PLEASE don’t take any of it away with you if you visit the beach!
It is starting to disappear because visitors are taking souvenirs home with them (which is also illegal)
Popcorn Beach is located on the north shore of Fuerteventura between Majanicho and Corralejo. It’s actual name is Playa el Hierro.
Although most beaches in Fuerteventura are made up of beautiful light-coloured sand, Popcorn beach is different, well actually unique. It is largely made up of pieces of white fossilised calcareous algae which build up around a tiny stone or grain of sand and which are called rhodoliths. They look very much like popcorn – hence the name.
The beach is quite isolated so you will need to drive to it, certainly if approaching from the east. I did meet a couple who walked to it from Corralejo though, so that is possible for any of you fit and dedicated walkers out there.
As Fuerteventura beaches go Popcorn Beach is certainly not one of the best, even if it is rather unusual, but if you are driving along the north shore then it is worth stopping to take a look at it.
I drove from Majanicho along a very bumpy track first of all staying right by the sea shore. I was in my trusty old 4×4 so I was ok but you would struggle to take this track in a normal car. You certainly wouldn’t want to take your own car on it, although, as we all know, hire cars can go anywhere!
There is a much easier maintained track you can take too so that is quite easy in a normal car.
There is a small cafe/bar at the beach but it was closed when I visited. I don’t know when, or if, it opens.
Recent press coverage
Over the past few weeks Popcorn Beach in Fuerteventura has been featured in both the UK and US press. I have no idea why it should suddenly feature as it has been here forever but that’s the press for you.
The Daily Mail ran this article on Popcorn Beach Fuerteventura
It was even featured on Fox News in America which is very odd. But perhaps that may at least have educated a few Americans as to where the Canary Islands are (or even that they exist at all) since many tend to be rather geographically challenged. This is the article on Popcorn Beach.
It first popped up on someone’s Instagram feed it seems and that was where the press picked up on it. Many people believed it to be a hoax, with faked photo-shopped photos. But I can confirm that it definitely does exist!
How to get to Popcorn Beach
From Lajares end
To get to Majanicho first go to Lajares and at the roundabout by the football ground take the turning along the side of the football ground – signposted Majanicho. Continue down there, past the entrance to the Origo Mare complex and then into the quaint picturesque fishing hamlet of Majanicho.
Once out of the village keep to the best track (right-hand) for about 10 minutes or so until you come to the little cafe. Turn off and park right by the beach.
From the Corralejo end
To drive from the Corralejo end, take the back road which goes to the port. Look out for the two wind turbines by the desalination plant. Take the track which goes from the rear of the bus station and passes near the wind turbines and just keep going until you come to the little cafe right on Popcorn beach.
This is the video I made about Popcorn beachFuerteventura.