Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Corralejo is a small but rapidly growing tourist town with a population of about 14,000 people, located on the northeastern tip of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. Only a few decades ago Corralejo was a small fishing village with a relaxed and sleepy atmosphere with very few people knowing for its existence. Today, however, everything is different. Attracted by the year-round warm weather and deep-blue cloudless skies, tens of thousands of tourists, mostly from Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and Norway, come here to spend their winter holidays.

corralejo beachThe town itself consists of two parts: an old one covering the area around the harbor, and a new one occupying several times larger area to the south and southwest.

Visiting Corralejo you will find a large number of small restaurants where you can have your morning coffee in peace or eat freshly caught fish in the company of a glass of chilled canary wine or a cold beer.

Most travelers, however, are attracted by the magnificent coastline. Corralejo is considered the place with the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands. The sand is white and soft, and the sky-blue sea water along the shore is clean and transparent.

Corralejo’s surrounding areas offer even more beautiful white sandy beaches and wild natural beauty. South of the resort town has formed a small desert with fine golden sand, blown from the Sahara Desert.

The sand dunes that stretch 8.5 kilometers along the Atlantic Ocean are declared a nature reserve.

Corralejo is an attractive destination for watersports and beach lovers. On the one hand it offers pleasantly refreshing sea waters throughout the year with temperatures of around 18 – 24°C and on the other hand there is a constant moderate wind.

This combination makes the resort town an important center for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Diving and snorkeling are among the main activities of holidaymakers.

The fine sand beaches south of Corralejo are suitable for sunbathing and beach volleyball. Looking north into the ocean you will see the brownish silhouette of the Isla de Lobos.

When to go? Year-round but best between November and March. The average daytime temperature in Corralejo during the period is very pleasant.

In November the thermometer usually shows about 24°C, in December around 22°C, in January 21°C, approximately 22-23°C in February and 24°C in March. Summers are very warm, although the Atlantic does not allow the weather to become too hot.

Disadvantages. The main disadvantage of Corralejo is the lack of greenery. For this reason pleasant shade is difficult to find.

Ironically, under tropical weather conditions like these in Corralejo the shade is something really necessary, especially during the hotter summer months.

How to get there? With direct flight to El Matorral Airport, located five kilometers from the island’s capital Puerto del Rosario or by ferry from the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

There are also regular ferry services between Corralejo and the neighboring island of Lanzarote.