Corralejo and El Cotillo
On Fuerteventura’s northern coast, two small communities are known for their fishermen and fish dishes. Corralejo, the larger of the two but still quite small, is also a marginally flourishing port that welcomes pleasure boats from afar and ferries from Lanzarote on a regular basis. Besides eating, scuba diving has become a big business in the area and plenty of dive shops are around to accommodate. The nearby Playas de Corralejo are noted for their exceptional quality and emptiness. Tourism development has yet to greatly affect Fuerteventura’s northern coast.
The peaceful, dune-strewn Playas de Corralejo, known locally as the Playas Grandes, are just outside of Corralejo on the northern coast. Going down south, the beaches pick up tourists; of these, the Playa Sotavento de Jandía on the eastern side of the southern peninsula is the most heavily visited and has, as a result, the widest range of restaurants and accommodations. This trend continues to the southern tip of the island at Morro del Jable, whose beach wraps a small bay. On the far side of the peninsula, though, the Playa de Barlovento de Jandía is relatively unbothered by foreigners, in part because it isn’t as easily accessed and, moreover, because its waters can be treacherous on days of strong tide.
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