|Caleta de Fuste
Relaxed, easy going and ideal for families and couples – this beach with its golden sand offers some of the safest bathing around. Clean and well maintained, bars and restaurants are never far away.
The bay is shaped like a horse shoe and with a sea wall around the harbour acting as a natural water break and the man-made beach designed to slope gently into the sea, it is excellent for young families allowing even youngsters to wade out a long way in a very calm sea.
Sunbeds are plentiful and the height restrictions placed on surrounding buildings means that it has escaped the tourist eyesores of some of the larger Canary Islands and means you can view the mountains as well as the sea. The size of this large beach means it is never overcrowded.
From the main horse show bay, strolling left as you face the sea, is a large area devoted to water sports which is cordoned off from the main sunbathing area. Here, there is windsurfing, jet skis, catamaran rides and even novices can try a two hour taster session at the local windsurfing school.
Just past this area lies the harbour surrounded by bars where you can relax and watch the world go by, an oceanarium with sea lions that greet you from the sea – you can even catch a boat and go swimming with dolphins.
Even further round is a rocky area where local anglers try to catch their supper and a splendid sea front promenade that takes you all the way to Nuevo Horizonte.
Back to the horse show bay and on the right as you face the sea, the beach extends into individual coves where there are stone built circles offering shelter and privacy.
This part of the beach extends all the way down to the Atlantico Shopping Centre where you will find splendid gardens plus boutiques, bars, restaurants, a large supermarket, ten pin bowling and a cinema all in one well laid-out complex. Not recommended for naturists.
|Caleta - view to harbour|
|Southern end of Caleta beach|
Ideal if you are seeking peace and quiet. The beach, bordered by palm trees, is of black volcanic sand and in the village itself you can find local tapas. You can learn to sail a catamaran or hire a kayak..
The Jandia peninsula which is a nature reserve with vast beaches of white sand stretching with numerous lagoons and massive sand dunes. Stretching from just past Costa Calma down to Morro Jable lie some of the best beaches in Europe adored by water sports lovers and naturists alike. In the northern area of the peninsula, The Barlovento, the beaches can be dangerous for swimming because of strong undercurrents.
Trade winds blowing from the north west make the area a windsurfing dream – the PWA world windsurfing speed and slalom event draws the best windsurfers every year and the world kite surfing championship was held in 2005.
To the south running for almost 20kms lies vast, white beaches – sometimes over a kilometre wide. Here are some the best beaches on the peninsula:
Playa de Sotavento
Pictured on millions of postcards, running for miles, the beach is synonymous with Fuerteventura. Golden white shores which vary from pretty coves backed by low cliffs at the Costa Calma end to huge dunes south of the Hotel Gorriones and vast desert-like areas. There is plenty of room for naturists and for holidaymakers seeking some privacy.
Whatever your degree of skill, the area is ideal for windsurfers and kite sufers. Beginners like the higher tides as they fill the lagoon which is protected by a sand bar creating waist deep, almost flat waters.
For the more advanced, the seaward side of the sand bar produces challenging waves for surfing and jumping.
The beaches at this popular tourist resort stretch to the port where the jet foil leaves for Gran Canaria. Lovely golden sand and safe sunbathing, naturists tend to use the beach north of the lighthouse although you will still find many barely-clad holidaymakers south of the lighthouse. Sunbeds are plentiful and refreshments never far from hand.
Buses run from Puerto del Rosario via Caleta de Fuste and along the coast (number 10) or from Puerto del Rosario via and inland route (number one). Beware though – there are only three buses a day along the coastal route (09.00, 13.45 and 18.00 heading south, 06.30, 11.30 and 15.45 returning). The inland route is more frequent (usually every 30-45 minutes) with the last bus returning from Morro Jable not leaving until 22.15.
|Famous Sotavento beach|
Difficult to reach but the beach runs for about 5kms, is white and sandy and has plenty of room for naturists. At the southern tip lies Cofete village – isolated and used mostly as a weekend retreat.
A small, black volcanic sand beach. Tiny and not suited to naturists – it is also dominated by views of the church. Worth a quick visit to take a look after a day out at the tropical zoo.
Located in the south of the island and served well by roads although getting to the actual beaches is by dirt track.
A black, volcanic, pebbly beach set in a small bay with rough seas. The small village of La Pared is close by and the area was developed to be an exclusive holiday resort which never took off!
The family friendly restaurant Bahia Mar offers a good day out with a fully equipped swimming pool and slide, children’s play area and great views of the coast.
Tindaya itself is inland but is the nearest place to some of the loveliest beaches on the west coast. Most are only reachable along dirt tracks. Beaches are dotted around this area – a popular one being the Playa de la Mujer at the end of th main track from Tefia.
It gets its name from the cliff face at the southern end which, from certain angles, resembles the face of a woman (mujer).
|The famous dunes of Corralejo lie in the distance|
|Corralejo Grandes Playas
These golden sandy beaches just north of Corralejo are famous for their sand dunes. They are as varied as they are long and stretch amost as far south as Guisguey.
Flag beach just outside Corralejo town has plenty of restaurants, bars and toilets and also life guards. Windsurfing, kite surfing and kiting go on here and there are sunbeds.
Further along the beach, naturists tend to use the area immediately either side of the two large hotels. The beach is dotted with small, circular stone shelters to give some privacy and shield from the wind.
Heading further south still and you come across the ever-changing dunes. The area resembles the middle of the Sahara desert and has been the background in many films and TV commercials.
A flag system operates to show the safest areas to bathe.
The beaches in the town are smaller and fine for sunbathing – suited to families because they are safe and sheltered and surrounded by restaurants and bars but not suitable for naturists and with little in the way of water sports.
Blue lagoons and wild golden beaches with waters perfect for windsurfing, surfing and fishing, it is ideal for anyone looking to escape for the day. Situated on the north west coast, the nearby village boasts some lovely bars and restaurants.
The most notable beaches in this area are El Castillo, Los Lagos, Majanicho and El Aguila.
The beach is quite safe at the lagoon (east) side but there are notorious undercurrents in the seas on the cliff side especially during swells.
The adventurous can explore the rugged, bumpy road The North Track which runs between El Cotillo and Corralejo which leads to a number of beaches ideal for surfing – a four wheel drive is recommended! Beware though – mobile phone signals do not reach some areas. The area has plenty of room for naturists.
Buses run from both Puerto del Rosario (the number seven) or from Corralejo (number eight)
An interesting little beach made up of black and golden sand. In the winter the sand washes away - but always returns! The tiny village boasts a fascinating duck pond (don't forget some bread) and two great restaurants. one boasting superb views. Not naturist-orientated.
A short distance outside Puerto del Rosario and before Caleta de Fuste lies the beach of Playa Blanca which is also home to the island’s Parador. White sand, about half a mile long it often attracts surfers. A flag system operates during the summer and there are lifeguards during busy periods although there is a warning sign at one end about the currents. Topless sunbathing acceptable but nudist is not.
A long sandy beach with a strip of shrub separating it from the buildings, the beach is part of the Playa de Sotavento and is popular with naturists who tend to use the shrubs for praivacy. There are plenty of beach bars and sun beds. Water sports include windsurfing and jet-ski At about 5kms long, the long, isolated and wild beach at Cofete sits in the natural park of Jandia. At the southern end, lies a few houses mostly used as weekend retreats. It is not easily reached, is largely empty and suitable for naturists.
This little village facing the Atlantic Ocean has a fine black volcanic sand and is often dotted with typical Canarian fishing boats. The sea can be rough so is not recommended for bathing too far out. It does have some lovely little restaurants (try finding a price list though!), some interesting geographical formations, a lovely cliff top walk and great views of the rugged Atlantic coastline.
The Ajuy caves, the oldest geological part of the Canaries, is close by as is the ship wreck of the American Star.
|Scuba diving on fuerteventura