The island of Fuerteventura indisputably has the biggest and best beaches in the archipelago. Many of its 340 kilometers (210 miles) of coastline consist of white sandy beaches practically untouched and deserted. The vast expanse of sand on the isle makes it possible to enjoy the sea in solitude, and it is possible, even on the most famous beaches, such as Sotavento de Janda, not to run into a soul in many miles.

The sea is also very special here. Fuerteventura’s coastal shelf contributes to the existence of shallow transparent waters that acquire an extraordinary turquoise color. The wide variety and wealth of the underwater fauna make it ideal for scuba diving. Windsurfing is the crown sport in Fuerteventura. Its coasts annually attract thousands of enthusiasts convinced that this is one of the best places in the world to practice windsurfing. Janda beach has been the site of various world championships in various categories.

Most of the tourism is concentrated in the Janda peninsula, in the south. This is a nature reserve separated from the rest of the island and bordered almost completely by vast beaches of white sand. To the west, the beaches of Barlovento, somewhat dangerous for swimming, remain almost wild. To the east, a large sandy fringe of some 20 kilometers (12 1/2 miles) in length and more than one kilometer wide in some areas, is the site of two tourist resorts: Costa Calma, near the unequaled Playa de Sotavento, and Morro Jable, built around the port where the jet-foil departs for the island of Gran Canaria.

The central and northern parts of the island boast small tourist resorts. Near the airport and the capital city, Puerto del Rosario, we find Caleta de Fustes. On the northern coast, Corralejo, near an enormous beach of dunes, is an attractive spot with a fishing port where fresh fish can be savored. It is also possible to take a trip to the nearby volcanic isle of Lobos, as well as Lanzarote.

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