La Oliva beaches

La Oliva is the municipality which hosts the most numerous beaches on the entire island. Also, nudism is practised here on a large scale. Corralejo is the most popular resort in La Oliva, a feature yielded both by its beach and shopping opportunities, as well as by its status of main nightlife hotspot of Fuerteventura. Back to most popular beaches in municipality La Oliva.

Alzada – Nudist beach, windy, moderate waves, sandy, undeveloped. Alzada beach is about 800 meters long by an average of 30 meters wide, depending on the tides. It is situated in a windy area, with a moderate swell and has fine golden sand. The surrounding area is undeveloped and, therefore, it is a nudist beach.

Beatriz – Nudist beach, windy, calm waves, sandy and pebbly stretch, undeveloped.

Playa Chica – Strongly windy, calm waves, sandy, incipiently developed (restaurants and sleeping venues).

Corralejo beach – Windy, calm waves, finely sandy, spectacularly developed (lifeguards and police, restaurants and sleeping venues, accessible by bus, commercial zone, and lounge chairs).

El Aljibe de la Cueva – Nudist beach, windy, choppy waves, sandy and additional rough granulation yielded by the small lava stones (picon), undeveloped; it is the largest beach in the region and it is excellent for surfing and the like.

El Bajo Negro – Nudist beach, windy, mild waters, sandy, reasonably developed (restaurants, sleeping venues, lounge chairs, showers, accessible by bus); it is located in the Nature Park of Las Dunas de Corralejo.

El Caseron – Nudist beach, mild winds, calm waves, sandy, reasonably developed (lounge chairs, sleeping venues, restaurants, accessible by bus).

El Castillo – Nudist beach, highly windy, strong currents, sandy, undeveloped; excellent conditions for surfing and windsurfing.

El Moro – Nudist beach, windy, strong currents, sandy, undeveloped (yet accessible by bus); located in the Nature Park of Las Dunas de Corralejo.

El Viejo – Nudist beach, mild winds and waves, sandy, reasonably developed (accessible by bus, parking, restaurants, sleeping venues); it is one of the largest stretches of sand in the region.

Punta Blanca – Nudist beach, windy, mild waves, sandy and small lava stones, undeveloped; one of the smallest beaches in the region.

Larga – Windy, mild waves, sandy, incipiently developed (parking).

Los Charcos (I, II and III) – Nudist beaches, windy, mild waves, sandy and granulated by small lava stones, undeveloped (parking in Los Charcos I).

Medano – Nudist beach, windy, moderate waves, sandy, incipiently developed (lounge chairs, accessible by bus, boat rental operator); located in the Nature Park of Las Dunas de Corralejo.

Irishman killed in hit-and-run near Puerto del Rosario

Jim Campbell was killed when he was hit by two cars, one of which failed to stop, as he walked along a road (between the Airport and Puerto del Rosario) in the dark on Wednesday night.

The 40-year-old landed at Fuerteventura Airport, which is also known as El Matorral Airport, earlier on Wednesday and had been drinking for several hours leading up to the incident.

The accident occurred at 23.40 hours on Wednesday (17th. Feb 2016) as reported by the Emergency Operations and Security Center 112 of the Canary Islands.

He was about 500 yards from the Fuerteventura airport, walking on the road towards the capital, Puerto del Rosario, which is some three miles to the north, when he was hit by a car. That’s a dual carriage way with cars driving 90 Km per Hour.

The driver immediately went back and called emergency services, but by then Mr Campbell had been run over by a second car, which failed to stop.

He died at the scene shortly before midnight. Medical personnel of the Emergency Department Canario at the scene could only confirm the death of the hit person, a man of British nationality.

The second vehicle was found by police just over an hour later parked in the nearby capital, thanks to details given by other drivers.

Police said the driver, a 50-year-old local man, gave himself up to police at around 2am on Thursday and was “shown later to be under the influence of hashish”. He has not been named.

A senior officer from the paramilitary Civil Guard said yesterday: “This was an accident waiting to happen. The victim had been drinking in the airport for several hours after landing.”

“He then set out on his own for Puerto del Rosario. Mr. Jim Campbell was walking on the road, not on the side, with his back to the traffic in the night and wearing dark clothing.”

El Cotillo roads – Street of Shame

We’ve been in El Cotillo few times in the past and we always love to come back thanks to the white sand on the beach in the contrast with the black rocks. Quite windy? Always! Really nice part of the island? Definitely!

Anyway, I was always wandering what is the strange (and very well done) roads with the cut-off lamp posts between the north of El Cotillo and the Tostón Lighthouse (Faro de Tostón).

It took a while but I managed to get the answers from a friend of a friend.

The Street of Shame (Calle de la verguenza)

 

What happened was many years ago (around year 2000), a particular Local Mayor who quite liked the idea of `brown envelopes` unveiled his master plan to turn El Cotillo into massive tourist resort building 6 mega hotels with over 600 beds.

Apparently his brother was supplying the lights and the main contractor in all of this was his cousin. They was trying to build this without proper legalization and right in the middle of protected nature park. They ignored everything and everyone.

The locals were up in arms and fought them every step of the way, but not before they managed to put the roads and street lights in place. Anyway, one night the locals went out armed with tools and chopped quite a lot of the street lights down and left. The “death” lampposts  can still be seen today, lying at the side of the road.

This was the last drop and the mayor realised his loss and gave up. The roads to nowhere are to stay for now and ironically remind everyone that Fuerteventura was that time an “Island without law – corruption only” (Isla sin ley – solo corrupcion).

Isla sin ley solo corupcion - (Lawless Island - Corruption only)

That’s one Fuerteventura’s mystery solved, much more to go! Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to visit El Cotillo to enjoy the white sand (or great waves for surfing) and check out the strange roads.