The Best Beaches in Fuerteventura

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There are mile upon mile of beautiful sandy beaches in Fuerteventura dotted all around the coast. It was the beaches that pulled me here in the first place and I have ended up living here.

Fuerteventura really is a beach lovers’ paradise. When it comes to choosing the best beaches in Fuerteventura you are so spoiled for choice that it is hard to actually choose. There are very few bad beaches in Fuerteventura and such a variety that there is one to suit everyone’s taste.

Best beaches in Fuerteventura
Flag Beach, Corralejo

Whether you like busy beaches with amenities or a secluded completely natural beach, perhaps to yourself, then Fuerteventura is the place to head to. Holidays in Fuerteventura are all about sun, sand and sea, so are perfect for a relaxed away from it all holiday.

I think they are some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, if not the best, and they are certainly the best in the Canary Islands. Islands such as Lanzarote can’t even come close.

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My Favourite Beaches in Fuerteventura

These are just my personal favourite best beaches in Fuerteventura, not that there aren’t some other lovely beaches in Fuerteventura. I have chosen these as not only are they beautiful but they are easily reached by car or public transport.

El Cotillo Beaches

El Cotillo is on the north-west coast and is about a 25 minute drive from Corralejo (or a 40 minute bus ride on the number 8 bus).

El Cotillo Beaches
La Concha Beach at sunset

The beaches of El Cotillo include the lovely lagoons to the north of the village and the more rugged beaches to the south. The lagoons have calm safe water to swim in and lots of little beaches and areas to sunbath in.

The only beach bar in El Cotillo is located on Playa de la Concha which is the largest of the lagoon beaches.

The beaches south of the village are popular with surfers and kite surfers.

Read my dedicated blog post about these beaches – The beaches of El Cotillo.

Piedra Playa, El Cotillo beach
Piedra Playa, El Cotillo (Also known as the Surfer’s Beach”)

Corralejo Beaches

These beaches run along the beautiful sand dunes national park for a number of miles and include soft white sand and clear waters. All can be walked to from Corralejo town (a fair walk), alternatively get the Puerto del Rosario bus and get off at the two hotels or you can park a car at a convenient point on the road.

There are beach bars near the two hotels as well as sun loungers etc if that is your thing. As you progress further towards where the dunes meet the sea it becomes completely uncommercialised. This is the area you are most likely to come across naturists, although not only in this area.

There is another small beach bar the other side of the dunes area near the first beach by the road.

Stone circle on a Corralejo beach
Stone circle on a Corralejo beach

Read the dedicated blog post about these beaches – Corralejo Beaches

Jandia Beaches

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Sotavento Beach

The Jandia beaches are located in the south west of the island. They run for about 20 miles from Morro Jable in the south to Costa Calma at the northern end.

There are various roads coming off the main road which lead to the beach all along it’s length. Try Esquinzo, Butihondo, Sotavento and Esmeralda beaches which all have exits signposted off the main road.

Sotavento beach is very popular with kite and wind surfers as well.

Jandia Beaches
One section of the beautiful Jandia beaches

La Pared

La Pared is located towards the south west of the island. It is popular with surfers.

It is never really crowded so can be a great place to head to for a quiet day lying on the sand. There are no amenities on or near the beach (thankfully) so make sure you take your drinks and food with you.

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La Pared Beach

Cofete

Cofete is located right in the south of the island and involves a spectacular drive to reach it. It is well worth the effort and you really may find much of the beach entirely to yourself as it is a large beach and probably the least visited on the island..

In 2013 they filmed much of the parting of the Dead Sea scenes in the Hollywood film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale on the beach in Cofete.

Car Hire

To get to most of these beaches you will need a car. Driving here is easy (read my tips and driving laws post) and renting a car is very cheap. I have written this article giving advice on hiring a car in Fuerteventura.

Naturist Beaches in Fuerteventura

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 believe that Spanish law states that it is perfectly legal to be nude in any “natural” areas – which is why it doesn’t take place on the town beaches.

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 beaches with naturists 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 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.

Fuerteventura Beaches Video

Finally, the following video will give you a great idea of what the first three of these beaches are like so please check it out.

Watch video in Youtube – Top 3 beaches in Fuerteventura

Canary Islands beaches don’t get any better than these in Fuerteventura so come here and check them out for yourself.

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Fuerteventura Vlog July 2017 – I need to get out more!

Fuerteventura Vlog July 2017

Fuerteventura Vlog July 2017 – I need to get out more!

Recently I seem to be going out less and less so I think I need to get out more. I hardly seemed to do anything in July, which makes producing a monthly vlog harder to do.

This month includes:

– Jenson’s 3rd birthday so he had a piece of steak with three candles on it and stupid Sue and I sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

Fuerteventura Vlog July 2017
Are we mad?

– Filming the wildlife in the back garden at night, including a Gecko and some bats. I enjoy a bit of bat spotting in Fuerteventura.
– Eating lunch at the kiosk in La Oliva
– Cleaning the swimming pool to get rid of the dust from the Calima
– Going to the dump in Lajares
– Messing about with the camera while driving over the river beds

Fuerteventura Vlog July 2017
Oscar co-driving on the way to the river beds

It is all excitement being an expat living in Fuerteventura you know!

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Cost of Living in Fuerteventura – House and Car Costs

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Cost of Living in Fuerteventura – House and Car Costs

This is the second in a short series of videos on the cost of living in Fuerteventura 2017. This time it is the costs associated with housing and running a car. Check out part 1 – The cost of Food

The most significant difference between the cost of living in the Canary Islands and the UK is the charge for council tax in Fuerteventura. Our UK house council tax in Northamptonshire would now be £1902.82/2100€ a year yet our house here only costs £295/325€. The cost of living in Spain vs the UK is quite significant in some areas.

Another significant difference in the cost of living in Spain vs the UK is the cost of bottled gas. We pay £11.27/12.40€ per refill yet in the UK it is around £28.50/31.35€. Consequently our costs for hot water and hob cooking only amounts to around £1.80/2.00€ per week!

The most obvious difference with regard to the running costs of a car is the price of fuel. Diesel here is currently 0.80€ per litre. I think it is around £1.30 (1.45€) in the UK so almost double. Also car tax is much lower. My Mitsubishi 4×4 is about 75€ but in the UK I think it would be £305 (340€).

I don’t think the house and car costs in Fuerteventura are significantly different to the costs in Spain (mainland) except that the VAT is higher there.

Hopefully this will help give an idea of how much does it cost to live in Spain per month for expats.

Read our story of how we became expats in Spain

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Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017 – Sunsets and timelapses

Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017

Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017 – Sunsets, timelapses and birthday

It was another pretty quiet month here in Fuerteventura in May. Unusually there were some very pretty sunsets – unusual as the best sunsets are normally in the winter. We went out to meet friends a few times for drinks or to eat but otherwise didn’t do a great deal. The inevitable daily dog walks of course and a few swims in the pool.

I did two timelapses – one sitting outside the Seahorse bar in El Cotillo and the other of the Toston Tower El Cotillo.

Thanks for watching my diary of an expat video showing what is it like to live in Fuerteventura in May.

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Where to live in Fuerteventura – La Oliva

Where to live in Fuerteventura - La Oliva Fuerteventura

Where to live in Fuerteventura – La Oliva Fuerteventura

The most often question I get asked when people contact me is “Where do you live in Fuerteventura?” As most people never visit La Oliva when they come to Fuerteventura I thought I would do a video on what there is here to see and what facilities there are.

Frankly, it is not the most exciting place in the world to live. There are few places to eat or drink, and what bars there are really have little to recommend them. Having said that, the centre is ok and it is quite nice having a coffee at the kiosk in the church square (plaza del Iglesia).

Where to live in Fuerteventura was an easy one for us. We would have preferred to live in El Cotillo but there are only apartments there and we wanted a house (as we have dogs). Our second choice was Lajares, which I still like, but the houses are more expensive there. So we ended up in La Oliva.

The Colonel’s Route in La Oliva

You can do the “Ruta de los Coroneles” on a Tuesday and Friday. You can find more information here – Route of the Coroneles
and book online here – Online Booking

Where to live in Fuerteventura - La Oliva Fuerteventura

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The guides

You can visit:

  • the Centro de Arte Canario ‘Casa Mané’ (La Oliva Art Gallery)
  • Casa de la Cilla
  • Casa de los coroneles
  • the Iglesia de la Candelaria (church)
  • Casa del Coroneles.

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Cost of living in Fuerteventura – food & supermarkets

By popular request I will be doing a short series of videos and posts on the cost of living in Fuerteventura over the coming months. Please let me know in the comments below if you would like me to cover any particular cost of living topic.

In this video I talk about the cost of food in Fuerteventura and food prices in Spain generally. I also show what is available and give a few examples of prices for beer, wine, spirits etc.

We take a walk around a Mercadona the largest of the supermarkets in Corralejo. The Mercadona supermarket is one of a number now here on the island. Mercadona is part of a chain of supermarkets in mainland Spain (known as “The Peninsular” here). There are other Corralejo supermarkets such as Eurospar, Superdino and Padilla dotted around the town.

Generally, as far as food and groceries are concerned, I would say the cost of living in Fuerteventura is cheaper, or on a par with the UK. If you buy brands you know from the UK or Germany, and they are imported, they will undoubtedly cost more. But most of the local brands are just as good so you just need to try them.

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Read the next post:  Cost of Living in Fuerteventura – House and Car Costs

Read our story of how we ended up living in Fuerteventura – Expats in Spain

Fuerteventura In April 2017 – A Lazy Month

Fuerteventura in April

Well Fuerteventura in April was a bit of a lazy month. I didn’t achieve very much to be honest but never mind. The weather seems to have settled down to almost normal now. We still didn’t get to the beach – perhaps this month!

Fuerteventura in April
Oscar, Jenson and Sam having fun in the river beds

Many people seem to think that being an expat in Fuerteventura or even being an expat in the Canary Islands is just one long holiday but it isn’t of course. Actually we now feel quite envious of people who come here on holiday, as we used to, as they are spending a week or so doing nothing but enjoying themselves. When you live here life sort of just takes over.

Fuerteventura in April
One of the smaller beaches in Corralejo

This months Fuerteventura vlog includes:

– a timelapse shot from our apartment in El Cotillo
– a sunset from the garden
– coffee and fountains in the La Oliva church square
– our house Geckos
– eating out at the Canela Cafe in Lajares
– Sue’s teddy bear can see for the first time in 50 years as she has given him new eyes
– our first swim in the pool this year
– a female Common Kestrel and her chick
– El Cotillo Friday Craft Market
– a walk along Corralejo’s sea front after my dental appointment
– natural sand sculptures and the dogs in the river beds

Fuerteventura in April
Natural sand sculpture in the river beds

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Fuerteventura Surf Spots: El Cotillo

Fuerteventura Surf Spots: El Cotillo – Old Harbour Point

This episode of Fuerteventura Surf Spots was filmed on 4/4/2017 in El Cotillo. Old Harbour point (I have no idea if that is actually what it is called) lies just off the north side of the Old Harbour

Surfing in El Cotillo Fuerteventura

Obviously the waves have to be just right to surf there but when they are it is a very popular place to go surfing in Fuerteventura.

I have heard that there is an overhang in the rocks which can suck surfers in until the waves passes. That doesn’t sound like much fun to me.

Surfing in El Cotillo Fuerteventura

I will occasionally upload more of these “Where to surf in Fuerteventura” videos if there is enough demand. Please let me know in the comments where you think the best surf in Fuerteventura can be found. (Dónde ir surf en fuerteventura)

Watch “Fuerteventura Surf Spots: Corralejo” or read the post here

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Fuerteventura March 2017 – Rain, Carnivals and Gold Lamé

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Expat In Fuerteventura Vlog March 2017 – Rain, Carnivals and Gold Lamé

This month as an expat in Fuerteventura we, hopefully, saw the last of the very odd weather we have been having which included gales, rain and even hailstones. As usual there were the daily dog walks with Oscar and Jenson – the highlight of their day. My brother and part of his family came for a week’s holiday so I picked them up from the airport and we all went out together a few times.

Expat in Fuerteventura
Waiting at the airport

This Canary Islands vlog includes:

– A sunset from the garden (of course)
– a driving timelapse leaving Fuerteventura airport after dropping off some friends
– the dogs playing in the garden
Corralejo Carnival
– nature at its best in the dry river beds
– a rockfall on our walk
– the view from our rental apartment in El Cotillo

Expat in Fuerteventura
Not a bad view

– a bush covered in snails
– early morning and breakfast in Puerto del Rosario, the capital
– rain and getting soaked on a dog walk
– washing the car
– people timelapse at the airport
– a trip to Caleta de Fuste with my brother and his family (beware of the gold lame swimming trunks) where the Caleta de Fuste beach renovation is just about finished.
– another obligatory dog walk

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Read last month’s Fuerteventura vlog

Flying With A Dog To The UK – What does it cost?

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Flying With A Dog To The UK – What does it cost?

This week I was asked by a neighbour if I could take him, his dog (Indie) and their luggage to the airport as they were returning to the UK for good. His wife went in a separate car with other friends.

Dogs travelling by air to the UK from Fuerteventura have to travel by air freight and not as baggage. Because of this they have to be taken to the cargo terminal at Fuerteventura airport. This is located off of the first roundabout at El Matoral.

The entrance to the cargo area at El Matoral

Animals can only arrive into the UK by air in a few airports that have an animal reception centre (Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow) and also on a scheduled flight. This limits the options, and, of course pushes up the price. They were flying on a Monarch flight to Manchester, all booked through the airline and the costs were ridiculous. Just for a very small dog like Indie the costs were:

750€ – for the flight by freight
200€ – late flight fee because it was to arrive after 20:30 hrs
49€ – administration fee (only notified to them the night before)
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999€ – Total which is about £850/$1070

As you can see, taking dogs by air to the UK, is an absolute rip-off! Passengers in the cabin were paying around 45€ to fly so 22 passengers could fly for the same cost as one small dog in the hold! Travelling with a dog to the UK is extortion frankly.

Indie in her crate before boarding the aircraft

Flying with a dog to other countries in the EU travel is much cheaper. It costs roughly the same cost as the passenger and they go as baggage through the terminal, not as freight. Small dogs, the size of Indie, can actually travel in a small carrier in the cabin too.

The UK has always been overprotective as far as this is concerned. For decades any dog coming into the UK had to spend 6 months in quarantine kennels (at great expense) in order to check that none had rabies. In all the 40 or 50 years that the poor dogs had to be separated from their owners not one case of rabies was found! So it stopped nothing.

The alternatives to flying with a dog directly to the UK are either:

1. Fly with them to somewhere close in the EU – France, Belgium, Holland and then arrange for someone to drive over on the cross channel ferry to meet you.

2. Overland/Ferries. You can either drive the dog yourself via the ferry to mainland Spain and then up through Spain (and France) to the UK or there are specialist transport companies that do this.

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Read my post on having dogs in Fuerteventura