Beaches in Fuerteventura
Without doubt Fuerteventura has some of the most impressive beaches in the whole of Europe. There is such a vast expanse of sand here. From the Golden sand dunes of Corralejo in the north to the miles of flat beaches in Jandia in the south. From white sand to black, rocky sand and even lagoon style, Fuerteventura has over 125 miles of beach. This makes Fuerteventura an ideal destination for the beach lover.
These are the beaches that charm thousands of tourists to this beautiful island every year.
The miles of white sandy beaches that disappear into turquoise waters make the beaches of Fuerteventura by far the best in the Canary Islands.
These perfect white sand beaches are not the result of sand being blown across from the Sahara Desert (as some Guidebooks claim) but are in fact composed of broken shells and other remains from marine organisms.
Fuerteventura can get very windy, though normally it is possible to find a sheltered beach somewhere along the east coast. It can be perfectly calm in Morro Jable and very choppy around the Dunes of Corralejo on the same day. If it is a little choppy, it can often be worth driving around a little in search of a sheltered cove.
The western beaches such as those at El Cotillo receive bigger swells and are popular with surfers, though there are some sheltered coves and lagoons there too.
Almost all of the beaches outwith the resorts can be considered unofficial naturist beaches
Blue Flag Beaches
Blue Flags are awarded each year to European and South African beaches that meet certain standards.
There are several Fuerteventura beaches that have been awarded the Blue Flag. As this can change from year to year to find out exactly which beaches check out the Blue Flag Website.
The Standards of a European Blue Flag beach is based on compliance with 27 criteria covering the aspects:
1) Water Quality
2) Environmental Education and Information
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services
Some criteria are imperative (i) whereas others are guideline (g). All imperative requirements have to be fulfilled, and in addition a maximum number of guideline criteria.
There are so many gorgeous beaches in Fuerteventura that we could not possibly describe them all.
The following is a summary of the beaches by area, though this shouldn’t stop you from exploring the rest of the Island’s coast.
North Beaches of Fuerteventura
The North Beaches of Fuerteventura has multiple beaches and they are considered some of the best.
The sand is bright white and very fine. Covering the majority of the northern-east tip of the island this area is the perfect location for kite surfing and para-sailing.
Five kilometers from Corralejo there is the Natural Park, where large sand dunes come almost all the way to the waters edge and they are a great place to have a hike and then a cooling dip.
A spectacular landscape of 2,600 hectares where the white sand leads to turquoise waters.
Central-East Beaches of Fuerteventura
The black-sand beach at Gran Tarajal has a blue flag and is popular with locals, however the colour of it’s sand makes it less attractive than the beaches of Corralejo or Jandia.
Located beside the Parador National (Spanish state-owned Hotel) between Puerto del Rosario and the Airport is the attractive golden-sand beach of Playa Blanca, although when compared to some of the spectacular beaches of this Island, it comes a distant second.
South Beaches of Fuerteventura
Between Costa Calma and Morro Jable lie the best (and longest stretch of) Beaches on the Island. The bleached white sand and shallow turquoise waters make this stretch of coast a beach lover’s dream.
The beaches in both Costa Calma and Morro Jable are very nice and have blue flags (and therefore lifeguards), though it’s worth exploring the beautiful coves that lie outside the main resorts. If it is a windy day, then the beach at the old part of Morro Jable can be a good bet.
On the windward (western) coast of the Jandia Peninsula there is a 14km stretch of sand. To get to these unspoilt beaches, you will need a 4×4 as there is only an unsealed track connecting them with the rest of the island.
While these beaches are unspoilt and beautiful, there are strong winds and dangerous currents here which make bathing inadvisable.