Where are the best beaches in Fuerteventura?

The island of Fuerteventura is often recognised as having the best beaches in all of the Canary Islands. I have visited countless beaches in Fuerteventura, with my last visit taking place in December 2022. From windsurfing beaches to calm beaches perfect for families, below are 14 of the best beaches in Fuerteventura.

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Beaches in Fuerteventura: Morro Jable Fuerteventura
Morro Jable in Fuerteventura

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14 Best Beaches in Fuerteventura

The map below shows all of the beaches in Fuerteventura which are listed in this post. Click the blue icons to see more information about each place. Click the star to add to your own Google Maps. 

1. Sotavento Beach

Sotavento Beach is one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. Located in the southeastern corner of the island, it offers a magnificent 27 kilometre stretch of pristine white sand fringed by luscious turquoise waters and wind-blown sand dunes.

Visitors can explore the surrounding nature reserves and sand dunes, or take part in other activities such as horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.

Horse riders at Playa de Sotavento de Jandia (Fuerteventura)
Playa de Sotavento de Jandia

Sotavento is comprised of five distinct beaches (La Barca, Risco del Paso, Mirador, Malnombre and Los Canarios) that can be explored uninterrupted at low tide. These beaches are all very popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers due to reliable trade winds.

There are no large resorts near Sotavento, so you can expect uninterrupted tranquillity. The waters are consistently warm all year round. I recommend renting a car from Discover Cars to get to this beach.

2. Caleta de Fuste Beach

A good beach in Fuerteventura for families, Calete de Fuste is located in the town of El Castillo and is well known for its calm waters and fine sands. It has several restaurants, shops and bars which make it a great destination to relax during the day or explore in the evening.

Beaches in Fuerteventura: Caleta De Fuste beach at sunset with silhoutte palm tree in the background
Caleta De Fuste

A sweeping crescent of shoreline and shallow waters make the Caleta de Fuste beach a family favourite. The sand is sheltered by a castle-crowned headland and marina, and there are gentle waves instead of mighty Atlantic rollers that lap at the northern end of the beach. Watersports, diving and fishing are available.

Caleta de Fuste is less than fifteen minutes away from the airport and there are plenty of resorts nearby. Additionally, two 18-hole golf courses can be found just south in Caleta de Fuste town.

3. La Pared Beach

This beach is part of the Jandia Natural Park and is characterised by its spectacular cliffs and rocky shorelines. It is ideal for those looking to relax in a tranquil environment whilst enjoying the sun, sand and clear waters. There are nearby trails and water sports available.

La Pared Beach - brown sand dunes, bloue sea and white foam.
La Pared Beach

4. Cofete Beach

Cofete beach has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Fuerteventura. It is located on the southwest coast and is known for its wild and rugged aesthetic. You will need a 4×4 vehicle to get there.

Beaches in Fuerteventura: Large beach, aerial view, turquoise sea with orange sands and tall mountains and dunes.
Playa de Cofete

Playa de Cofete is one of the most wild and untouched beaches to explore on the Canary Islands. The 12 kilometre coastline features vast yellow sands, open turquoise ocean and no roads or houses anywhere to be seen.

In the otherwise isolated and desolate desert, only two reminders of humanity exist: a forgotten sand cemetery and Villa Winter. This is a place steeped in enigmatic history that some say was once an undercover Nazi base.

Getting to Cofete requires taking a 4×4 vehicle along a 20km bumpy unpaved track. I recommend taking an organised 4×4 tour, as these are operated by expert local drivers.

As there are no shops or facilities at Cofete beach, it is a good idea to pack a picnic! I love this cute picnic set and beach towel. You might also want to take a wind breaker too.

5. Cotillo Beach

Nestled in the northwest corner of Fuerteventura stands El Cotillo, a quaint fishing village surrounded by sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

This is a great spot for surfers; with its pristine Atlantic waters, incredible swells and consistent breaks that you can enjoy all year round.

The waves at El Cotillo beach are suitable for all skill levels. There’s no shortage of Surf Schools in El Cotillo, and you can get a full 3-hour lesson with rentals included starting around €50. If you’re already an experienced surfer, more complex packages may be available to reveal secret reef spots and bigger waves further along the coast.

El Cotillo also has several seafront restaurants, bars and shops. There are water sports available and several trails in the area suitable for hiking and mountain biking.

6. Playa de la Concha

Staying with the town of El Cotillo, we turn our attention to one of its beautiful coves: La Concha Beach. This beach is renowned for its serenity and spectacular beauty. From here you can observe one of nature’s most stunning views as the sky turns from ochre to violet at sunset, while dining al fresco on a terrace overlooking the sea.

Playa de Concha beach - dark beige sand in a semicircle with tall buildings and grass in the foreground
Playa de Concha

La Concha Beach is an ideal spot for families with young children, thanks to reliable lifeguards on duty and shallow lagoons that form during low tide. When the wind begins to blow, you can find a peaceful escape in one of the nearby corralitos – low breakers created by locals.

7. Playa del Matorral

Playa del Matorral is one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura for families. Matorral Beach (also known as La Solana or Saladar de Jandía Beach) can be found on the shoreline of the Jandia peninsula. It is situated in the popular tourist town of Morro Jable, within Pájara municipality.

Playa De Matorral Beach. Wide yellow sands with pink blooms in the foregroud. Yellow lifeguard stand in the centre and people sunbathing.
Playa De Matorral

Matorral Beach is encompassed by an expansive avenue full of shops, entertainment venues and eateries. The beach also borders Saladar de Jandía – a Site of Scientific Interest, which aims to protect limited vegetation found in the Canary Islands that withstands saltwater.

8. Corralejo Beach

Once a sleepy fishing village, Corralejo has transformed into one of the Canaries’ most popular resort towns. The marina and water park are sure to keep visitors entertained, however its true gem is the Corralejo Natural Park. This untouched paradise boasts pristine beaches and spectacular sand dunes.

Corralejo beach and Natural Park is located within the municipality of La Oliva. There are several restaurants, cafes, bars and shops along the main Playa Grande, whilst the rest of the Natural Park remains undeveloped. Water based activities include surfing and windsurfing.

There are lots of sand-based activities available, including dune buggy tours, ATV style quad bike safaris, mountain bike and electric bike tours and even private sand dune photo sessions.

A beach scene, yellow sand with footprints, blue sea with waves and blue sky with white clouds. Small volcanic island (Lobos Island) on the horizon.
Playa Grande Beach Correlejo with Lobos Island, and Lanzarote in the distance.

Just close to the town lies El Medano – an ideal destination for watersports. As you move further southward on Playa Grande’s shoreline, kitesurfing gives way to secluded areas where naturist bathers can unwind undisturbed by crowds.

9. Popcorn Beach

Popcorn Beach is one of the most recognisable beaches in Fuerteventura due to its unique landscape. Its soft white sand, resembling popcorn kernels, can be found between Caleta (a quaint fishing village) and Morro Jable (a picturesque resort).

The waters here are relatively calm so it’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Plus, there’s an immense variety of marine life to be found in the depths of these waters. The Popcorn Beach is also famous for its mesmerising sunsets – a must-see event for every Fuerteventura visitor!

The popcorn beaches are not easy to get to. You will need a car (I recommend a rental from Discover Cars in Fuerteventura) and you can park in Majanicho and walk from there. You can also walk from Corralejo, which takes about an hour.

10.Esmeralda Beach

Costa Calma beach certainly lives up to its ‘Peaceful Coast’ name. You’ll find Playa Esmeralda beach here with its powdery yellow sand and crystal-clear waters which are as tranquil and serene as a lake. This popular spot is also only an hour from the airport and contains many resorts and facilities.

Costa Calma Esmeralda beach from above.
Costa Calma Esmeralda

11. Lobos Island

The 15 minute water taxi to Lobos Island makes for an unforgettable day trip. This secluded reserve is surrounded by crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, and offers varied beaches and coves (with golden sand and black sand) waiting to be explored. While you can easily stroll around the tiny island within two hours, I suggest allowing at least half a day as there’s so much beauty to discover away from the hustle and bustle of Corralejo’s resorts.

Beaches in Fuerteventura: White sands in the foreground, turquoise bloue sea and a brown mountain across the sea.
Lobos Island

12. Gran Tarajal

One of the most little-known beaches in Fuerteventura, Gran Tarajal is nestled between towering mountains and the cresting waves of Fuerteventura’s eastern shore. It boasts its own dark-coloured beachfront, embraced by the harbour on one side and the looming Piedras Caidas headlands on the other.

Gran Tarajal Beach in Fuerteventura. Sand dunes and turquoise blue sea, no people.
Gran Tarajal Fuerteventura

The main attraction of this seaside is the promenade and winding side streets, with Paco Hierro Avenue as a prime destination. This street is lined with cosy Spanish restaurants serving mezze plates and tapas dishes, all featuring Fuerteventurian fish freshly-grilled to order.

13. Playa El Puertito

The unique black sands of El Puertito can be found on the southern side of Isla de Lobos. Lobos is an island which can be reached by water taxi within 15 minutes from Corralejo. The bay has shallow tidal pools and lagoons with spiky walls made up of metamorphic rock. There is also a lovely wooden pier which is perfect for photographs.

Wooden Pier stretches out into crystal clear blue and green waters, with black volcanic rocks around the edges and a blue sky
Wooden pier at El Puertito

This beach is popular with snorkellers. There are often turtles, different types of Atlantic fish and even manta rays passing by.

14. Playa De Ajuy

Playa de Ajuy has stunning black sand and towering cliffs. There is a quaint fishing village serving traditional papas arrugadas and grilled octopus for hungry travellers.

Aerial view of Playa de Ajuy - a black sand beach cove with turquise seas.
Playa de Ajuy

This Fuerteventura beach is a wild bay with strong currents and choppy waters – it is not suitable for swimming.

This natural area also possesses an abundance of geology – it is home to some of the oldest rocks in the Canary Islands, and a layer filled with fossils from extinct marine creatures.

Car Rentals for Beaches in Fuerteventura

You will need a car to get to most of these beaches. I recommend using Discover Cars for car rentals in Fuerteventura. They have a good range of cars, along with helpful options like zero deposit, free second driver and online check-in.

For the beaches in Fuerteventura which are only accessible by 4×4 vehicles (for example Cofete Beach) I recommend using an organised tour to get there safely.

Where to Stay in Fuerteventura

I recommend staying in Corralejo, at the Northern end of Fuerteventura. Here are my top picks for hotels in Corralejo:

Or you can have a look at the current deals on hotels in Corralejo on Booking.com. I recommend reserving your room immediately to avoid price increases (you can always cancel later, most properties on Booking.com allow free cancellation right up to the day before).

The 14 Best Beaches in Fuerteventura – Conclusion

Fuerteventura boasts some of the most striking beaches in all of Europe. From the lively Grandes Playas in Corralejo to the secluded El Puertito, there are plenty of options for beach days and watersports activities. Wherever you decide to spend your holiday, you are guaranteed a memorable experience full of fun and adventure.

Aerial View Of Coast Glass Beach Fuerteventura Canary Islands
Glass Beach Corralejo

I hope this list of the best beaches in Fuerteventura has been useful. Fuerteventura beaches have long been regarded as the best beaches in the Canary Islands.

Remember the sun’s rays can be very strong in the Canary Islands (you are not far from Africa here). Make sure you’ve got plenty of sunscreen, plus a foldable sun-hat like this one to protect your head. I also love this sand-repellent beach towel and cute picnic set too.

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