Corralejo Natural Park - The Amazing Grandes Playas & Sand Dunes
Corralejo Natural Park is a MUST SEE in Fuerteventura - Enjoy this beautiful place with turquoise water and kilometers of fine white sand.
Corralejo is situated in the North of Fuerteventura, in the municipality of La Oliva and it is the most popular resort on the island.
- Corralejo Natural Park
- Corralejo Dunes - a natural wonder in Fuerteventura
- How to get to Corralejo Dunes & Corralejo Grandes Playas
- Corralejo Natural Park Tours & Excursions
- Discover Corralejo Grandes Playas - the best collection of beaches in Fuerteventura
- Flag Beach - one of the most popular sections of Corralejo Grandes Playas
- Explore further to discover the beauty of the beaches and dunes next to Corralejo
- Naturism on Corralejo Grandes Playas
- Facilities on the beaches inside Corralejo Natural Park
- Accommodation - where to stay close to Corralejo Natural Park
- Corralejo Sand Dunes - the most photogenic & Instagrammable place in Fuerteventura
Corralejo Natural Park
Parque Natural de Corralejo was established as a park in 1994 and it covers an area of almost 2700 hectares, with more than 10 km of continuous beach.
While driving towards the town of Corralejo from the airport, the road takes you through Corralejo National Park. At some points you will have the sand dunes on your left and on your right as well, with the ocean always on the right and a gorgeous view towards Isla de Los Lobos.
Corralejo Dunes - a natural wonder in Fuerteventura
The dunes play an important role in preserving bird species like the Calonectris diomedea and Charadrius alexandrinus. Along with Isla de Los Lobos (which translates to Wolf's Island) the dunes were declared Important Bird Area.
The sand is very fine and light coloured and sometimes it gives the impression of almost white sand.
During the day, especially in summertime, the sand gets very hot so it is advisable to get here before noon if you plan to walk across the sand dunes.
How to get to Corralejo Dunes & Corralejo Grandes Playas
- By Bus: The buses run from Corralejo to the big hotels on the beach every 30 minutes. You will have to take bus no. 06. You can check the timetable here. The ticket costs around 1,3 euros each way and the trip takes 10-15 minutes.
- By Car: You have to follow the FV-1 main road towards the north of the island. FV-1 passes through Corralejo National Park - you will see a sign when you enter the area of the park.
There are entire kilometers of parking space along the road, so you can easily stop the car and explore the dunes or go to the beach.
If it's your first time in Fuerteventura, we recommend you stop at various places along the way, to walk around the dunes, go to the various beaches and see the difference in landscape and view.
On some portions of the Natural Park the road is very close to the beach and you only have to walk for a few steps from your car, while on other sections you have to cross the big dunes in order to reach the ocean.
Corralejo Natural Park Tours & Excursions
If you don't wish to rent a car but you still want to visit the best places on the island of Fuerteventura, you have several options of tours and day trips, according to what you want to see and do.
We simply love the natural park and the sand dunes, so we absolutely recommend that you visit this part of Fuerteventura, no matter where you are spending your holiday on the island.
A very complete 8 hours tour, which will take you to the main sights in Fuerteventura: Montana de Tindaya, Morro Velosa, Ajuy, with a stop to see the Corralejo Dunes on your way back to town.
This is a small tour, with a maximum of 8 people, available from the towns of Corralejo, Lajares, Villaverde and Cotillo.
This is a unique way to experience Corralejo and the natural area around it. The tour starts in Corralejo, then goes towards the Natural Park, where you will be able to explore the dunes. From here the tours heads towards the volcanic area and Tamaragua, for a true off road experience.
Discover Corralejo Grandes Playas - the best collection of beaches in Fuerteventura
Corralejo Grandes Playas are situated outside of Corralejo town and you can get here by taxi, bus, car, or you can even walk.
These are some of the best beaches in Fuerteventura, with clear water, turquoise color and fine sand, with no rocks.
Flag Beach - one of the most popular sections of Corralejo Grandes Playas
Flag Beach Windsurf and Kitesurf Centre is the Mecca for surfers and kitesurfers in the north of the island.
Even if you are not into water sports, you can still come here to watch the surfers and admire the beautiful view of Los Lobos Island.
The water is usually turquoise and attractive in color, with light and fine sand, similar to the perfect images you see in postcards.
No filters are needed for pictures takes at Flag Beach in Fuerteventura, as nature has done a splendid job here!
If you want to learn to kitesurf or you just want to improve your skills, the school at Flag Beach might be a good option for you, as it is close to Corralejo, easy to reach and suitable for beginners.
Explore further to discover the beauty of the beaches and dunes next to Corralejo
Corralejo Grandes Playas, translated to English as Corralejo Big Beaches, are formed by a series of 7 smaller beaches.
In total, Corralejo Grandes Playas measure more than 10 km of coastline.
The list of beaches that form the Corralejo Grandes Playas:
- El Medano
- El Viejo
- El Bajo Negro
- Los Martos
- El Dormidero
- El Moro
The first three of the list: El Medano, El Viejo and El Bajo Negro are wider than the rest and situated in the north part, closer to Corralejo town. You will have to cross the dunes in order to get to the beach.
From Corralejo Beach you have the best view of Lanzarote and also Isla de Los Lobos, which makes the best photo background.
Since the beach is so large, even though it is a popular tourist attraction, the place is not crowded and you can always find a spot where you can relax and enjoy the views.
Naturism on Corralejo Grandes Playas
Nudism is allowed here, but you will mostly encounter naturists in the most secluded spots, especially towards the south part of Corralejo beaches. One of the naturism beaches is situated at KM 22 on the route from the airport to the park.
You must know that in Fuerteventura naturism is allowed on all beaches outside towns and resorts.
Facilities on the beaches inside Corralejo Natural Park
In the section of the beach Corralejo Grandes Playas situated next to the RIU Hotels you will find:
- rubbish bins
- public toilets
- shower facilities
In other parts of the beaches which form Corralejo Grandes Playas you will not find any sunbeds & umbrellas, so you must bring your own parasol or beach chair if you want to spend the day here.
There aren't many bars on the beach either, so it's better to bring your own refreshments and snacks if you want to sunbathe here for a few hours.
Accommodation - where to stay close to Corralejo Natural Park
If you want to spend your holiday right on Corralejo Grandes Playas and enjoy the beautiful sand dunes every day, then you have 2 options located right there on the beach.
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas and Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort are situated right on the beach.
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Corralejo Sand Dunes - the most photogenic & Instagrammable place in Fuerteventura
If you are into photography and you are always on the lookout for unique places to capture, then you should know that the sand dunes are a great spot for photo shoots.
The light coloured sand makes up for an amazing photo background, which is why you will see here many couples having their photos taken for engagement announcements, pregnancy photo shoots, anniversary celebrations or even wedding celebrations.
Social media fans should know that the Corralejo dunes are also a popular location on Instagram and you can get really creative, given the beauty of the place.
One thing to keep in mind when trying to capture the beauty of the Corralejo Sand Dunes is that they are part of a Natural Park, which means that they are a protected natural space and you mustn't damage it in any way.
Don't leave any props behind, don't alter the place in any way and please don't take the sand away from the beach or the dunes.