If you think camels on the Canaries are exotic, think again. The ships of the desert have been trekking the island’s dunes and vast Atlantic beaches since the 15th century. So it’s perhaps a little less surprising to find Europe’s largest camel reserve at Oasis Park on Fuertaventura: the island that’s also home to the magnificent Dunas de Corralejo.
Just seeing the camels in residence is pretty exciting for kids, but nothing beats the sheer adventure of saddling up and setting off on camel safari from Oasis Park up dramatic Montaña Cardòn in the south of Fuerteventura. The pace is slow and stately, the guides are great fun, and the views from the mountain top are almost as awesome as riding a camel – but not quite.
Where: Oasis Park, La Lajita, Fuerteventura
How to get there: Direct UK flights to Fuerteventura take four hours, 10 minutes. Oasis Park operates a free bus service from most Fuerteventura resorts.
Where to stay: Four bedroom Villa Waikiki is minutes from fabulous Waikiki Beach, a short walk from the lively resort of Corralejo and spectacular Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park.