The Ultimate Beach Guide ~ Fuerteventura
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The Ultimate Beach Guide ~ Fuerteventura

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  1. Welcome to Fuerteventura!
  2. The Ultimate Beach Guide ~ Fuerteventura (Current)
  3. Some Tips for First-Timer ~ Fuerteventura
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Warning! The following pictures may not be suitable for beach lovers who are going to spend the coming winter months in cold Europe … Anyway, if you are going to risk the possibility to get overwhelming tropical wanderlust feeling – take your pink sunglasses, something to drink and enjoy!

 

Here it is the main reason why people choose Fuerteventura among all seven major Canary Islands! The surreal beaches in Fuerteventura are “Europe’s answer to Hawaii” and the best hotspot for surfers on the European continent. Every beach lover’s dream of never-ending white sand horizon and turquoise clear water will come true … Let’s start!

 

Welcome to Fuerteventura!


 

Fuerteventura is the sandy paradise with numerous perfect beaches located all over the Island. The main difference between the east and the west part of the island is the ocean: pretty wild and dangerous on the Westside (untouched paradise, perfect for surfers) and calm and windy in the east (Caribbean colours, perfect for kite- and windsurfer). In the middle of the island is nothing. Or mountains and nothing… So we are going to the most famous Fuerteventura beaches and I’m sure – there is something for everyone!

 

We are going to start in the Southeast, the coast of Costa Calma, where my hotel (Melia Gorriones) was located: 27 km of light-sand beaches, turquoise clear water and a stunning beach lagoon:

 

Playa de la Barca, Fuerteventura
Playa de la Barca
 

Sotavento

 

Sotavento beach is located in the southeast of Fuerteventura and it is actually divided into several different sections: Playa de Barca, Playa Lagoon, El Salmo, Mal Nombre, and Esquinzo. Sotavento beaches are the perfect choice for windsurfers and kite surfer, as you can also find the best kite- and windsurf schools there. The wind is consistent but calm and peaceful! Because of it, it will never get too hot, even when the temperatures are above 30°.  The average water temperature during the year is about 22° and is perfect for swimming.

 

The Sotavento nature is really wild and untouched! You won’t find any beach chairs or umbrella rentals. You won’t find any restaurant, shops or whatever there! And it is good so! Make sure you have anything needed – umbrella, water, something to drink…
 

Don’t forget… your sun creams! Because it is fine and windy you probably will not feel the heat as usual, but your skin will burn like hell …

 

Playa de Barca,  Playa Lagoon and Risco del Passo

 

Here you can find the surfer schools Rene Engli and even if you are not going to take a lesson or to ride the waves it is definitely worth the experience of just watching all numerous kite- and windsurfers.  The reason why “Playa Barca” is so important factor for the tourism is the world kite- and windsurf championship which takes place each year in July.

 

But Playa de Barca is not only a place for professional surfers, but also for beginners – Playa Lagoon is a huge section of narrow water divided through a sand “bridge” from the ocean. Playa Lagoon is perfect for beginners as the water is very calm, warm and knee-deep.

 

Esquinzo

 

The section Esquinzo is located near the village of Esquinzo. The beach has light-coloured sand, but also what you can find here are dark lava stones. This part of Sotavento is very suitable for families with children, as it is not very windy and the beach itself – not very large.

 

Playa de la Barca, Fuerteventura
Playa de la Barca

Playa de la Barca, FuerteventuraPlaya de la Barca

Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura

Playa Risco el Paso, Fuerteventura
Playa Risco el Paso
Playa Risco el Paso, Fuerteventura
Playa Risco el Paso

Beaches, Fuerteventura

Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura

Beaches, Fuerteventura

Playa Risco el Paso, Fuerteventura
Playa Risco el Paso
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
ION CLUB Fuerteventura
ION CLUB Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
Playa Lagoon Fuerteventura
 

Jandia (Morro Jable)

 
The beach Jandia is located in the very Southeast of the island, near the town of Morro Jable. One section has the name “Playa de Motorral” – best for families with children. The other part of Jandia is very windy and sometimes even unpleasant to enjoy sunbathing. The sand here is light-coloured, but due to the wind, the waves are relatively huge.
 

Tip: Take a photo with the Skeleton of a Sperm Whale in Morro Jable
 
Morro Jable Beach, Fuerteventura
Morro Jable Beach
Morro Jable, Skeleton of Sperm Whale, Fuerteventura
Morro Jable, Skeleton of Sperm Whale
 
Faro de Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
 

Cofete

 

Well, unfortunately, I do not have any photos from this perfection. The reason why is the fact that on the way to Cofete Beach one of our car tires blew up… The road is small, dirt and unsecured and they are many cars trying to reach this area… Anyway: the best way to get there is to book a JEEP or Buggy (or you can walk for several hours) – with a standard car (we had even SUV!) you will end like us…

 

Some Tips for First-Timer ~ Fuerteventura


 

Cofete beach should be more than amazing! There is 20 km of wild light-sand, absolutely isolated beach. Very important information – you should NOT go bathing or swimming – the waves are huge and wild and the current is very strong. Cofete is absolutely unsuitable for children! Wild and mystic – the only thing you can see there, is the ocean and the Jandia Mountains above …

 

Playa de Soledad, Fuerteventura
Playa de Soledad
 

Corralejo

 

In the Northeast of Fuerteventura is located the young surfer place, called Corralejo. Here you can find a lot of tourists, hotels, bars and restaurants (but to be honest, I was missing the silence and wildness of the south).  Corralejo is the most popular surfer spot on the island – a lot of young people come here, learn to surf in Billabong Camp&School and go out at night. From Corralejo’s north, you can see Lobos and neighboring island Lanzarote which is located in the north.

 

Tip: Take a sit at Tequila Bar at Tequila Beach and enjoy a cold cerveza grande for only 2 €, good music and the view over Lanzarote and Lobos Islands for free!
 

In Corralejo you can find several small beaches with a lot of families and children. So if you want to have a peaceful sunny day you better go to Corralejo’s National Park (Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo) – 11 km long dune area, white sand beaches and turquoise water! These beaches are also perfect for wind- and kite surfers.

 

Corralejo Natural Park, Parque Natural Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Corralejo Natural Park
Parque Natural Corralejo
 
Corralejo Natural Park, Parque Natural Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Corralejo Natural Park
 
Playa Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Playa Corralejo
Playa Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Playa Corralejo and Lobos Island
Cale Colon, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Cale Colon, Corralejo
Cale isla de Lobos, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Cale isla de Lobos, Corralejo
Cale isla de Lobos, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Cale isla de Lobos, Corralejo
 

El Cotillo

 

El Cotillo is a fisher village and very well developed tourist destination. The beach is really unique as here you can find the perfect natural colour-splash between white sands and black lava sand and rocks. The difference between El Cotillo’s beach and all other beaches located in the west is that the water here is pretty shallow and you can actually go and bath here.

 

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura
El Cotillo
El Cotillo, Fuerteventura
El Cotillo
 

Playa del Viejo Rey, La Pared

 

I love this one – located on the west coast, ca 1km long beach with very light-coloured, fine-milled sand with small lava stones in its consistency. This is a perfect place for professional surfers, but you could also book a lesson at the local surfer school in La Pared. But if you are not good in swimming, please do not go into the water! The waves are more than huge and there is always some torrential surge and strong current. There were almost any people here, so you can feel as VIP person on a private beach.

 

Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared, Fuerteventura
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared, Fuerteventura
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared, Fuerteventura
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared, Fuerteventura
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared, Fuerteventura
Playa del Viejo Rey, La pared
 

I hope I could inspire you for the next holidays! My last Fuerteventura tip is to rent a car for the whole period of stay so that you can explore all these beautiful beaches!

 
Enjoy the day!

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