Beaches in La Oliva

The Fuerteventura beaches are generally recognised as being some of the best in Europe.  There are 150 km of beaches on the island, and all have different characteristics, which attract visitors who either want to sunbathe, do watersports, go walking or just want to be in an isolated location. The Municipality of La Oliva is in the north of the island, and has beaches on the west coast of the island, on the north coast and on the east coast.

The main beaches in La Oliva are:

Grandes Playas

The Grandes Playas are the group name for a number of linked beaches that front on to the Sand Dunes National Park, just to the south of Corralejo.  They are easterly facing, and can be accessed from the FV-1 main road, which runs along the back of the beaches and through the famous sand dunes. Car parking is allowed in certain places along this road on a wide hard shoulder. Parking off road should not be done because of the soft sand and shifting sand. All the beaches are of golden sand and hold a 2015 Blue Flag award.  Some of the beaches have sunbeds and parasols for hire; some are well-known naturist beaches; some are the location for kite surfers; some are the location for windsurfers and some are the location for surfers.  

The beach nearest to Corralejo on the dunes is called Playa de Corralejo, and this links to Playa Bajo Negro, Playa de los Matos, Playa del Morro, Playa Alzada, El Caseron, El Pozo, El Viejo, El Rosadero, El Dormidero, El Bajo Medio, El Burro, Larga, La Clavellinas, Medano, Punto Remedios, Punta Prieta (Flag Beach) and Caleta Beartriz.  These Fuerteventura beaches form about an 8km long beach.

El Cotillo

There are two main locations for beaches in El Cotillo.  To the south of the village are the golden sand beaches which are on the west coast.  The Esquinzo, Piedra Playa and El Aljibe de la Cueva/La Escalera beaches, which are about 1500 metres in length, are the preferred location for the surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers.  Access is by a rough track on top of the cliffs.  Other beaches in this area are called Caleta de Marrajo, El Castillo, El Islote, El Marrajo and La Barra and these are more isolated. To the north of El Cotillo there is the popular La Concha beach which has 200 metres of golden sand in a horseshoe shape which faces on to a safe, natural lagoon.  Nearby is the sandy Marfolin/Los Lagos beach.  These beaches are also used by naturists.

Lobos Island

Two kilometers off the coast of Fuerteventura is the small island of Los Lobos.  There are two beaches on the island, which are accessed by a daily, pleasure boat link from Corralejo.  La Concha, or La Caleta, is a horseshoe shaped beach which has 200 metres of golden sand.  At the south east, is El Puertito, which is a small natural cove.


In the resort of Corralejo there are two beach areas.  Muelle Chico is a 190km long beach of golden sand, in the old part of the town.  Further south is La Goleta beach which is popular as it has sun beds and parasols for hire.

Other Beaches

Along the northern coast, from El Cotillo to Corralejo, there are a number of small, white sand beaches which can be accessed off the track that runs along the coast. On the west coast there are two isolated beaches that are worth a visit by a 4x4 vehicle.  They are both near the village of Tindaya, and are called Playa de Tebeto and Playa de la Mujer.  Both are about 250 metres long.

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