Island of Fuerteventura and its beaches (Canary Islands). Guide to the resort, attractions, places to relax, cities, leisure activities
Fuerteventura is the second largest and the first longest island in the Canaries and the closest to the shores of Africa. The island is known for its amazingly clean beaches, tranquility and small local population. This wild paradise with dramatic volcanic scenery allows you to fully relax in the lap of nature.
Photo: Map of the island of Fuenteventura
The island’s capital is Puerto del Rosario, with Fuerteventura’s only airport nearby. Recently, the island has been actively developing, so in the near future, it may turn into a crowded resort.
The climate of Fuerteventura allows not only to sunbathe but also to swim all year round, because even in winter the temperature does not fall below +20 ° C, and variations in water temperature are minimal – an average of +18-22 ° C. In this summer is not hot at all with a temperature of +27-30 ° C, and the breeze blowing around the island eliminates the stuffiness.
To see the island in all its beauty, you can watch this video:
The name Fuerteventura (fuerte – strong, el viento – wind) is due to the constant winds, which are caused by the lack of natural barrier in the form of high mountains, which are very few on the island. For the same reason, there is almost no precipitation here – there are no peaks that would hold the clouds.
The pride of Fuerteventura is about 100 km of dazzling white beaches (Matorral, Marfolin) and 25 km of amazing black beaches (Gran Tarahal, Playa de Ahui). There are also beaches for surfers, where strong winds do not stop blowing (La Pared, Corallejo), and the beach Sotavento, 30 km away, annually holds the world windsurfers competition. The most picturesque beach of the island is Playa Cofete, where it seems that you are at the origins of the universe.
The landscapes of the island are dramatically different from its neighbors – deserted, dramatic, in dark gray and brown tones, with craters and bare hills. But together with the white and black beaches, azure sea, cacti and palm trees, it creates an unbeatable ensemble. Looking at this splendor, involuntarily surrender to dreams, and vanity leaves the mind.
The typical desert vegetation – agave, various succulents, aloe vera and date palms – gives Fuerteventura a special charm. The island is home to many species of birds, such as the vulture, white heron and the rare osprey. It is also home to the mottled monarch butterfly.
10 Things to do in Fuerteventura. Things to do:
- Lounge on the fabulously white sands of Matorral Beach;
- Visit the picturesque village of Betancuria in the bosom of the crater;
- Take a ride on a “kamikaze” in a water park called Baku;
- Take stunning pictures on the beach of unearthly beauty Kofete;
- Experience real solitude in the village of Mahanicho;
- Take part in a camel safari in La Lajita;
- Go to the island of Lobos, without forgetting the mask and snorkel;
- Daydreaming on the black sands of the Gran Tarajala and taking in the extraordinary scenery;
- Spend a day in the unique Oasis Park;
- See the island from the heights of Pico de la Zarza.
Jandia is the peninsula with the best snow-white beaches and the highest peak of the island, Pico de la Zarza (807 m). This is the most popular resort area of Fuerteventura, favored mainly by tourists from northern Europe.
Playa Matorral – a long beach with pure white sand, stretching from the rocks of Morro Jable for 3 km (width up to 500 meters). At the beginning of the beach there are toilets, showers, restaurants, in the center near the lighthouse there are catamarans and surfing point. The salt marshes behind the beach are home to friendly Maghreb squirrels. There are nudists;
Cofete (Playa de Cofete) – endless pristine and hard-to-reach beach, which stretches for 8 km. Behind the enchanting formidable mountains and clouds, so rare for the island.
Tourist reviews show that it is better to get to Cofete by bus, because the car has too low suspension and the road is too difficult.
Not far from the isthmus in the village of La Lahita Oasis Park is located on 800 thousand square meters. m with a botanical garden, a delightful Cactus Garden with 28 thousand species of flora, a zoo with African animals: giraffes, crocodiles, hippos and the sweetest meerkats. There is also a camel farm where you can book a camel safari.
Photo: La Pared
La Pared is a small town on the northern Isthmus of the Handi Peninsula. It’s a place of consistently strong winds, which is good for surfers. The coast is encrusted with rocks of many colors and shapes, from black to yellow to white. But the strong winds and waves make the beach not too friendly, but the local scenery is breathtaking.
Playa de La Pared is a stunning wide beach in a bay with gray sand and huge gray cliffs behind.
Playa del Viejo Rey is a beautiful beach with fine golden sand framed by amazing chocolate mountains. The place is very dangerous for swimming – there can be strong undercurrents.
Photo: Costa Calma
Costa Calma (Costa Calma from Spanish for “quiet coast”) is the island’s newest and fastest-growing resort at the end of the southern coast of the Handi Peninsula. The many kilometers of beach Sotavento originates here. It is almost the only green spot on the island thanks to the constant irrigation of used and purified water from the hotels.
Photo: Playa del Salmo
Costa Calma, a central beach 2 km long and 300 meters wide. Excellent infrastructure.
Playa del Salmo is a beautiful beach with dunes, behind which is very good shelter from the wind. Covered with white sand, there are black stones. There are nudists.
Barca (Playa Barca) – a spacious golden beach next to the lagoon, which is formed during the tides.
Playa de Matas Blancas is a secluded sand and pebble beach at the end of the resort.
There’s a fun African market with colorful trinkets and aloe vera cosmetics.
Photo: Gran Tarahal
Gran Tarajal is a large resort in the central part of the southern coast of Fuerteventura. This is a town of gray mountains, black volcanic beaches and whitewashed houses, diluting a rather formidable landscape. Not everyone will appreciate such outlandish beauty, but the last romantics tired of fancy resorts will find heartfelt peace here.
Playa Gran Tarajal – the cleanest wide (100m) beach with fine dark gray sand. There are playgrounds, cafes and stores.
Of the architecture there is only the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candela in the heart of the city.
Photo: Castillo Caleta de Fuste
Castillo Caleta de Fuste or El Castillo is a resort in the east of the island with minimal distance from the airport, which plays in its favor. As you can conclude from the name, the shores of the resort are stony – this fact attracts divers. But also to sunbathe and swim is where.
For a traditional beach holiday, there are excellent artificial beaches:
Sheraton beach – bulk beach in the south of the city with fine sand. Breakwaters protect the shore from the waves.
Playa del Castillo is an artificial beach in a safe cove sheltered from the wind and waves.
Both beaches are safe and perfect for holidays with children.
El Castillo has a bowling alley, a movie theater, and a huge golf club next to the resort. There are dive and surf centers, and one of the local activities is paid fishing.
Puerto del Rosario
Photo: Puerto del Rosario
Puerto del Rosario is the capital and main port of Fuerteventura, with interesting architecture in the old harbor and the home of outcast Miguel de Unamuno. To the south, there is a nice beach with imported sand.
Playa Blanca is a very gentle beach with golden sand. Excellent infrastructure. There is a playground for children.
Playa de Las Arenas – A wild stony beach.
You can see the city of Corralejo from above in this video:
Corralejo is the largest resort town in Fuerteventura. There are even signs of party life here that are not found in other resorts on the island. And the beaches of Corralejo are worthy of a separate mention – 10 km of white sand, but they are all 1 km and further southeast of the city. Almost all of the beaches can accommodate naturists, which is definitely worth considering.
Photo: Playa Del Viejo
Beaches from north to south:
Clavellina (Playa la Clavellina), a miniature sandy and rocky beach to the north of the city.
Playa del Medan is the closest good beach with light sand and an interesting view of the island of Lobos. Kitesurfing is done here.
Playa del Pozo – A beach with dunes and nuragos to shelter from the winds.
Playa del Viejo – A white sandy beach with dunes and nuraghes.
Playa del Caseron is an excellent landscaped beach and the only place without nudists.
Playa de los Martos – a wide beach with golden sand, stones are found. There are nudists.
Playa del Rosadero is a nice sandy beach. Convenient location just off the road. Stony entrance to the water.
A great option for leisure time is to go on a boat trip to the island of Lobos with clear waters and beautiful scenery just 15 minutes from Corralejo. This place is ideal for snorkeling, so bring a mask, snorkel and flippers.
Among the agaves and palm trees in Corralejo is the only Baku Water Park on the island with three theme parks: water rides for children and adults, an entertainment area Europe Park and a zoo with seals, iguanas and flamingos. Here you can even swim next to small sharks.
Majanicho is a tiny village in a secluded cove with no wind or waves. It has a golden, shallow beach. Quiet wild and deserted place with minimal civilization. Here you can ride a bicycle among the deserted expanses.
Photo: El Cotillo
El Cotillo is a village in the northwest of the island with excellent spacious beaches. Near the main beach stands a monument, the Toston Tower, built to prevent pirate raids.
Beaches in the surrounding area:
Marfolin (Playa Marfolin) is a fabulous white sand beach with aquamarine waters. Very gentle. There are nuraghes and beautiful black rocks. Nearby there are restaurants.
Chica (Playa Chica) – a small beach in nearby Los Lagos. Rest nudists.
Playa del Castillo is a golden beach with strong waves. There are naturists.
Ajuy is a small fishing village with brightly colored houses, a picturesque beach with black sand and colorful boulders along the shore. If you walk north from the shore, you can find interesting grottos. Overall, the village, though tiny, is colorful.
Playa de Ajuy or Caleta Negra (Playa de Ajuy) is a small bright black beach framed by rocks.
Summary of Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura has no hangouts or lush greenery, but it is unrivaled in the number of gorgeous beaches. The busiest town of Corralejo, despite the presence of a water park and excellent sandy beaches can not be recommended for a family vacation (a lot of nudists). It is better to choose Castillo Caleta de Fuste, which has the safest artificial beaches on the island. Lovers of unusual outlandish beauty will appreciate Gran Tarahal, where only white houses dilute the black colors of the landscape. Surfers love the islands of Handia with Cafete beach and Costa Calma with Sotavento coast.
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