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Playa de Matorral, Bild: Elena Krivorotova / shutterstock

Paradisiacal conditions on the beaches of Fuerteventura

Sun and sand galore! A holiday paradise rises on the African doorstep. Created for people who want to switch off far away from the stress of everyday life and the capricious European weather and enjoy the days of their holiday with all their senses.

If you are looking for a golden beach in the Canary Islands , you will have to look for a while, because the coasts of the “eternal spring” are usually black because they are the product of extinct volcanoes. Fuerteventura is in the fortunate position of being able to present a few white beaches as well. And hardly anyone is bothered by the fact that these were almost without exception artificially created. Because this island is also of volcanic origin. The heights of the “sleeping” former fire mountain Bayuyo are often the destination of tourists who are good on foot.

260 kilometres of coastline – 80 beaches

But most holidaymakers come to Fuerteventura because this beauty in the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean has beaches that are ideal for long hikes. The 260-kilometre-long coastline is home to no less than eighty beaches, some of which change their appearance day by day thanks to the tides. During an evening chat in one of the first-class hotels and resorts, sun worshippers often argue about which of these beaches is the most beautiful. There is no answer to this, because the selection is so gigantic that everyone will find their own personal refuge for a day in the sand.

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Corralejo Grandes Playa – Light sand and picturesque dunes

Corralejo Grandes Playa
Corralejo Grandes Playa, Image: Juergen_Wallstabe / shutterstock

For some time now, the Corralejo Grandes Playa has lost the title of being an insider tip among the beaches of Fuerteventura. Because word has now spread among holidaymakers that this is a jewel in the nature reserve of the north of the island. Anyone who talks about Flag Beach knows that this section is a true Eldorado for surfers, who don’t have to wait in vain for the “big wave” here. Water sports activities of all kinds are offered there, but some guests spread out their towel a little away and enjoy the natural surroundings of this beautiful beach with its light sand and picturesque dunes.

The Risco del Paso Lagoon

Risco del Paso, Fuerteventura
Risco del Paso, Image: Traveller70 / shutterstock

Families with their children are often drawn to the east of Fuerteventura. Also because the infrastructure there is very good and the warm waves rarely behave wildly. The Playa de Caleta de Fuste on a photogenic bay in the shape of a horseshoe is particularly popular. This section of beach is bordered by mighty rocks. One of the island’s tourist attractions in the south is the Risco del Paso with its beautiful lagoon, which is also appreciated by holidaymakers because it can be reached in a quarter of an hour by rental car or taxi from Costa Calma.

El Cotillo – The beach of the wild waves

El Cotillo, Fuerteventura
El Cotillo, Image: lunamarina / shutterstock

Those who like the majestic and wild waves of the island are drawn to the cliffs of the west. El Cotillo is a hotspot for windsurfers and kitesurfers, and many holidaymakers can hardly get enough of the tricks of these water sports enthusiasts. Without a doubt, Piedra Playa beach is one of the most beautiful in Fuerteventura. Sympathizers of textile-free bathing pleasure prefer the beach of Morro Jable. A lighthouse forms the border to the usual bathing operation. The Playa de Sotavento near Janido is praised as one of the cleanest beaches on the island, not only by the locals, because here the algae washed up overnight are removed in the morning by diligent helpers. There are also showers and toilets there.