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Corralejo is Fuerteventura's largest tourist resort and offers activities, history, and gorgeous year-round sunshine.
Corralejo Old Town is a fishing village which provides the area's fresh seafood daily. The streets are narrow and charming and have many unique little shops and stalls selling goods which make perfect souvenirs and gifts. There are also quiet little restaurants here which offer the perfect romantic evening out, dining in traditional Spanish fashion with late-night dishes and wonderful service.
The more modern resort area of Corralejo includes a world-class marina and ferry dock, sporting facilities, a waterfront promenade and seven miles of beaches.
As you might expect, the beaches and waterfront are at the heart of Corralejo's appeal. With an intense blue sea and sandy white beaches, the town draws sun-worshippers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Several of the beaches cater to naturalists, and Fuerteventura on the whole has a very relaxed attitude to sunbathing.
Whilst the sea here is a little too energetic for children to swim out in there are a myriad of other ways to get out onto the water. Water sports available include water skiing, windsurfing, diving and sailing, with tutors for the less experienced and equipment rental for the more confident. The ferry port has regular departures for Lanzarote, and a small boat which travels out to the nature reserve islet of Lobos. To explore the local sea life without a wetsuit, take a tour on one of the town's glass-bottomed boats, where you will have spectacular views of the fish and other wildlife teeming offshore.
Corralejo is surrounded by sand dunes which form a protected nature reserve. These combine with the beaches to breathtaking effect, and you can easily while away the hours in relaxed hiking across the sands. Take water, sun cream and a hat as the open dunes offer no shade at all. Touring these dunes by bicycle, quad bike and buggy are extremely popular and tours set off from Corralejo daily.
For families there is the extremely well-equipped Baku Water Park in central Corralejo. Huge waterslides, waterfall-filled pools and reduced entry fees after 3pm, this is a fantastic place for a day's fun-filled excitement that is sure to keep the children happy.
Corralejo boasts fantastic shopping. The Baku Water Park hosts a market Monday and Friday mornings, as does the main street, Avenida Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Bartering is a way of life at Canary Island markets, so do not be afraid to give it a try. Aim to knock approximately half off the asking price for goods, and do not worry about causing offence if your price is too low, the seller simply will not agree to it.
Shopping centres such as El Campanario and the Avenida Nuestra Senora del Carmen are rife with a selection of shops both small and large, selling everything from international famous brands to locally-made goods. In particular fashion stores and surfing goods are easy to find, along with boutique stores featuring either Spanish or African handmade souvenirs.
Corralejo also has the island's most thriving nightlife. Pick up a free copy of Grapevine magazine from any newsstand or lobby in town for listings of bars, clubs, shopping locations, restaurants, and other entertainment. Updated monthly you can be sure that each issue is packed with ideas.
Bars hold live music or DJ events nightly. Some specialise in themed evenings such as 80s and 90s nights, and others run karaoke evenings which are terrific fun for all the family. Restaurants too are open late Spanish dining traditionally takes place at around 9pm so offer a fantastic way to close your day.
Reaching Corralejo from Puerta del Rosario is simple and takes under an hour. As Corralejo is at the far north of Fuerteventura it is further from the airport than most resorts, but your transfer is comfortable and low-cost. Whether you choose to go by bus, taxi, or rental car the route is a main road and there is little traffic. Hiring a car will enable you to get the best out of a stay in Corralejo, as a car is definitely needed if you wish to explore the rest of Fuerteventura from this northern most point. The island is small enough that you can visit anywhere you wish to and still make it back for dinner.
Corralejo is an ideal destination for families and couples alike. There is something for everyone, and all year round the weather is warm and sunny. Whether you are looking to relax on a beach or find fun in the town you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere more suited to diverse tastes and requirements.