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The Canarian island of Fuerteventura is renowned for its sunny weather and gorgeous beaches. As well as being the perfect place to lie back and relax, it’s also a stunning place to go sightseeing or engage in some sport in the fresh air.
Oasis Park is the largest wildlife reserve in Europe. There are hundreds of animals to see in the island’s one million square-metre park. Visitors can watch the soaring giraffes in the African Savanna Zone, see the splashing frolics of sea lions, explore the lushness of a southern Madagascar rainforest with lemurs, or travel by camel across the sand dunes.
As well as viewing some of the endangered animal species in the reserve, Oasis Park Fuerteventura also has an epic plant collection, where you can see some of the largest cacti in Europe.
You can also check out Montaña de Tindaya, also known as the Sacred Mountain. The pre-colonial inhabitants of the islands considered the area holy and it still radiates serenity to this day.
Nautically minded travellers could set sail for Lobos Island and the Strait of La Bocaina. There’s a four-hour tour leaving at 11am, where you can travel in a glass-bottomed catamaran to view the ocean as you glide through the waves. Lunch is served as part of the ticket price.
The more adventurous can take a ride in a dune buggy. Though you’ll look like something out of Mad Max, you’ll actually get to enjoy the peaceful silence of the dunes, exploring the most beautiful wilderness spots of the island. Or you can take a quad safari while you look at the animals, plants and landscapes.
Sports and fitness
Fuerteventura is a great for holidaymakers looking to work on their beach bodies while they’re there. The island’s beaches have the perfect weather conditions for surfing, kite surfing, paddle-boarding and swimming.
For those who’ve never surfed before, there are of course lessons to be had, in groups of up to four.
Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real’s beach club and lounge, Coco Bahía, offers yoga and Pilates classes on the ‘chill-out’ terrace overlooking the sea. With minimalist purple and white décor, comfy Balinese beds and relaxing ambient music, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a freshly prepared healthy snack including salads and energising smoothies post-workout.
For those who fancy a spot of tennis, you can try Tennis College Fuerteventura or padel tennis at Corralejo Padel Club. Papagayo Fitness Center is a local pay-as-go gym for those who want to work out while still on holiday.
Fancy an escape room? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Who said holiday had to be lying by the pool? Or you can even try go-karting at Gran Karting Fuerteventura or hop on a segway at Segway Tours El Cotillo.
For more information, check out visitfuerteventura.es.