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Visit The Parque Natural de las Dunas

September 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Activities, Attractions

The island of Fuerteventura is prone to strong winds, as its Spanish name implies, and as well as providing great opportunities for wind and kite surfing it has also created some amazing geological sites, the best of which can be found on the northeast corner of the island.

The beach at Corralejo is the location of one of the largest areas of sand dunes in Europe.  They stretch along the coastline for over six miles and extend a mile inland.  They are so unique that they have been protected since 1994 when the Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo was created.

Sand dunes are fragile and prone to erosion, so this state protection was very necessary, especially for the many rare species of flora that are found here and on the adjacent island of Lobos.  These two protected areas are well known for being home to a colony of vultures.

The sand is a dazzling white and in parts it is said to resemble the Sahara Desert.

The dunes lie just behind the small resort of Corralejo, once a fishing village but now a popular holiday centre.  The resort itself is a lively little place, with plenty of accommodation and, somewhat surprisingly, there are two large hotels within the park which were there before the area was designated as being worthy of protection.

Every beach in the Parque Natural has something different to offer, and sports enthusiasts can enjoy surfing, kite boarding and windsurfing.  Every year there is a kite flying festival which attracts kite flyers from all over Europe.

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