CorralejoOncea small fishing village, today is one of the main tourist centers of Fuerteventura. It is located in the north of the island and is famous for its beaches bathed by crystal clear waters and the beautiful natural park of the Dunes.
Today Corralejo is a lively town, the best choice for those looking for some nightlife and entertainment, in fact there are several restaurants, clubs with live music and stores of all kinds.
The location is excellent for touring the northern part of the island, it is about half an hour drive from the airport and offers many things to do for all tastes: surfing, hiking, trekking and much more.
In this article we are going to discover Corralejo, let's see how to get there, what to do, where to sleep and which are the unmissable beaches.
Corralejo: why to choose it
There are so many reasons to choose Corralejo. First of all for its beaches and in particular for the kilometer-long Playa Grande, the beautiful beach of the Natural Park of the Dunes.
In addition, Corralejo is the liveliest town on the island, it is a fun town with many clubs and restaurants.
But Corralejo is also famous for water sports, its waters are in fact very popular with surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers.
Finally, the location is strategic to visit the main attractions of the north of the island and is perfect for exploring the surroundings of Fuerteventura, such as Lanzarote or the island of Lobos, through day trips departing from the port of the city.
For all these reasons, as also explained in the article. where to stay in Fuerteventura, Corralejo proves to be the perfect base for visiting the island.
How to get to Corralejo from Fuerteventura airport
As the best way to move around the island is to rent a car, I recommend to do it directly at the airport, so you can get to Corralejo with your car without any other cost.
Alternatively you can take a cab, it is only 30 minutes to get to Corralejo, but the cost is quite high, around 45 euros. You can ask the structure where you will stay if they have a transfer service from the airport, it will usually save you a lot.
The cheapest solution is definitely the bus. The bus, called guagua, but it is also the most inconvenient option because there are no direct connections.
You have to get to Puerto del Rosario with line 3 and then take line 6 from the central station. The whole trip costs less than 5 € per person and you can buy the ticket on the bus. You can check the schedules on Fuerteventura transport site.
Finally, a valid and economical option is the shuttle service to the airport, it costs about 7 € and leaves you directly in front of your hotel. To use this service you must book it on the official website shuttle spain.
Sleeping in Corralejo
Corralejo offers different types of accommodation for every type of budget and for every type of traveler: apartments, villas with sea view or hotels. Even if the town is not very big, there are several neighborhoods and it is important to choose the right one.
The beautiful town of Corralejo can be divided into 3 main areas:
- Bristol: northern end in the port area, near the center;
- Centrar: near the old town and the Avenida Nuestra Señora del Carmen;
- South: There are several residential areas near the El Campanario shopping center and not far from the Dunes.
In my opinion the best area to sleep in Corralejo is near the center, where there are several stores, restaurants and nightclubs and where there is more life, more fun and all services. In addition there is the promenade, convenient for nice walks or to relax a little on the beach.
What to do in Corralejo
In Corralejo and its surroundings there are so many things to do and see that you will be spoilt for choice. Let's see what to do in Corralejo.
The weather conditions and the ocean waters make Corralejo the ideal place if you practice water sports, such as surfing or kitesurfing. There are several beaches in town or you can reach the beach of the natural park or the beautiful beaches of El Cotillo. If you are not an expert but would like to learn to surf in Corralejo there are many surf schools.
If you are in Corralejo you can't miss the boat trips to the nearby island of Lobos or the wonderful Lanzarote. Lobos is the ideal place for a day trip, the trip takes only 15 minutes of sailing.
Lanzarote is also very well connected with Corralejo and in only 20 minutes you can reach the island. You can decide to visit part of the island in one day, focusing on the southern part or spend a few more days exploring the whole island.
Quad or Buggy
The most fun and adrenaline-filled activity in Corralejo is the quad or buggy. There are many dirt roads perfect to try the buggy tour experience: dunes, volcanoes, cliffs and roads with a lunar landscape. There are several agencies in Corralejo that organize these tours which last about 3/4 hours.
Corralejo is also the starting point for several nature walks and hikes exploring ancient volcanic craters. Among the most beautiful routes is undoubtedly the trekking to Calderon Hondo, you climb up to the crater guarded by friendly squirrels. The hike is quite easy and the view from the top is spectacular.
Corralejo's nightlife is mainly concentrated on the main avenue, Avenida Nuestra Señora del Carmen and in the old town.
Here you will find a little bit of everything, restaurants, pubs, discos and bars with live music. Don't miss the famous Plaza de la Música, or music square, located in the old town, just behind the promenade. In the square there is a small stage where bands and musicians give free rein every night.
The beaches of Corralejo
In Corralejo there are several beaches, from the small port to the south there are a series of coves(Muelle Chico, Playa Las Clavellinas and Playa la Goleta) generally more sheltered from the winds and with calm and transparent waters.
Don't miss the beach known as Playa de palomitas de maíz, as it is covered with many coral fragments that look like real popcorn.
A few kilometers further south you will find the Grandes Playas, miles of white sand and a surrounding landscape unique in the world. Finally, about 20 km from Corralejo is El Cotillo, a small fishing village known for its beaches bathed in turquoise waters.