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Corralejo

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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In the far north of the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, the old fishing village of Corralejo is today one of the main seaside resorts on the island. Its harbour, from which boats take passengers to Lanzarote, is home to many fish restaurants.

To see

The main attraction of the resort is the Dunes of Corralejo, which are listed as a natural park. These impressive and beautiful dunes allow tourists to sink their feet into the Sahara! A reminder that Africa is not far away! A small piece of the desert that can be crossed by car, so park up, take a walk around and imagine you are Lawrence of Arabia. Another place to see is the small island of Lobos, just opposite Corralejo.

To do

Take your children to the new water park in Corralejo. Otherwise, apart from the not-to-be-missed trip to the dunes at the entrance to the town, there is not much to do. However, Corralejo is the ideal place from which to explore the nearby island of Lanzarote, which is known for its incredible volcanic landscapes. The journey takes just 12 minutes on the Bocayna Express, a Fred Olsen Express ferry, or 30 minutes if you choose to travel with the company Armas. Although this takes longer, it is a cheaper alternative. Whichever you choose, the island of César Manrique awaits you!

pros

  • +  The beautiful desert landscapes of the Dunes of Corralejo.
  • +  The location opposite Lanzarote, which is only 15 minutes away by ferry.

cons

  • -  The hotels are low-end and their buffets are very average.

To think about

Travelling from the south, the journey to Corralejo is beautiful. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Far West. Just before arriving in Corralejo, there is a trail leading to the top of the 300-metre high Bayuyo San Rafael volcano. The view of the dunes of Corralejo, the island of Lobos and Lanzarote is remarkable. Don't forget to go on a mini cruise off the coast of Lobos, a volcanic island that was once a sanctuary for monk seals. Finally, the small island of Lobos is a paradise for divers and windsurfers.

To avoid

Some hotels are not very nice, and their buffets are sometimes appalling. Even if you have an all inclusive package, head to the harbour for some fresh fish instead!

To try

Fish and seafood in the restaurants around the harbour.

To bring back

Not much...
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