Fuerteventura is a very naturist friendly island. Although there are no designated naturist beaches in Fuerteventura, you will find naturists on almost every beach provided that is not in a built up area of a resort or town.
The law in Spain (and therefore in Fuerteventura) allows for public nudity in any “natural” place. Most beaches in Fuerteventura fit that description perfectly as they are some of the loveliest natural beaches in Europe.
Most of the beaches in Fuerteventura are used by naturists, at least in part. Naturists and non-naturists generally co-exist quite happily. The town beaches aren’t naturist, particularly those in Caleta de Fuste, but most are at least naturist friendly.
I must admit though that many of the beaches are not as naturist as they were when I first came to Fuerteventura 30+ years ago. Even the beaches by the road in the dunes of Corralejo were predominately nude back then but these days it is rare to see anyone nude there. I think it is a shame as it shows how things become less relaxed once mass tourism hits.
The most popular naturist beaches in Fuerteventura are:
- The main dune beach area of Corralejo
- The lagoon beaches of El Cotillo towards the lighthouse
- Steps beach outside El Cotillo
- Tindaya Beach
- Much of Sotavento/Jandia beach in the south
- Cofete beach
If you don’t want to see nude people on the beach then don’t go to these beaches. Don’t go to them with the intention of being deliberately “offended”. Believe it or not, people actually do that.
I remember going to a very long beach in Dorset which had a naturist section, with signs either side defining the naturist area. It made me laugh to see that the most crowded parts of that beach, by far, were the two areas immediately outside the naturist section!
My advice would be – If you haven’t tried it – don’t knock it. Perhaps your holiday in Fuerteventura is the ideal time to give it a go.
I think naturists are actually very accepting people. An example would be, if a large woman wore a skimpy bikini on a clothed (textile) beach lots of people would look and think “Look at her. How can she wear something like that!” whereas on a naturist beach, if the same woman was nude, no-one would take any notice.
Even on the town beaches and the mainly family beaches, as well as around the pools in most hotel and apartment complexes, woman are often topless.
The Main Naturist Beaches of Fuerteventura
Corralejo Dunes Beaches
These are also known as the Corralejo Grandes Playas (big beaches). They are located to the south of Corralejo and run for miles along the coast. Although there may be naturists all along the beach, naturism mostly starts just south of the Oliva Beach Hotel and stretch right through the dunes down to the beaches that run next to the road.
You will find many places to lie both among the dunes and also in stone circles near the sea that people have made. These can be found on beaches throughout the island.
You could also go for a long nude walk inland through the dunes if you wished. The sand dunes stretch for almost 2 miles inland, for most of which you are likely to be totally on your own. If you do go for a long walk then make sure you take water with you as it can be hard going and very dehydrating.
See the available naturist accommodation options in Corralejo towards the end of the article.
El Cotillo Naturist Beaches
El Cotillo Lagoons
These start at the northern edge of the village of El Cotillo. The first few are generally not naturist, but are sometimes. The next beach along is Playa de la Concha (also know as Playa Chica) and this beach is generally a mixture of textile and naturist. When it is busy the right-hand, northern side of the beach tends to be the popular naturist area.
Sometimes the beach is well populated with naturists and at other times it isn’t. It is my theory that if the first few people on the beach are clothed then those that arrive afterwards follow suit. If the first are naturists then more people go naked. No-one wants to be outnumbered!
From then on until the lighthouse and beyond you can find many little beaches and stone circles to practice naturism. They must be the most unique nudist beaches in Fuerteventura.
The only time this whole area is less naturist is during the Spanish holidays in August when Spanish families spend lots of time on the beach.
This is also known as the Surfer’s beach as it is very popular with water-sports enthusiasts. 10 years ago it was 50/50 clothed/naturist but, sadly, these days naturists tend to be only at the far end (south) of the beach.
Steps Beach (Playa del Aguila)
This is my favourite beach in the El Cotillo area and probably one of the best nudist beaches in Fuerteventura. Steps beach is accessed down a few flights of Heath Robinson type stairs but is well worth the effort. It is never crowded and attracts plenty of naturists, particularly away from the steps in either direction.
The Jandia Peninsular Beaches
The most popular naturist beaches in Fuerteventura to the south of the island are Playa de Sotavento, Playa Esquinzo, Playa Barca, Mal Nombre and Playa de Butihondo. The biggest resort in the area is Costa Calma which has many luxury hotels fronting the beach.
You can reach the beaches at various places from the main road that runs to the south by taking one of the many smaller roads off of it, most of which which finish at a small car park by the beach.
There are mile upon mile of beautiful white sandy beaches and lovely warm turquoise sea. Finding a quiet spot to spend the day lying on the sand is not a problem.
Other nude beaches in Fuerteventura
Cofete has 14 miles of unspoiled, normally deserted, sandy beach where you can be nude all day. It would probably be a good place to try naturism for the first time, away from others, to break you in gently. Although it is one of the most remote nudist beaches in Fuerteventura that does have its benefits.
It requires a 20km drive along a fairly bumpy track from Morro Jable but it is definitely worth the drive. There is one small cafe/bar in the small village of Cofete.
Tindaya Beach is on the west coast towards the north of the island. It is never crowded as it isn’t the easiest beach in the world to find. I have been on this secluded beach without another person in sight. The video below will show you how to get there.
This is a small place on the south west coast of Fuerteventura. It has a lovely long beach which is quite popular with surfers and kite boarders. Plenty of naturists can be found towards the southern end of the beach.
Resorts to avoid if you are a naturist
Caleta de Fuste
One of the most popular areas with British tourists on the island is completely devoid of naturist beaches.
There are two “beaches” in Caleta de Fuste. Both are man-made and neither are naturist (although they are at least topless). If you are a naturist, and want to stay there because of the facilities for eating/drinking etc. then you will need to use a car hire company to travel to the nudist beaches in Fuerteventura. You will either need to drive north to the dune beaches of Corralejo or the lagoons of El Cotillo or drive south to the beaches of Jandia.
Costa Antigua (aka Nuevo Horizonte)
This is just north of Caleta de Fuste and actually does not have any beaches for anyone to use, let alone naturists.
You will find a Fuerteventura nudist beach map showing the location of all the main naturist beaches in Fuerteventura at the end of this post.
Accommodation with naturist facilities or close to naturist beaches
If you are coming to spend time on the naturist beaches in Fuerteventura then you will obviously need somewhere to stay. Perhaps surprisingly, for such a naturist friendly island, there is very little dedicated naturist accommodation or fuerteventura hotels with naturist facilities. But there are a few and also some good places to stay that are close to the main nudist beaches on the island.
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas – Corralejo
Although this hotel is not naturist it is set in the heart of the Corralejo sand dunes beach, which is all naturist friendly and extend for miles along the beautiful white sandy beach.
The hotel is 4 star and has lovely pools overlooking the sea, a spa with a sauna, a number of different types of restaurant.
ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort – All Inclusive
A large 3* hotel situated a few hundred metres along the beach from the sister hotel above so right on the naturist beach at the start of the sand dunes.
Two swimming pools and a jacuzzi. It’s rooms are air conditioned and have satellite tv. There is entertainment in the evenings.
Beverely Hills Naturist Villa, Costa Calma
Three apartments in the villa, with large swimming pool. Secluded area with spacious terraces. There is a barbecue area, Balinese style day bed, wooden pagoda for outdoor dining. Secluded peace and tranquility guaranteed. (The Villa also has a private room for solo travellers).
I have stayed here and can certainly recommend the apartments.
Don Luis Bungalows in Corralejo
The Don Luis Bungalows are naturist friendly and are just a two minute walk from the centre of Corralejo. Clothing is optional anywhere on the complex including in or around the pool area. The complex has a total of five one bedroom bungalows that each sleep three adults or two adults and two children. Every bungalow has a private roof terrace and roof top shower. They all share the communal pool.
Each bungalow is listed separately. Click the links to check the availability and prices of each bungalow:
Fuerteventura Naturist Sun Club (Infiniti) in Corralejo
Fuerteventura Naturist Sun Club (Infiniti) is a small complex in Corralejo that is now a dedicated naturist facility. There are 4 villas and 6 apartments in the complex set around a pool and a hot tub. There is also a small bar and a nice shaded seating area.
I was recently invited to take a look around and can confirm that it is a very nice, well maintained complex. The staff were all very friendly so I think anyone would be happy staying there. Fuerteventura Naturist Sun Club website.
Monte Marina Naturist Resort & Suite
This is located in the south of Fuerteventura, near Esquinzo in Jandia. It is part of the Hotel Marina Playa and the naturist part consists of 47 apartments around a lovely swimming pool.
This overlooks the lovely Esquinzo beach which is just a short walk away.
You have access to the main hotel facilities but these are not naturist. You can find the Monte Marina here.
La Concha Azul Apartment, El Cotillo
This is one bedroom apartment is literally above the lovely Azzurro restaurant which is literally over the road from La Concha beach, which is the first of the true nudist beaches in El Cotillo. All the small beaches from here to the lighthouse are naturist so an ideal place to stay to spend the maximum amount of time on the beach enjoying the rays.
Cotillo Ocean Sunset Apartments, El Cotillo
A new small development of apartments right opposite La Concha beach in El Cotillo, the first of the nudist beaches that stretch to the lighthouse. There are a selection of studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, all with beach facing balconies. There is also a swimming pool and bbq facilities.
Villaverde Naturist Village
This will be the only Fuerteventura naturist village when it is completed. It will comprise up to 40 units which will be built this year (2020) in Villaverde in the north of Fuerteventura. It is a development by the owner of the Fuerteventura Naturist Sun Club above. I will update this post when it is built and open. There is currently a large 4 bedroom villa on the site which can be rented for naturist holidays. Contact Fuerteventura Naturist Sun Club
Gran Hotel Natura Corralejo
Unfortunately the Gran Hotel Natura, which was one of the only naturist hotels in Corralejo Fuerteventura, closed due to the building needing refurbishment in 2017.
It has now reopened after refurbishment but not as a naturist hotel unfortunately. It is still right at the start of one of the longest nudist beaches in Fuerteventura so still a great place to stay. The hotel has been refurbished to a high standard and you can check it out here – Hotel Boutique TAO Caleta Mar.
Fuerteventura main nudist beach map
This Fuerteventura naturist map shows the areas where you will find the main nudist beaches in Fuerteventura.
See my other article on the best beaches in Fuerteventura