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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Sandscape with yellow sand and small dues, cloudy sky with brown volcanic mountain on the horizon.
Corralejo Natural Park

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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.

deserted road in the middle of the Corralejo dunes on the island of Fuerteventura
Road through the Corralejo dunes

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!

There are lots of sand-based things to do in Corralejo. You can take a guided buggy tour of the Natural Park, or there are quad bike tours, e-bike tours and various 4×4 tours too.

A row of four yellow dune buggy vehicles drived through a sandy landscape in Correlejo Natural Park, Fuerteventura.
Dune Buggies in Corralejo.
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Sand dunes in Corralejo

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.

A beach scene, yellow sand with footprints, blue sea with waves and blue sky with white clouds. Small volcanic island (Lobos Island) on the horizon.
Playa Grande Beach Corralejo with Lobos Island and Lanzarote in the distance.

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).

Aerial view of a single road snaking through a white sand landscape in Corralejo natural park
Corralejo Natural Park

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.

Things to do in Corralejo: View of a small Island, brown volcanic landmass, turquoise bloue sea and small white boats and catamarans.
Isla De Lobos

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.

White sands in the foreground, turquoise blue sea and a brown mountain across the sea.
Lobos Island

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.

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.

Paved town in the Canary Islands, white 'La Oliva' welcome sign, palm trees, blue sky and white church building.
Church Of Our Lady Of La Candelaria At La Oliva

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.

From here you can catch a ferry to Lobos Island or Lanzarote; plus there are glass bottom boat tours along with regular sailing excursions and deep-sea fishing charters.

Things to do in Corralejo: A bright marina is seen through a rectangular frame, with a row of yachts for charter on the right and green foliage in the foreground.
Corralejo Marina

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.

Things to do in Corralejo: Out of focus children's waterslides in orange and yellow in the background, with green foliage in focus in the foreground. Blue sky and palm trees.
Corralejo Aquapark.

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.

Aerial View Of Coast Glass Beach Fuerteventura Canary Islands
Glass Beach

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.

Things to do in Corralejo: Different types of kites being flown in the breeze on on a beach in Fuerteventura.

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.

Fuerteventura Welcome Sign with a Canarian goat sculpture. Blue sky and brown/red mountainous landscape in the background.
Fuerteventura Sign

Where to Stay in Corralejo

Here are my picks for hotels in Corralejo:

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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).

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