What are the Best Things to do in Corralejo?
Corralejo is a seaside town on the northeast coast of Fuerteventura, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. It offers a blend of modern resort benefits with natural wonders. From the incredible sand dunes in Corralejo Natural Park to the exotic volcanic Isla de Lobos, there are lots of things to do in Corralejo.
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10 Great Things to do in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Corralejo is a paradise for surfers and windsurfers, but there’s plenty of activities available for shoppers, sightseers, families and solo travellers too. The bar scene has something special in store every night, with lots of live music, tapas and cocktail bars. My last visit to Corralejo was in December 2022.
Read on for my 10 best things to do in Corralejo.
1. Las Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park
The Corralejo sand dunes are by far the number one attraction on any list of things to do in Fuerteventura, and you simply must see them if you are on the island. The Las Dunas Natural Park is a truly stunning natural wonder.
The 10km of yellow and white sand dunes are forever moving and changing, and there is lots of wildlife here, including local chipmunks who are quite friendly!
If you are based in Corralejo, you can reach the natural park simply by walking along the coastline from Corralejo until you start seeing the dunes. You can also get the bus, taxi or hire a car with Discover Cars in Fuerteventura.
2. Corralejo Beach – Playa Grande
Located in the stunning Corralejo Natural Park, Playa Grande provides visitors with beautiful natural surroundings including continuously shifting sand dunes that are framed by the enormous blue North Atlantic.
The stunning seven-mile Grandes Playas lies to the south of Corralejo. The sand here is particularly white, and it seems to go on forever. The beach is backed by towering sand dunes which sweep down to the sea. The sand dues are home to birds, lizards, chipmunks and rabbits.
During the day, sections of this lengthy beach provide facilities from lifeguards to bars and sun loungers available for rent. Most portions of this shoreline are suitable for families. However, be aware that clothing is optional at certain areas (there are nudist areas to the south).
This beach also affords a glorious view across the shimmering turquoise water to the uninhabited Lobos Island, which is excellent for snorkelling.
Note about beaches: the sun’s rays can be extremely strong in the Canary Islands. Make sure you take plenty of sunscreen, and I also recommend a packable sun hat and sand repellent towel too. Fuerteventura is known for its beaches.
3. Isla de Lobos – Ferry from Corralejo
Lobos is a largely unpopulated isle off the shoreline of Fuerteventura, with a breathtaking volcanic landscape and very little human development present. Visiting Lobos Island is one of the most popular things to do in Corralejo.
Lobos is accessible by boat from Corralejo harbour for around €15 (including island permit). It’s a short 15 minute water taxi ride which arrives into a secluded cove with powdery sand beaches.
The island is a nature reserve and protected natural park. It’s great for snorkelling, or you can take one of the glass-bottomed boat tours. There is a black sand beach and a hiking trail to Punta Martiño lighthouse. Additionally, there is La Concha beach which has white sand and is situated next to the volcanic peak (highest point 127 metres). You can read more about La Concha beach in my post 14 Best Beaches in Fuerteventura.
As a special protection area, island Lobos is home to more than 130 species of plants and various kinds of birds. Additionally, its seabed forms part of an underwater reserve area. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and sea turtles.
- Related reading:
- Ultimate Guide to Visiting Lobos Island
5. La Oliva Old Town
La Oliva is a rustic farming community which was once the capital of Fuerteventura (from 1836 to 1860). This charming old town is full of traditional Canarian architecture and offers a great insight into the area’s past.
You can stop by the local market to pick up some souvenirs, or take in the views from one of the many panoramic terraces.
There are also numerous museums in La Oliva that showcase the municipality’s history, and you can discover plenty about the island’s agricultural and architectural past. The weather here is usually a little warmer than the coastal regions of Fuerteventura.
6. Corralejo Marina
This picturesque harbour not only serves as a marina, but is also an active fishing and ferry port. Cafes, bars and restaurants line the marina, offering pleasant views of yachts and powerboats.
Town Beach is right next to the marina, and you can also easily access the cobbled streets and lively nightlife of central Corralejo.
7. Corralejo Aquapark
Acua Water Park is Corralejo’s premier water park. This is one of the best things to do in Corralejo if you have kids.
There are over a dozen slides and rides catered to different ages and thrill levels. Enjoy the Splash Race Track or take a family ride down one of the wide slides. For thrill-seekers, there are fast and lazy rivers as well as two tall straight slides reaching up to an impressive 30 km/h.
8. Music Square
Plaza Felix Estevez, also known as Music Square, is located in the Old Town. Here you’ll find a small yet vibrant atmosphere filled with restaurants, bars and cafes. Every night this square springs to life with local musicians creating music, often accompanied by dancers and entertainers.
This is one of the most popular things to do in Corralejo in the evening, so make sure to arrive early during the summer if you want to get a decent seat. There is a variety of food options available for all tastes.
9. Glass beach
Located just 10 minutes away from Corralejo’s vibrant city centre, the picturesque paradise of El Burro (Glass Beach) has 300 metres of breathtaking white sand. It has become one of the most desirable places for surfers due to its consistent North Atlantic winds.
Glass Beach is also home to Fuerteventura’s Kite Festival every November. This is one of the best things to do in Corralejo at this time of year. There are some great kites available on Amazon here. Don’t forget your sunscreen and foldable sun hat when visiting Corralejo’s beaches.
10. El Campanario Market
Every Thursday and Sunday, El Campanario shopping centre in downtown Corralejo transforms into a vibrant craft market. This is a great place to buy souvenirs, gifts, clothing, jewellery, craft products and aloe vera products too. A foldable shopping bag might come in handy for your purchases.
There is usually live music at the market, and terraces where you can sit and have a drink. The market is open from 9am to 2pm on Thursdays and Sundays, and is one of the most popular things to do in Corralejo.
On the other days of the week, El Campanario still remains a lovely environment for sightseeing. You can wander around its elegant colonnades or take refuge beside its fountain with a cup of coffee. You can also ascend to the top of the bell tower at its centre, for remarkable views of Corralejo.
Where to Stay in Corralejo
Here are my picks for hotels in Corralejo:
- High end hotel in Corralejo: Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa Adults only
- Mid-range hotel in Corralejo: Barceló Corralejo Sands
- Budget hotel in Correlejo: Hélène Holidays and Retreats
Or you can have a look at the current deals on hotels in Corralejo on Booking.com. I recommend reserving your room immediately to avoid price increases (you can always cancel later, most properties on Booking.com allow free cancellation right up to the day before).
10 Great Things to do in Corralejo: Conclusion
Corralejo is the largest resort in Fuerteventura and has a nice balance of chilled areas and lively areas. There are many beautiful beaches, stunning nature and lots of excursions and experiences available. The special protection area of Lobos Island Fuerteventura makes a great day trip for dolphin watching and snorkelling.
Corralejo is great for families, and also great for solo travellers (I met lots of cool people during my solo visit).
Related Reading for the Canary Islands
- Which Canary Island is the Best? All 8 Islands Reviewed.
- 10 Great Things to do in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
- 14 of the Best Beaches in Fuerteventura
- 10 Best Things to do in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
- Lobos Island Fuerteventura: The Ultimate Guide
- 14 Amazing Things to do in Lanzarote
- 20 Stunning Photos of Lanzarote
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