Fuerteventura offers one of the best private tropical getaways in the Canary Islands. Its majestic beaches boast of turquoise seas and golden sand. This beach coast has a laid-back atmosphere, far from the crowded shores of the other islands in the Canaries. It is no wonder why most luxury travelers opt to visit Fuerteventura for a quick escape.
Fuerteventura is the largest among Spain’s Canary Islands. There are five major areas that are most recommended in this beach coast. These areas have varied distinct personalities, from the best place for couples to solo travelers, and families traveling with kids. Here, we have created a cohesive review of each area for you to easily determine which beach on Fuerteventura will suit your holiday preferences.
Corralejo for Surfers and Solo Travelers
Corralejo is located at the northern part of Fuerteventura. It is practically the most popular resort in the beach coast. If you are looking for the perfect balance of relaxation and fun, this is the area that you should check into.
The nightlife in Corralejo is the most vibrant in Fuerteventura. This place is where you can find the best bars in the island. Here you will also locate the renowned Music Square which has the most amazing atmosphere in town, both day and night. At day time, you can enjoy a wide array of restaurants such as Avenida Restaurante, 5th Avenue, Tuxedos, and Fado Rock. At Corralejo, you will get to enjoy the incredible cuisine of Fuenteventura easily accessible from your hotel.
The beach of Corralejo is any surfer’s dream. Surfers enjoy the turquoise, perfectly lined waves and an amazing beach break. It is also the best place to practice kite surfing and other water sports. Local surf shops and rental stores offer various services catering to those looking for a water adventure.
For those in the mood to see something else apart from the beach, there is the Corralejo Natural Park. It is a must see on the island, featuring a scenery that makes it seemingly part of the Sahara Desert. There is so much to explore on the Corralejo sand dunes, which is unique to this area of Fuerteventura.
Shopping is another activity you can do at Corralejo. There are two major commercial centers that are worth your visit: the Las Palmeras Shopping Center and the El Campanario. The former carries international brands such as Zara, while the El Campanario carries a wide range of souvenirs and local products. They also have some of the best brunch stops where you can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee while watching street performances.
Calete de Fuste for Families with Kids
For those taking their kids on a holiday, Calete de Fuste is your best option in Fuerteventura. It has a central location which makes it a great take off point if you want to visit the other beaches in the island. Since this area was developed particularly for tourism, it has all the facilities and amenities you will need for a relaxing vacation.
Calete de Fuste is home to the beautiful Playa El Castillo beach. The waters are always calm, making it perfect for kids to enjoy the ocean while parents can relax, worry-free. Along the shore are sunbeds, umbrellas, and beach showers available for guests. There are also numerous restaurants, bars, and cafe’s with menu options that will delight everyone in the family.
There are a lot of fun activities in Calete de Fuste for both adults and kids. The inflatables on the ocean are most enjoyed by kids. For the grown-ups, you can enjoy a sunset boat ride or morning tee time at the golf course a few minutes out of town. If you are looking for a little more adventure, take a trike tour through Calete de Fuste to see the stunning natural landscapes of Fuerteventura.
The Oasis Park is another attraction the whole family can enjoy away from the beach. The park is a mere 40-minute drive from Calete de Fuste. It is a unique gem where kids will surely enjoying seeing hundreds of animals and entertainment shows. The park also has a Cactus Botanical Garden within its premises, which is the largest cactus garden in Europe. It may take a full day of walking to get around the whole park, but it is worth spending a day on doing something with the whole family.
El Cotillo for Chill Couples
El Cotillo has one of the best beaches in the island despite its remote location. It has a more laid-back and peaceful atmosphere compared the more active areas of Fuerteventura. It has retained its authentic charm as it used to be an old fishing village before tourism in the area grew.
This area is best for couples who want to unwind and take their much-needed down time by the beautiful beaches. TripAdvisor voted Playa La Concha in El Cotillo as one of the best beaches in Europe. It is completely underrated and tucked away from the bustling shores of big resorts. Expect much less crowds and a more exclusive coast on a perfect sunny day.
What placed El Cotillo in the radar of foreign travelers is its magnificent sunset which has been considered the best in Fuerteventura. Nearby are lagoons or Los Charcos that are as stunning as the Playa La Concha. You may take a boat to the lagoons and spend a few hours swimming in the clear blue seas of these secluded spots.
El Cotillo also has a surf spot located in Piedra Playa. It is less crowded than Corralejo, tucked quietly in the north of Fuerteventura. Just like the atmosphere of the whole area, Piedra Playa is more relaxed and laid-back despite being a venue for an extreme water sport.
Morro Jable for Luxury Travelers
Morro Jable is the southernmost town of Fuerteventura which still has its Spanish old town charm. The area is sprawling with local retail shops and cafes. If you get tired of the classic atmosphere, you can hang out at the promenade. From there, you will be able to see the new town’s developments.
Resorts and hotels in Morro Jable are priced relatively higher as compared to the other areas in Fuerteventura. Most of the accommodations are three to five star hotels, which offer world-class facilities, amenities, and service. Nonetheless, there are much less crowds in this area, creating a more exclusive holiday experience.
This town has one of the best, most peaceful beaches in Fuerteventura, called Cofete. It has a breathtaking landscape that is the pride and joy of the island. Cofete retained the unspoiled beauty of its virgin beach, where you will find the ocean on one side opposite the stunning natural cliffs. This beach is in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe by Tripadvisor.
Similar to other areas in the island, Morro Jable has a local market where tourists can get a taste of the authentic Fuerteventura lifestyle. Foodies will certainly enjoy the local dishes sold in kiosks, while avid shoppers and collectors will appreciate locally made crafts and souvenirs.
Puerto del Rosario for the Backpackers
Puerto del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura. It isn’t really a resort town, but a residential city where most of the island’s locals live. This area offers the most authentic travel adventure as you will be able to reside among the locals.
This area is the largest city on the island, which is home to a lovely beach called Playa Chica. Improvements were recently made on the beach to cater to the increasing number of backpacking tourists visiting Puerto del Rosario.
Puerto del Rosario is a great place to stay in Fuerteventura because of its convenient connectivity to other areas through its efficient public transportation system. You won’t have to rent a car to visit Corralejo, Morro Jable, Calete de Fuste, or even to the airport. These places and more are only a bus ride away because of the city’s central location.
To top everything off, accommodations and meals are much more affordable in Puerto del Rosario than the other areas of Fuerteventura. However, do not expect to find as much options here as in other resort towns. The quaint city has its own range of accommodations perfect for the budget traveler.