Category Archives: Beaches

Grandes Playas (beach), Corralejo

Widespread in over 8kms in the eastern coast of Fuerteventura, we find the heavenly beaches called Grandes Playas, Corralejo.

They are part of the Natural Park of the Dunes,Corralejo, since December 19th , 1994, and they share with this park its golden sand dunes, totally organic in their formation,  by the accumulation of remains of shells belonging to millions of shellfish and other marine organisms with external skeleton, deposited by the sea and piled up by wind currents.

Throughout these 8kms different beaches stretch, all with turquoise waters that leads us directly to paradise, some formed by large expanses of sand and other shaping small semi´-rocky coves: all of them a true wonder of nature.

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From the north (the closest part to Corralejo), the first one we find is the beach of Punta Prieta, La Barreta and El Bajo Negro. These beaches are very extensive and often the most visited by tourists, as they  also have the most services for visitors, such as walkways, beach bars, sunbeds and parasols; nevertheless, they are never very crowded.

As we move southwards  we find the beaches of Los Matos, El Burro, El Dormidero and El Moro. They are more sheltered  than the previous ones, and rockier, but their beauty is comparable to those just mentioned. These old names are generally granted by local fishermen. Today, these names have been changing, especially among the surfing community, which has put names to the beaches depending on the waves that are in them.
Excursiones Fuertecharter | Grandes Playas de Corralejo, Fuerteventura
These beaches, besides being an ideal place to sunbathe, are also ideal for water sports. The nearest to Corralejo have constant winds almost all the year through, so they are the perfect spot for kitesurfing, especially  La Barreta beach, known by kiters as Flag Beach.

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As we go down to the south the coast offers us good spots to surf, best in summer.

Great allies on this coast are “Los Corralitos”, circular stone constructions, useful to shelter from the wind , and that can save your day at the beach  when the wind blows hard.

 

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Parking at these beaches is on the very side of the road (FV-1) and it’s a zone where we recommend driving with caution as the continuous parking and unparking can cause traffic jams. There are proper parking areas, and it’s forbidden  to do it in the area of ​​the dunes, where we advise you not to get in,  as your car it is likely to get trapped in the sand.

Grandes Playas, Corralejo, have been classified as the second best beaches of Fuerteventura, after Cofete, and they are a paradise for  nudist beach lovers.

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Last May they won the Blue Flag certificate for the twentieth consecutive year, award given by the European Foundation of Environmental Education, thus attesting to the quality of bathing waters, information and environmental education in the area, environmental management, security and services and facilities.
These beaches can be reached by car or  bus lines 6 and 7.
Fuertecharter Team

Beaches sheltered from the wind at Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, the quiet and apparently unchangeable island, has the characteristic stillness of the dry lands. A space of silent where time seems to stop to capture a landscape which is like a picture that one would like to scan.

Its heavenly beaches invite to relax and observe, to long days of sand and sun bathed in turquoise waters.

Fuertecharter | The wind in Fuerteventura
Los Canarios Beach, Fuerteventura. ©pepecar.com

But so that our sunbathing days are completely satisfactory we have to know and have one of the elements that best define the island on our side: the wind.

Few are the travellers who have visited Fuerteventura without knowing it, who haven’t had their cap blown away on the beach, that haven’t been beaten by the sand on their calves or haven’t looked for shelter from the wind in the “corralitos” of majorera beaches.

Many of their visitors come just looking for those air blasts so as to practise their favourite sports, like windsurf or kitesurf, or just to fly their kites and dye the sky with colours (in ancient times the wind provided a way of earning a living for many families, as it activated the windmills that ground grain); However, for those looking for peace and quiet we’ll suggest some beaches and advice so that their experience in Fuerteventura be unforgettable, even with wind.

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The first thing to bear in mind is the wind direction. When the wind comes from the East it is more advisable to visit beaches on the West, and the other way around.

Wind barriers are also important, that is, looking for beaches which are sheltered from the wind direction by some barriers, either natural or built. So, for example in the Western coast we find impressive beaches at the mouths of ravines, which are usually beaches sheltered by high cliffs which stop the winds when they aren’t west winds.

Fuertecharter Fuerteventura | Wind and beaches in Fuerteventura
Squinzo’s Beach ©visitfuerteventura.es

They are usually beaches which are difficult to access, which require a bit of skill to reach them (we recommend lots of caution when going down), but once you get there they promise heavenly beach days. You can find this kind of beaches in the North (near El Cotillo) as well as in the South, like “Playa de los Ojos” in Jandia.

Fuertecharter Fuerteventura | Wind and beaches in Fuerteventura
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In the Western coastline, for example Corralejo area, the beaches are protected from West winds thanks to the barrier that the town itself provides. The same happens in the South with the beaches at “avenida marítima” in Morro Jable.

A very recommended area in the island is the one oriented towards the south, in Península de Jandia, where we find quiet water coves sheltered from North winds going in a Westerly or Easterly direction, and also sheltered from heavy swells. Among these coves we find Playa Juan Gómez, known by most of its visitors as one of the best beaches in Spain.

Fuertecharter Fuerteventura | Wind and beaches in Fuerteventura

And in the rest of the beaches in our wonderful coastline, although without barriers that protect them from the winds, we always find these “corralitos”, so characteristic of Fuerteventura’s landscape. They are circular stone constructions, approximately one metre high, which can have different sizes: for a single person, couples or even for whole families. If you get to a beach beaten by the wind and you find one of these constructions don’t hesitate to settle in it. You’ll be able to watch this paradise from the peace and quiet, no matter how strongly the wind outside the walls in your shelter may blow.

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Papagayo beaches, Lanzarote

In our articles we almost always talk about our neighbour Lobos islet, as a main destination of our boat trips from “Corralejo”. However today will tell you a little bit about the heavenly “Papagayo” beaches, in the island of “Lanzarote”, a destination we often visit too in our private trip CP8.

Papagayo beaches consist of five small bays, which spread along 2 kms, located in Lanzarote and belonging to the village of “Playa Blanca”, in the municipality of “Yaiza”.

These small bays are the most precious diamond of our neighbour island, because of their spectacular golden sand and their quiet turquoise waters which turn this nook into one of the most seductive heavens in the Canary Islands, where having a bath is almost a must.

The five coves are located in what is called the natural monument of “Los Ajaches” —officially declared as such in June 1987, and it was also declared as an area of protection for birds (ZEPA) in 1979, and area of high ecological sensitivity in 1990— a volcano massif of a great beauty, landscape and ecological relevance where paleontological remains with fossils from the Lower Pliocene have been found.

Each of them has a different name, and all of them are very recommendable to visit: Playa Mujeres, Playa del Pozo, Playa de Papagayo, Caleta de Congrio and Puerto Velas, Playa de Papagayo being the one where we usually drop anchor in our boat trips from Fuerteventura.

FuerteCharter | Papagayo beaches Lanzarote

In each of these five small bays there are low-lying boulders that in turn form other smaller sheltered bays which offer more cosiness and privacy to their visitors.

Its proximity to the tourist town of Playa Blanca, just five minutes away by car, turn these beaches into ideal places to relax while not being too far away from the tourist hot spots, but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle, mainly in winter time, season in which it’s sometimes difficult to come across any more visitors in these beaches, thought of as heavens of unpaired beauty for almost exclusive enjoyment.

In summer they are more frequented, but their breadth makes it possible not to see them as crowded as the beaches in other tourist destinations.

In these beaches you find top quality conditions. As they are sheltered from the wind due to their orientation these beaches enjoy nice temperature, they have crystal-clear waters and almost no waves, typical from a Caribbean landscape. The views of the islet of Lobos and our dear Fuerteventura island make it possible to be lying in the sun while enjoying a work of art worthy of any of the best museums in the world.

These good conditions turn these beaches into an ideal place for children to run about safely without danger, to practise sports like beach tennis or fishing, to read, thanks to its peaceful silence, and go for long walks on the golden sand.

We highly recommend you to visit this piece of paradise if you haven’t done it yet.

Fuertecharter’s Team.