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Corralejo Holidays – The best of Fuerteventura in one lively resort
A lively and enjoyably varied Fuerteventura resort with something for everyone. The aptly named Grandes Playas are astonishingly wide beaches of fine white sand reminiscent of the Caribbean. To the south is the El Jable Natural Park, a carefully conserved area of impressive sand dunes. An old fishing harbour and well-preserved old town offer more character than purpose-built resorts like Caleta de Fuste.
A modern marina, a beach promenade and a buzzing main square give Corralejo a much livelier atmosphere than south-coast resorts like Costa Calma and Playa Jandia. A busy nightlife scene with plenty of live music is complemented by family-orientated hotel entertainment for a predominantly British crowd. Add first-class watersports, camel rides, good walking, mountain biking, glass-bottom boat trips, jeep safaris, late night discos and a water park and you have a very complete resort with wide-ranging appeal.
When to go
You can really take your pick at any time of year. A fantastically sunny climate with mild winters means you can choose your moment and take advantage of the best offers. July and August are the busiest months but the size and range of Corralejo’s beaches ensure plenty of space even in peak season. Prices are highest in the summer months as well as Easter, Christmas, New Year and school half-term holidays.
Many of the cheapest Corralejo holidays are found in early and late winter, when beaches still enjoy long hours of sunshine. You should find plenty of bargains in spring and autumn, when the weather is simply idyllic.
The weather in Corralejo
No other destination in Europe can match Fuerteventura for year-round beach holiday sunshine. Conditions remain remarkably similar throughout the year. Spring and autumn see gorgeous weather with temperatures hitting the mid 20’s. June to September is the hottest period but average highs are a comfortable 29º and humidity is low.
Breezes help cool things down and provide great conditions for watersports on the Grandes Playas. Summer evening temperatures are in the low 20’s. Temperatures in the low 20’s and an incredible daily average of 7 hours of sunshine make holidays to Corralejo a deservedly popular winter option.
Airport and transport need to know
Package holidays to Corralejo arrive at Fuerteventura Airport (FUE), just 5 km south of the island capital Puerto de Rosario. A well-designed airport with a smart modern extension. A small selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Transfer to Corralejo is about 40 minutes. Approximate taxi fare to Corralejo) €45 (£37).
A 10 minute trip into the capital Puerto del Rosario on the number 3 bus (approximately every 30 minutes) and then on to Corralejo on the number 6 www.maxoratabus.com. Buses run from Corralejo to resorts like El Cotillo and La Oliva. Taxis are metered, economical and easy to find. Self-drive is a relatively relaxed experience. Good quality roads and less traffic than the UK. Drive on the right.
Cheap ferries from the marina run to Lanzarote and the island of Lobos. Flights depart from London, Bristol, Birmingham and UK regional airports like Newcastle and East Midlands.
The best beaches in Corralejo
Fuerteventura beaches are widely regarded as the best in the Canary Islands. Corralejo is no exception. You’ll find well-equipped beaches with sun loungers and family holiday facilities. The main resort beaches are close to long stretches of uncrowded and surprisingly undeveloped stretches of fine pale sand.
The sheer size and extent of Corralejo beaches means you will never have a problem finding a quiet spot. Extensive areas of protected sand dunes provide further seclusion and are popular with naturists. The water is exceptionally calm and beaches shelve safely into the sea. Superb conditions for windsurfing and sailing.
Buses and mini-trains run along the coast.
Many Fuerteventura experts will argue that the famous Grandes Playas are among the finest beaches in the Canary Islands. When you first take in the seemingly endless stretch of sand you will immediately appreciate why Corralejo receives very few complaints about crowded beaches! 7 km of perfect white sand and turquoise seas reminiscent of the Caribbean. Flag Beach is the place to try windsurfing or kite boarding. You’ll find good facilities, hotels, bars and restaurants along the most popular stretches.
Resort centre beaches like Town Beach and Playa Galera are smaller and more conventional in terms of facilities. Good for small children and close to restaurants, bars and shops.
The El Jable Natural Park, easily accessed from town, is a vast area of sand dunes popular with serious sunbathers, naturists, walkers and mountain bikers. A couple of large hotels but amazingly little serious development. For a desert island experience take the 30 minute ferry to Isla de Lobos, an uninhabited nature reserve with pristine beaches and wonderful walking trails. Take a picnic and a hat. There’s precious little shade from the sun.
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