Did you know that one of the most beautiful Fuerteventura swimming spots is actually a natural pool named Krabbenfelsen? Hidden in the rocky cliffs, Krabbenfelsen is located in the center of the island just outside of the resort town of Castillo Caleta de Fuste. Along our travels we’ve swam everywhere from crystal clear oceans to volcanic hot springs, but this honestly might be one of the most stunning swimming spots we’ve experienced. Travel with us as we chase low tide, share our secrets about visiting Krabbenfelsen, and swim in one of the most beautiful Fuerteventura natural pools on the island!
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Krabbenfelsen High vs. Low Tide
Visit: 1 Hour Before Low tide
Tide Info: Fuerteventuraplayas.com
Spend: 1.5 Hours
Don’t Forget: Shoes as the Rocks are Sharp
The most important thing to know about visiting Krabbenfelsen Natural Pool is the tides. The pools are only accessible for an hour before and after low tide otherwise the water is too rough to swim.
High Tide: At high tide the waves from the ocean crash into the rocks. If you passed by at high tide and didn’t know about this Fuerteventura natural pool you probably wouldn’t even realize it was possible to swim! Due to the waves and current it’s too dangerous to go at high tide. That is why it’s important to check the tide chart before making your trip here.
Low Tide: About an hour before low tide the pool starts to calm with only small waves crashing over the natural barrier into the water. Exactly at low tide is when the pool is completely still, and from the rocks above it looks like clear glass. Yet at low tide (and in the hour after) is when most travelers flock from town so it gets a little more crowded.
Finding the Fuerteventura Natural Pool
The night before we decided to visit the natural pool we googled the location and stared at our phone in a panic. We had seen countless photos, but in all our travel planning we had not actually looked on a map to see where it was located.
Funny enough, it turns out it was right down the street from where we were staying and we had already walked by it several times! We share this not to dwell on our travel fail, but to say that you have to know what you’re looking for. At the time of writing this post there are no signs or anything to indicate that the pool even exists!
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Our Fuerteventura Natural Pool Adventure
With low tide at 12:30pm, we headed to the natural pool an hour before so we could be the first to arrive. When you get to the area go towards the tip of the small peninsula and veer towards the left. Depending on the time of day there will probably be a few others looking for it at the same time.
We scaled the small cliffside and jumped in just as the last of the tide was splashing into the Fuerteventura natural pool. After taking some epic photos we swam around and enjoyed the water. Even visiting in mid-November, the ocean was warm enough to enjoy on a sunny day.
If you want to explore more natural pools don’t miss out on Fuerteventura’s Aguas Verdes natural pools.
Quick Tips For Your Visit
Wear sneakers and not flip flips to Krabbenfelsen as well as any other Fuerteventura natural pools. The rocks are extremely sharp and you need to climb down some steep rocks to get into the pool.
The rocks are slippery when entering this Fuerteventura swimming spot so jump in from the side or slide in on your bottom.
Right at low tide is when the pool looks completely see through because no water is entering to disturb the surface.
The Krabbenfelsen natural pool is actually along the Castillo Caleta de Fuste ocean path. You can also rent a bike from town and cruise for miles along the coast.
Hungry for Lunch?
After you build up an appetite from your Fuerteventura natural pool adventure it’s time to eat! Just a quick drive or 20 minute walk away is the town of Castillo Caleta de Fuste. Here you’ll find one of our favorite restaurants on the island called Tapas Bar (location). This traditional Spanish spot has it all. Great food, large portions and low prices.
While it’s worth a visit at any time of day, the best is Monday through Friday between 1-4pm to take advantage of the plate of the day. We came here multiple times during our stay and were never disappointed. For only 8 Euros you can get a drink, a first and second plate, dessert, and a coffee! This is officially the best and tastiest meal in town.
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Have any questions about Krabbenfelsen natural pool, or want to share your own tips for the best Fuerteventura swimming spots? Let us know in the comments below!
Brigitte & Jake
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Where To Stay In Fuerteventura
Ultra Luxury (High End) – Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real G.L – Upscale family friendly hotel set on the beach with two pools, spas, and six restaurants. While everything you need is onsite, the location also makes a great choice for exploring the north of the island.
Fun Vacation (Mid Range) – AVANTI Lifestyle Hotel – Upscale adults only hotel overlooking the ocean. Mediterranean style decor with ocean view rooms, rooftop pool, and stylish restaurant. Steps from seaside cafes and bars as well as the Carralejo town beach.
Hostel Life (Budget) – La Fresa Hostel – Basic hostel in the center of Corralejo with dorms and private rooms. Large common areas, small outdoor pool, and shared kitchen.
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Hi Brigitte and Jake,
The pictures you have taken are incredible!!
The ones you’ve taken from above, did you use a drone for that or is there a rock? In other words, could I get a picture like yours, without a drone? Thank you!!!
No, you actually have to climb down to the pools so we had a friend take the picture from the rocks above! No drone necessecarry (-:
hey there 🙂
thanks for the cool tip! do you have the geographic coordinates of this place? or do you know exactly how to get there?
I’m going next week!
We linked the location at the top of the article, but here are the coordinates too if that helps. Hope it’s still warm enough for a dip. Enjoy!!
Hi 🙂 This is so beautiful! Just wondering, how deep was the natural pool?
At it’s deepest probably only 6 feet. In the middle of the pool we were just barely able not to stand. Definitely worth the visit!
How high was the low tide when you visited?
Hi Astrid! If you go at low tide the water should be completely still and perfect for swimming. Enjoy!
Please can you tell me the name of the restaurant you describe when walking from krabbenfelsen?
It’s called “Tapas Bar” and you should definitely stop by after the natural pool! 🙂