Quickly growing in popularity, the stunning resort of Corralejo – awash with turquoise waters and beautiful golden sand for miles – will take your breath away. Known for its sweeping sand dunes and charming appeal, people continue to visit this well-liked destination year after year. Situated in the north of Fuerteventura, holidays to Corralejo are a must as there’s so much to see and do. Whether you’re a thrill seeker on quad bikes around the dunes, admiring the windsurfers who crash against the waves or soaking up the views of the Old Town, you’ll love the mixture of activities in Corralejo. Picturesque beaches and quintessential Spanish seafood await you during your Corralejo holidays, where the nightlife never sleeps, and nature remains untouched in this fabulous location.
You’re in luck during your visit to this warm island, where even during the milder months the temperature rarely drops below 20 °c. Forever popular with mainland Spaniards because of very little rainfall, the summer season sees continuous sunshine as the mercury rises into the late 20s.
Approximately 4 hours
Fuerteventura Airport (FUE) is the main international airport serving the resort and is little more than half an hour’s drive away.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Corralejo to explore rolling natural landscapes, tranquil sandy beaches and ride camels across the sand dunes.
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The beaches are perfect for those who want an enviable tan, with plenty of space to stay all day and beachside bars and restaurants. However, if you can bear to tear yourself away, 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. Alternatively, the whole family can get the free shuttle bus over to Fuerteventura’s most popular zoo.
Beach lovers won’t be disappointed; the resort’s picture-perfect coastline is a curved sweep of silky sand, melting into the gently-sloping shore. The beach rarely feels crowded, and has good facilities and places to eat and drink within easy reach. Should you need a break from all that strenuous sunbathing, you’ll find that the beach has a few surprises up its sandy sleeve. One of the top watersports destinations on the island, you can also hire water-skis, go diving or test your nerves and stamina with a spot of kite or windsurfing. Head up to Corralejo’s harbour to plan a boat trip.
Lobos Island, with its soaring volcano, lush forests and unique flora and fauna, has been protected as a nature reserve, for almost 30 years. If you want to see some of Fuerteventura’s most spectacular and wild scenery, grab a ferry from the harbour and you’ll be there in 15 minutes. However, there are longer boat trips available, with glass-bottomed hulls allowing you to peer at the submarine wildlife and even do a spot of snorkelling. Lobos Island is one of the best attractions in Corralejo for nature lovers and a fantastic day out for the whole family.
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 and see sea-lions and birds of prey. The park provides a free bus service from hotels across Fuerteventura.
Exploring: The dunes are a sight to behold with camel rides an enjoyable way to see another side of nature, while a leisurely stroll around the Old Town and marina is the perfect way to take in the traditions and culture of Corralejo.
Windsurfers: The occasional windy day on the Fuerteventura coast can be challenging for sunbathers that want to lay on the golden sand, but for watersport revellers, it’s ideal conditions for a spot of wind-surfing, kite-surfers and body boarding across the bouncing waves.
Boat tours: What better way to witness the stunning scenery around the island than by boat. Relaxing aboard the catamarans - witness under water creatures, rocky mountains and tropical palm tree on holiday to Corralejo.
Language: The primary language spoken is Spanish, but many of the locals and most of the staff in shops, hotels and restaurants have a good command of English.
Currency: You’ll need to change up your pounds and pence into euros, which is the national currency.
Local time: Fear not travellers, there’s no time difference between the UK and Fuerteventura meaning more possibilities to bask in the sun.
Fly to: Fuerteventura Airport (FUE) is approximately 40km from the resort.
Flight time from the UK: A short flight of approximately four hours, depending on where in the UK you fly from. Just a little bit further to go then mainland Spain but worth the wait because of the warmer climate.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.spain.info/en_GB/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/corralejo.html
Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations on visas and health advice
Temperature: 17-24 (°C)
Nicknamed the island of ‘eternal spring’, you’ll be extremely unlucky to come across rain when visiting. The majority of the time it’s warm with plenty of sunshine. With the summer being the time where the population increases, so does the average temperatures that rise to 27 °C, ideal for relaxing on the beach or sitting outside with a cocktail. Even in the winter, there’s good weather in the mid-teens meaning whichever time of the year you decide, the weather will be much nicer than England for a break in the sun.
By car: If you wish to discover all that Corralejo holidays have to offer, particularly if you’re on a limited time frame, then hiring a car may be the best option for you. As a couple, you can drive to remote locations where public transport cannot stop for that picturesque, romantic view, while with a family it will be much more convenient and relaxing. Car hires are also available from the Fuerteventura airport for extra comfort and to make your trip as smooth as possible.
By bus: Going by bus is the perfect affordable option if you’re on a budget, with travel cards in place from the drivers where you can save up to 30% off for each trip. They run around the town, shuttling you wherever you need to go, whether it’s to the beach or a local restaurant from your hotel.
By bike: Perfect for exercising while on holiday, bike hires are available at your leisure for whenever you feel like an excursion around the island on wheels. With the possibility to go up the mountains for those stunning views, it will be worth it even if you’re out of breath. With foot paths set up around the resort, you can take your time and soak up the views along the promenade and marina.
By foot: Leaving the best option for last, why not do your bit for the environment by taking a nice stroll from point A to B during your stay on foot. A much better way to take in the mixture of landscapes in Corralejo, you won’t regret it one bit as you see so much more of the island where transport limits you. Take in the traditional Spanish architecture, walking around Iglesia de Corralejo.
Carnival: An exciting winter festival which picks up the local atmosphere during the ‘colder’ winter months. Full of costumes, parades involving floats and music, the carnival begins to gear up towards spring and brighter days.
Fiesta del Carmen: Señora Del Carmen is the patron saint of fisherman and her life is celebrated each year with an effigy floated out to sea before celebrations take place, usually involving; concerts, sports tournaments, marching bands and a gala to choose the festival queen. This is an exciting month for all involved and a great spectacle for tourists, a perfect event for all the family.
Wrestling: Quite a big deal in Corralejo. With Fuerteventura taking it seriously, dating all the way back to the 15th century, the locals of the sunny northern town on the island get together to celebrate their national sport. Competitions are regularly held in a sandy octagon when the best duel for honours.