Top 5 things to do on an active family holiday in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
It was my second time to visit Corralejo, Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. The weather was quite windy which seems to be typical, so be sure to bring also warm clothes in addition to sunscreen if traveling there. However, I found the climate to be ideal for sports: mostly sunny, dry but not too hot due to the refreshing breeze.
I had a bit of mixed feelings about returning there because three years ago the signs of the financial crisis were visible everywhere: half-built abandoned constructions, “For Sale” signs on windows… Although the abandoned construction sites were still there, I was happy to notice that the atmosphere now felt more optimistic.
Top 5 things to do in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
- Jogging along the coast
- Renting bicycles
- Watersports – Stand Up Paddling
- The beaches and restaurants with a view
- Morning yoga
We stayed at Ananda Resort Fuerteventura Hotel Mirador de Lobos booked via TUI. The Villa was spacious with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and living room, and a big outdoor area with the pool. Booking in advance, it was possible to get the small pool heated which was definitely worth the investment. On the downside the resort is quite far out, about 3 kilometers from the center and beaches but it is easy to drive if renting a car and taxis don’t cost much. I actually found the slightly remote location to give good motivation for jogging and bicycling! The hotel is built around a Par 3 golf course that looks very nice even for non-golfers like us. Upon arrival, we were offered a nice deal on half board for 4 days including breakfast and dinner and decided to take it. The breakfast selection was very good while the dinner varied from a day to another, including three courses and drinks. I would recommend the local fish of the day, served with baked vegetables and canary potatoes.
1. Jogging along the coast
My favorite jogging path was the about 4 kilometer route along the coastline from the harbor up to the Dunes. The mornings were beautiful and very peaceful with very few other people on the path.
2. Renting bicycles
In Corralejo there are sidewalks on almost every road (some in a bit bumpy condition though) and lots of bicycle paths which makes it very easy to go bicycling – it’s safe even with kids. We rented our bicycles from Pierre Shop and were very happy with the superb service.
We enjoyed especially the most peaceful paths around our hotel and at the harbor.
3. Watersports – Stand Up Paddling
Corralejo offers lots of opportunities for watersports. Surfing and kiteboarding for example are very popular due to the windy coast. I signed up for my first ever Stand Up Paddling practice, a 2-hour private class with Salty Life. I was at first a bit nervous how it would go. Luckily Pierre is a fantastic teacher and I was amazed how quickly I started to feel confident on the board and it exceeded my expectations on how much fun it was!
I would have liked to go kayaking too and Kayak Fuerteventura’s kayak-snorkel excursion to Lobos Island would have sounded perfect. Something for next time!
4. The beaches and restaurants with a view
Fuerteventura is famous for it’s beaches and there’s lots of them. Even if you prefer a more active holiday the restaurants with a view are wonderful places to take a break. Our favorite spot was Waikiki Beach Club Restaurant – it was easy access with a relaxed atmosphere.
5. Morning yoga
Yoga on the beach is a perfect way to start the day. I really enjoyed Ocean Yoga’s gentle flow yoga class. I wish I would have found it earlier than on my last day in Corralejo!
Have you been to Fuerteventura or some other island in the Canary Islands? What were your favorite things to do and places to visit? We can also recommend Gran Canaria and these Hikes on Tenerife with (or without) Kids look amazing!
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