The landscapes of Fuerteventura leave with their mouths open. Its mountains and desert esplanades, and of course, its beaches are a tourist attraction. There are landscapes for all tastes, time of year and personal moment. Today, we discovered a beach full of popcorn, or as one would say on the island, the Cotufas beach.
To the north of Fuerteventura, in the municipality of La Oliva is this unusual beach. Instead of having the traditional black or white sand, the shore is covered by hundreds of cotufas.
In fact, they are fossil calcareous algae that the tide drags from the seabed to the shore, leaving a landscape that attracts many tourists and curious. These white formations come from rhodoliths, red algae that accumulate calcium carbonate over time.
With the movement of the currents and tides they are rounded, reaching to join with each other. When the red algae die all their skeletons of calcified at the bottom of the sea. The rocking of the waves moves these fake popcorn to the shore.
Take care of nature
Nature is brilliant and is capable of doing things as incredible as Las Cotufas beach. The tourists and residents of Fuerteventura do not want to miss this visit and immortalize the beach. Social networks are filled with images of this place that nobody wants to miss anymore.
The City Council of La Oliva and organizations and institutions of Fuerteventura, are carrying out campaigns so that these special and different places are not destroyed by the presence of humans.
Do not hesitate to visit the beach of Las Palomitas or Las Cotufas Beach, but always do it responsibly. Bathe, lie down to sunbathe, watch the sunset, take photos and have fun, but do not alter the ecosystem, do not take anything, as it will be there for some reason.
You will like to recommend Fuerteventura and for others to see it, just as you saw it. And above all, you will like to return again and again and find the island and its beaches as you found them on your first visit.