15 Best Things To Do in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Corralejo is probably the most popular resort in Fuerteventura and it's situated in the very north of the island, being a part of the municipality of La Oliva.
The resort is 30 to 40 minutes away by car from the airport, and we recommend getting either a taxi, a private transfer or a rental car, as there's no direct bus line between the airport and the resort.
- What to do in Corralejo
- 1. Enjoy the beautiful town beaches
- 2. Walk to Corralejo Dunes & Corralejo Grandes Playas
- 3. Go on a dune buggy tour
- 4. Shop at the local markets in Corralejo
- 5. Boat trip to Los Lobos Island
- 6. A day at the Acua Park
- 7. Day trip to El Cotillo
- 8. Day trip to Puerto del Rosario
- 9. Try different restaurants and the best ice cream in Fuerteventura
- 10. Relax and have a pint or cocktail in the Music Square
- 11. Day trip to Lanzarote
- 12. Shopping at Centro Comercial Las Palmeras in Corralejo
- 13. Find the chipmunks in Corralejo
- 14. Have fun at the local events in Corralejo
- 15. Admire the Instagram famous Popcorn Beach
Corralejo's main attractions are its great beaches, good food, active nightlife and also the great variety of things to do with the kids if you're planning a family holiday to Fuerteventura.
What to do in Corralejo
Corralejo is a lovely resort and it's great for all ages and types of travelers since there's something interesting to do for everyone. Kids will love the beaches with quiet waters and no waves and couples will find romantic restaurants and plenty of activities to fill the days.
For solo travelers, Corralejo is by far the best choice, especially for those looking for a place where they can easily meet people and find exciting new things to do each day.
1. Enjoy the beautiful town beaches
Corralejo has more than one beach in the actual town, so you could spend a few days just exploring the local beaches and the bars around them. There are in fact plenty of bars and restaurants close to the ocean so it's easy to take a break from the sun and enjoy a good lunch or a cold beer.
Depending on where you're staying in town, you can spend your day on Playa Corralejo (Playa de la Clavellina), which is situated near the fishing pear Muelle Chico. Here you have some lovely bars right by the beach, as well as the famous Marquesina Restaurant and the tapas bar La Bodeguita a few steps away on Calle Lepanto.
Then there's the larger beach in town: Playa Corralejo Viejo, where you can "work" on your tan all day long admiring the view, or you can test the sangria at Waikiki Beach Club, situated right on the beach, so your feet don't miss the sand.
2. Walk to Corralejo Dunes & Corralejo Grandes Playas
The collection of beaches known locally as Corralejo Grandes Playas is a MUST-SEE for everyone visiting Fuerteventura. If you are staying in Corralejo you can even walk from town along the coastline until you will start seeing the sand dunes.
If you don't want to walk you can just take the bus, a taxi, or hire a car.
There are around 10 km of shoreline to explore and many many sand dunes, offering incredible views of Lobos Island.
If you walk along the beach you can go as far as to the Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas, where you will find sunbeds and a small beach bar to stop for drinks before calling for a taxi to take you back to town.
Corralejo Natural Park is without a doubt, at the very top of recommended places to visit while in Fuerteventura, so don't miss a walk on the dunes and a swim in the surreal turquoise ocean water.
3. Go on a dune buggy tour
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 tour goes towards the volcanic area and Tamaragua, for a true off-road experience.
- Pick-up and drop off at selected hotels
- Use of self-drive buggy & gasoline
4. Shop at the local markets in Corralejo
On Thursdays and Sundays, there is a market organized at El Campanario, which is actually a craft fair, with local traditional products. This is a great chance to buy special souvenirs for your loved ones at home, so definitely don't miss a visit.
If you come in the morning there are some nice cafes and restaurants where you can have breakfast and enjoy a lazy morning.
For a unique perspective you can climb in the bell tower and look over the city, so don't miss the chance to go all the way up.
Address: Centro Comercial El Campanario - Calle Hibisco, 1, 35660 Corralejo
For other shopping opportunities on the island, see our list of markets in Fuerteventura.
5. Boat trip to Los Lobos Island
Los Lobos Island is a nature reserve and it only takes 15-20 minutes by boat to get to it from Corralejo harbour. There are several companies and prices start at 15 euros/person for a round trip.
You can explore the entire island, swim in the pristine waters and enjoy a nice lunch at the only restaurant in Los Lobos. Just make sure you don't miss the last boat, which usually leaves at 4 PM.
You can book your boat trip to Los Lobos online for € 15 / person and you can choose between 3 starting times: 10:00, 11:00 and 15:30. We would advise to go on the first-morning boat.
- Includes round trip ferry tickets
6. A day at the Acua Park
UPDATE 2020 - Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the park will remain closed throughout the entire year and it will reopen in 2021.
The only water park on the island is in Corralejo, so why not spend a day enjoying the water slides? Especially if you're with the kids, this is a fun day out and they will love it for sure. There's a nice restaurant inside with good prices, so this a plus if you arrive in the morning and wish to spend the entire day here.
7. Day trip to El Cotillo
This isn't precisely something to do in Corralejo, but it's a fun and short trip.
Bus no. 8 makes the trip every hour so it's very easy to get to El Cotillo even if you don't have a hire car.
El Cotillo is a small and relaxed fishing village, with a more laid back vibe compared to Corralejo and makes a nice change of scenery for a day.
There are plenty of things to do in El Cotillo, starting with a day on the gorgeous beach. You could also go to El Toston Lighthouse and then explore the Cotillo Lagoons.
8. Day trip to Puerto del Rosario
Puerto del Rosario is the capital of the island and it's only 30 km away from Corralejo. You can spend a quiet day on the town beach, look at the big cruise ships (if there are any at that time), or take a walk and discover all the statues and sculptures that are scattered across the city.
9. Try different restaurants and the best ice cream in Fuerteventura
If you're on the hunt for the best ice cream on the island, then check out our article about restaurants in Fuerteventura. La Cremeria Heladeria Artesanal has the best ice cream in Fuerteventura in our opinion, not just Corralejo!
Also, Corralejo has some of the best-quoted restaurants in Fuerteventura, so there's a lot to explore and try if you're a foodie.
Some recommended places to try: Mesón Las Tejas for Spanish food and if you're craving a Sunday roast, give a try to any of these: Rosie O'Grady's, Clarkies or 5th Avenue.
10. Relax and have a pint or cocktail in the Music Square
There are so many things to do in Corralejo and the entire town is so lovely, but this place is special.
The Music Square is situated in the north part of Corralejo and it's easy to get here through the pedestrian streets.
There are plenty of restaurants with good food and you can sit an enjoy the live music from any of the places situated in the square.
11. Day trip to Lanzarote
We know that especially many of the return visitors to Corralejo have their minds set up and wouldn't trade Fuerteventura for another island in a million years, but we're only suggesting a day trip to get a feeling of how Lanzarote is, without the need to compare it to Fuerteventura.
The ferry from Corralejo will take you Playa Blanca, Lanzarote's southernmost resort.
Here you can explore the town, have lunch in Playa Blanca and do some shopping, or you can take a bus trip and go see Timanfaya National Park, which is one of the most popular attractions for those visiting Lanzarote for the day.
In the afternoon you can take the ferry back to Corralejo and enjoy your dinner or evening cocktails in the music square as usual.
Book online a complete Lanzarote volcano and wine region tour (it includes the ferry crossing, the volcano tour and tour of La Geria - the wine region).
- Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts
- Live tour guide (Spanish, English, French, German)
- Pick-up service
12. Shopping at Centro Comercial Las Palmeras in Corralejo
Addres: Av. Ntra. Sra. del Carmen, 70, 35660 La Oliva, Las Palmas, Spain
If you need to go shopping or if you just have a day when the weather is not so nice, you can go to Centro Comercial Las Palmeras. Here you will find the typical Spanish clothing brands like Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Mango and also other small shops. There is also a large store for sporting equipment in case you need it.
Las Palmeras Shopping center has a free underground parking for customers, so you can come by car if you need to.
If you're interested in doing some shopping whilst on holiday, read more in our dedicated article about shopping in Fuerteventura.
13. Find the chipmunks in Corralejo
The chipmunks in Fuerteventura are a big attraction for lots of tourists and you can see them in Corralejo also. Just walk past Mercadona and you should see a path on the right and on that path you should find loads of chipmunks. Although the authorities have issued a recommendation against feeding them, since they are an invasive species, people like to feed them fruits and vegetables such as apples and cucumber.
14. Have fun at the local events in Corralejo
One of the great things about the Spaniards is that they know how to party. And they truly have a lot of fiestas throughout the year.
Plus, Corralejo is a year-round resort, so there's always something going on.
Some of the events that happen every year are Fiestas del Carmen, the carnival (usually in February or March), Baile Canario, Invictorock and many more. Just check out the events page before you arrive to see what is going on.
15. Admire the Instagram famous Popcorn Beach
Please DON'T TAKE ANY AT HOME with you! It is forbidden by law, as it takes millions of years for them to form!
This beach became famous after some photos were posted on Instagram ant they became viral quickly. Visitors now know this place as Popcorn Beach, although its official name is Playa El Hierro.
It is located at around 5 km distance from Corralejo and you can either walk there or drive on the dirt road (although driving with your rental car on a dirt road might not be covered by your insurance).
Instead of sand, this beach is full of calcareous algae, which look like popcorn when you look up close. Unfortunately, many visitors have started taking these home as souvenirs, which is something we recommend that you don't do if you visit. It takes millions of years for these calcareous algae to form, so they must be left on the beach where you found them so that future visitors will be able to enjoy this place as well.
Corralejo truly is one of the most charming places in the Canary Islands and once you fall in love, you'll always want to come back.
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Looking for a hotel? We have selected for you some of the most popular hotels in Fuerteventura:
- Dunas Club Apartments *** (Corralejo)
- Hotel Ereza Mar **** (Caleta de Fuste)
- Bahia Calma Beach *** (Costa Calma)
If you want more options, you can take a look at the complete list of accommodations in Fuerteventura!
Also, take a look at our dedicated guide for the best places to stay in Fuerteventura.
Best Excursions in Fuerteventura
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Frequently Asked Questions about Corralejo - Fuerteventura
Corralejo can be windy and the windiest months are July and August. The wind is not that strong in town, compared to the wind at Flag Beach, where the windsurf and kitesurf center is located.
YES, Corralejo is the liveliest resort in Fuerteventura and the best for nightlife.
Corralejo is a safe place in general, just beware of your pickpockets especially at markets and during large events.
Corralejo is a good place for family holidays since it's the only resort in Fuerteventura with a waterpark. The beaches in town are good for children of all ages and you have many options for day trips.