The best beaches for families in Andalucia
Planning a family holiday in one of the Spanish Costas? Follow our guide to the best family friendly beaches in Andalucia
Does the image of a white sandy beach and a deep blue sea help you cope with the reality of your day-to-day life? Well, you’ve stumbled across the perfect article, because you won’t need to save up a fortune or bribe your boss to let you have a month’s holiday leave: your turquoise blue oasis awaits you in the Canary Islands. Get ready to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the archipelago that enjoys the most sunshine and the best temperatures in the whole of Spain, and discover all that the best hotels in Fuerteventura can offer.
The entire island was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2009; its volcanic and natural landscapes are unique in the world. Here you are guaranteed to find the tranquillity and quality time you were seeking on your getaway to an idyllic seaside destination. In addition, the quality and variety of leisure options in Fuerteventura, including outdoor activities and relaxation, will make the summer seem less like a season of the year and more like a permanent mental state that you can fall into at any time. With extensive beaches renowned for their quality—ideal for water sports—, Jandía’s adults-only hotels on the south of the island offer the chance to leave the world behind. If you’re ready for some enjoyment, treat yourself to a holiday in Fuerteventura, and be the star of your own show.
Hotels in Fuerteventura where you can be at one with the world
Fuerteventura is an island of contrasts, surprising visitors with its volcanic landscape, in which the imposing silhouette of Mount Tindaya provides the backdrop to the beaches, some of which are black while others, with their fine, white sand, could be in the Caribbean. Apart from good weather, the other thing you can be sure of on a holiday in Fuerteventura is a wide choice of unique places where you can retreat from the world. There’s time for all these: trips around lunar landscapes, charming villages and amazing sand dunes reminiscent of an African landscape. Most importantly, you can relax in resorts designed to make you want to return again and again. The most highly recommended places to let yourself be pampered while you enjoy the beaches include hotels such as the Occidental Jandía Royal Level, which welcomes you to an exclusive stay where wellness is the top priority, and which provides an ideal base from which to explore in depth the delights of Fuerteventura.
Beaches not to be missed on your holiday in Fuerteventura
If the image of an idyllic coast is the main thing that attracts you to the island, let’s start with a selection of beaches that you really must not miss. Every self-respecting traveller knows that the key to success is choosing a privileged location with easy access to all the attractions. Add to this spectacular coastal views and all the comforts of home, and the decision is clear cut. That is the case with the Occidental Jandía Royal Level hotel, on the beach front, and designed for adults only to guarantee you the relaxing holiday you deserve. So right now, pack your bag with what you need for a day sunning yourself on a beach bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.
Playa de Cofete
Probably the most spectacular beach in the Canary Islands, located on the Jandía peninsula, stretching for 12 enviable kilometres; here you can lose yourself among the white sands and against the backdrop of a huge mountain range. It is easily accessed from the hotels in Jandía, and as Fuerteventura is a large island, it offers scope for full excursions to other spots on the island. So the experience of having a beach almost to yourself in a remarkable setting is one that you should not miss.
The Playa del Matorral de Jandía Lighthouse
Right opposite the Occidental Jandía Royal Level Hotel, an iconic white lighthouse outlined against the Canary Islands’ sky will make you feel like you’re on the set of a movie. Moreover, this beach is in the centre of Jandía, a natural enclave, free from crowds, where you can see the native fauna. Can you imagine a more exotic location for a day at the beach?
Corralejo Nature Park
This park, in the north of the island, is a natural area with huge sand dunes, and is surrounded by clear water. If the picture wasn’t already idyllic enough, the finishing touch is provided by the sight of Isla de Lobos, a few kilometres away. Needless to say, the sunsets over the Corralejo Nature Park will be one of the most treasured memories of your holiday in Fuerteventura.
The coastal village of Ajuy
In the equally welcoming village of Ajuy, in the Pájara district, you can find another beach that provides a haven of peace away from the worldly hubbub. Ajuy is a small village on a wild, volcanic coast, and is one of those delightful places where time has almost stood still, and where it is worth sampling the fresh fish available in the area. Nearby are the Cuevas de Ajuy (Caves), formed by thousands of years of erosion by the sea and wind. They offer remarkable views of the cliffs lashed by the wild sea.
Adults Only: a new concept for hotels in Fuerteventura
With its tranquillity and relaxing atmosphere, the island provides the perfect setting to try all manner of health, wellness and hydrotherapy treatments in Spas—like the one at the Occidental Jandía Royal Level Hotel, whose exclusive adults-only service makes it ideal for couples in search of the perfect pampering holiday break. Their search will not be in vain; this hotel complex has been awarded the Thomas Cook Marque of Excellence, a testament to its superb standards of quality.
From the moment you arrive you will feel that you’re in the best hands, and that you’ll be well taken care of: in the lobby, your welcome gifts will include cooling, refreshing detox drinks as you gaze at the stunning view of Jandía beach. Guests who are impatient to take a dip can make their way to Jandía beach (barely five minutes away) with its view of the lighthouse, along an attractive, colourful path through beautifully maintained gardens. There is also a delightful chiringuito (beach bar) where you can enjoy soft drinks by the sea, and perhaps you may even see one of the island’s ‘Moorish squirrels’.
After a day of sun on the beach, your return to the hotel will be one of the great pleasures of your holiday, as from your spacious, airy B-room you can gaze at the sea, fall under its spell, and forget everything for a while. And that was why you came, wasn’t it? To complement this pleasant, relaxing experience, the latest-generation U-Spa offers all the benefits of heat treatments to help you unwind completely. Not forgetting the hotel’s modern fitness centre, where you can round off your wellness routine. Nor should you miss the spacious swimming pools, dotted around the complex so that you can take a dip in a pool at any time. The pools are the focus of continuous organised activities: team games, yoga, pilates, aquagym, etc.
On your Premium holiday, enjoy the finest Majorero (Canary Island goats’ cheese) in the best restaurants
Cheese, fish and kid meat are some of the highlights of Fuerteventura’s cuisine. The island has its own distinctive style of cooking, which is rather different from the typical Mediterranean diet, and which offers delicious and original combinations. Some of its dishes are well known internationally: papas arrugadas (literally, wrinkled potatoes), sancocho de pescado (traditional fish stew that brings together the most typical Canary Island ingredients), and gofio (toasted millet) to add a sweet or salty touch to the meal. It will be easy to try these dishes, as they are a regular feature in one or other of the hotel’s three restaurants and three bars.
What else do you need before you pack your case and take off for your dream holiday in Fuerteventura?