As resorts go in the Canary Islands, Corralejo to the north of Fuerteventura is one of the prettiest, especially around the harbour and just south at the beaches fronting the sublime sand dunes which form part of Corralejo Natural Park, a protected area. Although Corralejo is a bustling Fuerteventura holiday resort, the tourism here is not overwhelming and there's a chilled out vibe to this pretty resort. Corralejo's edge might be to do with the fact that it's not just a manmade resort - there's been a thriving fishing industry here for years, plus the pleasent harbour and old town bordering the harbour is a delightful area, crammed with arts and crafts stalls, specialist shops and friendly chic bars. With its own waterpark, the Atlantico Shopping centre (with disabled toilets) tidy promenade and stretch of beach along Avenida Grandes Playas, Corralejo combines good resort facilities with an attractive setting. A please all resort, with a nature park nearby, excellent surfing, diving and sailing and easy access to Lanzarote and Los Lobos Island via the harbour.
Corralejo watersports choice is excellent, with everything from surfing to sailing on the menu. Around Corralejo harbour a wide selection of pretty restaurants, cafes and bars line the coast with fine views of sea birds and sailing activity in the harbour. Corralejo is a popular resort for family holidays on Fuerteventura - particularly British families. It's worth heading to the harbour area first if you're in Corralejo for a day trip. Corralejo beaches just south of the main town next to the sand dunes can be reached by bike, bus or hire car - and these beaches are some of the best on the island, second only to Playa de Sotavento de Jania.
For calmer and sheltered family beaches head into the centre of Corralejo and you'll find a choice of small cove like family beaches backed on by bars and restaurants in the Avenida Grandes Playas area - it's all a tasteful affair and there's a mix of Spanish, German and British holidaymakers here in this resort. Accommodation is low built - no mammoth hotels here. Corralejo bears a strong resemblance to its pretty sister resort across the water in Lanzarote - Playa Blanca.
Moving south slightly out of town to the Corralejo Beaches directly in front of the Parque Natural de Corralejo, these are the big beach attractions up here. You park up just off the road to access stunning beaches for excellent waves and surfing and the stunning backdrop of the sand dunes which are as beautiful if not more so than those at Maspalomas on Gran Canaria. Many holidaymakers in Corralejo hire bikes and cycle south to this wonderful stretch of beaches. The beach area here around Playa de Pozo is particularly popular with naturists.
Corralejo is a Fuerteventura and Canary Islands resort with character - it's popular with the Spanish as well as the British. The harbour bustles with activitiy, and it's easy to hook into diving schools, sailing lessons, windsurfing and other watersports. (checkout the weblinks to the right).
Big ships leave from Corralejo Harbour bound for Lanzarote, but Corralejo's harbour still manages to retain a small fishing village feel about it. The restaurants, bars and cafes near the harbour area offer stunning views out to sea and are perfect for long lunches, dinners or quick snacks and drinks. Shopping round this area too is fun, with great small shops all of which seem to have permanent sales on high quality clothing, or perfumes and various holiday gear.
The well equipped and guaranteed family fun Baku Waterpark is fairly centrally situated in Corralejo, just north of Atlantic Gardens and adjacent to the market area (the market runs here every Monday and Friday from 8am to 2pm). Checkout the Baku Waterpark and Golf complex weblink to the right for more details.
There's an excellent choice of watersports and leisure tours available from Corralejo, including diving excursions (especially out to Los Lobos island), Catamaran sailing trips to Los Lobos, Biking tours inland to the Cueva del Llano caves at Villaverde or around the Montana Arena (see Ventura Biking weblink to the right), and windsurfing, surfing, fishing trips and boat trips.
Corralejo is renowned as a windsurfing and surfing spot - particularly surfing around the Flag Beach stretch to the south of Corralejo (and some more remote surfing spots along the northern edge of Fuerteventura). The coastal stretch between Corralejo and Lanzarote known as the Estrecho de la Bocaina offers perfect windsurfing conditions - the trade winds are channelled down here. See the surfing and windsurfing weblinks right for more details. The channelling of the trade winds down the stretch of coast between Lanzarote and Corralejo, mostly on flat water make for perfect year round windsurfing and surfing conditions.
Pick up a copy of the free Fuerteventura Grapevine magazine, available everywhere in Corralejo. There's comprehensive listings in here of the many bars, restaurants, shopping centres and more available in Corralejo. Alternatively, checkout the latest copy online (link right) before your holiday to Corralejo!