Despite the influx of tourists, this former fishing village near the harbor and the main beach at Corralejo still have charm. You’ll find narrow, uneven streets, good seafood restaurants and even a fisherman’s cottage or two. Wonder inland a couple of blocks and you will find the predictable resort fare of fish & chips on a grid system of streets.
Corralejo’s real allure is the miles of sand dunes to the south of town, sweeping back into gentle sugar-loaf rolls from the sea and fabulous broad sandy beaches. Protected as the Parque Natural de Corralejo, no one can build on or near them (though a couple of concrete eyesores from the Riu hotel chain managed to get here before the regulation was in place).
You can find more information on all the great Corralejo beaches here.
Corralejo Weather – When to Visit
With its location so close to Africa, you can expect hot and sunny weather throughout the year in Corralejo. If you love the heat, the best time to visit Corralejo is between July and September. Temperatures range between 77°F and 82°F. If you are looking for cooler temperatures, the best time is between April and June or in October. The average temperature ranges from 70°F and 73°F, which is warm enough for a relaxing day at the beach or enjoying a spot of sightseeing around the island.
Corralejo is known for it’s winds. Northeast trade winds paired with the cool waters of the surrounding sea means that the island is in the direct path of regular cooling breezes. This is great for water sports in the summer when the sea conditions are perfect for windsurfing with an average temperature of 72°F.
Corralejo Natural Park
Corralejo Natural Park has desert beauty you don’t want to miss and is located in the north-east of the island. In the north, is the biggest dune spread in the whole of the Canary Islands; an enormous extension of white sands bathed by the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, the opposite awaits: a volcanic landscape, red and ochre, dramatic and rugged. To really see the volcanic landscape you’ll need to bring walking boots to climb the 300 meters up the Red Mountain volcano and a camera to take incredible shots of Lanzarote and La Graciosa across the water.
Regular boat trips leave from Corralejo to the tiny Lobos Island daily. A short 10-minute ferry journey brings tourists into a new world of protected natural landscapes. The entire island is a nature reserve, meaning that the waters around the island are teeming with fish and marine wildlife. The island is pretty small, and it takes only a couple of hours to explore it, but there are many secluded beaches to enjoy and coves to wander.
Discover the magnificent Corralejo Sand Dunes Natural park with golden sand dunes, dark volcanic rock and turquoise water. Parque Natural Corralejo Dunes are located in the north east of the island and are an un-spoilt nature reserve that spreads over a mile inland and covers 2600 hectares in a blanket of golden rolling sands and is bordered by the idyllic aqua blue Corralejo beaches.
Located just south of the resort Corralejo, in the northern part of the island, Corralejo Beach is another Fuerteventura must, stretching for six miles along the coast. Bordering a national park, this beach can be easily reached by bus.
Located in the south-east of Fuerteventura, Sotavento Beach boasts 17 miles of sand making it the perfect choice for those looking to enjoy the calm, peaceful sound of the sea. With a sea temperature of 72°F year-round, this is an ideal swimming area. It’s also a surfers’ and kite-surfers’ paradise thanks to the consistent, steady trade winds.
Things to Do in Corralejo
Daily trips by boat to Lobos Island and Lanzarote. Enjoy a wonderful experience on board a boat in an incredible, unforgettable and unparalleled place. Activities in the trip includes snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and trolling. Take the deluxe combo tour around Lobo Island or the standard Lobos Island tour. You can also catch a water taxi with them to Lobos Island. Telephone: (0034) 669 354 404 Web: Fuerte Charter.
They specialize in sea kayaking adventures and expeditions, day and multiday guided trips for small groups and sea kayaking courses for all levels in the warm and crystal clear waters of Fuerteventura, the jewel of the Canary Islands. Snorkeling is also included in every kayak trip. Telephone: (0034) 676 978 099 Web: Kayak Fuerteventura.
Punta Amanay Diving
Punta Amanay is a small and family run Padi Resort in Corralejo, in the north of Fuerteventura. Multiple dives are offered every day around the natural park of Isla De Lobos. With more than 20 attractive dive sites, ‘the island of wolves’ is the most spectacular and varied diving area of the Canary Islands. Seasoned diver or novice, they have what you’re looking for! Telephone: (0034) 928 535 357 Web: Punta Amanay Diving.
Get Wet Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is well known for its beautiful beaches and clear turquoise waters. The mild climate and its warm waters make the island a coveted destination throughout the year. A short boat ride will take you to the Island with its crystal clear lagoons, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. After a professional training in shallow water, we snorkel through an amazing underwater world and colorful fish swarms, accompanied by our experienced NAUI dive master, who will always be ready to help and assist you. Telephone: (0034) 660 778 053 Web: Get Wet Fuerteventura.
Best Corralejo Restaurants
Los Pescaditos Under $10
This little bar set right on the waterfront is a lovely relaxing place to spend your vacation. Whether it’s just for a quick pint or an afternoon of lively music provided by the resident musicians. Prices are reasonable and the staff and owner, Tom, are all more than accommodating. Tom can recommend some great places on the island. Not trip to Fuerteventura would be complete without visiting Tom at Los Pescaditos. Web: Los Pescaditos.
La Arricerua $11 – 30
A different place to enjoy the authentic Paella Valenciana and Arroces Alicantinos, cooked in the traditional way, along with Mediterranean wines, sausages and Salazones of the highest quality. A place for lovers of the best Mediterranean food and their most famous dish: La Paella. Web: La Arricerua.
Gregoria El Pescador $11 – 30
In the so-called “Little Italy” of Corralejo, which is in the old part of town, is the best fish restaurant around. They have excellent octopus stew and baked dishes as well. A good variety of food can be found here. Their food is freshly caught and comes from the fish market. One of the owners is a local fisherman guide and brings all their catch in for the restaurant. Web: Gregoria El Pescador.
Restaurant Avenida Under $10
This restaurant is known for its fresh fish. The fish platters are enormous and you can try Sea bream, salmon, mussels, sea bass, King prawns, or squid to start. Everything is grilled to perfection. You also must order the Canarian potatoes, which are the best on the island. Enjoy the complimentary bread with garlic aioli to star, along with a glass of wine of their wine menu. Great friendly staff and a very nice atmosphere. Web: Restaurant Avenida.
Agua Under $10
Enjoy a nice day relaxing at their beach bar where you can get a great fresh sandwich crammed with you choice of filling. They have an extensive choice of juices, smoothies, and iced drinks. At night, enjoy this beach bar with some of the best cocktails around, as well as the nicest people you will mTheeet on the island. Web: Agua.
Best Corralejo Bars & Nightlife
The most stylish place on the island to have a drink (or two). STARS is completely different than any other bar in Corralejo: relaxing atmosphere, stylish yet cozy interior, contemporary lounge music and fancy drinks for reasonable prices. They even have a small shop where you can buy amongst others trendy shirts, caps and flip flops. Web: Stars Fuerteventura.
Fairly large place on the main shopping street, this place is great for live music. They have themed nights, such as Reggae night and the performers definitely have fun as well. Usually packed even in off season ( early December). Prices are 6 Euros for a cocktail, 4 Euros for a non-alcoholic one: reasonable enough. The service was quick and efficient. Web: Rock Café.
If you want a place with a laid back beach bar vibe, super friendly staff, great food and drinks and a blissful view, then head to Agua and save me a seat! Get some of the best cocktails served by some of the nicest people on the island. Web: Agua.
Mojito Beach Club
Mojito’s is a very nice and a VERY relaxing bar with a stupidly extensive list of Mojito flavors. It is always warm here and you re always welcome. Get the best mojitos in town, as well as other favorites. Right in front of the sea with comfy sofas. Web: Mojito Beach Club.
Best Corralejo Hotels
Barceló Corralejo Bay – Adults Only
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Barceló Corralejo Bay – Adults Only is just 150 feet from Corralejo Beach and next to Corralejo Shopping Center. The adults-only complex offers modern spa facilities including a gym, massage treatments and sauna. The spa includes a relaxation pool with hot tub seats, hydro massage seats and waterfalls, and a maze of showers. There is also a toning pool, Turkish steam bath, and an indoor and outdoor relaxation area. Guests can enjoy healthy food at the hotel’s buffet restaurant, which also hosts themed dinners and offers a 24-hour room service. There is also a poolside bar with live music and a cocktail menu.
Avanti Hotel Boutique Fuerteventura – Adults Only
Avanti Hotel Boutique Fuerteventura is located opposite the beach, in the center of Corralejo. It features a restaurant and a roof terrace with a hot tub. This small, adults-only hotel offers room looking onto the ocean or the town of Corralejo. The chic rooms at Avanti Hotel Boutique Fuerteventura have minimalist, white décor with turquoise finishes. All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The restaurant serves international cuisine and specializes in seafood, grilled fish and grilled meat dishes. The terrace offers ocean views.
Bahiazul Villas & Club Fuerteventura
Featuring luxurious villas with private pools, Bahiazul Villas & Club Fuerteventura is set 650 feet from Dunas de Corralejo Park. This attractive complex offers free Wi-Fi, a gym and spa. The Club Fuerteventura’s spa has rain-effect showers, as well as Finnish and Turkish saunas. There are paddle tennis courts on site and many water sports are available in the area. There is also a children’s playground.
KATIS Villas Boutique Fuerteventura
This property is a 15-minute walk from the beach. Located a 5-minute drive from Corralejo Sand Dunes, each air-conditioned villa at KATIS Style Villas Fuerteventura features a private outdoor swimming pool and terrace. Private parking and free Wi-Fi are offered. Featuring classic, Greek or Balinese style décor, the bright villas include a lounge area with a TV and DVD player. The kitchen comes with a microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
H10 Ocean Suites – All Inclusive
This property is a 11-minute walk from the beach. Set 2,450 feet from the beach in Corralejo, on the island of Fuerteventura, H10 Ocean Suites features several outdoor swimming pools, a terrace, solarium, and spacious gardens. There is a tennis court and multi-sport facilities available for a surcharge. The property also offers a 24-hour front desk, games room, and entertainment programmes for adults and children. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. You can also enjoy the on-site buffet restaurant with show cooking. A disco and a bar are featured at the property. You can also enjoy a drink at the lobby bar.