Fuerteventura

May 2nd, 2011

WFF: Fuerteventura

In August EI6DX will look to activate 2 of the 3 National Parks in Fuerteventura. If all goes well, I will hopefully be giving WFF African entries (EAFF-063, EAFF-065) to the programme chasers.

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There is an abundance of natural attractions on the island as Fuerteventura boasts three National Parks, one Rural Park, six Natural Monuments, two Protected Landscapes and one area of Scientific Interest.

These zones are all protected by the Law of Natural Areas, passed by the autonomous Canarian Government in 1994.

Here’s a brief overview of the 3 National parks in Fuerteventura.

Images taken during the trip are available in the Lana’s gallery.

Dunes National Park – Corralejo

Probably the most famous of all of Fuerteventura?s natural attractions, the Dunes or El Jable are located to the North of Corralejo and are like stepping into the Sahara, which in fact lies just 60 miles away.

El Jable essentially comprises 2,400 hectares of continually shifting sands, as the dunes themselves move and change on a daily basis due to the influence of the almost constant strong winds coming in from the North and North East.

Surprisingly perhaps this area is home to a surprising assortment of well-adapted flora and fauna such as lichens and plants like tree tobacco (nicotina glauca) and over a hundred different species of invertebrates such as lizards and geckos.

Los Lobos

For real virgin pastures though take to the seas and head for the small volcanic spit that is the Los Lobos National Park, which is separated from Fuerteventrua by a 2km strait called El Rio.

Los Lobos means wolves in Spanish but the island is in fact named after sea rather than land mammals. Up until the 19th century the island was colonized by monk seals, also colloquially known as sea wolves, so hence the name.

I am not sure if I will be able to visit Los Lobos as my time on the island will be limited.

 

Jandia National Park

Jandia National Park in the south of the island offers a similar experience, albeit on an even grander scale and with an even more pronounced contrast between intense white sands and the turquoise blue waters.

The Jandia peninsula is separated from the rest of the island and bordered by 2,600 hectares of almost continuous beach – which makes it easy to wander off and find your own slice of pure nature in areas such as Sotavento, Barlovento and Cofete.

Equipment

  • Elecraft K3
  • Light monoband vertical for 14 MHz
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