El Cotillo & Corralejo Sights & Excursions
Although Corralejo is the most northeastern town of Fuerteventura, it is one of the island's main tourist hotspots. Once a small fishing village, holidaymakers can nowadays spend the night in one of more than 20,000 guest beds - and the number is still increasing. There are a lot of sights in the resort, so that it is worthwhile visiting. In addition, Corralejo offers excursions of all kinds that make your holiday special. The historic old town, like the famous dunes and the beautiful beaches are among the highlights of the town.
The proximity to Lanzarote and the offshore island of Los Lobos ensures a lively traffic in the port of the village. Every day, hundreds of people hop from one island to another. In addition, Corralejo is known for its nightlife. Perhaps one of the reasons why the place is so popular among the British. On the opposite side, easily accessible by car in just 20 minutes, is El Cotillo. In contrast to the lively northeast, El Cotillo is a sleepy fishing village, where tourism is gaining in importance but is far from being decisive. We have checked if Corralejo is a good place for your holidays. Find out the best things to do and if it's the perfect travel destination for you.
- Guided excursions
- Attractions & sights
- Shopping possibilities
- The nightlife
- The beaches
- The weather
- The hotels
Things to Do in Corralejo
Organized Excursions in Corralejo
Due to the tourist importance, a large market for operators of organized excursions has developed in the town. Many tour operators are located on site, so that attending is very easy and usually no transfers are required. But if you want to participate in excursions in the south of the island, it will be more difficult, as you usually have to travel there by yourself. We have prepared a useful overview of possible tours for you. Apart from these, there is much more to experience. You can find our wide range of organized things to do if you are staying in Corralejo at the end of this article.
Boat Trips from Corralejo
The port of the resort is one of the largest on the island. It is no surprise that trips by boats, catamarans and yachts, showing tourists the uniqueness of the coastal landscape of Fuerteventura start from here. Among the most popular boat trips in Corralejo are dolphin watching, chilling and bathing, and boat trips to the beaches of Lanzarote.
Jeep Safari in Corralejo
You can discover the beautiful El Cotillo on a Jeep safari. The caravan of jeeps takes you through the interior of the island past extinct volcanic vents, through the dreamy mountain village of La Oliva to El Cotillo. The roads are often unpaved, which turns the trip in a real adventure. Dust and rocks are included as well as lunch in a typical Canarian ambience.
From Corralejo to Playa Blanca
This town is like a place of transition to the neighboring island. Ferries to Playa Blanca leave from here every day. Since the crossing time is only about 30 minutes, you can easily make a visit to Playa Blanca any day. Also many of the boat trips have Lanzarote as their destination. And the famous Papagayo beaches are not far either. But also the market in Playa Blanca is often visited starting from Corralejo.
Segway tours belong to the more unusual excursions in Corralejo. This modern two-wheeled vehicle travels over the ground almost silently with its electric drive. A very funny and comfortable way to explore the tourist attractions in and around the town. The guide gives you a lot of information and this way you get to know your holiday destination.
Excursions in El Cotillo
If you spend your holidays in El Cotillo, you can of course book all kinds of guided excursions. However, there are no operators on site, therefore you always have to be picked up or travel to the departure point by yourself. When booking excursions, make sure that the operator also offers hotel transfer from El Cotillo. You will find this information on our website under “Services & Prices” in the detailed descriptions of our excursions.
What to See in Corralejo & El Cotillo
When talking about the attractions of Corralejo, the dunes of the El Jable nature reserve should be mentioned. But we have already described these on our page for the sights of Fuerteventura.
The Old Town
The village unfortunately lost its originality due to the strong tourism. Even in the old town of Corralejo, there are already modern facades. Nevertheless, you should stroll through the narrow streets where most of the traditional fishermen still live to observe the local activities. In a small old harbor, formerly a smugglers' trading post, you can see fishermen returning from the Atlantic with their boats.
The Plaza Publica
Surrounded by numerous tall eucalyptus trees, this public square is a popular meeting place for locals and holidaymakers alike. It is very pleasant to stay in the shade of the trees. Small cafes with terrace, ice cream parlors and restaurants invite to stay. In souvenir shops you can buy little things for the loved ones at home. In the evening there is live music on a stage, which ensures a cheerful atmosphere.
The Port Puerto de Corralejo
Some of the huge ferries leave from this marina. At the same time it offers moorings for 215 boats and yachts. A dry duck is available for maintenance and repair of the vessels. Skippers must be cautious entrance to the harbor for as there are some rock formations under the water where the boats can collide.
The Fishing Village of El Cotillo
The quite fishing village of El Cotillo has hardly lost its charm despite the tourism. You can stroll the small alleys around the coast and explore the traditional fishing life of the village. When the fishermen return from their early fishing trips, they often meet for a coffee outside and share the latest gossip. For more information about attractions and El Cotillo, visit our Fuerteventura Landmarks page.
Shopping in Corralejo
Shopping fans wull be fully satisfied here. The shopping center Centro Comercial El Campanario is not just a shopping mall. In addition to the usual shops and boutiques on Sundays you will find a great typical Canarian weekly market on the forecourt, with live music. From the bell tower on the building you can see Corralejo from above. Otherwise, the shoppers and bargain hunters will also enjoy the main street Avenida General Franco, where there is one store after the other. You will really find everything here.
The Nightlife in Corralejo
Hardly any other place on the island has a more active nightlife. Night owls can celebrate here from sunset to sunrise. First, it goes into one of the numerous cocktail and beach bars or the local pubs. Meeting new people is inevitable here. Between midnight and 1 o'clock in the morning, DJs put on their first records in the discotheques. The most famous nightclubs in town are the Waikiki and the Bounty. Most party places are in the Shopping Center Centro Comercial Atlantico, located on the main street, Avenida del General Franco.
Things to know about Corralejo
The Beaches in Corralejo
The beaches are beautiful and endless at the same time. A stretch of beach of about 8 kilometers length starts in the south of Corralejo which runs along the edge of the dunes. The sections are separated only by embankments of cooled lava. One of the best known is Flag Beach, which is popular with windsurfers and nudist alike. The Playa del Medano is located directly on the strait between Fuerteventura and the island of Lobos. The wind conditions are excellent, that’s why a surf and kite school has been set up here. With a width of about 100 meters, the Bajo Negro beach offers plenty of space. The waves are calmer and the beach is flat. Consequently this beach section is ideal for families with children. The town beach Playa Waikiki has no relation to the dunes. It is located in a bay and, therefore protected from high waves and currents. A family day at this beach is really nice.
The Weather in Corralejo
The climate of Corralejo, as in most parts of the island, is consistent and dry throughout the year. In winter, in the months of December, January and February, the lowest temperatures of the year are between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius, according to the climate table. The hottest period is during the summer, in the months of July, August, September it is about 24 to 28 degrees. The weather barely holds rain. You may have moments of short but intense rain showers, if you are there in the winter months. But that's hardly worth mentioning. Since the holiday resort with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year is one of the sunniest places in Europe.
Hotels in Corralejo
The apartment and hotels complexes are mostly located directly on the beaches, at the harbor, around the lively center and even on the dunes. In most cases you can enjoy breathtaking views from your window. Hardly anything obstructs your view to the island Lobos, to Lanzarote, the dunes and the sea. No wonder that the hotels belong to the first addresses, which are mentioned in the context of travel plans. You can choose from all star categories. In addition, there are specialized hotels such as sports and fitness, family or wellness.
Tours and Excursions for Holidaymakers in Corralejo and El Cotillo
Boat and Yacht Excursions, Dolphin and Whale Watching
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Duration: 5 hours Visit the overwhelmingly beautiful Papagayo Beaches of Lanzarote, while on holiday in Fuerteventura. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a fantastic day on the sea. You will first…explore
Bus and Minibus Excursions, Jeep Safaris and Day Trips to Lanzarote
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday and Saturday Duration: 5 hours Take the opportunity to visit the fascinating Lanzarote during your holiday in Fuerteventura. This combination of boat and bus tour is packed with mesmerizing experiences. Discover the hidden treasures…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Duration: 7 hours Sacred mountains, volcanic caves, authentic Canarian villages and freshly made goat cheese. There are a lot of exciting things to discover in the inland and the north of Fuerteventura.…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Duration: 7 hours Enjoy Fuerteventura with all your senses. On this interesting drive through Pájara and Betancuria in a comfortable minibus, you can taste a variety of local agricultural products and learn about…explore
Buggy and Quad Tours
Season: All‑season Days: Daily except Sunday Duration: 3 hours An action packed sightseeing tour through Fuerteventura by quad bike. An 80% off-road journey awaits you. An extremely dusty event with the absolute guarantee for fun! Experience the wild…explore
Bicycle and Segway Tours
Season: All‑season Days: Wednesday and Friday Duration: 3 hours Moon‑like landscapes, extinct volcanic craters, wonderful beaches and chipmunks. In Corralejo starts a fantastic e-bike tour through the impressive volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura's north coast. Thanks to the energetic…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Daily Monday to Friday Duration: 1 to 1,5 Experience the impressive landscapes of the beautiful north coast of Fuerteventura around Corralejo on a Segway Tour. This trendy vehicle will inspire you. You do not need any previous…explore
Season: All‑season Days: Temporary not available Duration: 3 hours Exploring the impressive volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura by e-bike is really easy even for the less athletics. The electric motor undoubtedly turns this tour, into an absolutely pleasant…explore
Ride Excursions on Horses or Camels
Season: All‑season Days: Monday to Saturday Duration: 2 hours Ride into the sunset of Fuerteventura. This definitely is not only an absolutely wonderful holiday experience for horse lovers. This impressive nature experience leads you from El Cotillo to the imposing…explore