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A charming, whitewashed Spanish fishing village, Las Playitas is now a small and delightful resort arranged around a pretty bay in the south of Fuerteventura. It’s got a 1-kilometre-long beach of volcanic sand right in the centre of town, and a fantastic sports centre, which offers a huge range of facilities for every imaginable activity. The town has a sprinkling of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants – all you need for an enjoyable holiday. Just north of the town stretches the Cuchillos de Vigán, a wild, volcanic landscape that has a fabulous viewpoint at the top.  If you want to explore further afield, you can visit the wonderful rural towns in the interior, such as pretty Antigua, or take in the amazing salt flats at Salinas del Carmen.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Holidays to Las Playitas are all about sun, sea and sand. There’s a fabulous beach of dark volcanic sand that curves around the bay, and you can try your hand at all kinds of activities, from water sports to golf, at the sports centre. The fishermen still bring in their catch to the harbour, and you can enjoy some fabulously fresh fish in the local restaurants. If you enjoy walking or biking, you can head into the Cuchillos de Vigán, a protected volcanic landscape, located just north of the town. And if you want to experience the tranquil life of inland Fuerteventura, there are plenty of charming towns and villages to explore within a short drive.

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Eating out

Eating out

There is a handful of bars, cafés and restaurants in Las Playitas, including a couple of options right on the beach. This authentic fishing village is famous for its seafood, and you can enjoy the catch of the day in many local eateries. Other popular Canarian favourites include the famous papas arrugudas (‘wrinkly potatoes’), which come with the ubiquitous mojo sauce. Go for the red mojo sauce if you want something spicy, or choose the green mojo if you prefer a subtle, herb-flavoured sauce (usually parsley or cilantro). Other local specialities include the excellent goat’s cheese, queso Majorero, which is available in different strengths, as well as slow-cooked goat stews, which are an island delicacy.

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Families

Families

Las Playitas is a wonderful destination for a relaxed family holiday in the sunshine. The beach is calm and shallow, ideal for younger children, and there are lots of facilities, such as sunbeds, parasols, showers and play areas. Older children will enjoy the vast range of sports on offer, which include everything from water sports such as paddle boarding and sailing to golf and tennis. The cafés and restaurants in Las Playitas are very family-friendly, and you’ll find lots of wonderful picnic spots in the area, including in the Cuchillos de Vigán, a protected volcanic landscape, located just to the north of the town.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Las Playitas is just a small resort, but it offers a fantastic range of water sports and other activities. You can rent out paddle boards, kayaks and catamarans, if you fancy exploring the bay from the water, or even enjoy a round or two of golf at the local 18-hole course. Thanks to the sports centre, the town is a popular base for people training for marathons and triathlons, and boasts a gym, tennis courts and numerous other facilities. You can also rent bikes and head off into the Cuchillos de Vigán, a protected nature reserve: the climb up to top is tough, but rewards with panoramic views of the wonderful volcanic landscape and the coast.

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Beaches

Beaches

The beach is the main focus of holidays to Las Playitas. It’s a gorgeous curve of dark, volcanic sand, lapped by crystal clear waters. It’s a great base for a range of water sports, with facilities for everything from sailing to paddle boarding. The beach has good facilities, including sunbeds and parasols for rent, and is backed by a promenade, shaded with palm trees. There are a few cafés and restaurants within easy reach, if you want to take a break. You could also head to nearby Gran Tarajal, a slightly bigger resort located just 3 miles away, which also has a lovely beach.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Las Playitas is a quiet little town, which is mainly popular with families and couples. It’s got a sprinkling of bars and cafés where you can sit out under the stars, drink in hand, but there’s nothing in the way of big bars or clubs. Life here is slow and easygoing, and the nightlife reflects the relaxed island vibe. You’d have to head into the vibrant island capital of Puerto del Rosario if you’re looking for some exciting nightlife, although Fuerteventura is known for its tranquillity and doesn’t have much of a party scene. Another option is to head south to the resort of Costa Calma, which has a smattering of bars and clubs.

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Couples

Couples

Las Playitas is a charming, whitewashed fishing village, arranged around a pretty bay. It’s a picturesque setting for a relaxed and romantic holiday in the sunshine. You can work on your tan on the 1-kilometre-long beach, which curves around the bay, and linger over some of the fabulously fresh seafood in a local restaurant. If you want some more action, there are scores of activities available at the sports centre, whether you fancy paddle boarding around the bay or teeing off at the 18-hole golf course. In the evenings, you can enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the charming traditional restaurants.

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Culture

Culture

Las Playitas is a traditional fishing village that has developed into a small resort. Although it is a delightful little spot for a stroll, it doesn’t have much in the way of historic buildings or cultural sights besides the handsome lighthouse, the Faro de la Entallada. This 1950s building sits on a clifftop just north of the town, and offers fantastic views. The main town in the area is Tuineje, which has a delightful little centre for artisan crafts set in a restored 18th-century house called the Casa de las Simonas. The municipal auditorium, located in Gran Tarajal, occasionally hosts concerts and other cultural events.

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