Last month, Scott and I spent a long weekend in Corralejo – the Northern town of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. Trading the cold, wet wind of North England for a long weekend on the coast. The sun on your back. The sound of the waves lapping against the shore. What could be better?
I’m not usually one for a beach-centric break, opting instead for huge cities to explore. Always wary that I’d spend all day doing nothing much more than lying out in the sun, I would always ask Scott if we could go somewhere ‘busier’. This holiday though? It was EXACTLY what I needed. And more than that – it’s changed my view on beach breaks altogether!
Bearing in mind that we were in and out of the island over the course of 5 days, I had the perfect amount of beach time – by the water, with a drink in hand and the sun giving us weather that made our March afternoon feel more like July.
This may seem cliche, but my favourite place to explore had to be the beach. Recently exploring cities like Rome had left me yearning for some time spent by the water. Just watching the waves roll in, and seeing others out on the ocean windsurfing (which, if we had spent more time there, is definitely something I would’ve wanted to get involved with too!) and taking boat tours to other islands. There’s something calming about it – the quiet way in which the waves crash, roll and divide. It’s beautiful.
Our hotel was perfectly located on the beachfront, too, so we would cut across the sand to go to the Beach Club in the evenings.
This may seem like an odd favourite, but I have to say Waikiki Beach Club. Doing things differently to the usual, Scott and I threw out our routine of fact-checking each restaurant for the best reviews on Trip Advisor or Pinterest and went with our guts. Waikiki was something we saw while exploring the town, and on a whim decided to sit on the beach and have a cocktail or two. It’s safe to say that those initial cocktails turned into a few each night, followed by appetisers and long chats watching the sun set over the water.
The staff were awesome, the seating was great (with tables and chairs directly on the sand, a heater overhead for when the sun set and a wicker umbrella just in case) and the drinks were incredible. We also found ourselves dining on the garlic bread with aioli dip each night (you MUST get it if you go!) and now I’m searching for it out here in England – with no luck so far!
Being the clueless two we are, Scott and I had no idea that the weekend we were in Corralejo would align perfectly with the island-wide carnival that takes place over a couple of weeks in March! We were there for the final weekend, and it was awesome. Each night held a different event, and on the final night, there was a 2-hour long parade through the main street of the town, followed by a huge firework display on the beach that we watched from the comfort of… You guessed it… Waikiki Beach Club.
The bright lights exploded over the water, reflected in the rippling tide – and the atmosphere was electric. Crowds of people stood huddling mesmerised. It was one of those moments that make you feel lucky just to have been there.
Picking a singular recommendation for Corralejo was near-impossible. Everything about it was fantastic, and the whole package needs to be recommended. Take a long weekend, go to the beach-town and forget all your worries. Let them wash away while you indulge in great food, fantastic drinks and cheap prices. It’s worth it.
Have you ever been to Corralejo, Fuerteventura or any of the Canary Islands? Or do you want to go? I’d love to know! Comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
For more posts from Corralejo, please click here.
I also did a Wanderlust Guide to Corralejo, which you can check out here.
I hope you have a lovely day,