No Ordinary Beach, It’s Popcorn Beach in Spain!

Fuerteventura, Spain

Healing on a beach with soft white sand may be familiar to a traveler. This time there is a beach with a stretch of ‘sand’ that looks like popcorn!

Yes, Popcorn Beach or Playa del Najo de la bura has a unique ‘sand’ resembling puffed popcorn like a traveler can find in the cinema. Its location is on the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.

But it turns out that this expanse of popcorn-like objects is not sand, but coral fossils that have been washed up and sprinkled with volcanic ash. So the color is bright white like popcorn.

Popcorn BeachBeach Popcorn Photo: (Getty Images)

Citing Travel+Leisure, the structure is called a rhodolith that grows underwater one millimeter per year. According to local tourism websites, some of the rhodoliths have been judged to be more than 4,000 years old.

According to Ferry Hopper, laya del Bajo is adjacent to the town of Corralje in the municipality of La Oliva. The hike from the city to Playa del Bajo de la Burra takes about an hour.

Here, a traveler can take pictures with a unique popcorn beach background. But one thing that must be remembered, a traveler should not bring the ‘popcorn’ home let alone eat it!

“According to some sources, more than 10 kilos of coral are removed from popcorn beaches each month,” according to the Hello Canary Islands website.

“It is very important for all visitors to Popcorn Beach to remember that white coral on the beach should not be broken, let alone put in a pocket and take home,” the statement added.

Visitors can make popcorn beach a fantastic place for a vacation. If the ‘popcorn’ continues to be taken, then the beach can be empty.

According to biologist Francisco Otero to El PaĆ­s, when underwater, corals absorb carbon dioxide from the ocean. Corals are also a breeding ground for marine species to deposit their eggs.

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