Today, The Octopus takes you on a tour of Fuerteventura’s best anchorages. We’ll discover together this beautiful island located in the eastern part of the Canary Islands archipelago.
Fuerteventura is well known for its fine black sand beaches, breathtaking wild rocky landscapes and warm sunny weather all year around!
Its coastline, dotted with many beaches, offers numerous creeks and bays featuring impressive steep cliffs to calm eroded mountain sides.
Without further ado, let’s discover three good reasons to visit the island and get on tour of Fuerteventura’s best anchorages!
3 things to do in Fuerteventura
1- Get on a board, in one of the world’s best surfing destinations
Fuerteventura is renowned as one of the best surf destinations in the Atlantic! In fact, with more than 30 surfing spots along its coastline, the island is the ideal destination to test your surfing skills in a safe and adapted environment.
Amateurs as well as pros will find perfect conditions in Fuerteventura to ride the waves all year long. It’s the perfect place to get on a surfing board and plunge into the Ocean!
2 - Hiking in the North of Fuerteventura
The north of the island offers many hiking possibilities in wild breathtaking landscapes. Hikes that will allow you to discover El Calderon Hondo near Lajares village, one the most beautiful volcanoes on the island.
The perfect activity to undertake when dropping anchor at Paso de la Orchilla (presented further down).
3 - Snorkeling among dolphins
It would be a shame to visit Fuerteventura without taking a look at its blooming underwater worlds. The oceanic waters surrounding the island are blooming with sea life where you can meet giant Manta Rays, numerous dolphins species and even whales!
From your boat, through the glass bottom of an observation ship or directly with your snorkeling and diving gears, do not miss out on what lies under the sealine.
Fuerteventura's best anchorages
To start off our tour of Fuerteventura’s best anchorages, The Octopus leads us to Morro jable, an anchorage with a breathtaking setting.
Located in the south of the island, it’s well protected from north-western to eastern winds by the north, and features shallow sandbanks of good holding. A secure anchorage to peacefully enjoy the landscape that lies before you.
From your boat, marvel upon the beautiful sandy beach of Morro jable and its unique white dune. In the background, the white houses of the small village stand picturesquely at the feet of an impressive volcanic mountain range. A beautiful painting, giving you a good idea of what to expect from the island’s coastlines.
On land, you’ll be minutes away from Morro Jable port and village, where you will find numerous commodities as well as bars and restaurants. Finally, you can enjoy a nice hike on both sides of the bay, to complete a memorable stopover in this unique place.
Playa de Grand Tarajal
The moonlike landscape of Gran Tajal, is one of the main reasons why you should visit this anchorage in the south of Fuerteventura.
Well protected from the west to north-east by the north, you will easily drop anchor in the bay’s sandy bottom, 7 to 10 meters deep.
The black sand beach dominated by a high mountain range, embraces waters of infinite shades of blue. In the evening, they take orange to red tones during breathtaking sunsets.
A wonderful setting, close to the port of Gran Tajal, giving you access to many amenities : supermarkets, stores, bars and local restaurants. It’s a very well rated anchorage on Navily that many boaters describe as one of their best experiences in the Canary Islands. A must go to put on your itinerary.
Cala de las Playas
Cala de las Playas located on the south-eastern coast of Fuerteventura, is one of the most beautiful places you will visit. Facing the picturesque village of Las Playitas, you will fall for its unique charm!
It’s a well sheltered anchorage, protected from western to northeastern winds by the north. In addition, you will easily drop your anchor in sandbanks punctuated with a few easily avoidable rocks.
Once well anchored, you will enjoy the unique beauty of the coastline and its two beaches : Playa de Los Probes and Playa del Pajarito. They are surrounded by majestuous mountains overlooking the village of Las Playitas and plunging directly in the deep blue waters of the anchorage. The breathtaking scenery!
In addition to this wonderful sight, near the anchorage, you will have access to a few tourist attractions and restaurants well rated by the Navily community!
Our next stopover holds promises of total escape and discovery!
Protected from the north to the south-west by the west, the anchorage is well protected but remains a little rolly at all times. Nevertheless, Pozo Negro features wide shallow sandbanks of good holding, ensuring a comfortable anchorage.
The breathtaking scenery that lies before you matches perfectly the beauty of its waters. From the deck of your boat, you will face majestuous mountains of unique beauty, dominating the coastline. A true natural paradise, that will surely leave you speechless.
Underwater, the spectacle is as impressive as above. Take your snorkeling gear and dive into these waters blooming with life. Endemic fish species, colorful reefs and more under the sealine.
Finally, ashore you will enjoy a few restaurants, bars and shops open all year long in the city of Pozo Negro. A restful, exciting and tactical stopover not to be missed in Fuerteventura!
Paso de la Orchilla
The Octopus now set sail to Paso de Orchilla, located on the small island of Lobos, close to FuerteVentura coast. Its sandy bottom and exceptional protection against winds and swell coming from the north to north-east by the north, makes the anchorage a perfect place to stop for a few nights.
Anchored in turquoise water, you will enjoy a panoramic view on the long sandy beach of La Concha de Lobos, overlooked by the imposing El Calderon Hondo volcano. One of the best preserved volcanoes of the Island.
Finally, on land you’ll have multiple hiking opportunities with beaten paths leading to El Faro de la Cadera or to the small village of Lajares.
Punta de Jandia
To end our tour of Fuerteventura best anchorages, The Octopus takes us to Punta de Jandia in the south of the Island. You will easily drop anchor in the shallow sandy bottom of this anchorage, approximately 10 meters deep. Moreover, you’ll benefit from a great protection from winds blowing from the north to north-east by the north.
From the deck of your boat you will enjoy a beautiful view on the Puertito beach and the famous lonely lighthouse de la Punta Jandia.
Crystal clear waters, easy anchoring and good protection as well as access to many amenities, makes this anchorage a top of the list destination on Navily.
This puts an end to our cruise around the island. We hope you enjoyed our selection of Fuerteventura’s best anchorages and that it will inspire your next sailing trip in the Canary Islands.
To deepen your knowledge of the region, see our other articles covering the region (Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and more).
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Fair winds Captain,