Corralejo - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Corralejo

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

The seaside resort of Corralejo, which faces the islet of Lobos, is located on the northern tip of the Fuerteventura. Its ideal location in the Atlantic Ocean has made it popular with tourists, especially beach and water sports lovers. Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands belonging to Spain. Best time to travel The climate on Fuerteventura can be influenced by the nearby African continent, but generally it is more reminiscent of Mediterranean climate with a warm and dry summer and rather mild winters. Summer day temperatures in Corralejo range from 75°F to 80°F and the months of May to August receive about nine hours of sunshine per day. Tourists, however, should also expect heat waves and occasional highs of more than 95°F. Winter temperatures, on the other hand, seldom fall below 60°F. Living costs The currency in Spain is the euro which is usually about $1.30. A bottle of local beer costs €2.00 at bars. Tourists can expect to pay about €8.50 for a basic restaurant meal and €1.30 for a cup of coffee. It is also interesting to know that the Canary Islands are a duty free zone where items such as perfume, tobacco and alcohol are considerably cheaper than in Europe.

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Subregions Visitors to Corralejo can also visit other nearby resorts and villages including Caleta de Fuste, Puerto del Rosario and Costa Calma. Excursions to places like Lanzarote, Oasis Park, El Golfo and Playa Blanca are also worthwhile. Oasis Park, for example, is home to various birds, African animals and reptiles. While Oasis Park is about 90 minutes away by car in the south of the island near Costa Calma, a crossing to Playa Blanca on the island of Lanzarote only takes 25 minutes by ferry.

Country and People

Country and People

History

The original inhabitants of Fuerteventura were so-called Maho from North Africa. Phoenicians settled in the island around the 11th century BC. By the time European conquests began in the 1402, the island was comprised of two Guanche kingdoms. In the centuries since, Fuerteventura was conquered several times. In 1982, the Canary Islands became an autonomous community of Spain. Corralejo itself began as a traditional fishing village and port. Since the 1960s, it has developed rapidly because of the increasing interest from tourists.

Landscape

Owing to its position, the landscape of Corralejo is dominated by the clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Its sheltered beach consists of white golden sand. Besides, the shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean features black volcanic shingles. There are several miles of sand dunes near the town that are designated as a nature reserve. The island’s interior regions feature large plains and volcanic mountains, including Mount Jandia. At 2,600 feet, Mount Jandia is the highest point on the island. Depending on the wind, sand from the Sahara in North Africa is sometimes blown to the island.

Getting around

Getting around

Arriving

Most tourists traveling to Corralejo arrive by plane, although it is possible to arrive by bus or boat. The nearest airport to the resort is Fuerteventura Airport, which is located about 25 miles away. It lies three miles southwest of the capital, Puerto del Rosario. Transfer from Fuerteventura Airport to the resort takes about 40 minutes and costs €3.50 for a private shuttle and €33.00 for a taxi. Tourists, who prefer public bus transfer, need to board bus number 3 to the capital and then bus number 6 to the resort. Various companies, including Fred Olsen Express and Naviera Armas, offer ferry services from Lanzarote and Gran Canria to the island.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Sights

Parque Natural de Corralejo, which comprises beach dunes of Sahara sand. It stretches a distance of six miles east of the resort. Another iconic landmark is the island of Lobos, which was designated a natural park in 1982. It takes ten minutes to get to the island by ferry from the resort. On The island, there secluded bays and it is suitable for snorkeling and swimming. It also features the Faro de Lobos lighthouse that dates back to the 15th century. At Lobos, tourists can see more than 100 species of plants as well as a variety of seabirds and fish.

Shopping

Corralejo offers numerous shopping options to its tourists. Baku Water Park holds a market called Baku Mercadillo every Monday and Friday from 9am to 2pm. Tourists can purchase accessories, t-shirts and other souvenirs at Baku Mercadillo. Other shopping centers, including El Campanario and Las Palmeras, sell perfumes, electrical goods and jewelry. There is also a market at Playa Blanca’s harbor that offers duty free bargains to tourists.