The Canaries are a generally great place to visit to get away from the bad and cold winter weather. I was on holiday in Costa Calma in Fuerteventura, I did a lot of relaxing on the beach and chilling by the pool. I also explored the various other beaches dotted around the Island and did various other excursions. The one day I even went on a boat to one of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote. I also had a look at one of the other smaller islands nearer to Fuerteventura, which is the Lobos Island. As a matter of fact, all the Canaries are relatively close together, and you can Island hop between them using a high speed ferry which operates between them. That’s if you can wean yourself away from some of the beautiful beaches in Costa Calma or the rest of the island of Fuerteventura. Costa Calma was also a winner of the 2013 HolidayCheck Destination Award.
Things to do in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura Oasis Park
Whilst I was in Fuerteventura, I thought I would give the Oasis park a visit. It’s a large animal park, with over 300 animals and 250 different species. There are also various different tropical plants, cactus and a Botanical garden. A couple of the animals here are flamingos, Lemurs, parrots, cheetahs elephants and several different types of reptile and bird of prey. Entrance into the zoo is different for residents of the island to non-residents, which I found a little bit negative, as its implying we are taking advantage of tourists here. I paid 25 euros for one adult ticket to gain entry into the zoo, and I also went on the camel safari, which was also pretty cool. The park has the largest reserve of camels in Europe, and the scenery on this camel ride was also spectacular. This was 10 euros extra on top of the park ticket though. Another cool thing they do here is the interaction with sea lions, where you can get in the pool with the sea lions. This was also 30 euros extra on top of the ticket, however I didn’t do this, despite it being quite a unique thing to do. The do have live shows featuring sea lions, reptiles and various birds, which came with entrance to the zoo. You can usually find timetables for this by the zoo entrance and ticket offices.
I arranged an excursion from my hotel to go visit the Lobos Island which is about a 15-20 minute boat ride away from the Corralejo harbor in the north of the island. The island is actually home to a small lake as well but the whole landscape of the island is quite desolate due to low levels of rainfall, which is one of the reasons the Canaries are popular for beach holidays. The tour guide did also mention, that the islands name originally came from the large amount of monk seals that used to live here, but now there are only a few remaining because they were over hunted. We didn’t see any whilst we were touring the island, or on the approach with the boat. There is no permanent human dwellings on this island, because it is a protected nature reserve.