The greatest value of Fuerteventura is its nature and the beauty of its landscape. Declared Biosphere Reserve for the entire island territory by UNESCO, it also has numerous protections to safeguard its most precious attractive, the unique natural environment that characterizes the island. Natural Parks, Natural Monuments, Sites of Scientific Interest or Protected Landscapes across the island contribute to the preservation of the environment for residents and visitors to enjoy a wild and unspoiled island. Here we mention, from north to south, the six natural monuments you should know:
Natural Monument of “Malpaís de La Arena”
Emerged from volcanic eruptions about ten thousand years ago, it’s defined as a place of scientific, geological, geomorphological interest and of high aesthetic value. It has the largest populations of Canary Islands Stonechat, a small endemic bird of the island, and unique plants such as spurge or lichens.
Natural Monument of “Tindaya” Mountain
It is one of the most emblematic elements of Fuerteventura’s landscape, for its geological, scientific, archaeological and cultural interest. It houses rare endemic species, and on its summit there are more than 300 “podomorfos”, engraved footprints of aboriginals that inhabited the island before the conquest.
Natural Monument “Caldera de Gairía”
This is a volcanic cone, result of a recent eruption of great botanical interest as, despite its aridity, it has significant populations of spurge. Moreover, the inside of the caldera holds archaeological sites.
Natural Monument of “Ajuy”
Located within the Rural Park of Betancuria, its main interest lies in the vast repository of ancient fossil materials: ocean sediments and extinct marine animals. The caves of Ajuy, apart from its enormous scientific and geological interest, are a corner of very great scenic beauty.
Natural Monument “Los Cuchillos de Vigán”
It consists of crags of incredible beauty and uniqueness that house the Egyptian vulture, the osprey and the Barbary falcon. It also has samples of marine fossil fauna.
Natural Monument “Cardón” Mountain
Cardón mountain massif is a representative structure of a steep relief carved by erosion. Besides its beauty, it offers great panoramic views and its wealth of flora gives it a great scientific value, as it houses several protected and endangered species.
Fuerteventura is a true museum of nature, we invite you to discover the works of art hidden all over the island.