Situated just 100km off the north coast of Africa, the beautiful island of Fuerteventura offers a delicious choice of beaches, with over 150km of sands to choose from. Discovering the best beaches in Fuerteventura is a must when visiting the Canary Islands, where you can appreciate the glittering turquoise waters and pristine sands that lay under the clear skies.
The Canary Islands are renowned for their steady weather averages all-year round, with temperatures ranging between 17º and 27º, making it a popular beach break destination even in the winter. With an average of nine hours of sunshine a day, there is plenty of time for beach bums to soak up the rays amidst the stunning island surroundings.
Fuerteventura boasts a variety of beaches to cater to your preferences, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly stretch for the kids to splash around, a tranquil spot to relax and unwind, or a watersports hub to satisfy the thrill seekers.
Check out our round-up of the 6 best beaches in Fuerteventura…
Caleta de Fuste / El Castillo
Calete de Fuste, also known as ‘El Castillo’ or ‘Shank’s Shark’, is one of the most popular beaches in Fuerteventura due to its proximity to both the airport and the capital city of Puerto del Rosario.
Stretching for over 800 metres, Calete de Fuste is a massive hit with the families, with an extensive range of activities to keep both the children and the adults entertained. This family-friendly beach is perfect if you’re travelling with the little ones, where you can feel at ease when taking the kids for a splash in the sea. With a lifeguard patrolling the golden sands, and a separate area for swimming and water sports, Caleta de Fuste provides the utmost safety to its guests.
The beach is also a little piece of heaven for adrenaline junkies, with jet skis, pedalos, canoes and kayaks all available to hire in the harbour. To the south of the beach is a windsurf centre, where you’ll find both beginners looking to practice the sport and pros who are keen to ride the waves.
The Oceanarium situated in the yacht harbour also gives you the opportunity to watch and swim with sea lions (at an extra cost), as well as providing an extensive list of daily boat excursions to choose from. Whether you want to explore the shores on a glass bottom catamaran, sail away from the coastline to spot sea turtles, dolphins and whales, or even snorkel and scuba dive in the two main reefs, Castillo Reef and Salinas Reef, Caleta de Fuste truly has something on offer for everyone.
For those who would prefer to chill out in the Canarian sunshine, sun loungers and parasols are available to hire, as well as plenty of nearby restaurants, bars and cafes where you can find a wide range of refreshments. With this beach ticking all the boxes, it’s no wonder it’s a tourist favourite.
Located on the north-east tip of the island, just south of the resort of Corralejo, sits Grandes Playas – an enormous 10km stretch of coastline encompassing a number of smaller beaches. There’s no such thing as feeling cramped and congested on this stretch, where you’ll also discover some hidden coves that make you feel like you’re the only person there.
With the stunning backdrop of sand dunes from the National Park nearby, Grandes Playas is a hot spot for the nature lovers who are keen to soak up the sun amid a picturesque view.
This beach is also home to some watersports action – you’ll see plenty of windsurfers, kite surfers and surfers taking full advantage of the beach’s windy conditions.
Looking for the best beach in Fuerteventura for surfing? Sotavento Beach is the ultimate surfer’s paradise thanks to the consistent, steady winds. Hire some kit and get stuck in or watch the kiteboarding and windsurfing pros dance on the waves from the shoreline. With a low tide and a sea temperature of 21º all year round, Sotavento Beach is a great swimming area if you’re eager to take a plunge in the glistening Canary waters.
Sotavento is also a delicious spot if you’re looking for a more peaceful vibe, where you can take a stroll down the unspoiled shoreline, admire the crystalline waters, and listen to the soothing sound of the sea.
This expansive stretch is a particular favourite for the nudists, where it’s easy to find a deserted spot to catch some rays and ditch the tan lines.
If you’re looking to escape the bustling island hotspots, then take a trip to the south of Fuerteventura where you will discover the perfectly-isolated Cofete. A 20km dirt track leads you to this remote yet extraordinary location, where a 4×4 vehicle is highly recommended as opposed to a standard hire car.
The endless golden sands and stunning landscapes will make your venture down the track worthwhile: you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful view of the Jandia Mountains soaring above the sea.
The constant winds and strong currents make Cofete a dangerous place to swim, but if you’re willing to take a step into the wilderness, then it’s worth experiencing the secluded yet peaceful side to Fuerteventura.
Located on Costa Calma, Playa Esmerelda is a tranquil setting with some of the gentlest waves on the island, where you won’t be able to resist taking a dip into the water. Here, you can simply relax in paradise amongst the crystal blue waters and soft golden sands.
On the north west of the island sits Playa de la Concha, a stunning 200m stretch of white sands and serene turquoise waters. This natural horseshoe-shaped reef is a family-friendly environment, where the little ones are safe to paddle in the coves splashed by gentle waves. La Concha boasts some of the most incredible views and sunsets, with the sky glowing from violets to ochre.
Located near the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park on the north of Fuerteventura, El Moro offers a beautiful stretch of fine white sand and crystal-clear waters. Where the average sea temperature doesn’t drop below 20º between May and December, El Moro provides plenty of opportunities to cool off and take a refreshing dip in the sea.
Sunbeds and parasols are available to hire, as well as areas for surfing and canoeing nearby. The beach is also bordered with restaurants, shops, beach bars and leisure areas if you fancy a change of scenery.
Looking for the perfect hotel for a Spanish beach holiday this summer? Check out Barceló Castillo Royal Level situated on the golden sands of Caleta de Fuste.