The natural park in Corralejo is located in the region of La Oliva, in the northern part of the island of Fuerteventura. It is an area with dunes, a bit like the ones in Maspalomas, south of Gran Canaria, but it is still a wild area. To get there, you first have to reach the town of Corralejo, accessible by public transportation, or from Lanzarote, there is a ferry that crosses a few times a day from the town of Playa Blanca.
The natural park is 20 minutes away by car from the center of Corralejo. The dune area was declared a natural park in 2002, due to its great scientific interest, and its excellent state of preservation. You walk the dunes to reach the beach, and if you feel like exercising you can climb the other dunes, which are higher. You might slip in the dunes, it is quite funny.
The beach is big and clean, and most likely you won’t encounter lots of people, since there it’s not a developed area, but it is quite windy, this is why the place is a favorite spot for kite and windsurfers, not so much for tanners.
Cofete is a remote beach in the southern point of the island of Fuerteventura. We arrived there in our car, from Morro Jable, and the 20 kilometers that separated us from Cofete took us about one hour and a half, stopping to observe the impressive landscape, but also because there is no paved road and you have to be careful while driving.
Some operating tours from Morro Jable offer excursions to Cofete in minivans, which are more apt for these kinds of roads, but having our own car allowed us to stay the night in Cofete, on the beach, that measures 10 kilometers and allows few visitors at the same time.
It doesn’t have a town, but there are some houses and a restaurant with solar energy and water.
I was impressed to see places so remote and preserved in islands as touristic as the ones in Canary Islands. Especially near Morro Jable, which is very developed.
The weather was great and we took advantage of the sea in the morning, which we had all to ourselves, before the first group of tourists came to visit.
If you like the beach but you don’t like sharing it with half a million other tourists, and you don’t have a huge budget to go to the other end of the world, that means that the beaches in Fuerteventura are perfect for you.
The beaches in Jandía, south of the island, offer kilometers and kilometers of white sand and crystalline waters which are not crowded. But you must have a car to get there, or strong legs. We took a vehicle that was suitable for sleeping inside it, so we didn’t spend money on hotels, but we also were lucky enough to sleep in amazing beaches, with nobody around!
To get there, you start at the place where the ferry left you, probably Corralejo or Morro del Jable, but the island is small, and to go from one place to the next won’t take more than an hour. The beaches in Jandía receive lots of German tourists, so don’t be surprised if you see everything written in German.
To be alone, you will have to leave the towns to go to the Matorral beach, for example, which is the border between the normal beaches and the nudist ones. The beaches of Barlovento and Cofete are further away, there is no paved road and it takes about an hour and a half to travel the few kilometers that separate you from the town of Morro Jable, but there is a unique, wild and beautiful place that awaits you, 10 km of beach only for you.
We can get to Lobos in different ways, by ferry, kayak, water motorcycle, boat and even swimming, for the more adventurous ones.
If you arrive by ferry you must try hard to visit the entire island, not only walking through the paths, but also going off them, don’t be afraid, but be respectful of the place, since you could fall from the rocks. You do have to be careful with the swamps.
In the island you can walk along the “Chuchangos Cemeteries”, it is a curious place, since it shows the great quantity of water that the island has in order to sustain life in the ground. You can go up to the Antoñito lighthouse.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t go up La Caldera, since I was too tired. But we saw places that no other person dared to explore, since they were off the signaled path.
We arrived at 11:30 and left at 16:00. I advise you to walk all over the island, leaving no place unseen.
The majority of visitors that come to Ajuy come to see the caves, which can be accessed from the beach. The path to the caves begins in the northern point, and passes a hut that was built on the rock.
The view from the road is spectacular, bordering the cliffs that form this piece of coast. If the visibility is good, you can see the point of the wrecked ship American Star, behind one of the capes looking to the south. The caves are impressive, and you can enter them through a stone staircase, although it is slippery, so be careful.
Be sure to stop to see the movement of the waves over the rocks, a beautiful spectacle.
The island of Fuerteventura is ideal for aquatic sports like windsurf or kitesurf, due to the intense trade winds. We practiced kitesurf in the Lagunas del Cotillo, an area protected from the swell and located 3 km away from the town of El Cotillo, northeast of the island.
It is a virgin white sanded beach, which can be accessed through an unpaved road. It has the shape of a shell and it is protected by the currents (not the wind) by a natural rocky breakwater. When the tide goes down it leaves small puddles. Note: it doesn’t have any stalls, hammocks, etc.
Yes we love it to bits. Been pampering ourselves since they opened every week. Why only four stars you may ask? Well, its a language issue, I do not speak very much Spanish but on these recent visits we have taken to using our mobile devices and an internet translator with much success. Cannot thank the staff enough for an excellent service over the years, I have two more visits before I return to UK then back out again in January for some more. Thank you OXYGEN.
This beach is surrounded by protected natural park of Dunas de Corralejo on the island of Fuerteventura, which are always at 25 Celsius degrees, miles and miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear water to get lost and let yourself go with nature and friendly people.
The dunes and beaches of Corralejo are located in the north of the island of Fuerteventura. It's basically a small fishing village and also a harbour where boats arrive and leave to and from Lanzarote and the Lobos Island. Its beaches are very nice, quiet and calm.
This beautiful municipality was one of the first capitals of Canary Islands. I love the peace and tranquility that you breathe there, as well as the result of the restoration of houses and churches.
The truth is that it is impressive to see the town emerge from the middle of nothing, from a small valley. I think that what I liked the most were the remains of the convent and church. I missed a place where I could rest and drink something. Anyway, it is a visit that one must do.
Frankly, it is one of the prettiest shopping malls of the islands, but don’t expect to find the traditional shopping place, you will find a town with a bell tower included. I know the mall since it opened, since I go many times to the island, and the change has been spectacular in every way. The most important one is the opening of new stores, despite de crisis, even though there are still some empty businesses.
I was in the April Fair organized by the mall; I recommend you go…it is a week with shows, dance, kiosks, and even a fair. In April they inaugurated a park for children, which seems to be the biggest in the island, it is huge, and there are karts, football field, etc.
The nice thing is that it is very calm, as well as the customer service and the structure, you forget you are in a shopping mall! Time flies when you browse the stores, drink a coffee, talk in a terrace. During the year they organize concerts, live music, workshops, dance classes, and of course you end up shopping in their stores.
In the Mercado Canario (market) they sell excellent arts and crafts as well as modern stuff, silverwork, crystal, leather. It is always full and the ambience is great. Go up to the tower bell, the views are great…really, I had some great moments in the new year’s party with the bells from El Campanario.