|Baku Water Park Corralejo
As well as being a Water Park, the Baku Village has Ten Pin Bowling, Crazy Golf, a Driving Range, Restaurants and Shops. The rides and facilities in this Water Park are very modern (the park opened at the end of 2004).
Animal Experience is part of the Baku Theme Park and is located beside the Water Park in Corralejo. Highlights include a Shark and Stingray in the Aquarium, Sea lions and the Santa Ana Pirate Galleon where you can experience being shipwrecked.
Bars in Corralejo
There are about one hundred bars in Corralejo and this number continues to increase as the town expands in size to the south. They range in size from small intimate bars to larger establishments that can hold a large number of people. It is possible to find a bar to your liking whether you like a quiet bar in which to meet new friends and have a quiet chat, or are looking for a bar with lively family entertainment.
The centre of nightlife in Corralejo is the Centro Comercial Atlantico on the main strip (Avenida del General Franco), where you will find plenty of disco bars upstairs. Elsewhere on the main strip there are some popular discos, British pubs and live music venues. For something more relaxed, the pedestrianised area at the northern end of the main Avenida has many open-air bars and restaurants as well as a few small bars where you can hear Latin and Spanish music.
Corralejo is a real 'town' as well as a Tourist resort and if you wander into this part of town (the northern end away from the coast) you can probably forget that you are in a Tourist Resort.
Below are listed a few popular bars and restaurants you may come across on your travels in corralejo
Down near the harbour
- Los Pepes
- Bodeguita El Andaluz
- The Clock House bar and restaurant (cobbled street between the music square and harbour)
On the main street:
- Bombay Indian restaurant
- Chinese restaurants e.g. Slow Boat III (along the cobbled street near the Blue Rock bar)
- Caracoles tapas bar
- Piccasso’s (Nr Hoplanco Gardens, opposite Sol bank)
- La Sirena
- Gibson’s restaurant and bar (up the mango shop side street)
- Blue rock
- The Dubliner (upstairs at Correljeo Atlantico centre)
- Zanzibar (top floor of Correlejo’s Atlantico centre)
- Castaways entertainment bar (on the sea front with views to Los Lobos)
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In and around the centre of the resort of Corralejo there are several golden and white sandy beaches where the water is usually calm and therefore good for bathing. Since it is the centre of the resort, these beaches can become a little crowded in peak season.
Just south of the resort lies the spectacular Parque Natural de las Dunas de Corralejo, these enormous white-sand dunes cover a large area of the north-east of the island and can actually be seen in satellite images of Fuerteventura.
There are a few small Snack Bars/Restaurants located around the Dunes, with the best one being located beside the big Hotels, where you can relax under an umbrella with a cool drink.
The Dunes are now protected as a Natural Park.
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The more modern facility consists of a marina for pleasure craft and room for the ferry services to Lanzarote and Lobos, a small island that is a 15 minute ferry ride from Fuerteventura. There are various trips aimed at those on holiday that run from the harbour, and bookings for these can be made at one of the booths dotted about the area.
Ferry to Lanzarote (from Corralejo harbour)
There are three ferry companies. The ferries all sail from Corralejo to Lanzarote. A great day trip.
The Freddy Olsen Ferry (www.fredolsen.es) costs about 27 euros return and sails on the odd hours from Correlejo to Playa Blanca (from 7.45am to 7.00pm). The sail takes 12 minutes. It also has a free air conditioned coach which takes you via Arrecife airport up to Puerto Del Carmen in about 20 minutes. This means that you can spend a few hours in the popular resorts of Calete de Fuste and Correlejo (Fuerteventura) and Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen (Lanzarote) in one day !
The Armas Ferry (www.navieraarmas.com) costs about 27 euros return and sails on even hours from Correlejo to Playa Blanca (8.00am to 8.00pm). The sail takes 20 minutes. [There is no bus to Puerto del Carmen. Having said this, you can take the local Arrecife bus near the end of the harbour on the right hand side (which should be waiting on the ferry)].
The Lanzarote express (0034 928 516 113 / 0034 629 731 293) is really a broad sail boat. It sails direct to Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote from Correlejo. It hugs the shore of Lanzarote and is good for dolphin spotting. It takes 60 minutes to sail to Puerto del Carmen. It leaves at 10.15am and returns at 16.45am. It costs 30 euros return.
At Correlejo harbour, you will also find short boat trips around the island of Los Lobos. This is small sanctuary island between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. You will also find big game fishing trips etc from this harbour.
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If you are looking at doing some serious shopping then Corralejo along with a few others is the best place to go, but is still limited with the amount of shops. With a few clothes, shoes and accessories shops with various fashions - in Corralejo you will find mostly surfing shops!
Like most of the tourist resorts, in Corralejo you will find the usual electrical goods and popular souvenir shops, as well clothes and imported food and drink. Here you will also find a lot of local craft shops sell the local pottery and hand made banana leaves baskets, embroidery and pottery. You will be able to find cheap good's in these shops but they are not always of high quality!
As with the other Canary Islands, Corralejo in Fuerteventura has managed to keep their status of lower import tax and VAT rates - duty free, so if you are looking to buy tobacco, wines, spirits, perfumes and maybe some electrical goods, look no further as they are much cheaper here than in other EU countries! But please remember unlike other European Union Countries, there is a strict limit to the amount that you are allowed to export out of Fuerteventura into the UK and other EU countries!
The Limits are: 1 litre of spirits, 2 litres of wine and 200 cigarettes, 250 gm tobacco or 50 cigars.
If you, like me like the markets for a good haggle and great bargain there are plenty across Fuerteventura's island....Make sure you try to barter as it makes that bargain even more satisfying!!! There are two regular markets that can be found in Corralejo these are normally aimed at the tourism market selling, souvenirs and gifts, but around the island you will also find markets that provide for the local inhabitants, with the local farmers and produce makers selling their trade, such as local cheese's and confectionery! The markets are always a great day out to have a wander around and look even if you aren't.
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Sport in and around Corralejo
Corralejo´s location on Fuerteventura means that it is well positioned for many sports activities. The are north and east facing beaches close by and this allows those who enjoy surfing, windsurfing or kite boarding to move to spend their days in different locations depending upon how the wind is affecting the waves or blowing in relation to the shore.
Those that are into hiking or mountain biking have a choice of off road tracks and the distances travelled can be adjusted to suit the time available.
Besides the trike tours run by Fuerte Trike there are other possibilities including Buggy Tours and excursions as well as quad bike tours, and all of these prove popular with holidaymakers.
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Originally a fishing village, Corralejo has grown rapidly over recent years as both a Resort and a Ferry Port with frequent Ferry services to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote being offered by the companies Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas. The port also offers an array of Marine Excursions and activities as well as trips to the nearby Lobos Island.
There are several pleasant beaches in the centre of Corralejo, however the real attraction are the 'Grandes Playas' or 'Dunas de Corralejo' to the south of the resort, this enormous expanse of white sand is just a short Taxi ride away from the main resort. This is a protected nature reserve and no building work is allowed on this area with the exception of the two main hotels in the north, The Hotel Riu Palace and the Riu Oliva beach.
Surfers have left their mark on the Town in terms of a general laid-back feel to the place that is not found in other Canary Island resorts and the many Surf shops along the main Avenue. Windsurfing and Kite-surfing are very popular activities in the area with courses and equipment available from the many Windsurf Schools and Centres.
With tourism booming on Fuerteventura, Corralejo, situated in the north of the island ,35km from the airport, is the most popular resort on the island.
More and more apartments are springing up each year to cope with the demand, and Corralejo which was once a small fishing village, has now grown into a lively colourful town.
Luckily, Corralejo has managed to retain its original charm and atmosphere, you can still find some of the original houses in Corralejo, these are simple and quaint but most have now been transformed into shops and restaurants
Most of the shops, bars and restaurants are along the Corralejo main street which leads right down through the music square and on to the harbour which looks across the other side of town and the sand dunes.
Corralejo has, by far, the best nightlife on the Island with plenty of varied entertainment catering to most tastes and ages.
The Centro Comercial Atlantico on the Avenida General Franco has many Disco-bars and is the focal point for Teeny-boppers and Twenty-something’s.
Nearby there is a small square (hidden away in the narrow pedestrianised streets) which is called either 'La Placita' or 'Music Square' depending on the map, here you will find many open-air restaurants and bars offering something a bit more romantic and less rowdy than the nearby Centro Atlantico, which caters for generally younger clientele.
Corralejo caters for all ages and there's a wide variety of things to do, from watersports, tennis, Golf,Glass bottom boat trips, Ferry trips to Lanzarote, Jeep Safaris, Island tours, Mountainbiking, Motorbike tours etc..
The famous street markets are held on Monday and Friday between 8am and 2pm. The market is located at the Baku water park and recreation centre,
Finally, for the family, there is the newly opened Water park at the southern end of the Resort boasting fantastic slides water features.
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