Fuerteventura used to be the least-developed of the Canary Islands, however over the past decade or so its stretches of golden sand, sparkling seas (perfect for windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing and diving as well as just basking) and near-guaranteed sun has put it firmly on the tourist radar.
However, this island is trying hard to preserve its natural environment as it welcomes greater numbers of sun-starved tourists on Fuerteventura flights. Unesco announced in 2009 that Fuerteventura was to be made a Biosphere Reserve, a designation that will protect the west coast, interior and some of the Jandia peninsula in the south.
Morro Jable, a resort town in the south, is home to the Sodabe Turtle Reserve, which is working to reintroduce loggerhead turtles to the island. The Mediterranean monk seal is also in the process of being reintroduced to Los Lobos, a small island nearby.
Twenty-something visitors, water sports enthusiasts and families can enjoy their getaways secure in the knowledge that this is no artificial resort island.