centre of the island and an almost uninhabited region. Eventually this road will arrive in Corralejo but by a more picturesque and quieter route. South of Betancuria the FV-30 passes Cofete, the site of a beautiful villa, Villa Winter, built by an Englishman on land donated as a gift by General Franco.