Pure nature Under the influence of the volcano: 10 magical beaches in Fuerteventura
To find some peace, for a family outing, to do some sport … or to simply sunbathe
Did you know that 50,000 years ago Fuerteventura was half as big as it is today? The eruption of the volcanoes at that time was the cause of the expansion of the territory as we know it nowadays.
The island has 150 kilometers worth of beaches, fit for all tastes. Its white and golden sand contrasts with the black volcanic sand found in the westernmost islands of the archipelago and reminds us of its proximity to the Sahara desert, while the turquoise color of its waters have nothing to envy to the best beaches around the world. Join this discovery with Iberostar hotels in Fuerteventura.
Matorral beach (Jandía)
The Jandía Peninsula, located on the southern tip of Fuerteventura, is a sandy 4.5 kilometer-long area full of dreamy beaches like this one, also known as La Solana beach. Here, you can take long walks along the shore, with the Matorral lighthouse always present in the background. This 62-meter lighthouse warns sailors that they are sailing near the south of the island and of the shallow waters of this beach. This beach is located just 3 minutes from the adults-only hotel Iberostar Selection Fuerteventura Palace, a 5-star hotel in Jandía that features Spa Sensations, where you can enjoy a Thai massage so relaxing that you will never forget it.
Unspoilt nature surrounds this spectacular 14-kilometer stretch of sand at the foot of the Jandía mountain range, where the highest mountains of Fuerteventura are found. Among its most emblematic points is the islet attached to the beach and Roque del Moro, a gigantic monolith. It is one of the wildest and most remote beaches of civilization, with the only exception of the enigmatic fishing village of Cofete, a place lost in time that is full of legends related to submarines and spies.
This kilometer-and-a-half-long sandy area is one of the most appreciated on the island. The conditions for snorkeling are perfect. It is also an ideal place to contemplate the wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean in silence from a suite at the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park, while the children learn whilst playing at the Star Camp. Also, at this family-friendly, All-Inclusvie hotel in Fuerteventura you can park your worries in the spa or on your chill-out terrace.
Thanks to two sand barriers located 100 and 300 meters from the shore, these nine kilometers of uninterrupted beach are one of the favorite spots for windsurfers and kitesurfers. However, you obviously do not need to be a fan of these watersports to enjoy the pleasant sensation of feeling like you are in the middle of a desert island.
Costa Calma beach
A magical effect worthy of observation takes place on this long, white, sandy beach. During the low tide a single sandbank forms, whereas when the tide is high, it divides into several smaller beaches, creating the most curious optical effect, as if it were a gigantic kaleidoscope. But the peculiarities of this two-kilometer stretch of sand do not end here: due to its orography and the changing wind conditions, the southern area is ideal for surfing and windsurfing. In turn, the northern area is ideal for families.
Playa del Moro
In the northeast area, next to the wonderful Natural Park of the Corralejo Dunes, there are several volcanoes that give shelter to this peaceful 300-meter, fine sand beach, as if they were sentinels of time. In addition, a great idea to take advantage of your stay is to take a short excursion around the natural park and discover its incredible volcanic landscapes.
La Concha beach
A beautiful reef shelters numerous marine species (sting-rays, groupers, white seabreams ...) and stops the waves of the ocean, meaning the waters of this beach are very calm and ideal for diving. Its sand is fine and white and is linked to the coves and small beaches of Los Lagos, which continue to the picturesque village of El Cotillo. Considered one of the most charming areas of the island, contemplating the sunset with its yellow, pink, violet and orange tones turns each afternoon into a unique show for the senses.
Playa del Águila
Popularly known as Playa de las Escaleras (Steps beach), since it is accessed by some rustic steps adhered to a small cliff, we find this lonely beach south of El Cotillo, whose golden sand and its isolated and unspoilt surroundings are definitely an eye-catcher.
Playa del Castillo
Also known as Caleta de Fuste, it is one of Fuerteventura's quietest beaches. Its 800 meters in length and 40 meters width are very protected from the waves, which makes it ideal to visit with children. The beach gets its name from a nearby 18th century fortress, cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest and built to protect the island from pirate invasions. At certain times and given its proximity to the marina, you may get the chance to swim surrounded by sea lions.
In the spectacular volcanic caves of Ajuy, formed a whopping 100 million years ago, you can see fossils of marine shefillsh and oceanic sediments that give us clues about the formation of the island. The nearby beach is surrounded by cliffs and subjected to continuous tides, which contrasts with the tranquility the fishing village of Ajuy breathes, where you can enjoy the typical fresh fried fish in one of its excellent restaurants.
With the Iberostar Fuerteventura hotels, all these treasures will be within your reach. Would you like to discover them?