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Beaches, Fuerteventura

Think heavenly beaches, dipping your toes in glistening aqua waters and incredible strolls across spectacular sand dunes. The beaches in Fuerteventura are the main attraction, thanks to its unspoiled beaches, heavenly coves and family friendly activities. There are over 80 idyllic beaches in Fuerteventura to choose from, so whether you’re looking for shallow waters for children to paddle in or watersports for the whole family, there’s plenty of options to choose from.

Corralejo Sand Dunes & Grande Beach

Corralejo Sand Dunes are one of the most-visited areas of natural beauty in the whole of Fuerteventura. In fact, Corralejo sand dunes are the largest dunes to be found on any of the Canary Islands; boasting miles and miles of sandy beaches and clean turquoise waters, it’s little wonder that the dunes attract so many visitors.

The dunes are set against a backdrop of a breath-taking red and black volcanic landscape – there really isn’t anywhere else in the world that offers such a contrasting view of natural beauty from every angle.

The grande beach is fantastic for water sports, boasting a clean and clear stretch of sea for holidaymakers to enjoy. Wind and kite surfers find Corralejo Sand Dunes & grande Beach a particular draw thanks to the 105 kilometres of coastline for them to surf up and down. The sandy dunes are also the perfect location for those who just want to lay back and relax in the sun.

Costa Caleta Beach

Costa Caleta beach is curved around the bay and offers its visitors around a kilometre of beautiful sand to stroll along and relax upon. There are also a few spots where the beach is made up of pebbles, so whatever your preference, Costa Caleta is sure to satisfy. The beach is incredibly clean and offers beautiful views of boats in the bay, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for hire.

Sunbathers are warned that the tide can come in at a pretty speedy pace, so it’s best to pick a spot further back from the shore. However, this makes it the perfect location for visitors who enjoy water sports such as surfing and swimming.

There is also a nice number of beachfront cafes, so if you are feeling peckish or are feeling thirsty while on the beach, there’s plenty of opportunity to grab a snack or drink.

Costa calma beach

Costa Calma beach can be found close to La Lajita and is two straight kilometres of gorgeous sea and sand. The beach is located in the south of Fuerteventura and is the perfect place for couples, families and solo travellers to come and relax. Take a long, soothing stroll down the coastline, soak up some magnificent sunshine and listen to the sound of the waves hitting the shore. Costa Calma is an ideal place to admire Fuerteventura’s spectacular coastline of mountains.

The beach is protected from the winds thanks to the local hotels and apartments, so the sea is generally pretty calm, making it safe for swimmers of all ages. Never fear, there is a lifeguard on the beach.

Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire to keep you safe from being over-exposed to the sun and there are also plenty of water activities to enjoy, such as surfing lessons.

El Cotillo beach and lagoons

El Cotillo beach and lagoons are located in Cotillo in the north of Fuerteventura and has proven to be a favourite spot for tourists from all over the world. The sand is reminiscent of the Caribbean beaches; it is a very pale shade of white, which is complemented by the transparent turquoise ocean.

Volcanic rocks separate the shallow waters to create an enormous number of lagoons in the area to be explored. The waters just off El Cotillo beach and lagoons are very popular with parasailers, and beach goers can enjoy watching them sail through the sky as they relax on the white sand. The beach itself is not usually very busy, making it an ideal place for those who are after some tranquillity.

There is a small kiosk on the beach, which offers drinks and snacks. If you would like to enjoy a delicious meal by the sea, there are plenty of restaurants behind the beach which offer just that.

Las playitas beach

Las Playitas beach is located towards the south of Fuerteventura and is a little less touristy than other beaches on the island. This beach consists of fine dark sand. There are no sunbeds or umbrellas available for hire, so visitors tend to favour Las Playitas beach as a place to take a long and relaxing walk by the ocean.

The beach itself is one of the cleanest in Fuerteventura. There is a delightful promenade that runs behind the sands, which provides easy access from the town of Las Playitas. There is a sailing school on the beach with a catamaran, kayak and surfboard hire, so the area does prove popular with those in search of water sports.

Las Playitas beach is usually pretty quiet, so if you are looking for a beach without the crowds, this may be the place for you. A selection of delightful restaurants can be found close to the beachfront, too.

Playa de Cofete

The wild beach of Playa de Cofete is probably the most beautiful wild beach in all of the Canary Islands. In fact, it has repeatedly been cited as one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe.

Playa de Cofete is very much off the beaten track, so it is generally rather quiet, although many tourists go out of their way to get to it to enjoy the absolutely stunning views of the mountains. The ocean can be choppy, so it is popular with surfers and those who enjoy sitting back on the beach and watching the waves roll in.

The beach is also incredibly clean, so is perfectly safe for children to play on. If you are looking for somewhere to escape the crowds, look no further than Playa de Cofete; take a leisurely stroll on the golden sands and be at one with nature.

Be advised, the only way to reach the beach is via a narrow dirt track, but the spectacular views, foamy ocean and golden sands make it more than worth the journey.

Playa de la Barca

Playa de la Barca is located in a breezy spot, so windsurfers and parasailers flock to this beach to make the most of it. Water sports are the main attraction for the majority of visitors to Playa de la Barca, offering plenty of coastline to sail up and down on.

Playa de la Barca is the location for the Fuerteventura World Cup, which is held for windsurfing and kitesurfing, so the shore is lined with equipment in the summer months as water sport enthusiasts make their pilgrimage to the beach.

That doesn’t mean you can’t sit back and unwind here, though. Playa de la Barca is home to sandy shores and a beautiful turquoise sea and stretches for as far as the eye can see. In fact, Playa de la Barca is approximately 12 kilometres in length, meaning the beach has plenty of space for visitors to lay back and relax.

Playa del Matorral

Playa del Matorral is situated in the south of Fuerteventura. This beach stretches for a considerable length and has something for all kinds of beach lovers. The ocean by this beach is usually quite calm, making it the perfect place for swimmers and those who are looking for a calm place to enjoy some water sports.

If you are in the mood for taking a long walk, this beach is approximately three kilometres long, giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the magnificent coastline as you stroll along.

Maybe you would prefer to just sit back and enjoy the sound of the waves hitting the shore and soak up some Fuerteventura sunshine, Playa del Matorral is perfect for this, too. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire and there are also plenty of restaurants and bars located nearby, which are ideal for those who may wish to enjoy the ocean view without actually stepping on the sand.

Sotavento Beach

Many natives and tourists alike consider Sotavento beach to be the finest beach in all of Fuerteventura. Sotavento beach is a long stretch of white sand that runs along the east coast of the island. Although it is a popular tourist attraction, the beach is unspoilt and beautifully maintained.

Sotavento runs for nine kilometres, so you don’t need to worry about it being overcrowded. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a long stroll on the sand, as well as indulging in some sunbathing. There’s also plenty of shallow water by the shore, so children can play in the sea without parents worrying about it being too deep.

It is also very popular among water sports enthusiasts, particularly those who enjoy windsurfing and kiteboarding. In fact, Sotavento beach is host to the PWA Windsurf & PKRA Kiteboard World Cup every July, so if you are a sports enthusiast, this is the ideal time of year to pay the beach a visit.

Town Beach

Town Beach in Corralejo is a perfect beach to bring the whole family to. It is exceptionally clean and handy for the local amenities such as eateries and toilets, making it ideal for families who have young children.

Town Beach is located next to the harbour, so offers great views of the boats as well as further out to sea. The beach itself is rather small, so is known to get quite crowded in the busy seasons, but the water is quite shallow in the bay, so it is a great location to bring children who want to play in the water.

Town Beach is also surrounded by restaurants which serve up a wide range of delicious dishes, so you can enjoy a fantastic meal as you look out over the ocean. It is only a short walk away from the more touristy Galera Beach, which is handy for a range of sports activities and beach bars.