It is not by chance that Fuerteventura is considered a great adventure island by tourists and sector magazines. One of the Canary Islands, this ultra-beautiful seaside holiday location is washed by the great Atlantic Ocean and is one of Spain’s most beautiful islands.
Every year, Fuerteventura attracts thousands of tourists looking for a seaside holiday like no other to its spectacular coasts. Its beauty is thus key to the whole island's economy based on revenues from the great tourism which makes it Europe’s foremost seaside holiday destination every year. The main town is Puerto de Rosario and, with a population of just a few thousand, its unique atmosphere combines with a quasi-legendary hospitality.
Anyone visiting Fuerteventura expects a series of attractions which are certainly guaranteed. Every year the island attracts a multitude of water sports fans. Its warm climate and access to oceanic waters means that the area fills up with lovers of water sports like windsurfing, canoeing, diving and sailing as well as beach volley and hiking. So Fuerteventura is the ideal place for you if you’re looking for a thrill on your holiday. Take a trip to Mt. Tindaya and discover the breath-taking beauty of the carvings left by ancient local tribes or explore the pristine nature of a place considered natural monument and area of geological interest.
And you can’t talk of Fuerteventura without mentioning its exquisite Spanish beaches: whether these are public and ultra-popular or secluded and cut off from the rest of the world, the choice is truly yours here on the island. Coral white sands, volcanic black sands, rocky bays: everything you need for your seaside, swimming and sunbathing holiday is here. And all obviously in the midst of the breath-taking wild landscape of Fuerteventura island. To help you with the difficult matter of deciding where to go when you get off one of our great ships here, we have put together a list of Fuerteventura’s most beautiful beaches so that all you have to do is choose your favourite.
Pack your beach towel, swimsuit and camera. And set off for the best seaside holiday of your life!
Also known as Horadada, Jurado beach is one of Betancuria’s most beautiful and little known. It owes its name to the presence of a beautiful rock formation carved out of its centre, an attraction which merits a photograph. Jurado (or Jurao) is a quiet section of coast, just 150 metres long, offering tourists peace and quiet and a secluded atmosphere for a day away from the madding crowd. The waves here are powerful and much loved by sailors and water sports lovers.
Once Jurado was the section of beach which separated the island’s two conquering kingdoms: the Ayose and the Guise. Now it is frequented above all by tourists attracted by its wild beauty and those looking for a more natural environment. This is the place for you if you’re looking for a day of sunbathing and you want to relax to the sound of crashing waves.
There are no beach facilities and although the crystal clear water is very inviting its waves make it non advisable for less expert swimmers and children.
Corralejo Nature Park
Corralejo Nature Park offers 4 kilometres of breathtakingly beautiful beach where it’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean. But you’re actually in Fuerteventura’s northernmost part, surrounded by the Ocean and the natural beauties of this Spanish island. Corralejo offers truly enchanting, sunny beaches with foamy, effervescent waters. Just off the coast the breath-taking Isla del Lobos is visible, making for even more beautiful view.
The sand is ultra-white and slopes gently into a crystal clear sea. The beach is ideal for the whole family and offers beach facilities virtually everywhere. This means that you can rent a beach umbrella and sunbed on the Corralejo coast and enjoy a long day of sunbathing and swimming in total comfort. Public toilets, bars and restaurants add to its services and make it ideal for children, with plenty of activities for them.
Certain parts of the coast have been set aside for water sports such as wind and kite surfing. Others are more secluded and frequently used by nudist bathers. Families be warned!
You can get to Corralejo by bus, directly for a convenient visit without too many transport worries. If you want a step up, from Corralejo a ferry leaves for Isla del Lobos, an uninhabited stretch of coast and a protected nature reserve. Come here if you’re looking for peace and quiet, to commune with nature and an ideal location for snorkelling in peace. The sea bed is wonderful with a proliferation of extraordinary marine species and ultra-colourful fish.
In the heart of El Cotillo is Playa del Aguila, a mini paradise where the sea is untamed and the golden sands welcome tourists to one of the island’s most exclusive and spectacular places. Accessing the La Escalera zone requires a few very steep steps (a grand total of 130!) but it is worth every single drop of sweat required to get to it. Aguila beach is just a few kilometres from Playa el Aljibe. It is a strip of ultra-white sand between two cliffs which protect it as the gem is truly is.
There are no beach facilities. If you are planning a trip here remember to bring a packed lunch and lots of cold water with you. The sea is fabulous and the water pristine. Stretch out your towel on the soft sand and enjoy the great waves in an area entirely set aside for lovers of peace and quiet and water sports such as surfing and windsurfing.
The wind is usually very strong here and the waves tend to be majestic. Swimming is allowed only when the sea is calm and only for the most expert. If you have children with you, you are advised to opt for a better equipped beach so that they can have fun in total safety!
The El Cotillo bays
You can’t say you have seen Fuerteventura if you’ve never been to El Cotillo and its lagoons. This spectacular location attracts thousands of tourists drawn in by its beauties every year. And whilst they are all considered El Cotillo beaches this stretch of coast is subdivided into many different areas, all different and interesting for their special features. If you’re looking for a place for a few unforgettable hours in Fuerteventura, you’re in the right place. Whether you like large crowded beaches or quieter and more secluded ones or perhaps those windy areas set aside for water sports, there’s something for everyone here.
Don’t expect beach facilities offering beach umbrellas and sun beds at El Cotillo. It is extremely likely that most of the beaches you choose will be free. Stretch out your towel and run to the sea for an unforgettable swim!
The must-visit beaches include La Concha, which we’ll talk about later, Caleton, the lagoons, Piedra Playa and other mini gems to be explored.
Playa Caleton is a magical place of golden sand. Whilst not very large, the beach is a soft haven on the coast for sunbathing and fantastic waters to swim in and relax on without having great waves to worry about. Come at high tide, if you can. The area is so quiet and uncrowded that you will be amazed how few people there are in such an enchanting spot. N.b: you may come across nudist bathers.
At low tide, some areas of Caleton are turned into crystal clear water and ultra-beautiful natural swimming pools. Come here if you’re looking for marvellous warm waters and a corner of tropical paradise replete with little fish.
The El Cotillo lagoons stretch from Caleton to the lighthouse visible in the distance. These little bays protect their waters from ocean currents and allow even less expert swimmers to bathe. The lagoons are some of Fuerteventura’s most secluded and peaceful beaches and we thus recommend them if you are looking for peace and quiet to take photos of virtually deserted beaches.
Lovers of water sports should stop off in Piedra Playa, the surfing beach par excellence. Just south of the village is the ‘stone beach’, a spectacular stretch of coast featuring reddish sand descending gently into crystal clear, delightful waters. Whilst its name might suggest the opposite, this section of sandy beach is very large and the area is just 10 minutes’ walk from the port.
This is the place for you if you’re looking for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Various water sport schools are present in the area, suitable for all skill levels. Despite this, groups of friends and families are welcome at Piedra Playa. There is also a lifeguard tower here ensuring safety in the water.
The natural world around this bay is spectacular in winter, too. If you get here on a rainy or stormy day, come here to be dazzled by the wild beauty of its powerful elements. Frequently, in this period, the sandy beach is completely swallowed up by the sea but it tends to reappear at calmer moments.
If you come to Fuerteventura and don’t want to move too far away from the El Cotillo urban belt you can always stretch out your towel on one of the beautiful small Vecchio Porto beaches. As these are pebble beaches the area tends not to be crowded with tourists but it has a distinctly irresistible appeal.
Bajo Negro beach
Bajo Negro beach encompasses an around one kilometre long coastal strip. It is a beautiful strip of ultra-white sand sloping gently into a crystal clear sea. As it is easy to get to and convenient this bay tends to be very popular with tourists who stretch their towels out here all year round. It is also popular with local people, attracted by the comfort and convenience of one of Fuerteventura’s best equipped beaches. Come here for a simply fabulous beach and an irresistible stretch of coast to rent a beach umbrella, hammock or sun bed on and enjoy the luxury of its beach facilities. Stroll from bar to restaurant and beach and water sport facilities with public toilets and showers also available.
Come with children: they’ll love the play areas and can splash around in a safe, fun context. The water is so wonderful here that it’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean. Many tourists say that Baja Negro is undoubtedly Fuerteventura’s most beautiful beach.
Isla de Lobos beaches
Welcome to the Lobos tropical gem, a spectacular oasis of undersea and land nature whose timeless appeal will have you enthralled. You need a permit to visit the island and a maximum of 200 people can visit this exquisite paradise at any one time, in two shifts per day. Imagine the boundless beauty of getting a protected species sanctuary almost to yourself.
Isla de Lobos is a protected nature park surrounded by pristine sands and splendid crystal clear waters in which swimming is a pleasure and snorkelling a constant exploration. The island is separated from Fuerteventura by the Bocaina strait, never more than 30 metres deep. The island is clearly visible from Corralejo, whose panorama it embellishes.
Don’t expect the comforts of the main island: this is a place for those looking to add a touch of extra adventure to their holidays, for a place of peace and quiet in which to walk along rocky beaches rimmed with low vegetation and natural swimming pools which you stumble on, unexpectedly, as you walk.
Puerto del Rosario beaches
Welcome to the small town of Puerto del Rosario, in the heart of Fuerteventura. This little seaside gem offers beaches to the east and west of the island which are so varied that they have become the perfect destination for all those needing to see something different at the seaside.
Just a kilometre away from the southern part of the island’s capital, is Playa Blanca, to the east, just a short distance away from the airport. The water here is pristine and has been awarded a blue flag. The golden sand is made even more beautiful by the presence of small dunes. The beach is around 800 metres long and ideal for all those wanting to relax in the sun, just a stone’s throw away from Fuerteventura’s main town. Usually, surfing instructors advise beginners to learn here because the waves are well-suited to the less practiced, too. Be careful of the deep sea currents, however: they can be dangerous for swimmers.
In Puerto Lajas the beach is around 700 metres long and stretches out to the east of the island. Its black sand makes it truly unique and its blue flag waters special. It is not especially well-known by tourists and ideal for those wanting to try their hands at its wonderful windsurfing and preferring a slightly less intimidating sea to conquer.
Come to Los Pozos, directly at Puerto del Rosario, and relax on an around 160 metre long stretch of golden sandy beach. Known locally as Playa Chica, this beach, too, was awarded the blue flag for its clean, top quality waters for several years. Whilst very popular - especially amongst residents - Los Pozos is a not-to-be-underrated mini paradise. Lastly, it has been extended and made more attractive and comfortable.
Los Molinos is a black sand beach on the west coast. The small village it was named after looks out languidly over the ocean and is a not-to-be-missed spectacle. With its 200 metres of length, this stretch of coast is washed by great waves which form simply wonderful foam spectacles.
Sotavento de Jandìa beach
Nine kilometres of pristine beach at the heart of Fuerteventura. This is, perhaps, the best loved and most famous stretch of coast on the island and perhaps the world's best known. Its size alone makes Sotavento beach a haven of peace and relaxation for thousands of tourists in search of a magical place. And at low tide its stretch of sand is dotted with mini pools in which bathing is a true pleasure.
Sotavento is one of Jandìa’s best beaches for wind and kite surfing. It is a long stretch of coast split into five parts: La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Los Canarios and Malnombre. Certain areas are better suited to beginners than others as they have breakwaters which help to manage its powerful ocean currents.
Three kilometres of wonderful beach with immaculate sand, ideal for a day of sea, sand and fun. The Morro Jable shoreline offers everything you might imagine and dream of in a spectacular Fuerteventura holiday. In addition to being perfect for the whole family, given the presence of mini organised facilities in the area, it is also a perfect windsurfing location.
Some well-guarded areas of the beach are set aside for swimmers who can enjoy the sea without worrying about random surfers. In certain areas of Matorral, there are also nudist areas.
La Concha beach
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