The popular resort of Corralejo is situated on the northern coast of Fuerteventura and its white sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.
With the arrival of tourism to the island, the once small fishing villages has grown into a lively, colourful town, popular with water sports enthusiasts, who come for the windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Despite its popularity and growth, Corralejo has managed to retain its original charm and atmosphere and is an appealing destination for those looking for a sunny beach holiday, with a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Around town The old town of Corralejo is centred around the old harbour, which is still a working port used by the local fisherman. There is also a modern marina, where you can take pleasure craft trips to explore the rest of the island and also the ferry to the nearby islands of Lanzarote and Lobos.
The main street in the town is where you will find most of the shops, bars and restaurants; the street leads down to Music Square and onto the harbour.
Beaches The beaches of Corralejo are divided between the nature reserve sand dunes, which are located just beyond the town boundary; they stretch out for kilometre upon kilometre and some are designated naturist spots.
To the south of the old port there are two beautiful, wide beaches with fabulous views to the tiny island of Lobos. There is also a smaller beach next to the harbour. These beaches are perfect for families, with their shallow, crystal clear waters.
As with all of the island, the coastline can whip up quite a wind and there is little protection. The heat of the day is often disguised by the wind, so you make sure you put lots of protection on when you go for a day on the beach.
What to do Corralejo is a great place for those wishing to combine a beach holiday with lots of activities. Here there is the opportunity to enjoy water sports, tennis, glass bottom boat trips, ferry trips to Lanzarote and Lobos, Jeep Safaris, Island tours, mountain biking, motorbike tours, and much more.
Eating out Corralejo is a large resort and this reflects in the wide choice of bars and restaurants on offer. Most of the options are found along Main Street and in the old town and aside from some wonderful Spanish and seafood restaurants, there are many international cusines available, including Chinese, Italian, British and Irish.
Climate The climate of Fuerteventura, as with the rest of the Canary Islands, is generally pleasant all year round. The island can be prone to high winds; its name translated literally means Strong Fortune, or Strong Wind. During the summer months temperatures can reach up to 35 degrees, and in the winter rarely drop below 18 degrees.
We preferred the calmer, modern end of the town but that is because we were travelling with young children and didn't need a riotous nightlife. Lots of cafes and restaurants and a nice city beach. Very friendly local people.
Pleasant medium sized tourist centre with port and access to neighbouring islands. Low rise with small areas of sandy beach and numerous promenade restaurants of diverse styles. Night life on the 'strip' and pedestrianised bar and restaurant locality additional useful features.