I have my favourite beaches in Fuerteventura, After living here for 10 years, and from visiting the island for 8 years previous to that. My choice is based on those I have visited most often with my family, and this is because of several reasons:
• Suitable for families
• A yellow sand beach
• Easy access
• Closeness to other facilities
• Things taking place at the beach
This beach is in the resort where I live, and is the one I use most regularly of all the beaches in Fuerteventura. It is a horseshoe shaped beach of yellow sand. It is well protected from the prevailing NE wind and offers safe paddling and swimming because the sea is not deep as the beach drops gently.
At low tide there are rocks on the sea floor that can be a bit unpleasant when walking on them, but at middle and high tide the sea is perfect and offers safe water.
There are sun loungers and parasols available for hire. The price for a day is 10.50€ for two sun loungers and a parasol.
There are 3 nets for playing beach volleyball and a marked out pitch with goal posts for playing beach football.
There is a café on the beach for buying snacks and drinks.
The beach has a lifeguard, who puts up safety warning flags each day.
At the back of the beach there are toilets and a shower.
There are 3 camels at the south of the beach that provide rides, (for 10€ each) along the land to the south.
At the back of the beach is a children’s playground.
There are two wooden walkways that go across the beach towards the sea to provide easier access for those with reduced mobility and one leads to a wooden solarium. A bathing chair is also available for those with reduced mobility.
During July and August, on Friday mornings, there are free beach games and bouncy castles for children, followed by a foam party.
Close by, in the harbour, it is possible to hire jet skis, motorized whales, pedal boats and canoes, so these can be seen on the sea beyond an area marked off with buoys. To the south of the beach is a windsurf centre which is mainly used by beginners to the sport, so it is entertaining to watch their attempts at staying upright.
Children love to build castles on the beach, and also to try and catch fish which come very close to the shore in the shallow sea water.
If there is an opportunity to travel to any of the Beaches in Fuerteventura, then I go to any of the beaches that make up the Grandes Playas (big beaches) just outside of Corralejo.
There are several beaches that merge into one long stretch of beach along this stretch of coast. These include Playa Bajo Negro, Playa de los Matos, Playa del Moro, Playa Alzada and Playita de Poris, and they all have the backdrop of the outstanding and beautiful sand dunes of the National Park. They also have Blue Flag status.
There are two alternatives for parking your car. You can either park up on the eastern side of the main road, the FV-1, next to the wooden posts that run along the boundary of the sand. Or alternatively, you can park on the side of the road that leads up to the Hotel Oliva Beach, with access being at the roundabout on the FV-2 between the Hotel Oliva Beach and the Tres Islas Hotel. These hotels stand out as they are the only two hotels and development in the sand dunes area.
The beaches are of golden sand, which is quite coarse. I like these beaches because there isn’t too much difference between the high and low tide mark, and so the sea gets deep quite quickly and produces some nice waves.
Sunbeds and parasols are only available for hire near the Tres Islas and Oliva Beach Hotels, and this is the busiest part of the beach. To the north and south you can walk for several kilometers along the sand, and on some days there will only be a few people about. Naturists tend to use the beaches south of the Oliva Beach, and tend to sunbathe in stone circle shelters that have been made on the beach.
Along this stretch of beaches in Fuerteventura there are lifeguards patrolling during the main summer season. Near the hotels there are beach bars where you can buy food and drink.
Just south of the Oliva beach Hotel there is a camel safari.
I like this beach for sunbathing and splashing about in the sea. I also think that it offers the feeling of freedom with the wonderful colours of the sand, sea and sky. It can be a bit rough for swimming, but everyone seems to have fun in the sun here. The one downside of this section of beaches in Fuerteventura, is that if there is a strong wind then the sand can be blown about and it can be unpleasant.
Beach games are popular along this stretch, and you can watch the more serious water sports people windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing.
Over the second weekend in November, the Annual International Kite Festival is held on the dunes behind the Playa del Burro. This event attracts kite fliers from all over Europe, and attracts many visitors.
This large beach, just outside Puerto del Rosario, is another of my favourite beaches in Fuerteventura. As it is close to the capital, it offers a good stopping off point, after going shopping in the capital. For most of the time it is quiet, but it can get busy on the summer evenings when the locals head to the beach.
Parking is easy and free, and the car park is reached by following the signs for Playa Blanca off the main road, FV-2, between the airport and Puerto del Rosario.
It has Blue Flag Status, and has a lifeguard during the summer months. It is advisable to be very careful when swimming because there are dangerous undercurrents here.
The beach itself, is very wide with golden sand. It is backed by sand dunes.
With an off-shore wind, the sea can be very calm, but when there is an on-shore North Easterly, then the waves can be rough. The rough waves attract the surf schools from the north of the island as they give ideal conditions for beginners to the sport. Sometimes, in the evenings, the beach attracts kite surfers.
There is no longer a snack bar at the beach, so if you intend to stay for any length of time, then you’ll need to take food and drink.