Which beach should I visit in Fuerteventura?
It all depends on what you are looking for…. White sand, black sand, surfing, sunbathing, access to facilities, a “get-away-from-it-all-beach”, a family friendly beach, a “private beach”, a Blue Flag beach – there really is a beach for everyone in Fuerteventura… with over 150 to choose from.
Beaches in Fuerteventura (From North to South)
There are several beaches in the town area of Corralejo, all very family friendly, with gentle slopes, calm waters and almost no nudism. Some have on-site facilities and all are close to the town with bars, restaurants and cafes nearby and all with stunning views of Isla de Lobos. Snorkelling form the beaches is a great option, as the water is quite calm, stick to rocky areas and you’ll be surprised what you can see. (The town beaches of La Goleta and Charco de la Agujas boasting Blue Flag status for 2017.)
Isla de Lobos
Take a short boat trip over to Isla de Lobos from Corralejo and visit the stunning white sandy beach of Playa de la Concha. This horseshoe shaped beach has a gentle slope into the shallow waters, which are also great for snorkelling. Scuba Divers also visit Lobos, but tend to dive the deeper waters of the strait (between Corralejo and the Islet).
Be aware that there is very little shade on Isla de Lobos, bring hats, plenty of sun cream and water.
The Dunes of Corralejo / Grandes Playas
Just south of Corralejo is the Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo, with kilometer after kilometer of light and golden sand, sand dunes and turquoise water. Split into various sections, those closer to Corralejo tend to offer more facilities with bars, surf schools, sun bed and parasol hire, toilets and showers. The area known as Flag Beach is the main surfing, wind and kite surfing area, although this of course depends on the conditions.
Naturists tend to stay around the two large Riu Hotels, using zoccos (semi-circular stone windbreaks) for a little privacy or, head further south to the much quieter sections of the beach.
Walk on over the other side of the road and head on up one of the larger sand dunes for a great view over the Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the Houbara Bustard, an endangered bird species that is the emblem of the Natural Park and the island and is only found in Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Isla de Lobos and Isla Graciosa. (The Grandes Playas section of the beach boats Blue Flag status for 2017.)
The white sandy beaches stretch for almost as far as the eye can see from the south of El Cotillo. Due to its location on the west coast of the island, waves and wind tend to be stronger here when compared to the more sheltered east coast. This makes El Cotillo a great place for surfing, kite and windsurfing. Due to the beaches length, finding your own space is never a problem.
For a less windswept day at the beach, head to the north of El Cotillo, to the lagoons. The lagoons are much more sheltered than the southern beaches, making them a great choice for those with younger children or for sunbathers. Snorkellers can also have fun around the lagoons with the clear water and great visibility helping to see the wide variety of marine life. (The northern section of the lagoons is called La Concha and will fly a Blue Flag for 2017)
Playa Chica, Puerto del Rosario
Playa Chica is a town beach in Puerto del Rosario and has recently undergone extensive work, adding walkways, steps, shower and toilet facilities. It has to be said the recent works really have made this small beach very presentable. Even the town beaches in Fuerteventura are worth a visit.
Playa Blanca, Puerto del Rosario
Playa Blanca in the south of Puerto del Rosario is the surfers beach for those that live in and around the Capital. The light sand stretches for just under a kilometre, with the old Parador hotel (recently re-opened after renovations) standing tall at the southern end of the beach. Watch out for the flags, as the currents here can become very strong indeed, bathers should be vigilant. Awarded the Blue Flag status again for 2017, there are lifeguards patrolling the beach during the summer months.
Caleta de Fuste
Caleta De Fuste is a purpose built resort just south of the airport. It is based around the large horseshoe shaped cove and is well protected from a natural reef further out to sea, making it a great choice for families as there are no dangerous currents. Although the beaches have all been upgraded, the most recent being the large section nearest the marina, none of these are natural sandy beaches. Sun loungers, parasols and even Balinese Beds are all available to hire for the day. A great touch is the bar/restaurant set out in the water, with raised walkways for access.
With the oldest rocks in not just Fuerteventura, but the Canary Islands, visible from the coastal walkway, Ajuy has more than just its black sandy beach to offer. The beach is not often frequented by tourists, making it quite quiet. The waters are not suitable for bathing as there are strong currents, although locals do cool off in the ever so slightly sheltered natural pool areas on the right hand side of the beach. There is a good selection of cafes and restaurants serving great fresh fish. Head on over to the caves just north of Ajuy town, where pirates used to store their boats when they came ashore to raid Betancuria.
This black sand beach that is often frequented by islanders, and is a town beach not usually on the tourist map. The beach has plenty of facilities for beach-goers with showers, toilets, beach volleyball and children’s play area (the newest addition being a solar powered charging station – just remember your USB compatible mobile phone lead). The beach is edged by a pedestrian walkway with access to the towns many bars, cafes and restaurants and is well worth a visit to chill out and enjoy the Canarian charm of the town.
No doubt the only reason there is a purpose built resort here is because of the beach. Reaching just over 2 kilometres long, with white powdery sand and turquoise waters, its a haven for beach lovers, sun worshippers and families. Apartments and hotels are built as close to the beach as possible, offering direct beach access to its guests. This beach is cleaned daily to remove the weed that often washes ashore. There are toilets and showers on the beach although no sunbeds or parasols for hire. The beach is great for families with young children, as the current isn’t particularly strong and the water is shallow. Naturists frequent this beach, although as with almost all beaches in Fuerteventura, there is so much space, you’ll have no trouble finding your own spot.
Playa de Sotavento (Playa del barca, Risco del Paso)
A beach of two halves. Sotavento beach has a long sand spit, that, during high tide, turns part of the beach into a flooded lagoon, where newcomers to wind and kite surfing can learn in safety. When the tide goes out, the vast expanse of white sandy beach is exposed and the sun worshippers come out to play. This is prime naturist territory, although most head down to the southern section of the beach where the hills and zoccos (small semicircular rock shelters) offer some protection from the incessant wind.
Sotavento is Windy! Hence, it has been the location of the PWA and GKA (Wind and Kite Surfing Championships) for 32 years. Head on over to Sotavento during the end of July/beginning of August to watch the worlds best wind and kite surfers who come to Fuerteventura to compete.
If you love photography, at high tide, head on over to the south of the beach, climb the hills and you’ll be able to get a stunning shot of the turquoise blue lagoon, white sand and flying kites.
Esquinzo / Butihondo
Not to be confused with the Esquinzo beach just south of El Cotillo. This light sand beach is bordered by a number of hotels and has two Chiringuito beach bars along with shower and toilet facilities. Small Catamarans and windsurf kit is available for hire in the central section of the beach, near the Chiringuitos. Nudists tend to favour the northern section of the beach where a small inlet with lots of zuccos offer privacy. This is a great beach for families with small children as the waters remain shallow for some time, hence the lovely turquoise waters that stretch further out into the sea when compared to other beaches. (This is the only beach in the south that will fly the Blue Flag for 2017 – although it has recently transpired that this is because of a paperwork issue rather than any question of the beaches quality in the south of the island.)
Favoured by surfers, this is one of the only places in the south of the island that has regular waves suitable for surfing. The few rocks and dark golden sand makes this is great place for beginners to master their surf skills, or for those to brush up rusty skills too. A bit rough and rugged, its not really a sunbathing or swimming beach unless you catch it when the wind is down.
The 4 kilometer stretch of beach in Jandia is known as Playa de Matorral and Playa de la Cebada (as you move towards the Morro Jable end). The beach is bordered by a natural salt marsh (which is a protected natural space) and pedestrian walkway that stretches from one end at Piedras Caidas to the other at Morro Jable town. The beach offers a variety of water sports including sailing and windsurfing (dependent on conditions), with Scuba Divers heading out just in front of the big lighthouse. Naturists do visit this beach, although with over 4 km of sand, you really won’t have a problem finding your own space. Sun beds and Parasols are available to rent at a variety of stops along the beach and there are also three Chiringuitos (beach bars).
The beach in Morro Jable is called Playa de la Cebada (its a continuation of Playa de Matorral in Jandia) and is a superb ‘town’ beach. There is a good mix of both locals and tourists, but its never gets too busy, thanks to the sheer size of the beach. Day trippers on large catamarans moor up to lunch overlooking the beach, diving in to swim with the rays or just cool off. Snorkelers are best to head down to the southern section of the beach (as far as you can go into town) and head towards the harbour walls, you might see Sting Rays, Moray Eels, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Needle fish, Barracuda, Parrot fish and more.
Running for over 5 kilometres, actually called Barlavento Beach but known as Cofete beach this rugged south-eastern beach is NOT to be missed! (This is probably the most photographed beach in Fuerteventura!)
Access to Cofete is via a graded dirt road from Morro Jable (the journey takes around 40 minutes) or a walking path (PR-FV55) which takes you through Gran Valle (the walk each way takes around 2.5 hours). This is a windswept and rugged beach and swimming is not recommended. On the very odd occasion, the conditions are right for surfing, although it isn’t recommended for beginners. Explore the kilometers of virgin sand, learn more about Villa Winter and its spooky tales from World War Two or stop off at the villages only restaurant to taste Lapas, Goat Meat or paella.
Have I missed out a MUST visit beach? Or perhaps you’ve found a little spot that you’d like to share…..please feel free to comment and share the knowledge so others can benefit 🙂
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