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The North of Fuerteventura. Our corner of paradise.

We were here, unloading boards and cleaning wetsuits, after an intense surf session and it occurred to us to tell you a little about our favorite part of Fuerteventura, the North.

We don’t know how your knowledge of the island is, but for us, the northern part is our little paradise, it is an area where you can find a great contrast of beaches and spots where you can surf and of course it is where Corralejo is, the nerve center from which we move.

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In addition, depending on whether you go to the Northwest or Northeast part, you will see the great diversity that this island offers you and the contrasts between beaches of fine sand and turquoise waters or beaches of volcanic rock and deep blue waters. We love being able to move between these opposite paradises, since, depending on the time of year, some beaches or others work better for surfing. But about this, we are not going to tell you everything here; You will have to come and see for yourself.

The North of the island has some unique differential features

What we can talk about is certain curiosities about the formation of these beaches and the reason for this difference.

In the East-Northeast part you have the famous Corralejo Dunes Natural Park, dominated by white sand, which is formed from the disintegration and pulverization of mollusc shells and the skeleton of other marine organisms, in addition to the sand that is transported in suspension the famous Calima, which is sand from the Sahara itself, thus creating a unique landscape and at the same time twin to the famous desert.

Atlantic Puffin ('Fratercula arctica') resting during its migration on a Rodolitos beach
Atlantic Puffin (‘Fratercula arctica’) resting during its migration on a Rodolitos beach

The contrast of this sand with the crystalline water of the ocean causes beaches with turquoise waters to form, which you cannot miss and which have nothing to envy to the Caribbean itself. If we are honest, they seem much prettier to us.

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The sensation of surfing in these magical waters is indescribable, with the silhouette of the islet of Lobos in the background and those paradisiacal colors, we assure you that you never get used to it and we are still surprised by so much beauty in each swim.

The beaches of rodolitos, “palomitas” or “pop-corn beach”

If, on the contrary, we go to the Northwest, what we are going to find is a wild area marked by the black color of the volcanic rocks and the blue of the depth of the Atlantic Ocean, with a curiosity, characteristic of this area, which are the rodolitos beaches or as they are popularly known as “las popcorn” beaches, so called because it is the same as being surrounded by popcorn.

These rhodolites or “popcorn” are actually produced by certain free red algae, capable of precipitating calcium carbonate. The growth of these algae that form rhodoliths is very slow (approximately 1-2 mm per year), which is why they are among the oldest marine plants. So we recommend that if you are tempted to take a souvenir with you, take a million photos, but leave them at home, so that we can preserve the beauty and ecosystem of the island.

Warning panel about Rodoliths on Sunset beach (Bajo del Medio)
Warning panel about Rodoliths on Sunset beach (Bajo del Medio)

With all this we hope to leave you with more desire to visit us. You already know that we will be delighted to discover all these beaches and tell you many more curiosities, because surfing is also knowledge, respect and admiration for the environment.

We are waiting for you to invoke Poseidon together to the cry of Alebulieeeeeee!!…

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