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Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura: All You Need To Know About the Natural Park

Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura: All You Need To Know About the Natural Park

A travel guide with tips to visit the sand dunes in Corralejo Natural Park
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The largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands

Exploring the Corralejo Sand Dunes is definitely one of the best things to do in Corralejo and in the rest of Fuerteventura.

The dunes are known under many names: Parque Natural de Corralejo, Corralejo Natural Park, the Corralejo Dunes or Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo – they are all the same sand dunes.

And you must come by this huge area covered in soft sand at least once during you stay in Fuerteventura.

We loved the natural park so much that we actually went there three times!

Not only is the small desert incredibly beautiful, but the Corralejo Natural Park also includes a coastline with kilometres of long white sand beaches that are perfect for sunbathing or water sports.

In this travel guide we will let you know where to find the sand dunes in Fuerteventura, how to get there and our best tips on when to visit.

Where to stay near the Corralejo Sand Dunes:

Search for the best value accommodation in Corralejo here.

Alex & Victoria on the sand dunes in Corralejo natural park
Visiting the Corralejo Sand Dunes is a must when in Fuerteventura!
Sand dunes in Corralejo natural park
The Corralejo Dunes are the largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands spanning across 26 km².
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What to expect of the Corralejo Sand Dunes

Visiting the dunes of Corralejo is one of the most popular things to do in Fuerteventura – and with good reason!

You can walk around the dunes and enjoy the coastal desert for a few minutes or even hours!

The Corralejo Natural Park is a 26 km² area with rolling sand dunes overlooking the ocean in one direction and with views to several volcanoes in the other.

The Corralejo Dunes are the largest sand dunes in the Canary Islands and the area has been protected since it was declared a natural park in 1982 (together with the small Lobos Island).

The different areas of the Corralejo Sand Dunes

In the southern end of the park towards the Montaña Roja volcano, the road intersects the dunes and beach in a really cool way.

Stop in by the road here or at one of the parking spots around Playa del Moro if you want to see that or appreciate the view from the car and drive further north.

The dunes in the north near Playa Larga are a bit higher and here you have a better look over the beaches and the coastline.

But no matter where you stop, there will be plenty of beautiful dunes to discover and you can always go further away from the road to find new ones.

Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
A coastal desert with stunning beaches and volcanoes? Yes please!
Dunes at Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
Rolling sand dunes as far as the eye can see.
The coastal road beside the dunes
The coastal road crosses the dunes and beaches in the southern end of Corralejo Natural Park. The closest beach on the photo is Playa del Moro.
The coastal road next to the Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
Driving on the FV-1 road next to Corralejo Natural Park is something special. In the back, you can see the Montaña Roja volcano.
Sand with small shells
The sand is actually composed of the shells or marine creatures. It’s pretty but don’t take anything with you.
Victoria walking in the Corralejo natural park
Stop in anywhere along the natural park and walk around the dunes.
View of Lobos Island and Lanzarote from Corralejo sand dunes
From the dunes near the ocean, you can easily see Lobos Island and Lanzarote.
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The beaches in Corralejo Natural Park

Apart from the dunes, there are a number of white sand beaches along the 10 kilometres of coastline.

You can surf or kitesurf if you’re into water sports (El Medano and Flag Beach are especially great for that) or simply find a nice spot on the beach to relax on and enjoy the incredibly turquoise waters.

Be careful if you go swimming as the currents are strong.

Beach at Corralejo natural park
Playa del Moro in the southern part of Corralejo Natural Park is a beautiful beach.
Drone shot of the beach and the road at Corralejo natural park
The currents are strong, so be careful if you go swimming.

Price

The sand dunes of Corralejo and the beaches in the natural park are completely free to visit!

Opening times

Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo is open to everyone 24/7.

Map

So where are the sand dunes in Fuerteventura?

The Corralejo Dunes in Corralejo Natural Park are found in the northeast of Fuerteventura just south of Corralejo town.

How to get to the Corralejo Sand Dunes

The best and easiest way to reach the sand dunes or the beaches in Corralejo Natural Park is to drive.

The area is big but luckily you can park your car for free almost anywhere along the FV-1 road (connecting Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo town). There are plenty of parking spots.

From wherever you park your car, you can explore the natural park by foot.

Park close to Playa del Moro if you want to see where the road is closest to the ocean (with dunes on the other side) or close to Playa Larga for easiest access to the biggest dunes.

Anyplace in between those spots are great as well as you can walk into the desert everywhere.

We didn’t try it ourselves, but there should also be a public bus (number 6) going there from Corralejo town. Check the route map here.

Drone view of the coastal road to Corralejo natural park
The easiest way to get to the sand dunes or the beaches is to drive.
Parking along the road at Corralejo natural park
There are many free parking spots next to the FV-1 road.
Alex in Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
Park the car and explore the natural park by foot.
Close-up of sand ripples
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When to visit Corralejo Sand Dunes

Plan your visit to the Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo on a sunny day for maximum visibility over the area and especially if you want to spend some time at the beach.

The first time we came by, the weather was a little grey and cloudy but it was actually okay since it made it pleasant and not too warm walking up and down the many dunes.

We visited the natural park twice more in the late afternoon until the sun began to set and we must admit that sunset was our favourite time to visit the Corralejo Sand Dunes.

The golden light shining on the endless rolling dunes was spectacular!

We can imagine sunrise would be magical too.

We would avoid going on days with very strong winds or if it rains (which is pretty uncommon).

Since it’s a huge area, it never felt crowded and you can easily escape other people by walking further away from the road. Just remember to bring a headlight or torch if you go far in and stay until sunset.

Victoria sitting at a dune in Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura at sunset
We always love seeing the colours change on the sky.
Alex and Victoria at sunset in Corralejo natural park
Sunset was our favourite time to visit the Corralejo Sand Dunes.
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Where to stay near Corralejo Sand Dunes

Corralejo – Hip vibe & close to amazing attractions

Corralejo town is the most popular place to stay in Fuerteventura for a reason.

Staying here means you’ll be close to the small beaches of Corralejo, but also be just minutes away from the Corralejo Sand Dunes.

Also near Corralejo? The climbable Calderon Hondo volcano, the protected natural area Lobos Island as well as El Cotillo and lots of other beautiful beaches.

Corralejo itself is a cosy town with lots of great restaurants and supermarkets. If you’re looking for plant-based options in Fuerteventura, Corralejo is probably your best bet. We had amazing vegan ice cream from La Nativa when we visited.

Where to stay in Corralejo

Search for the best value accommodation in Corralejo here.

Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa in Fuerteventura
The most stylish 5-star hotel in Fuerteventura. ©Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa
Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas in Fuerteventura
While it’s in some ways a shame that a hotel has been built here, it is amazing to be able to stay with direct access to the sand dunes of Corralejo. ©Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
Island Home Fuerteventura
Stay near the center of Corralejo with a pool. ©Island Home Fuerteventura
Interior of Island Home Fuerteventura
We love the clean, light interior design. ©Island Home Fuerteventura
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What to bring to the Corralejo Sand Dunes

  • Travel insurance. Never travel without it!
  • A good camera – here’s a guide to the gear we use.
  • Sunscreen. There’s little to no cover in the dunes and on the beaches.
  • Water and snacks.
  • Swimwear and a towel if you plan to swim at the beaches next to the dunes.
  • Headlight or torch if you go far away from the road and stay until after sunset.
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Victoria in Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
Visiting the Corralejo Sand Dunes was one of our favourite things to do in Fuerteventura.

Minimise your impact

To minimise your impact on the dunes and beaches, follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your own drinking water in a refillable bottle.
  • Avoid single-use plastics, including straws.
  • Dispose of waste properly. While putting your trash in a nearby trashcan is convenient, wrappers and other small items are prone to get taken by the wind and end up in the ocean.
  • Check your sunscreen. Many brands contain oxybenzone and other chemicals that are harmful to corals.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints. Let shells and corals stay in their natural home on the beach and don’t take any sand from the dunes with you.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
  • Respect wildlife. Don’t disturb or feed any animals.
Alex & Victoria on the sand dunes in Corralejo natural park
Take only photos, leave only footprints.
Alex and Victoria at the Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura
What do you think about Corralejo Natural Park?
Thanks for reading

Thanks for reading our travel guide to the Corralejo Sand Dunes in Fuerteventura. We hope it has been useful!

What do you think about this natural park?

If you’ve been to the Corralejo Sand Dunes it would be awesome to hear your best tips in the comments.

If you haven’t been yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us anything. We’re glad to help.

Everything you need to know about the sand dunes in Corralejo Natural Park including where to find the dunes, our best tips and lots of photos.
Everything you need to know about the sand dunes in Corralejo Natural Park including where to find the dunes, our best tips and lots of photos.
Everything you need to know about the sand dunes in Corralejo Natural Park including where to find the dunes, our best tips and lots of photos.

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