Unlike the other Canary Islands where
a handful of good beaches are worth passing the day on, Fuerteventura
has more than a hundred and fifty beaches and coves all worth visitng!
Mentioning them one-by-one isn't practical so the idea of this page is
to give you an idea of what to expect as you go around the island.
My personal favourite shown above, is
Playa de Sotavento in the south near Costa Calma. To get there, take
the turning off the FV2 for "Hotel Los Gorriones". Follow the road to
its end and there's plenty of parking. There's a vast stretch of sand,
some 1,500 meters to cross before you reach the water once the tide is
fully out. Otherwise, once covered with water you can still walk out to
sea in waiste-high turquoise water. The north of the beach has a sand
bank 500 meters out to see and is very popular with windsurfers.
There's also refreshements served here.
You could actually walk along the beach
around here from Costa Calma down to Morro Jable. It's a good 20km
though so you probably wouldn't want to? If you did, the "playas" you
would pass along the way include Esmeralda, Barca, Sotavento,
Pecenescal, Los Canarios, Mal Nombre, Esquinzo and Butihondo. Each one
has fantastic white sand and crystal clear, calm waters - dream beaches.
The beaches around El Cotillo
(Esquinzo, El Aguila, El Aljibe de la Cueva, El Castillo, Los Lagos,
Caletas del Rio, del Hierro, del Marrajo, Majanicho) are beaches of
fine golden sand of various sizes, such as El Aljibe shown above, close
to the village. Pretty wild beaches, ideal for fishing, surfing and
windsurfing but not always for family swimming due to strong
undercurrents here. East of El Cotillo and past the lighthouse are
several beautiful small lagoons of coarse white sand of organic origin
protected from the fierce sea by natural barriers of black rock.
The beaches around Corralejo are Playa
de Corralejo, El Medano, Bajo Negro, Los Matos, El Moro, Playa Alzada
and Playita del Poris. White sand beaches and crystal clear waters (yet
again!) with some services and facilities such as sunbed and umbrella
rental and water sports. La Bocaina del Rio, between Fuerteventura and
Lanzarote, is one of the best places on the Canaries to practice diving
as well as windsurfing. Turquoise-green waters, white sand and a
spectacular landscape of sand dunes with lava fields in the background.
Las Playitas are black sand beach about
2.5km long, with very calm waters. Within the municipality of Tuineje,
the village of Las Playitas (with some restaurants and private
apartments) is nearby.
There's a blue-flag beach at Gran
Tarajal -3km of dark sand beach. The town has the second highest
population on the island so plenty of services and activities, there's
a promenade with lots of places to eat and drink. Another blue-flag
beach is Tarajalejo, 3.5km of black sand and pebble beach again with
very calm waters and a smaller promenade. Tarajalejo is close by with
hotels and places to eat.
Morro Jable & Jandia is 4Km of
fine yellow sand. Jandia is one of the main tourist resorts so the
beach here has everything when it comes to services and facilities. At
the south there's a harbour with ferries to other islands, fishing
trips and boat excursions. There is also sailing, windsurfing, jet
skis, parasailing and water-ski-ing. Lots of sun beds and umbrellas for
rent and a huge choice of restaurants and bars along the promenade as
well as beach stops serving snacks and drinks.
Of course, Caleta de Fuste being a major
tourist resort (towards the center of the east coast) also has a nice
beach to attract the tourists.
Darker coloured sand, plenty of sunbeds
and calm(ish) waters, along with the fact there's plenty of beach for
everyone, makes this a popular destination.
As I said before, there are too many
beaches to mention but if you want a choice of the best ones to go
visit, there they are. Along the south west of the island there are
more, spectacular beaches, one or two a good 10km long or more but the
waves and rocks there make them far too dangerous for bathing, even
divers have been killed here so be VERY careful along these beaches.