Walk on a desert inside Europe – Dunes de Corralejo

No, you don’t need to leave Europe to experince the unique emotion of walking on a desert, because you can find one at Dunes de Corralejo Natural Park in Fuerteventura spanish island.

And that is not the only desert, as about a hundred miles away you can find another one, again in Canary Islands, at Gran Canaria called Dunes de Maspalomas. But we will see that one on another post.

Let’s get back to Dunes de Corralejo Dunes Park. Its color and extension let you clearly see it from a plane window while you’re flying over Fuerteventura:

Dunes seen by the plane
Picture taken on a BinterCanarias flight from Gran Canaria to Lanzarote

This dunes park is crossed by the FV-1 road, that let you easily park the car on the side on many spots.

Even if FV-1 is one of the main streets of the island, it doesn’t ruin the dunes experience.

You just need to walk a little away from it and you won’t hear vehicle sounds anymore and can relax enjoying the sound of the silence or the wind blowing.

Dunes in Fuerteventura

Dunes de Corralejo Park is located at north-east side of Fuerteventura island.

I think the best spots of Dunes de Corralejo are on the south of the resorts placed about in the middle of the park. From there you can enjoy the bigger dunes and see only the old volcanoes in front of you.

If you go from the street towards the coast instead, you can find some remarkable beaches every once in a while, some of them disposing of sunbeds and lifeguards too. Nudism is also practised a lot in this zone.

If you are visiting the desert in the summer or in the sunniest hours you definitely need a hat, sunglasses, solar cream and water; on the other side if you walk at the sunset or in other seasons you may need a light jacket if it is windy.

The sunset time is probably gifting you with the best emotions, as cloud colours and dunes shadows give the whole atmosphere a particular touch.

I personally think that sitting on the top of a dune at the sunset watching ad the panorama and feeling the breeze is one of the experience anybody should do in life.

Here you’ll find some pictures, worth more than thousands of words.

Sunset on Fuerteventura Dunes de Corralejo

Dunes de Corralejo in Fuerteventura

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Fabio M.

I work in an airport and no, I don't have any flight discount as many ask :)
Working in the IT and planning travels in my free time.

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