Spread on the northern tip of the enchanting Fuerteventura, Corralejo offers a blend of sun-kissed adventures and serene beauty that captivates travelers from across the globe. This vibrant town, once a modest fishing village, has transformed into a thriving and bustling hub of activity without losing its charm. From the endless golden sands of the Corralejo Natural Park’s dunes, where the desert meets the ocean, to the crystal-clear waters ideal for water sports enthusiasts and the inviting bustle of its old town, this destination is for anyone craving an unforgettable island getaway, where every moment is a postcard waiting to be lived.

A picturesque view of Corralejo town and harbor – © tompodmore86

Corralejo’s Time Capsule

Initially, Corralejo was a small fishing village, relying heavily on the sea for the livelihood of its inhabitants. Its strategic location, facing the small island of Lobos and in proximity to Lanzarote, was advantageous for fishing, which was the mainstay of the local economy for centuries.

The transformation of Corralejo began in the latter half of the 20th century with the rise of tourism. The unique beauty of the dunes and beaches within what would later be designated as Corralejo Natural Park became a magnet for visitors from around the globe. Alongside the azure waters of the Atlantic, these natural assets catalyzed Corralejo’s evolution from a sleepy fishing village to a bustling tourist hub.

Corralejo Natural Park covers about 2,600 hectares and features an impressive expanse of sand dunes. Recognized for its incredible ecological and cultural importance, the park earned official protected status in 1982. This designation underscores the increasing recognition of the imperative to safeguard this distinct environmental and cultural gem.

Today, Corralejo is known not just for its fishing heritage but as a vibrant town where visitors can enjoy a mix of natural beauty, water sports, and cultural experiences. The town has retained some of its traditional charm by preserving historic buildings and continuing local customs and festivals alongside the modern conveniences expected by international travelers.

Things to Do in Corralejo

Hit the Beaches

Serene beach with sweeping views of Lobos Island and the horizon – © omena_kolme

Corralejo is renowned for its stunning beaches, each offering unique attractions and activities. Among these, several stand out for their beauty, ambiance, and the variety of experiences they provide.

Playa Grande (Grandes Playas Corralejo)

Part of the Corralejo Natural Park, Playa Grande is a series of golden sandy beaches stretching over several kilometers. These beaches are framed by the iconic dunes, creating a spectacular natural backdrop. Watersports, especially windsurfing and kiteboarding, are popular here due to the consistent winds. The beaches also welcome families looking to enjoy the turquoise waters. That said, it’s wise to choose sections of the beach where lifeguards are on duty, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Flag Beach

Known for its expansive stretch of white sand and crystal-clear waters, Flag Beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. It’s particularly popular for kitesurfing, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding, catering to all levels, from beginners to advanced. The beach offers excellent conditions for these sports, with rental shops and schools available for lessons and equipment hire. Its wide, open space also makes it perfect for beach games and sunbathing.

Corralejo Viejo

Corralejo Viejo, close to the town center, is frequented for its convenience and the scenic views of Lobos Island and Lanzarote it provides. This beach has golden sand and calm waters, making it a favorite for swimming and snorkeling. The promenade, lined with cafes and restaurants, adds to its charm, offering a perfect blend of beach relaxation and leisure amenities.

Explore Corralejo Natural Park

Corralejo Natural Park is a sprawling reserve that offers much more than its famous sand dunes and pristine beaches. This diverse natural landscape showcases a variety of terrains, from sandy expanses to rugged volcanic rock formations. In some areas of the park, vacationers can spot the playful chipmunks (Barbary squirrels) that have made the dunes their home. These small, agile creatures add a charming element of wildlife watching to the park’s attractions.

Take a free parking spot by the road and explore the dunes of Corralejo – © sam_williams

Exploring Corralejo Natural Park is a must for vacationers for several reasons. The park’s unique ecological environment invites a wide range of outdoor activities. Visitors can rent buggies or bicycles, providing a thrilling yet eco-friendly way to navigate around the dunes, allowing for an adventurous exploration without harming the delicate landscapes.

In addition, the park’s varied landscapes offer stunning photographic opportunities, from the contrasting blue of the ocean against the white sands to the rugged beauty of the volcanic areas. Hiking trails lead to panoramic views stretching across the neighboring islands on clear days, offering a serene and breathtaking experience of the Canary Islands’ unique beauty.

Wander and Haggle in Local Markets

Corralejo’s vibrant market scene caters to various tastes and preferences, blending traditional Canarian culture with contemporary and bohemian influences. Here’s a closer look at the three distinct markets that make shopping in this resort town an adventure in itself:

Centro Comercial Campanario Market

Situated within the charming confines of the Centro Comercial Campanario, this market takes place on Thursdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s a traditional Canarian market that offers a rich assortment of local products and handcrafted goods. Here, shoppers can experience the local culture, finding everything from artisan foods to unique crafts that reflect the island’s heritage and craftsmanship. Additionally, every Saturday, the same shopping center transforms to host “El Rastro,” a flea market. From as early as 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., visitors can peruse through a wide selection of second-hand items, offering a treasure trove of finds for those looking to uncover something unique or vintage.

Acua Water Park Market

The Acua Water Park, its carpark in particular, plays host to another of Corralejo’s popular markets. Operating every Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m., this market is a vibrant space where vendors sell a diverse array of products, from handcrafted goods and accessories to various other items. It’s a place where the creativity of local artisans is on full display, offering shoppers a chance to take home a piece of Fuerteventura’s artistic talent.

Paseos del Arte

Bringing a Bohemian flair to Corralejo’s market scene, Paseos del Arte is an art-centric market that captures the town’s creative spirit. It is held every Friday on Calle Churruca and every Saturday in the pedestrianized area outside the church, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Here, shoppers can explore a myriad of stalls bursting with artistic creations, from paintings and sculptures to handmade jewelry and decor. It’s indeed a unique setting that supports local artists while also providing visitors with an engaging cultural experience under the enchanting evening sky.

Take a Day-Trip to Los Lobos Island

Just a short boat ride away, the tranquil Los Lobos Island awaits as a pristine nature reserve, inviting day-trippers for a day of exploration and swimming in its crystal-clear waters. For an average cost of about 20 euros per person, visitors can enjoy a round-trip boat service that conveniently drops them off and later picks them up, with departures wrapping up around 5 pm. Depending on the chosen package, the boat journey might also treat you to lunch onboard. For those looking to dine on the island, Los Lobos hosts a solitary restaurant, perfect for a leisurely meal. Additionally, there’s a small shop available for grabbing beers, water, ice cream, and other refreshments, ensuring your needs are met while you soak up the serene island vibe.

Ideal for nature and adventure enthusiasts alike, the island is a haven for hiking, with well-marked trails leading to its lighthouse and offering panoramic views of the surrounding waters. Snorkeling and swimming in the crystal-clear lagoons provide a glimpse into the vibrant marine life while kayaking around the island reveals its serene beauty from a different perspective. Birdwatching enthusiasts will find Los Lobos a perfect spot to observe a variety of seabirds in their natural habitat, making it a comprehensive destination for those looking to revel in nature and tranquility.

Acua Water Park

Aquatic Park in Fuerteventura
Amusement area Aqua Water Park in the city on Canary Island. – © Acua Water Park

Acua Water Park is a must-visit destination for families, thrill-seekers, and anyone looking to escape the heat with a day full of fun and excitement. As the only water park in Fuerteventura, it offers a diverse range of attractions suited to all ages and thrill levels. From adrenaline-pumping slides and rides, such as the Kamikaze and the Black Hole, to the more relaxed Lazy River and a wave pool that simulates the ocean’s swell, there’s something for everyone. For younger visitors, the children’s area provides a safe and enjoyable environment with water games and smaller slides designed specifically for them. The park also boasts a nice variety of amenities, including sunbeds, lockers, and a range of dining options to refuel and relax. The combination of thrilling water rides, family-friendly activities, and excellent facilities set against the backdrop of Fuerteventura’s stunning landscape makes Acua Water Park an unforgettable destination that adds a splash of adventure to any Corralejo visit.

Where to Stay

Barcelo Corralejo Bay

Staying at Barcelo Corralejo Bay is a great idea for vacationers seeking a blend of relaxation, entertainment, and convenience in Corralejo. The hotel’s wellness center, equipped with a gym and spa, offers a perfect retreat for health and fitness enthusiasts, while its pool area features a heated pool and circuit thermal spa, ideal for unwinding after a day of adventure. The inclusion of evening entertainment ensures guests have enjoyable and diverse nighttime options without leaving the comfort of the hotel. Additionally, the availability of a half-board option provides the convenience and value of having breakfast and dinner included in the stay, allowing guests to explore local cuisines for other meals. Book now!

Barcelo Corralejo Sands

Barcelo Corralejo Sands stands out as one of Corralejo’s most highly rated accommodations for several compelling reasons, as highlighted by guest reviews. The presence of a theatre bar offering nightly entertainment ensures that guests have engaging and varied entertainment options right at their doorstep, contributing to an enjoyable and memorable stay. The lovely pool area, complemented by an excellent pool bar, provides a perfect oasis for relaxation and socializing, enhancing the holiday experience. Deluxe rooms featuring an outdoor whirlpool bath add a touch of luxury and privacy, allowing guests to unwind in style. The flexibility in dining options, with both half-board and all-inclusive packages available, caters to different preferences and needs, ensuring that all guests find a plan that suits them best. Moreover, the themed evening meals, ranging from Italian to American and Mexican, offer a delightful culinary journey, making dining at the hotel a highlight of the stay. Book now!

Barceló Corralejo Sands Hotel
Barceló Corralejo Sands Hotel. – © www.barcelo.com

Labranda Corralejo Village

Notably popular amongst Italian guests, it adds a unique cultural flair to the atmosphere in Labranda Corralejo Village, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for travelers from various backgrounds. Its strategic location, just a stone’s throw away from the main street in the new town, offers easy access to the vibrant life of Corralejo. Want to stay within the complex? The inviting pool area serves as a serene oasis for relaxation and is a standout feature of the accommodation. The blend of a convenient location and excellent amenities, coupled with a cosmopolitan vibe that embraces guests from around the globe, makes Labranda Corralejo Village a favored choice for a diverse array of visitors looking for a memorable stay in Corralejo. Book now!

Las Marismas De Corralejo

Las Marismas De Corralejo offers a charming retreat located conveniently close to the bustling life of Corralejo, yet nestled in a peaceful spot that promises relaxation and entertainment for its guests. It is a hit with families thanks to its array of complimentary activities, including a free minigolf, which provides fun for all ages. The complex also boasts spacious pools, with a dedicated area for the little ones, and a highly praised Kids Club, making it a paradise for those traveling with the whole crew. Just a short walk across the complex, guests can find the Minigolf Fantasía and Acua Water Park, offering even more fun and adventure close by. Its advantageous location also means that guests have quick access to Corralejo’s vibrant selection of restaurants, bars, and cafes and the stunning beaches that have made Fuerteventura a premier holiday destination. With options for all-inclusive and self-catering stays, Las Marismas De Corralejo caters to a range of holiday desires, ensuring a personalized and unforgettable stay near the wonders of Corralejo. Book now!

Hotel Arena Beach

Hotel Arena Beach is a delightful oasis for families and couples alike, offering both engaging leisure and convenience. This welcoming retreat is adorned with three sparkling pools, including a vibrant children’s splash park that promises endless fun for the younger guests. Dining at the hotel is an enjoyable experience, with well-presented meals and a diverse variety of choices, catering to all tastes. The hotel bar offers a self-service selection of drinks that maintain a high standard of quality, including a range of cocktails typical of all-inclusive packages, with the added option of premium spirits available at a discount for all-inclusive guests. Entertainment at Hotel Arena Beach shines day and night, ensuring every moment is enjoyable. Moreover, its location is just a 10-minute walk from the town center, making it an ideal base for exploring the charm of Corralejo and its surroundings. Book now!

Arena Hotel in Corralejo
Swimming pool of the hotel complex Arena Hotel in Corralejo – © dziewul

Where to Eat and Drink

The Ugly Duckling

Food enthusiasts exploring Corralejo will be delighted by the diverse culinary landscape, especially when they discover The Ugly Duckling. This Scandinavian-international gem offers a cozy dining experience, spotlighting Nordic delights alongside international favorites. Crowd-pleasers include the tender duck breast bathed in a whiskey and tarragon sauce, a sumptuously rich beef tenderloin paired with what’s arguably the best creamy mashed potatoes in town, and prawns delicately coated in a fragrant dill sauce. Not to be missed are the starter of homemade bread served with olive oil and spiced olives, and for dessert, a decadent chocolate cake that rounds off the meal perfectly. Given its popularity and limited opening days—just five a week—securing a reservation is crucial to indulge in these fabulous dishes and ensure you don’t miss out on this culinary hotspot.

H20 Juice Bar & Vegan Cafe

The H2O Juice Bar & Vegan Café caters to health-conscious diners with an enticing array of offerings. This charming vegan eatery isn’t just a haven for strict vegans – carnivores are equally enamored by its delectable fare. Among the crowd favorites are their baguettes and salads, crafted with fresh, homemade ingredients that showcase the cafe’s commitment to quality. Their signature vegan burger is a must-try, a savory delight that surprises even the most discerning palates. Indulge further with a slice of their delectable homemade cakes, each bite bursting with flavor. Wash it all down with one of their refreshing smoothies, or treat yourself to a nourishing smoothie bowl for a delightful dessert experience. Whether for brunch or a satisfyingly wholesome meal, The H2O Juice Bar & Vegan Café promises an unforgettable culinary journey that caters to all tastes and preferences.

The H2O Juice Bar & Vegan Café
H2O Juice Bar & Vegan Cafe in Fuerteventura. – © H2oBarCafe

Loca Blanca

The quaint bistro Loca Blanca offers classic Mediterranean and Italian gastronomy, boasting what many consider the best pasta in town. Notable dishes include Burratta with a chic pea puree and the shrimp and scallop ravioli with truffle that comforts the soul. Other crowd-pleasers include the prawn and avocado hummus, an unexpected yet delightful twist on a Mediterranean classic, and the entrecôte steak, a savory delight that satisfies carnivorous cravings. For seafood lovers, the tender tuna steak is a must-try, bursting with flavor and freshness.

It’s worth noting that, unlike typical Italian eateries, The Loca Blanca does not serve pizza, instead focusing on exquisite dishes like the ones mentioned. Additionally, due to its intimate ambiance and limited seating, securing a reservation is strongly recommended to ensure you don’t miss out on their heavenly culinary creations.

La Eskina

If you’re up for a night out in Corralejo, make sure to swing by La Eskina. This bar serves both classic and unique concoctions, each presented with flair and finesse. As you revel in the lively ambiance, indulge in an array of tapas and appetizers that perfectly complement your happy hour indulgence. La Eskina is the ideal spot for savoring pre-dinner drinks, where guests are also treated to complimentary snacks like chocolate biscuits, adding a sweet touch to the experience. Don’t miss out on their signature espresso martini, a crowd favorite that perfectly blends the worlds of caffeine and cocktails, ensuring a memorable start to your night out.

GETTING TO CORRALEJO

Getting to Corralejo is easy whether you’re driving or using public transportation. Here are the simplest routes from major towns across the island to help you reach this beautiful coastal town.

From Puerto del Rosario

Driving: Start by heading north on FV-1 from Puerto del Rosario. Continue on FV-1 for about 30 kilometers, following the signs for Corralejo. The drive is straightforward, with scenic views of the coast and volcanic landscapes along the way.

Public Transportation: The direct bus line 6 connects Puerto del Rosario to Corralejo, offering a convenient and economical way to travel. Buses run regularly throughout the day, but it’s wise to check the latest timetable for the most accurate schedule.

From Caleta de Fuste

Driving: To reach Corralejo from Caleta de Fuste, drive north on FV-2 and then take the FV-3 towards Puerto del Rosario. From there, merge onto FV-1, heading north to Corralejo. The journey showcases Fuerteventura’s unique terrain and takes approximately 45 minutes.

Public Transportation: While there’s no direct bus from Caleta de Fuste to Corralejo, you can take a bus to Puerto del Rosario (bus line 3) and then transfer to bus line 6 to Corralejo. Ensure to verify bus schedules in advance for a smooth transfer.

From Morro Jable

Driving: The drive from Morro Jable to Corralejo is the longest, taking you across the island. Head north on FV-2, continue past Costa Calma, and through La Lajita and Tarajalejo. In Puerto del Rosario, switch to FV-1 northbound to Corralejo. This journey offers a full view of Fuerteventura’s diverse landscapes, from southern beaches to northern dunes.

Public Transportation: A direct bus connection from Morro Jable to Corralejo is not available, so you’ll need to travel via Puerto del Rosario. Take the bus to Puerto del Rosario (line 1), then switch to line 6 towards Corralejo. Planning is essential, as travel times can be lengthy.

Don’t Let the Corralejo Adventure Wait

Corralejo offers more than just a destination—it’s a gateway to unparalleled natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventurous experiences. Whether you’re traversing the island’s diverse landscapes to reach this northern haven, basking in the sun on its expansive beaches, or exploring its lively streets and markets, Corralejo promises a blend of relaxation and excitement. This town is not just a point on the map but a vibrant part of Fuerteventura’s soul, inviting travelers from all corners to discover its wonders. Why let the adventure wait any longer? Set your itinerary, and prepare for an unforgettable escape to Corralejo.