Discover paradise in the Canary Islands with beaches that rival the Maldives!

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 24-06-2024
  • Travel
  • Photo Credit: Freepik
Discover paradise in the Canary Islands with beaches that rival the Maldives!

Imagine pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and swaying palm trees. Many travel thousands of miles to experience such idyllic scenes, but for the lucky residents and visitors to the Canary Islands, this paradise is just a stone's throw away in Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura’s beaches, especially along its eastern coast, are like an oasis emerging from the arid landscape. As you approach the coastline, these beaches transform from mirages into reality, presenting stunning volcanic landscapes with colours interwoven into the mountain slopes.

Among these paradisiacal spots, the Sotavento beaches, located on the Jandía Peninsula in the south of the island, stand out, competing with the beauty of the Maldives.

Five Stunning Beaches Along 10 Kilometres of Coastline

Spanning over 10 kilometres, the Sotavento coastline is known for its immense dunes and calm waters. This breathtaking stretch is divided into five main beach zones: Mirador, Mal Nombre, Los Canarios, Risco del Paso, and the renowned La Barca.

Walking along these vast sandy expanses doesn’t require worrying about the tides. These wide beaches offer plenty of space for sunbathing, leisurely strolls, or beach games. When the tide is low, natural pools form, creating a lagoon-like effect, earning the nickname "beach-lake."

Natural Lagoons: A Lunar Spectacle

These enchanting lagoons appear clearly twice a month during the full moon and the waning quarter. This natural phenomenon not only offers a stunning visual but also provides an ideal setting for water sports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, and wing-foiling. The tranquil waters allow enthusiasts to safely learn and hone their skills.

A Water Sports Enthusiast’s Dream

Sotavento’s unique conditions make it a haven for water sports lovers. The strong winds create perfect conditions for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and sailing. Every year, Sotavento hosts the World Kitesurf Championship, attracting competitors and spectators from around the world. Additionally, the shallow waters offer excellent snorkelling opportunities, providing a unique underwater experience for sea lovers.

Why travel to the Maldives when the Canary Islands offer their own slice of paradise? Fuerteventura’s Sotavento beaches combine natural beauty with a serene environment, making it a must-visit destination. So, pack your bags and get ready to discover the Maldives of the Atlantic!

Discover paradise in the Canary Islands with beaches that rival the Maldives!