Things to do in Corralejo

Top Corralejo sights

Wondering what to do in Corralejo? This former fishing village in the northeast of Fuerteventura has tonnes of family-friendly attractions, while its epic volcano hikes and surf beaches attract outdoor adventurers.

  1. Safari through sand dunes
  2. Bliss out on a beach
  3. Lose yourself on Lobos Island
  4. Ramble Red Mountain volcano
  5. Appreciate art in La Olivia
  6. Wade into a water park
  7. Shop ‘till you drop
  8. Walk the waterfront
  9. Taste local tapas
  10. Explore El Cortillo 

Unpretentious Corralejo blends the liveliness of a seaside town with natural attractions - its sweeping sand dunes and lunar landscapes are out-of-this world. Whether you’re looking for winter sun, water-sports action, or walks on the wild side, there’s plenty of things to do here.

1. Safari through sand dunes

Sand? Check. Speed? Check. Cheeky chipmunks? Check. Driving a bone-shaking buggy or quad bike surrounded by the sand dunes of the protected Corralejo National Park is an experience you’ll tell stories about for years to come. While enjoying your four-wheeled thrills, expect plenty of attention from Corralejo chipmunks (official name: Barbary ground squirrels). They’re bold, brash and will do anything for a fix of nutty snacks. For Corralejo holiday packages with extra adventure, this is a top experience.

Don’t miss:
Tindaya Mountain. Also known as Montaña Sagrada (Sacred Mountain), we can see why the island’s indigenous Guanche people believed this place to be magical.

Who should visit? Adrenalin-junkies.

2. Bliss out on a beach

Backed by the dunes of Corralejo Natural Park, the soft white sand of Playa del Moro is a picture-perfect place to kick back on. The beach’s epic, windy setting gives it an appealing wildness, and it’s also one of the area’s best surf spots for beginners and experienced wave-riders alike. Glass Beach (also known as El Burro and Playa del Moro) is another excellent option for surfing and kiting.

Don’t miss:
signing-up for a surf lesson.

Who should visit? Sun-seekers and surfers.

3. Lose yourself on Lobos Island

A fun fifteen-minute boat trip from town, the idyllic Isla de Lobos is a rewarding day trip for nature-lovers and families. Named after the sea wolves (monk seals) that once thrived here, the island is criss-crossed by trails through its volcanic terrain.

Once you’ve explored the island on foot or by bike, snorkel the crystal-clear sea from a glass bottom boat, or take a water taxi to tranquil Playa De La Concha De Lobos.

Don’t miss:
visit Punta Martiño Lighthouse, a unique nineteenth-century landmark perched on a volcanic hill above crashing Atlantic waves.

Who should visit? Outdoor adventurers.

4. Ramble Red Mountain volcano

The magnificent Montaña Roja (Red Mountain) is another top attraction of (you’ve guessed it) Corralejo Natural Park. Climb the crimson cone from Villaverde, following a volcanic trail that’s peppered with tropical plants. Top tip: set off early to reach the summit for sunrise, or else arrive at dusk to bathe in a soul-warming sunset.

Don’t miss:
the chance to spot houbaras bustards, an endemic subspecies of the region.

Who should visit? Hikers and photographers.

5. Appreciate art in La Oliva

Located in the neighbouring town of La Oliva, the impressively restored 18th-century Casa de los Coroneles is now an art gallery and museum, and one of Fuerteventura’s top cultural attractions. Its traditional wooden galleries house the work of Canarian artists, with occasional temporary exhibitions showcasing modern art from around the world.

Don’t miss:
taking the Colonel's Route tour to discover La Olivia’s history. It runs Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-2pm.

Who should visit? Culture vultures and history buffs.

6. Wade into a water park

Being the only attraction of its kind on the island, Acua Water Park is not a place to escape the madding crowds, but it’s one of the best things to do in Corralejo with kids. With attractions ranging from the scarily speedy Kamikaze slides, to the Splash Lagoon for toddlers, to a huge wave pool the whole family will enjoy, there’s more than enough to keep all ages entertained for a day. Repeat visits optional, but often demanded by water-loving kids.

Don’t miss:
taking a break in the park’s Big Jacuzzi. And by big, they mean gigantic.

Who should visit? Water babies.

7. Shop ‘till you drop

With its attractive Canarian colonnades and lively atmosphere, the El Campanario shopping centre is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir and enjoy a coffee. The best days to visit are Saturdays for the “El Rastro” flea market that’s held from 10am to 2pm, or on Thursdays and Sundays for the local craft market, with live music performed on weekend afternoons.

Don’t miss:
climbing the bell tower to be rewarded with fine views over town.

Who should visit? Souvenir seekers.

8. Walk the waterfront

After an exhausting day on the beach, strolling along the town’s waterfront promenade is a scenic way to work-up an appetite. Chock-a-block with restaurants and cafés – from traditional Canarian joints, to bars run by Brits and Germans - it’s also the perfect place to make a night of it.  

Don’t miss:
taking a detour to Music Square to enjoy a tipple while listening to local bands do their thing.

Who should visit? People-watchers.

9. Taste local tapas

From moreish papa arrugadas (wrinkly salted potatoes) and queso asado (fried smoked goats’ cheese), to juicy carne fiesta (herb-marinated pork cubes) and hearty carne cabra (goat stew), Canarian cuisine is comfort food at its most satisfying. Head to Antiguo Café Del Puerto for its extensive menu and enthusiastic service, or cosy Pincha Cabra for atmosphere (it’s located in a restored fisherman’s cottage). The food in both is top-notch.

Don’t miss:
sampling ropa vieja, a must-try stew for meat-eaters. Just don’t be put off by its name, which translates as “old clothes”.

Who should visit? Foodies.

10. Explore El Cortillo

Just twenty minutes by bus from Corralejo, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to do first in picturesque El Cortillo. Given that it’s one of Fuerteventura’s best beaches, it’s no wonder that most visitors head straight for Playa De La Concha. For a more secluded experience, go north to the lagoon beaches, where you can swim safely and take a scenic stroll to El Toston Lighthouse. If you’re on the look-out for souvenirs, head to the town’s Friday evening artisan market.

Don’t miss:
watching the sunset from New Harbour.

Who should visit? Fans of rustic charm.

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