The beaches of Fuerteventura
The longest beaches in the Canaries are found on Fuerteventura, which features up to 50 km of fine white sand and 25 km of black volcanic shingle beaches. With temperatures rarely falling below 18 degrees Celcius (64F) or rising above 24 degrees Celcius (75F), this island is a paradise all year round for everyone who loves sun, beaches and water sports. Flights to Fuerteventura are equally popular among couples and families because this beautiful island offers them a wide variety of both water sports and inland activities such as off road motor biking and quad biking, followed by laid-back evenings without the temptations and inconveniences of all-night raves.
One of the busiest resorts of Fuerteventura is Corralejo, situated in the north of the island. Like many other resorts, Corralejo originally was a quaint fishing village, with views from the little harbour across the sea to the neighbouring Canary Island Lanzarote. Though you will still find old houses, winding alleyways and the the old harbour, tourism has transformed it into a lively resort with an abundance of bars and eating places. The town beaches of Corralejo are especially easy to reach and ideal for families as they are not exposed to naturists. The large stretches of sand dunes to the south of the town, Corralejo Grandes Playas, are part of the Dune Natural Park.
About 40 km south of Corralejo, on the east coast of Fuerteventura, is Costa Caleta, also known as Caleta de Fuste, another major tourist town. The beach here is perfectly safe for children of all ages because it has been carefully constructed in the shape of a horseshoe so that there are no dangerous currents. There is also a harbour filled with yachts and catamarans which provide great day trips.
Another 50 km further south is Costa Calma, a tranquil family resort on a huge sweep of golden sand, backed by low cliffs. This resort attracts an abundance of water sports fans. The commercial Centro Sotavento contains a good selection of restaurants and bars, which come to life in the evening. Costa Calma has its own sea-water desalination plant, which was built in 1986 and provides many of the hotels and holiday complexes with water. In addition, waste water is piped to a sewage plant to be processed and re-used as agua verde. This recycled water helps to keep the gardens of hotels and complexes lush and green, and enables the beautiful palms and Canary pines along the avenues to thrive. To the south of Costa Calma is the huge Playa de Sotavento, which stretches for about 20km towards the neighbouring resort of Morro Jable.
Jandia Playa is situated at the most southern tip of the island, about 2 km to the east of Morro del Jable. The strong Atlantic breeze creates the perfect conditions for windsurfing, so that the World Windsurfing Championships are hosted in this area annually.