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Holidays in Corralejo
On Fuerteventura’s northern coast is the easy-going beach resort of Corralejo, in a corner of the island renowned for its dazzling natural beauty. Flanked by golden sand dunes and mountains, Corralejo’s little piece of coast provides fantastic beaches that are a real surfer’s paradise, with a marina on hand for boat trips out to the island nature reserve. Away with kids on your holiday? Fuerteventura is a favourite with families for its kid-friendly beaches, sports and zoos.
July for the longest hours of sunshine.
Fuerteventura Airport (FUE).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Corralejo to explore rolling natural landscapes, tranquil sandy beaches and ride camels across the sand dunes.
Venture out into Corralejo’s striking landscapes to see the miles of white-gold sand dunes, rolling into soft peaks and smoothing down to the sea. For sun-worshippers, the beaches are perfect, with space to stay all day and a top spot for water sports. If you feel like getting away from it all, hop on a ferry and visit the beautifully tranquil Lobos Island, a nature reserve just off the coast that has become a haven for seabirds and rare plant life. The whole family can get the free shuttle bus over to Fuerteventura’s most popular zoo, where you can feed the lemurs or ride camels around the mountain.
Beach lovers won’t be disappointed; Corralejo’s picture-perfect coastline is a curved sweep of silky sand, melting into the gentle shore. The beach rarely feels crowded, and has good facilities and places to eat and drink within easy reach. There are plenty of things to do in Corralejo when you’ve had your fill of sunbathing – the beach is also a top water sports destination. Areas are marked off exclusively for windsurfers and kite surfers, and you can also hire water skis or go diving. The beach finishes at Corralejo’s harbour, the perfect place to plan a boat trip.
Corralejo is famous for its natural landscape – over 10km of rolling, honey-coloured sand dunes. Preserved as a national park, the dunes smooth back to the shore to form the resort’s trademark golden beaches. Facing this coastline is Lobos Island, a tiny volcanic island protected as a nature reserve for nearly 30 years. The island has a soaring volcano and thick, lush forest alive with unique flora, fauna and wildlife. Lobos is one of the best attractions in Corralejo for nature lovers, with a wild and unspoilt quality that is an exciting place to explore.
If you’re on holiday with the kids, the best places to visit in Corralejo include Oasis Park, a huge zoo and park that has something for all ages. The children’s park has a mini farm for petting the animals plus a big playground. The whole family can go see a sea lion, birds of prey or parrot show, and you can even swim with the sea lions and feed the monkeys. One of the park’s biggest attractions is its camel reserve, where you can take a camel ride out in the park’s spectacular surroundings. The park provides a free bus service from hotels across Fuerteventura.
Families: Play on Corralejo’s gorgeous golden beaches, ride water skis on the ocean and visit the local zoo to swim with sea lions.
Nature lovers: A breathtaking landscape of sand dunes and tiny, uninhabited islands just off the coast – Corralejo is brimming with places for nature lovers to explore.
Windsurfers: The beaches in Corralejo are a water sports paradise, and suited perfectly to all kinds of surfer.
Language: The language spoken in Corralejo is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Corralejo is the Euro
Local time: Corralejo is on the same time as GMT/UK time
Fly to: Fuerteventura Airport (FUE)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Corralejo tourist information can be found at www.spain.info/en_GB/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/corralejo.html
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Corralejo.
Temperature: Average 25°C in summer.
Best time to visit: July for the longest hours of sunshine.
Fuerteventura enjoys mild weather throughout the year, with long hours of sunshine and dry summers. Between May and September, the temperature holds at a steady mid-20s (°C), creeping a little higher in July and August.
By car: Hiring a car is the easiest way to get around in Fuerteventura. The island has good roads and is compact enough to get across within a couple of hours. The airport has plenty of international car hire companies to choose from.
By bus: The buses in Fuerteventura are regular and affordable, and can whisk you into town or to neighbouring resorts at small cost.
By bike: Corralejo is a great place to get around on two wheels. The resort has good cycle paths and keen cyclists like to head up into the mountains. The resort has a number of bike rental shops, or you could bring your own.
Let’s go fly a kite: Fuerteventura is famous for its annual Kite Festival, a three day event in November where hundreds of the best kite flyers in Europe come to fly on the beach near Corralejo. Kids can join in too, and the event rounds off with a fantastic firework display.
Carnival: The biggest party of the year, Carnival arrives like a whirlwind in February for a week of dancing, parades, events and general festivities. The Canary Islands are a great place to experience Carnival, and Corralejo hosts Fuerteventura’s biggest celebrations.