Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Corralejo Fuerteventura

a week in corralejo fuerteventura
Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, is home to many things; windmills, goats, miles of beautiful sand dunes and us last week as we headed south for (what we thought would be) a week of sunshine, relaxing and general holidaying. We thought we’d let you know what we thought of our time in Corralejo, the Islands busiest resort.

After touching down in Fuerteventura’s airport it was a pretty easy trip to the northerly resort of Corralejo, we had a bit of waiting around for our coach to depart but once it did the journey from there to our hotel and home for the week, the Smartline Playa Park Club, was only about 35 minutes
Our first impressions; beautiful weather, beautiful sand dunes, funny goats and a very welcoming hotel.

playa park club hotel corralejo

playa park club flowers

Our hotel, Playa Park Club, was fairly nice and met our needs. The rooms were aging a bit and could do with a touch of modernisation (unless they’re waiting for wicker furniture to make a comeback) but it was comfy enough and had everything we needed
We should mention that our stay was all inclusive so we ate all of our meals at the hotel (in attempt to keep the total holiday cost as cheap as possible) but we were quite surprised at the quality of what was on offer – in particular the sushi they’d prepare for the Oriental night!

playa park club hotel all inclusive food

We spent many an afternoon lounging by the hotel’s pool area, which 
was pretty nice, with Rachel making her way through Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and James the latest issue of Empire – we’re pretty big into films if you didn’t know!

As for Corralejo itself what is there to see and do?

Despite being the Islands largest and most popular resort it’s still a fair bit quieter than resorts on the other Islands but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Unlike so many of the other Canary Island resorts (we’ve stayed in Costa Adeje and Las Americas, Tenerife as well as Costa Teguise and visited Porta Del Carmen in Lanzarote)  you don’t get anywhere near as hassled as you walk through the centre and along the beach promenade – yes there are still the odd few people hoping you’ll visit their restaurant but it’s definitely more laid back. The central street itself is packed full of bars, restaurants, trashy tourist shops and quality shopping too!

shopping at corralejo local market

el campanario shopping centre corralejo

If shopping is your thing we think the Canaries in general are pretty good and Fuerteventura is no exception! The Canaries are home to our favourite holiday shop Fund Grube (aka The Grube) and lucky for us both the stores in Fuerteventura were close to our hotel! 
Away from the main street you’ll find the Campanario Shopping Centre, it’s much quieter but still has a nice selection of shops. Even better though is the craft market held by locals on a Thursday and Sunday morning - We loved browsing the stalls and even came away with a colourful cement plant pot/candle holder (a la Oliver Bonas).  Outside the El Campanario you’ll also find a good little tourist photo opp consisting of a windmill and colourful statue.

colourful statue corralejo

Something top of our list for a summer holiday is a good beach, in the centre of Corralejo you’ll find a few fairly nice bays with soft sand gently sloping into the rocky sea but it’s out of town where the real magic lies. On your way into the resort it’s hard to miss the stunning miles of rolling sand dunesthey’re beautiful!

corralejo beach

If you want beautiful beach and clear blue sea it’s well worth a trip out to the dunes, the blue flag beaches have soft (nearly) white sand, with loads of activities to keep you entertained from kite flying to windsurfing! Our favourite beach activity? Some good old fashioned bat and ball – we’re now on our third set… because we keep losing them…

stone wind shelters corralejo sand dunes

corralejo blue flag beach

If water sports and beached aren't your things there is still plenty to do! Of course it wouldn't be a Coffee & Avocados trip without fitting in a few runs! We had two main routes that we used, a 6km through the centre of Corralejo to the pier and back and the other an 8km stretch to the bizarrely placed Riu hotels (out in the sand dunes) and back – if you’re interested in our runs we’ll be posting the routes and our thoughts on them later this week!

man running through corralejo sand dunes

Thanks to the persistent cloud cover (which you may have noticed if you follow us on Instagram) we ventured out one morning and hired a couple of bikes to see a bit more of the resort. Through the centre there are loads of good cycle paths making it a pretty nice ride, if you venture a bit further however those nice paths soon run out forcing you either onto the roads or the increasingly rocky pathways.

corralejo bike hire

So that's it, a quick guide to how we spent a week in Corralejo! Would we recommend it? Yes! Perfect for families, couples, young and old! It's a nice relaxed resort with loads to do and see and some of the most interesting landscapes in the Canary Islands!

Have you visited Corralejo, Fuerteventura?


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