This beach situated in the Canary Islands is gaining notoriety on social media, but it isn't like any other white pebbly beach, its pebbles could be easily mistaken for popcorn, hence it's nickname of Popcorn Beach.
Some shoreline tourist attractions love to proclaim their beaches are so clean you can eat off them. But one spot in the Canary Islands is likely to take that boast to the next level. It's a spot on Fuerteventura Island, situated right by the town of Corralejo. And sure the sand is clean, but take a closer look. Instead of the grainy particles most familiar to sun worshipers and avid beach fans, the surface looks more like it should be at home in one of those cardboard tubs you get at movie theatres.
In other words, what graces the ground is a covering that looks like popcorn, hence the name of the seaside repast. It's known to locals as Popcorn Beach, with particles that would serve as ideal visual substitutes for the likes of Orville Reddenbacker to deliver to snack-hungry patrons.
It turns out this geological oddity is situated in a volcanic territory, where the rocks help reshape the coral that somehow finds its way ashore. That's how the sand gets its appearance. And its the notoriety of this beach that's getting a great deal of attention on social media.
Recent posts on Instagram show tourists posting like gangbusters images of this sand, as most pictures simply show a hand holding a few grains of the white stuff. However, others are having more fun with this unusual sand, such as pretending to eat it or flinging it in the air like confetti. One clever smartphone user decided to add a couple of soda cans to grace one beach shot as if to say that the beach was part of a great afternoon snack.
The downside of coming across this curious-looking sand is that given the contours of the particles, it's not an easy or painless surface to walk upon unless visitors have proper footwear. And it's hardly a comfortable lie-down if all you have is a towel to spread over the sand to catch a few rays. Portable reclining loungers, however, would do the trick.
Also, be forewarned. Don't even try biting down on this sand. But if you happen to be among the unfortunate who suffer some tooth damage doing just that, be satisfied that the Canary Islands also is a major location for dental tourism.