In 2009, the beautiful island of Fuerteventura was given the UNESCO status of Biosphere Reserve, not only for its unique setting and wildlife conservation projects, but also for its rich architectural history. Other Biosphere Reserves around the world are characterised by their sustainable development programs across the local regions, so it’s no wonder why the island of Fuerteventura remains one of the most inhabitable places for wildlife in the Mediterranean.
From its long beaches to its low cliffs, this island is a haven for vast numbers of exotic birds, as well as rare plants and insects. On the west on the island, the coast line stretches for over one hundred kilometres, offering crystal blue waters and landscapes of untouched natural beauty. Birds such as the Egyptian vulture have found sanctuary on Fuerteventura, and hopefully over the next few decades, so will many other animals.
The Mammals of Fuerteventura
Truth be told, when it comes to the island’s mammals, there isn’t actually supposed to be any! Most of the mammals on the island have been accidentally introduced into the ecosystem, and from goats to donkeys, and even camels, the island isn’t their natural habitat. Over hundreds of years, farmers, shepherds, and a variety of other locals have introduced these mammals to Fuerteventura, with a view to creating a sustainable food source.
When visiting the island, don’t be surprised if you see lots of shepherds with their flock of goats seamlessly roaming the island. In some parts, they actually take priority on the roads over motor vehicles! Thanks to these animals’ bi-products – namely excrement – the land is extremely fertile, and the grass and trees continue to sustain the vibrant bird population.
Protected Wildlife Parks
There are many areas of the island that are protected from poachers, including 13 sanctuary parks. Over 50 per cent of Fuerteventura has been given conservation status, and this allows the animal environment to flourish, which is very beneficial for tourism. Furthermore, there are plans to build a national park on the island, with a view to provide more protection to the leatherback and loggerhead turtles that lay their eggs on the shoreline.
The island’s wildlife agency, that receives funding from the mainland, has outlined plans to increase the numbers of these turtles along the west coast. From artificial nesting grounds to mating pools, the aim is to install trust into the female turtles, to encourage them to continue coming back to the island. If you’re thinking about travelling to Fuerteventura, be sure to check cheap flights to get the best deals on Fuerteventura flights.
Did you know that the ocean just of the island’s shoreline is nearly one kilometre deep? When it comes to measurements, this is pretty shallow compared to the rest of the ocean, allowing a variety of marine life to call the coastline home. The rich currents are full of nutrients, which attract many different species of tropical fish. Sperm whales and pods of dolphins are regularly seen just of the coast, and the wildlife agency also wants to increase poacher patrols around these areas to protect such amazing sea life.
Hotels to choose from in Fuerteventura
Blue Sea Dunas Caleta Club, Corralejo
Like all the hotels here, the Blue Sea Dunas Club is close to a stunning beach. Accommodation is apartment style and each has a balcony or terrace. Within the complex are a swimming pool, sun terrace, children’s pool and playground, buffet restaurant and sauna. It is a great base from which to explore the island.
Barcell Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa, Costa Caleto This is a luxurious choice, with its own thalassotherapy centre, two swimming pools, a sun terrace, two restaurants, a bar, tennis court and paddle tennis court. All rooms have a balcony or terrace and the superior rooms offer extra luxuries and a sea view. For families, there is a hotel-run kids club and a children’s pool and play area.
Barcell Jandia Club Premium, Jandia
For adults only, this complex is set on the hillside within the lush gardens of the Barcell Jandia Playa Hotel. It is the perfect place for couples who are happy not to share the gorgeous spa, circular pool and whirlpool or the evening lounge bar with rowdy youngsters. Rooms are tranquil with balconies or terraces. The beautiful Jandia beach is only a few hundred metres away. Going in for these hotels can drive up the cost of your holiday and it often works in your favour to try and save as much as possible on your flights to Fuerteventura by using online comparison sites.
The Hotel Costa Caleta
The only hotel here to offer all inclusive deals, this hotel has a stunning rooftop pool and two other larger pools, a pleasant decking area and bright, comfortable rooms. The beach is only 400m away.
Elba Carlota, Costa Caleta
One of two Elba hotels to make it to this list, this one is opposite a white sandy beach with wonderful sea views and a gorgeous pool. It is also next to an 18-hole golf course.
Elba Castillo San Jorge and Antigua
Another Elba hotel and also in Costa Caleta, this one is in a quieter spot, overlooking the bay of Calete da Fuste, a great location for water sports. Self-catering apartments and full board are both available.
Aparthotel Broncemar Beach, Costa Caleta A village-style complex of large self-catering apartments is a popular choice for both families and couples. It is only 300m from the beach and has two swimming pools, a sun terrace, poolside snack bar and buffet restaurant with two themed evenings per week.
Oasis Village, Correlajo
This is a complex of apartments in a quiet location. The rooms are modern and comfortable and you can enjoy lots of organised events for both children and adults, such as a weekly barbecue evening as well as the two swimming pools and great poolside bar.
Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort, Corralejo Set in a quiet location, this hotel complex has a village feel and is another ideal resort for active adults and families. It has a number of swimming pools, with one for adults only. Activities include volleyball and basketball. There is even an indoor theatre here.
R2 Rio Calma, Costa Calma
The R2 Rio Calma nestles amongst beautiful botanical gardens and has a spectacular sea view. A two-tiered infinity pool gives you the illusion of swimming in the Atlantic. Try the impressive Roman style spa with hydro massage pool, whirlpool, Turkish baths, saunas and massage and beauty treatments. Choose from the main buffet restaurant or the a la carte restaurant for classic Canarian dishes.