The resort of Corralejo
The resort of Corralejo is located in the north of Fuerteventura, a 20 minute boat ride from the neighbouring island of Lanzarote. From the beach of Corralejo, you can also see the small island of Lobos. Lobos Island is national park and was given it's name from the sealions who once dwelled here. The island is fantastic for snorkelling and is home to a large volcanic crator and beautiful lagoons.
Entertainment in Corralejo
The Corralejo beaches have beautiful white sands and are popular with surfers. The resort is large with many shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. Nightlife here is good and varied and there is something to suit everyone, especially the younger crowd. There are several shopping centres in Corralejo, home to the large Spanish chain stores. One of the major attreactions in Corralejo is the National Park of the Sand Dunes.
The 8kms of beach is found on the outskirts of town and has been produced by sand which has been blown by the trade winds from the Sahara Desert in North Africa. Here you will find many wind and kite surfers, nudists and sun worshippers. Corralejo has a busy harbour, with 2 large ferries transitting between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote daily, boat and catamaran cruises to Lobos Island and it also has a busy fishing trade. Corralejo is the perfect place for a lively holiday in the sun.
Corralejo has existed for most of its history as a humble and unimportant fishing village, where a handful of poor fishermen worked long hours to provide for their families. In the early 1970s, with its extraordinary beaches and expansive dunes, the tourism that had arrived in the south of the island in the 1960s began to venture north. Corralejo had very humble beginnings as a tourist resort. John Mercer, who visited the then village in the early 1970s as research for a book on the island, left a record of the humble first steps Corralejo took into the tourist industry:
"The village, however, unattractive and quite without interest. Why anyone should wish to spend any time there until its development is over and the dust and noise have died down is not clear.. a visitor or a purchaser can wake up any day to find a house or a hotel starting a metre or two away." -John Mercer, Canary Islands: Fuerteventura. 1973
Mercer prophetically said that Corralejo would "long be simply a spreading building site, dominated by concrete mixers, lorries, floating discarded cement bags, falling rubble and staring whistling oafs." Tourism continued to develop in the town through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, reaching a peak in the 2000s. Hotels, apartments and villas sprang up. Many British and Irish tourists fell in love with the resort and felt happy to relocate there permanently. In the decades following Mercer's account of Corralejo's tourist development, that same growth of the tourist industry saw the population of Corralejo and the La Oliva region grow significantly. In the 1975 census the population of La Oliva was 2,900, with that population now just above 25,000.