Basic information about Corralejo

In brief: the past and present of the Corralejo resort.

Where is Corralejo located?

The town of Corralejo is located in the north of the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, which is part of the Canary Archipelago. In turn, Fuerteventura is located near the small island of Lobos in the municipality of La Oliva, Spain at a distance of 100 kilometers from the coast of African Morocco.

The volcanic island of Fuerteventura, washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is considered one of the oldest in the Canary Archipelago, having originated 20 million years ago. The island is 100 kilometers long and 31 kilometers wide.

The population of Corralejo and other towns on the island is about 100 thousand people. The national currency is euro (EUR).

Corralejo is the largest resort of Fuerteventura. In the vicinity of the city built many objects of tourist infrastructure. In addition, from the local port depart ferries to neighboring islands of the archipelago. However, the main attraction of the resort is its golden sandy beach, a length of 11 kilometers. There is also a sand dune reserve nearby.

Tourists say Fuerteventura is memorable for the lively resort of Corralejo with its beautiful beaches, the relatively deserted capital of Puerto Rosario, the lagoons near the towns of Cofete and Sotovento, the fishing villages that have grown along the intricately rugged coastline, and for the wild goats and cheeky Maghreb squirrels.

the rocky coast of Carrólejo

History of the city of Corralejo: significant events and interesting facts

The tourist boom has transformed Corralejo into a lively and vibrant Canary Islands resort that has managed to retain its original charm and atmosphere.

Corralejo was founded by the Mahorera tribe, which was conquered in 1405 by the French Norman Jean de Betancourt, who proclaimed himself King of Canaria. Betancourt was later recognized as the island's governor for life, and his nephew married a Mahorera girl. Today, relatives of the navigator of the Age of Discovery live in almost all the Canary Islands.

Fuerteventura's population density is the smallest in the Canaries, and its central part is virtually undeveloped. Other than that, modern islanders are friendly and unobtrusive, speaking Spanish. The ethnic inhabitants of Fuerteventura are mentioned in the unofficial anthem: "The bark protects the trees, the sombrero saves you from the sun, and the island of Fuerteventura has been preserved by the mahoreras for centuries!".

a view of the towns of Carrólejo

It should be noted that it was only on this island of the archipelago that Betancourt encountered the hostility of the natives. Later, the natives were converted to the Catholic faith, then the island was visited by settlers from Normandy and began its active colonization.

The symbol of Fuerteventura and an integral part of its landscape are goats. Not surprisingly, goat stickers with the stylized inscription "FUERTE" are painted on the bumper of every second car.

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