Welcome to Corralejo
The main tourist attraction in the north owes its appeal to the 7.7 mtr2 dune area of El Jable on its southern edge, which merges seamlessly into the beach.
The town consists of a densely populated core which is mostly inhabited by Spanish people an a wide belt of hotels and apartment complexes that expand to the south and east. It was a small fishing village consisting of only twelve houses and when the first holiday apartments were built in 1967, the town had neither water nor electricity. This only changed during the 1970s
The main road and the pedestrian zone, with its many shops and restaurants form the urban centre and at night an exuberant atmosphere reigns. A promenade along the shore was a spontaneous rather than planned project where visitors can now eat and drink.
Statues on the pier honour the sailors of Corralejo who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the town during difficult times. The white sand dunes are constantly shifting by the north-east trade winds. The area was declared a protective nature reserve in 1982, but by then a part of the northern edge had already been developed.
The north has some unusual landscapes with row upon row of extinct volcanoes lining up in beautiful symmetry. Black lava rocks are strewn over desolated areas while further south the landscape is a study in russet and red; especially when the low sun catches it.
Of the three larges towns only Corralejo is geared towards tourism. La Oliva is one of the five historical towns. and administers both Cotillo and Corralejo.