Fuerteventura Beaches

Fuerteventura is perhaps most famous for its beaches, with over 50km of stunning white and golden sand. If you just want to take it easy, then those miles of sand make for a perfect getaway and you should be able to find a relatively secluded spot for yourself even in peak season.

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.

Playa de Cofete

Cofete beach is not suitable for bathing. There's something mysterious in it. Deserted, solitary, lonely, and in the background you can see the 800 m high mountains of Jandia where the clouds get caught. The weather is always breezy and the waves are very high. The beach appears breathtakingly eerie but nevertheless beautiful! You shouldn't bathe here because of the high waves and the strong current. On the approx. 2-3 km long beach there are no tourists or locals. The beach is also absolutely unsuitable for children.

El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons

The El Cotillo Beaches provide probably the biggest variety of beaches anywhere on the island. They are possibly the best beaches in Fuerteventura. So there is definitely one of the El Cotillo beaches for everyone – whether you like quiet, busy, small or large. Fortunately you will not find row upon row of sunbeds, umbrellas, or any of the other tourist rubbish, found on some other beaches. Just wonderful, natural, unspoilt beaches with lovely sand and clear water.

Sotavento Beach

In reality, Sotavento is made up of five beaches: La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Los Canarios and Malnombre. With endless walks next to its clear waters there is no need to wait for low tide. A sand barrier at 100 and 300 metres from the shore creates a lagoon three kilometres long, perfect for beginners to windsurfing or kitesurfing; of which there are many. Turn around and take in a wonderful scene of solitude, with thousands of metres of sand and ocean before you. A real treat.

Playa de Sotavento

"Playa de Sotavento", which is 5 km long, is situated on the southern east coast of Fuerteventura. Every year, windsurfing and kite boarding world championships take place here. Playa de Sotavento is ideal for both surfing and kite boarding beginners and masters. The beach is too windy for relaxed bathing but you can lie down in the protected small dunes that are covered with vegetation. You can also do naturism and the beach is suitable for children since the water is very shallow.  

Playa del Matorral

Located in the peninsula of Jandia , the El Matorral beach in Morro Jable is a long white sand beach, bordered by a salt marsh of Jandía, an unique coastal ecosystem that is regularly flooded by the tides. Its soil is made of clay slimes and thin sands compacted by the tidal flooding of the sea and colonized by salt-tolerant vegetation and plants able of enduring period of hours of being submerged.

Parque Natural de Corralejo

Corralejo Natural Park lies in the northern part of the island and is made up of a large area of dunes, a solidified lava stream, and the Montaña Roja (Red Mountain) volcanic cone. Its considerable sandy habitat contains plant species such as the Canarian Bean-Caper (Zygophyllum fontanesii), Shrubby Sea-blite (Suaeda vera) and a member of the amaranthus family (Traganum moquinii). It also has the largest colony of Houbara Bustards (Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae) on the island.