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What’s It Like?

As the second largest island in the whole Canarian archipelago, but with a population around half the size of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura is, as you would expect, predominantly unspoiled.

Like Lanzarote, the countryside is still arid and volcanic, but the scenery is altogether gentler, with none of the dramatic lava scapes of Timanfaya. This is because the eruptions on Lanzarote occurred far more recently, whilst here the passage of time has eroded the volcanic peaks.

Mother nature still runs the show though, with the vast majority of the island remaining as she intended.

Despite the fact that Fuerteventura is the oldest Canary Island, with her first outcrops dating back some 17 million years, tourism developed much later here than elsewhere in Spain.

As a result you won’t find the usual water parks, themed attractions and zoo’s prevalent elsewhere. Instead, this island’s attractions are all natural, with pristine scenery and virgin vistas making it the natural choice for those who want to experience the perfect peace and serene solitude that is Fuerteventura’s hallmark.

Fuerteventura boasts three National Parks, one Rural Park, six Natural Monuments, two Protected Landscapes and one area of Scientific Interest.

Tourism is concentrated around Corralejo in the north and Jandia in the south. As a result of the islands size the ambit of any day trip is likely to be restricted to Corralejo and the surrounding areas, such as the Dunas National Park and pretty little inland villages such as La Oliva.

Things To Do

The main attraction for most day-trippers is the incredible 10km strip known as Flag Beach bordering on the Dunes National Park.

Probably the most famous of all of Fuerteventura’s natural attractions, the Dunes are just outside Corralejo and are like stepping into the Sahara.

The National Park essentially comprises 2,400 hectares of continually shifting sands, as the dunes themselves move and change on a daily basis due to the influence of the almost constant strong winds coming in from the North and North East.

Surprisingly perhaps this area is home to a surprising assortment of well-adapted flora and fauna such as lichens and plants like tree tobacco (nicotina glauca) and over a hundred different species of invertebrates such as lizards and geckos.

Take some water and sun protection and lose yourself in the desert or hook up with a camel train for that real Lawrence of Arabia experience.

Getting Around

Most people tend to take vehicles on the ferries, although if you’re hiring a car, you will need to check that you are allowed to take it to the other islands.

If you’re on foot then you will need to take a taxi to the Dunes National Park. The lack of landmarks here can make arranging the return pick-up interesting.

For more info go to :

Lanzarote Guidebook