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The best beaches in Fuerteventura

the best beaches in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the ideal place to enjoy the best of the Mediterranean climate, diverse wildlife, fantastic cuisine… but most of all, its beaches! You can’t visit the island and leave without stretching out on one of its fabulous beaches.

But what are the best beaches on the island? In this post, we’ll introduce you to the 10 best beaches so you can visit them and enjoy their crystal clear waters!

Las Playas de Corralejo

A visit to these beaches also provides an opportunity for some nature tourism, since they are located in the Las Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park, the most important place on the island. Situated in the northern part of the island, this is where you’ll find the best beaches on the islet, with soft white sand extending for 8 kilometers.

But you’ll also love the beautiful sea water and its intense emerald-green color that looks like it was taken straight out of a painting. And for those who want a bit more peace and quiet, and who don’t want to have problems with the wind, there is the Playa del Moro, which is somewhat smaller and more intimate. Although we also can’t leave out Playa del Burro, which unfortunately has more exposure to the wind.

Playa de El Cotillo

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Located in the northern zone, the beaches of Cotillo are the most famous and spectacular in the area, and they include Playa de los Lagos and Playa de la Concha, which are practically connected, with crystalline waters and soft sand that won’t stick to your feet.

Want to have views of the Faro del Tostón lighthouse? In that case, we recommend going to Playa de los Charcos, whose waters are clearer than the previous beaches and is a true paradise for sun worshippers. Is your hotel located a bit farther south? Or are you looking for some waves so you can practice water sports? Well, there’s a series of beaches that are perfect for that, such as Playa del Castillo, which can be seen perfectly from Tostón Castle, Playa del Aljibe or Playa de Águila. These have the perfect location to enjoy a gorgeous sunset from your beach towel.

Playa de Ajuy

Have you ever been on a black sand beach? A visit to Playa de Ajuy is your chance to! This volcanic beauty will completely transform your idea of what a paradisiacal beach is. The crystal blue sea water contrasts perfectly with the black sand, and the result is an unforgettable combination.

This beach is near the town of Ajuy, an interesting spot to visit with low, colorful houses, fishing boats and restaurants with a local gastronomy that you should be sure to try. Although the beach tends to have a fair amount of surf, you won’t be able to resist taking a dip and then enjoying a meal in town.

However, the town isn’t the only thing to see in the area. You can hike a well-marked trail to the Cuevas de Ajuy, a set of impressive volcanic caves to explore, flashlight in hand. Plus, it’s surrounded by cliffs that are more than 100 million years old.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for beaches with surf that are more conventional, there is the nearby Playa de la Pared, somewhat more intimate, Playa de Aguas Verdes, known for its emerald-green waters, and Playa de los Molinos, which is perfect for a beach day with children.

Playa de Cofete

Want a huge beach that will take you more than one day to cover? Playa de Cofete fits the bill. Located on the southernmost part of the island, on Jandía peninsula, it is 12 kilometers long. The unspoiled environment with a mass of mountains, golden sand and raging sea is perfect for some water sports. As an additional detail, you should know that there is a cemetery right next to it that is covered in sand. However, only a handful of tombstones remain in the cemetery, as the rest are now underground.

Also, keep in mind that this beach is difficult to access. You’ll have to journey 18 kilometers on a gravel road to get there. The good news? You can do it by car, as long as you are careful and drive slowly. Another option is to use the 4×4 bus service that departs from Morro Jable, but the timetables are limited.

Playa de Jandía

The small peninsula of Jandía is meant to be explored at a relaxed pace. There, you can find the best beaches on the entire island. Situated in the south, we recommend Playa del Matorral, an urban beach about 4 kilometers long that is located in the town of Morro Jable. Don’t worry about the fact that it’s surrounded by businesses and hotels, because it’s still a beautiful place, home to the Morro Jable lighthouse. Perhaps the main drawback is that the wind can be very strong at certain times of day.

Do you picture yourself on a Caribbean beach without having to leave the island? It’s possible if you visit Playa de Sotavento. Due to its being, as the name suggests, a beach with a lot of wind, it is ideal for lovers of windsurfing and kiteboarding. This place is actually a complex of unspoiled beaches that form a sand bar in a sheltered lagoon with shallow water. You can go for a swim or walk along the sand bar surrounded by crystal green-blue waters.

One slightly less spectacular option, but still worth mentioning, are the Playas de Costa Calma, which are surrounded by hotels and vacation resorts. Just 2 kilometers of beach but with a low tide, making it perfect for small children.

Playa de la Isla de Lobos

While you’re here, why not go to Isla de Lobos and see their beaches? A perfect stop for anyone who enjoys natural landscapes and beaches with waters so clear you’d think they came out of a fairytale.

In particular, we would highlight Playa de la Concha, a semicircular stretch of sand with views of the Corralejo dunes. It’s a lagoon protected from the surf, perfect for a swim. And the most beautiful part is how the colors of the water change as the day goes on, from a lovely light blue to an incredible green shimmering with orange.

And since you’re on the island, why not do a bit of sightseeing in Puertito de Lobos? You’ll be amazed at how clear the water is in this area, and by the number of places you can have a nice, relaxing meal. The port is like a little pool where people often go snorkeling. Near the port is a small restaurant that offers modest portions of paella at a very affordable price.

How do you get to Isla de Lobos? You’ll have to leave from the town of Corralejo, where you can catch a small ferry that departs at different times of day fairly frequently. Or, you can enjoy a catamaran outing that includes lunch. That, of course, requires a reservation in advance.

Booking in advance could be a problem for some, because in 2019 they decided to limit the number of people on Isla de Lobos to 400. Because of this, anyone who wants to visit the island is advised to book at least 3 days ahead of time. It would be a shame not to get to see one of Fuerteventura’s most beautiful islands because of lack of planning, don’t you think?

These would be the best beaches to visit on the island of Fuerteventura. Each with its own qualities that make it unique, some perfect for water sports, others for families and still others for some peace and quiet. If you have a long stay on the island, rent a car and enjoy one of them each day to decide which is your favorite.