What do you call a nature lover who’s planning a trip to Fuerteventura? If you answered ‘Me, duh,’ then might be in for an unexpected treat during your airport transfer. Fuerteventura Airport to Jandia is a journey that will take you past everything from camel safaris to white sandy beaches, all while you relax in one of Shuttle Direct‘s comfortable and clean taxis or buses.
After the four and half hour plane ride from London, you’ll be glad to get a chance to gaze out your window, lose yourself in thought and take in the beautiful landscapes and terrain that Fuerteventura has to offer. This much-needed break will give you a glimpse of some of the most fun and impressive wildlife-related activities and sites this little island in the Canaries has to offer – and hopefully excite you enough that you’ll want to follow the route back at a leisurely pace during your stay so that you can get up close to the wonderful flora and fauna that is scattered along the way to Jandia.
1. Finca Canarias
The first attraction you’ll pass on your way to Jandia is Finca Canarias, a small (but rapidly expanding) and environmentally friendly-family business specialising in growing aloe vera. The harvested plant is then made into 100% natural beauty products (and a few juices!), offering everything from sunscreen to soap to after shave lotion to your standard face and body creams. If you’re not looking for anything fancy, they also have pure aloe vera for sale. They are proud to say that their products are entirely organic, chemical-free, never tested on animals and grown using environmentally-conscious techniques.
Over the ten years they’ve been in business, they’ve expanded their farms and shops to 6 locations throughout the Canary Islands. The closest to Jandia (and the one you will be driving by) is their Gran Tarajal branch, which showcases 4,000 aloe vera plants, 500 prickly pear cactus plants and 650 olive trees, as well as a shop where you can purchase the finished products. They offer guided tours, so whether you’re looking to soothe a sunburn or just want an educational and environmentally-friendly day out, this is a great place to come back to.
Recommended Visit Time: Allot yourself an hour or two – you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to take a tour, check out the farms properly and peruse the shop (and perhaps even indulge in a little aloe vera TLC for yourself or as a souvenir for a loved one back home).
Next you’ll drive by more flora and fauna then you’ll know what to do with – Oasis Park. Created in 1985, it is much more than just a zoo. It offers a multitude of experiences and attractions, the most popular being the educational and entertaining shows featuring parrots, sea lions, birds of prey and reptiles. The zoo holds over 3,000 animals, with options to interact personally with some of them.
If that isn’t enough, you can also take photographs with the animals, go on a Camel Safari or take a break and have a meal at one of their three restaurants. If you prefer flora to fauna, they have a gorgeous Botanical Garden filled with succulent, tropical and native plants (the only one in Fuerteventura!). Animal and nature lovers of all ages will want to come back here.
Recommended Visit Time: You’ll want a few hours at the very least, but it wouldn’t be difficult to spend the entire day here.
3. Jandia Nature Reserve
Jandia Nature Reserve covers a large part Fuerteventura and on your transfer to Jandia, you will drive through a portion of it. The landscape is contrasting, with everything from mountains to sand dunes to beaches with clear waters to a salt marsh. Although you’ll get a visual introduction to the landscape just by travelling through it, it’s well-worth coming back and spending some time interacting more intimately with this natural park’s abundant wildlife.
Filled with all sorts of local species and rich fauna, it’s more than likely you’ll see everything from chipmunks to donkeys. There are many different ways to experience Jandia Nature Reserve, from guided tours to hiking independently to riding around in jeeps. Whichever method you decide to use to explore the park, it’s important to remember that it’s almost completely wild, with just one local road running through it. Stay safe and prepared, and don’t forget to bring your own provisions (especially water!) if you return.
Recommended Visit Time: Give yourself a minimum of half a day here – but a full day is even better!
A Terrific Terra Transfer: Fuerteventura Airport to Jandia
The travel time is relatively long on this transfer – Fuerteventura Airport to Jandia is a journey that takes almost two hours. However, when you book with Shuttle Direct, there’s no way you’ll have any time to be bored. You’ll be able to take in Fuerteventura’s natural beauty through your window (always try for a window seat!) and maybe even strike up a conversation with your driver – they tend to be friendly locals who are often more than willing to give you insider tips on the attractions listed above. From exploring the wild by yourself to guided tours, if you have an interest in plants, animals and natural beauty, you’ll find something to come back to.
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NB.This route guide has been compiled as an aid to visiting the region. Your transfer (Fuerteventura Airport to Jandia) does not include stops to these destinations.