The Fuerteventura beaches are without doubt the leading attraction on this beautiful island. Here you will find over 150 magnificent beaches that range from white and golden sand to the typical black volcanic sand that the Canary Islands are famous for. This article provides detailed information about our top 7 favourite Fuerteventura beaches and what to expect when visiting them.
The Magnificent 7 Best Fuerteventura Beaches
Fuerteventura is located south of Lanzarote and to the east of Gran Canaria in the beautiful archipelago known as the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Fuerteventura is actually the second largest of the Canaries in terms of land mass behind Tenerife. The 110,000 inhabitants here is relatively small compared to some of the more populated islands. What this island lacks in population it more than makes up for with it’s excellent weather and it’s abundance of incredible beaches.
The Fuerteventura beaches were responsible for this island being voted as the most attractive among 500 other European destinations by the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC). The EUCC voted Fuerteventura as the best location for those that are interested in cultural heritage and sustaining the environment.
Corralejo Beach – Playa Grande
Corralejo’s Playa Grande is one of the longest and certainly one of the best on the island of Fuerteventura. The town and popular tourist resort of Corralejo is located in the north of the island, adjacent is the tropical Isla de Lobos (Wolf Island). Playa Grande is actually the correct name for the beach which translates to “Big Beach”in Spanish. Playa Grande certainly takes after it’s name in every sense, this huge beach has a total length of almost 10 kilometres. Playa Grande beach runs parallel to Corralejo Natural Park, here you will find sand dunes for a far as the eye can see. Windsurfing, surfing and kite-boarding are particularly popular activities on this beach due to the wind and currents while the crystal clear waters are a smash hit with swimmers and bathers.
Caleta de Fuste Beach – El Castillo
Another gem of the Fuerteventura beaches is Caleta de Fuste which like Corralejo, is also another leading tourist resort on the island. Caleta is also known as El Castillo which is an artificial beach that is located in a small horse-shoe shaped cove on the eastern coast of the island. The sand on this 800 metre beach is a little harder in composition than some of the other beaches in Fuerteventura but this is barely noticeable unless you are an expert with sand of course. The cove-like construction of this beach means that the tide can go out and return much quicker than other beach areas so bear that in mind if you fancy a little siesta. Caleta is a family beach with safe shallow waters and a gentle current which is suitable for people of all ages.
Playa Barca – Costa Calma
Playa Barca is an extension of the Sotavento beach and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Playa Barca is like a tropical paradise in it’s own right with a gorgeous lagoon filled with palm tress and crystal clear waters. This beach is equipped with most services you would expect to find with the exception of lifeguard services. The lagoon-like features and wind experienced here makes Playa Barca popular with windsurfers and for other board activities. The Hotel Meliá Gorriones overlook this pretty beach.
Esmeralda Beach – Costa Calma
Esmeralda beach in located in southern Fuerteventura on the beautiful Costa Calma. Costa Calma means “Calm Coast” in Spanish and this is exactly what this beach is all about. Being located on the southern coast takes the brunt of the force away from the Atlantic Ocean. This beach and area of coastline is possibly the calmest of the islands and is relatively quiet compared to other beaches here. The total length of Esmeralda is 1345 metres with an average width of 131 metres. There are a few services available such as snacks and deckchairs but little else apart from you and the beautiful white sand and sea.
Sotavento Beach is another huge beach with a length of just under 5 kilometres and a huge width also. This is one of the busiest of the Fuerteventura beaches with plenty of services and facilities on offer. Sotavento beach is equipped with washrooms, restaurants, snacks and has water sports facilities to enjoy. This beach is so vast that even on busy days you will probably feel like you are alone. The sand composition is white and the waters are crystal clear. There is parking available at Sotavento but it’s just as easy to catch the bus and walk to the beach.
Esquinzo Beach La Oliva
Esquinzo Beach in La Oliva is another one of our fave beaches for the seclusion reason alone. If you want a beach to yourself then there is probably a better chance here than anywhere else on the island. The sand here is darker in composition and the rocky coastline makes this beach a little dangerous for anything more than a paddle. This beach is fairly small and surrounded by cliffs if you enjoy the crashing sounds of waves against rocks. As you may expect, there are no services here to speak of and the sea is particularly rough so please be cautious when visiting here.
Cofete Beach in Jandia
Cofete beach in Jandia is the longest of all the Fuerteventura beaches with a total length of 13 kilometres or around 8 miles. Cofete is a golden sandy beach with crystal clear turquoise waters and an average width of around 200 metres. Cofete is a secluded area in southwestern Fuerteventura which is not very accessible but rewarding if you make the effort. You are unlikely to encounter many people here at all and most will probably be here without clothes as this is very much a nudist beach. It may be an idea to hire a 4×4 vehicle as you will need to navigate a 20 kilometre dirt track to access this beach. Parking is provided but there are no services here to speak of so make sure you bring everything with you. The beautiful Jandia mountains surround this huge beach which are a must see when you visit.