Playa del Risco del Paso: Fuerteventura’s huge golden beach
The Canarian island of Fuerteventura—the largest and longest of the archipelago—holds some truly magnificent landscapes. One such landscape, found in the south of the island, is the Jandía Natural Park, lying within the peninsula of the same name. This landscape remains almost intact and practically unspoiled, boasting an enormous richness of natural elements, including a flora and fauna that are typical of the Canary Islands. This magnificent natural park is home to the Playa del Risco del Paso; one of the most highly popular tourist destinations for lovers of the great outdoors. It is the perfect destination for a relaxing and peaceful day on the beach with your friends or family.
Lying between the resorts of Costa Calma and Morro Jable in the municipality of Pájara, you will find one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. This is the Playa del Risco del Paso: an extensive cove in which you can’t see one end from the other, offering golden sands and crystalline waters.
The Playa del Risco del Paso comprises part of the Playa de Sotavento
The Playa del Risco del Paso, along with the Playa de la Barca and other smaller beaches, form part of the Playa de Sotavento: the longest beach in Fuerteventura. This peaceful beach, which simply exudes peace and tranquillity, allows visitors to enjoy nature in its purest form.
The landscape of the Playa del Risco del Paso changes drastically when the tide goes out, with the stretch of sand appearing to get infinitely bigger. However, when the tide comes in, a kind of saltwater lagoon is formed in which a sandbank protrudes as if it were a small mountain. We recommend taking a dip in the water. In this lagoon, which almost never overflows, you are able to watch some friendly bright-coloured fish swim around your feet. This authentic natural spectacle is a true delight for the senses.
The Playa del Risco del Paso: taking your kids on a getaway to Fuerteventura
The Playa del Risco del Paso is the perfect swimming destination for adults and children alike, so feel free to plan a getaway with your children. It holds a huge stretch of shallow water, which is perfect for playing games in the sea with your little ones. It poses no danger whatsoever for your children. In fact, this beach is often used by kids taking their first steps in certain water sports.
If you get the chance, we recommend strolling along the Playa del Risco del Paso as the sun goes down. You will be treated to spectacular views of the sun dipping behind the sand dunes.
Fuerteventura’s Playa del Risco del Paso is a highly regarded beach by lovers of water sports—particularly sports which require wind. This beach is exposed to relatively strong winds, making it perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. In fact, there are various local schools where you can take your first steps in these water sports. They also allow you to rent equipment, meaning you can practice the sport on the beach to your heart’s content.
A sailing paradise
Fuerteventura is a privileged island. It is home to enormous rugged beaches, a dreamlike volcanic landscape and immense sand dunes that never seem to end. It also enjoys constant winds and warm temperatures, making it one of the favourite islands for lovers of water sports; particularly those who enjoy surfing and sailing.
Fuerteventura has many great water sports destinations, but the Playa del Risco del Paso is one of the best. Every year, this beach also hosts the World Windsurfing and Kitesurfing Championship. And there’s good reason for this.
Water sports schools for novices
If you’re a lover of water sports, this is the place for you. If you’re thinking of trying your hand at a new water sport during your holiday to Fuerteventura, it’s an equally good option. The best time of year is from April to September, but you could also try your luck during the rest of the year. You won’t be faced with any problems, as the Playa del Risco del Paso is home to various schools that offer courses for novices. These schools also rent the required equipment, allowing you to practice the sports on the beach without an instructor.
Are you completely soaked from the incessant sea breeze of the Playa del Risco del Paso? Well, now it’s time to treat yourself in one of the many local chiringuito beachfront restaurants, offering magnificent views of the sun going down at the end of the day.
Information of interest
How to arrive:
- By car. The Playa del Risco del Paso is accessed by taking the FV-2 motorway and then turning off at the junction at kilometre 72. The first stretch of the road is tarmacked. The second part, however, is a dirt road, but it is easy to reach the destination.
- The Playa del Risco del Paso has CCTV and several car parks.