1. Visit the Sand Dunes (Parque Natural de Corralejo)
The sand dunes of Corralejo are probably the island’s most famous natural attraction, in fact they are so large, they’re clearly visibly from the neighbouring island of Lanzarote. With over 8 kilometers of white sandy beaches, backed by ever-shifting sand dunes, it’s no surprise that locals and tourists alike flock here. Surfers, wind and kitesurfers congregate around flag beach – a great place to learn to surf. Bathers should always monitor the beach flags, as strong currents and rip tides are prevalent and very dangerous. Photographers will love long evening shadows along the dunes.
Fact: The sand dunes are composed of marine sand, and not sand blown over from the Sahara Desert, a myth that has often been repeated by newspapers and tourist guides.
2. Enjoy evening entertainment at Music Square
Plaza Felix Estevez, known locally as Music Square is situated in the ‘old town’ just back from the beachfront. Dotted with restaurants, bars and cafes, this small atmospheric square comes alive every night thanks to local musicians, dancers and entertainers. This is a real favourite, so arrive early in the summer to ensure you get a good seat.
3. Visit the Water Park
Although it can’t really compare to the world-famous Siam Park in Tenerife, Acua still makes for a fun day out for the whole family and a change from the beach. Entrance tickets along with food and drink are reasonably-priced and some hotels even include a free family pass to the park when you book your holiday. With rapids, curly slides, dark slides, a lazy river, wave pool and toddlers’ area, there’s plenty for all ages. If the little ones get too hot, there’s even a free shaded children’s club. Lockers are provided at a small charge, there are changing rooms along with, a free car park, free wifi and a free bus service for those staying outside of Corralejo.
4. Take an excursion to Isla de LobosThe tiny Isla de Lobos, lies just two kilometres offshore and has an interesting past, with recent excavations revealing the existence of a Roman outpost. The ancient settlement produced a very special (and expensive) purple dye from sea snails – backbreaking and smelly work. Today, there are a just a few small fishermen’s huts and one tiny restaurant (open in the summer season). A number of excursions from Corralejo harbour to the island are available. Follow the footpaths dotted all over this small island, snorkel with the many fish in the bay of Playa de la Concha or relax on the white sandy shores. Keep an eye out for the monk seal sculpture, a nod to the islands name and past, when it was home to a Mediterranean monk seal colony. For more details on Isla de Lobos, click here.
5. Eat Out in CorralejoFrom tapas to steaks, fresh pasta to sushi, Corralejo probably has the best selection of dining options in Fuerteventura. With competition at an all-time high, food quality has risen to match, yet prices remain remarkably reserved. Don’t stick with the all-inclusive, head out and enjoy a range of food, and don’t forget to try the local tapas. Keep an eye out for a Malvasia seco from Lanzarote, incredibly crisp and dry white wine that pairs really well with salads, fish and white meat along with fatty dishes such a pork belly. If you enjoy a glass of red, try a local light yet fruity Tenerife red, or if you prefer hearty red wines look for a Rioja or Ribera del Duero Crianza (Crianza means the wine has been aged for at least a year in oak barrels).
Other activities in the area: walk one of the many hiking trails, visit the nearby El Cotillo Lagoons, take a day trip to Lanzarote, learn to surf, learn to scuba dive, visit the small bohemian village of Lajares, dance and sing the night away in Centro Atlantico, visit Majanicho the islands northernmost village, visit La Oliva and the Ruta de los Coroneles.