Destinations,  Spain

Corralejo Sand Dunes and Beach Paradise

For the second half of our trip to the Canary Islands last spring (oh how much I cherish that trip now), we stayed in Corralejo, a town on the northeast coast of Fuerteventura. It is one of the two tourist centres of the island and is known for its sand dunes, beaches and bars. This is the closest I’ve been to Africa! Of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are the closest to the African continent. The desert like landscape and dunes make you feel like you are in the Sahara already.

You can see the small island Lobos from the coast and the bigger island Lanzarote as well! The waters around here are a serene colour. We sailed near Lobos during our Dolphin & Whale watching tour from Corralejo.

Where we stayed in Corralejo

Av. Corralejo Grandes Playas, 83, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain

We booked a one bedroom apartment at Apartamentos Punta Elena Beach. It was the Standard Room with Seaview which was worth it, as you can see. There was a kitchen to cook our own meals. The apartment had pretty basic interiors and facilities but it was spacious and the bedroom was neat. We spent most of our time outside on the balcony or by the poolside and beach, anyway. This place was definitely good beyond my expectations!

  • Punta Elena beach Corralejo
  • Punta elena beach the Corralejo

Great location! Right by the sea and the poolside bar was lovely! You can simply hop onto the beach from there and go for a long stroll by the seaside which is what we did everyday we stayed there. If you walk about half an hour north along the shore you will reach the town where you will find restaurants, shops and bars. And a half an hour walk south gets you to the beginning of the dunes.

There’s no breakfast included in this stay. The hotel’s own restaurant was pretty nice as they had some veggie options (salad, Canarian potatoes, wrap – ask for vegan). You can order lunch or dinner here and also have it served at the poolside.

There is free parking for our rental car. From this location it was easy to make a half-day hike to Volcano Bayuyo.

We would definitely recommend Apartmentos Punta Elena. Although the apartment interiors could use some renovation, it is definitely good value for money considering the hotel area and location. 3 nights cost us only 215€. You can book the Superior Seaview instead of Standard Seaview for a better quality apartment, it’s not too expensive. We stayed here again on our recent trip to Fuerteventura! Photos of the apartment below:

  • Apartmentos Punta Elena Corralejo

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Other accommodation options in Corralejo

If you are looking for a more luxurious resort & spa kind of stay, I would suggest the Gran Hotel Bahía, near Punt Elena Beach too, it looked fabulous & fancy! It’s an adults only hotel right on the beachfront. All-inclusive and 5-star. Check out Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa Adults only on Booking.com (rated 8.7)

Dunas Club Hotel is another apartment style accommodation by the sea. The studio with a sea view looks amazing but can be expensive. Check it out on Booking.com: Dunas Club – Hotel & Apartamentos.

I’m aware of only one fully vegan accommodation in Fuerteventura – Yoga Friends. It’s inland and not too far from Corralejo. A beautiful resort, if you are looking for a yoga retreat! Azul retreats in La Olivia have yoga and surf retreats and offer plant-based food.

You can find many nice places to dine at in Corralejo and there are several vegan restaurants as well! Check out our detailed post on Food in Fuerteventura.

Sand dunes and beach

  • Corralejo beach

The day before we left the island was a day in the sand dunes and beach paradise of Corralejo. We walked in the endless sands, lay sunbathing in a small fortress at Playa El Bajo Negro and swam in the sea. It was March and not as warm as I would have liked. We had the chance to watch some coastal birds too. Sanderlings (Calidris alba) were on the beach often, foraging by the shore. I spent a nice afternoon photographing them – enjoy these images!

Photos I took from the seaside walks (isn’t it like a painting?) are below. You will come across a Rhodolith beach here, a smaller one compared to the one people call the ‘Popcorn’ beach, also near Corralejo. It is of geological importance and we shouldn’t displace the formations. Rhodoliths are basically calcareous nodules composed of more than 50% of coralline red algal material.

Rhodolith beds are communities dominated by free living coralline algae, are a common feature of subtidal environments worldwide. Well preserved as fossils, they have long been recognized as important carbonate producers and paleoenvironmental indicators. – Rhodoliths and Rhodolith Beds

We loved our stay in Corralejo, Fuerteventura and would definitely love to go back someday! I hope you enjoyed this post – many of us have been waiting to travel again and it’s nice to go back to the good travel memories while dreaming about the next ones.

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