Fuerteventura, in Spain’s Canary Islands, is famous for its great year-round weather, guaranteed sunshine and truly beautiful stretches of golden sandy beaches. It is the perfect beach holiday destination.
But what if your demanding teens want more from a holiday than just lying on a beach? Well, don’t worry, because in Corralejo there is so much to do that they might well end up begging you for a day off to soak up some rays on one of those beautiful beaches.
If you are the parents of teenager adrenalin junkies then Corralejo is the place for you, as just along the coast are some of the world’s best surf beaches. Whether they want to try their hand at traditional surfing, kite surfing or wind surfing, there are a range of schools along the shore ready to help them get started.
But family holidays (even with teens) are about spending some quality time together, so if you don’t fancy learning to surf, don’t fret – there are loads of other activities designed to appeal to all ages. From water parks to camel rides, this is the perfect place to create some family memories that will last you a lifetime.
Hitting the Beach
One of the main attractions for visitors to Corralejo are its beautiful beaches and there’s a number to choose from depending on what you’re looking for. Three of my favourites are:
- Corralejo Town Beach – With its stretch of golden sand well served with umbrellas, sunbeds and a host of restaurants, bars and cafés lining its length, the town beach is the perfect place for a bit of relaxation in the sun.
- Sotavento Beach – Along the coast from Corralejo, Sotavento Beach is known as one of the island’s most beautiful beaches with wild, rugged sand dunes running down to an expansive stretch of golden sand and crystal blue water. As well as sunbathing there are a range of watersports activities to enjoy here.
- Flag Beach – Another great place to head if you and your family are interested in trying out some of the island’s fantastic watersport activities is Flag Beach. There are a number of surf and sailing schools along the shore which will introduce you to the sport of your choice, or help you improve if this isn’t your first time.
On the Water
Take advantage of the beautiful crystal waters around Fuerteventura to get out on a boat and see some of the stunning sights of the island from the sea. If you and your family are keen scuba divers or snorkellers you’ll find plenty of local dive centres waiting to take you out to explore the island’s stunning submarine world. But if not, there’s still a number of great water based activities for you all to explore – activities which will entertain even the most demanding teenager.
Just because scuba diving may not be your thing does not mean you have to miss out on seeing the stunning underwater world that thrives in the clear waters around the Canary Islands. The submarine safari at Corralejo will take you and your family down to the ocean floor so that you can see, from the safety of the submarine, the enchanting local marine life.
Daytrip With Dolphins
Spend the day with dolphins on a sailing excursion from Corralejo. The boat company will take you out so you can explore the local coast and watch the dolphins swimming alongside and playing in the waves. Stop off for lunch before you enjoy some swimming and snorkelling from the boat.
In the Local Area
If you and your family prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are still plenty of things to do which will drag your teens away from their social media (for a couple of hours at least).
Take a Selfie on a Camel
Lure your kids out on a camel safari through Corralejo National Park with the thought that they’ll be able to send the ultimate Snapchat of themselves on a camel. The trek takes you through the stunning national park and then down to the sand dunes and the coast, which is a truly memorable adventure.
Go Mad Max on a 4×4 Off Road Adventure
What teenage petrol-head wouldn’t love the chance to blitz their way through the rugged Fuerteventura landscape in an open 4×4 dune buggy à la Mad Max? This tour is not only fast paced, but there’s a chance to stop off and swim in a beautiful lagoon along the way.
Get Wet at the Acua Water Park
A great day out for teens and their parents is the Acua Water Park in Corralejo. There’s a good range of slides to challenge even the most adrenaline-hungry teenager as well as more gentle attractions such as the ‘lazy river’ and Jacuzzi, for the more feint-hearted.
How to Get to Corralejo
Getting to Corralejo couldn’t be easier with a wide range of budget airlines flying regularly into Fuerteventura Airport including Ryanair and easyJet. Journey times from the UK are around four and a half hours.
For a stress-free arrival, and to avoid taxi queues at the airport, book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct before you set off and a driver will be waiting to take you and your family to your hotel when you arrive.
Where to Stay:
Corralejo Surfing Colours Apartamentos – Your kids will love the super cool Corralejo Surfing Colours Apartamentos. The apartments come with free WiFi, close proximity to the beach and the chance to take surfing lessons. And while they’re surfing, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, outdoor pool, free yoga and access to Thai massage.
Apartamentos Kalma – The Apartamentos Kalma provides a stylish home away from home with apartments offering outdoor terraces, free WiFi and good communal space. Outside there’s a pool, tennis courts and barbecues for you and your family to make use of.
Apartamentos Maxorata Beach – Just 500 m from Corralejo beach the Apartamentos Maxorata Beach has an adult and kids pool, sunbathing areas and a snack bar. The apartments all have their own terrace or balcony and free WiFi.
About Shuttle Direct:
A leading provider of airport transfers to destinations across Europe and North Africa, Shuttle Direct is the most convenient way of getting from the airport directly to your holiday accommodation. Book online before you set off and you’ll be able to choose between group shared transport or your own private vehicle to pick you up at the airport when you land.