(Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain)
Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands, which was originally formed by volcanic activity many millions of years ago. The countryside of Fuerteventura may be rugged and rocky, but there are over 193 km / 120 miles of some of the finest beaches in Europe, making Fuerteventura the ideal holiday destination for the whole family.
The delightful island of Fuerteventura has over 150 sandy beaches, ranging from large popular beaches where numerous water sports are available, including windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing and boating, to small secluded beaches where visitors can just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Fuerteventura is also very popular with naturists, with the long stretches of quiet sandy beaches making Fuerteventura the perfect location for an all-over tan.
Many of the finest sandy beaches in Fuerteventura can be found in the Jandia area, which features miles of untouched beauty. Situated in the south of the island, popular Jandia beaches include Costa Calma, Cofete, Morro Jable, Butihondo and Sotavento. The Playa Del Matorral beach is split by the lighthouse into two parts, and the north section is very popular with naturists.
La Oliva is another favourite with visitors to Fuerteventura and features beautiful white sandy beaches and sand dunes. Well-known beaches here include Corralejo, El Pozo, El Medano, Bajo Negro, Los Matos and Cotillo. The Corralejo Natural Park is also in this area.
Caleta de Fuste Beach
Caleta de Fuste beach is a large man-made beach and is perfect for families. The beach has golden sand and there are plenty of water sports to be enjoyed in Caleta, such as snorkelling, windsurfing, skiing, diving, fishing and boating, including submarine trips. This is a popular beach and facilities include sun beds, a number of nearby food outlets and also a golf course.
El Cotillo Beaches
The great beaches of El Cotillo are situated to the south of the small village harbour. These white sandy beaches are ideal for both surfing and windsurfing. The large beaches of El Cotillo ensure there is always plenty of room for everyone, including isolated areas for naturists. There are many delightful beaches situated in this area of Fuerteventura, such as the beaches of Esquinzo, El Aguila, Caletas del Rio, El Castillo and Majanicho.
The impressive beaches at Cofete are unspoiled and feature extensive stretches of golden sandy coastline. Fuerteventura's Cofete Beach is quite a remote area set in a natural park and visitors have to travel along a track to reach this spectacular beach. This beach is used by naturists and windsurfers, but as the sea is strong in this area bathing is not recommended.
The beaches at Corralejo are white and sandy with striking dunes, creating a stunning landscape. Many facilities are available on the beaches, including sun beds and umbrellas, together with bus stops, parking and food outlets. Interesting rock pools appear when the tide goes out and some of the beaches are perfect for water sports, such as windsurfing, surfing and boat tours, including glass-bottom boats. Fuerteventura's village of Corralejo offers a variety of facilities for visitors, with plenty of shops, dining outlets and bars.
The beautiful white sandy beaches at Sotavento are bordered by stunning sand dunes. Water sports are popular here and include jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and windsurfing, together with beach facilities such as sun beds, umbrellas and food and drink outlets.
Costa Calma Beaches
There are numerous beautiful white, sandy beaches near Fuerteventura's Costa Calma and many offer sun beds, umbrellas, and food and drink outlets. Beach activities include windsurfing and sailing, amongst others. There are many popular sandy beaches in this area including Esmeralda, Barca, Pecenescal, Esquinzo, Butihondo and Sotavento - which is a relaxing family favorite, backed by sand dunes.
Morro Jable Beaches
Morro Jable beach is called Playa del Matorral and features beautiful sandy stretches, sparkling blue waters and a lighthouse. The beach is split into two separate areas at the lighthouse, and the north section is very popular with naturists. Popular water sports here include jet skiing, sailing and windsurfing, and there are a good selection of food and drink outlets available.
With many facilities and amenities, Tarajalejo beach is made up of black sand and pebbles. There are nearby dining outlets and parking facilities. With crystal clear waters, this area is ideal for diving and snorkelling.
El Pozo Beaches
The beaches at El Pozo are ideal for many water sports including wind surfing, jet skiing and sailing. El Pozo can be found in the La Oliva district of Fuerteventura and features many beach facilities, including sun beds and umbrellas, and food and drink outlets.