I love a picnic! This picnic is pre-prepared for you to consume in the middle of miles of beautiful golden white dunes of the gorgeous canary island, Fuerteventura.
Parque Natural Corralejo Dunes are located in the north east of the island and are an un-spoilt nature reserve that spreads over a mile inland and covers 2600 hectares in a blanket of golden rolling sands and is bordered by the idyllic aqua blue Corralejo beaches.
This beach has been written of as one of the top beaches in the Canary Islands and is a highlight of Fuerteventura.
It will not disappoint it is the part of the world holiday broachers are made up of. One the locals said it was the prettiest beach on the island.
We started our day by picking up a picnic in Corralejo from Baobab juice bar.
This is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the old town area of Corralejo, Fuerteventura. It is run by an Italian family and the food is all made with love and great care is taken in getting the flavors perfect, this is, in my opinion, the best vegan restaurant on the island of Fuerteventura. Today we got plates of the day, vegan tortillas, that’s a Spanish omelet in English. All made of plants, maize and aqua fava making up the egg part of the ‘egg’ part with a side sauce, grilled vegetables and a side salad. All packed up with napkins, knifes and forks so you do not need to bring anything, Baobab will do it all for you, we even pre ordered the day before so it was all ready and we just picked it up. Baobab also does great coffee, fresh pressed juices and my favorite dish is the Jamaican lettuces wrap, a very light and refreshing but nicely filling lunch.
From Corralejo we then headed to the Parque Corralejo Natural dunes.
The dunes are about a 10-minute drive from Corralejo, 35 minutes from Caleta de Fuste, 1 Hour and 37 minutes from Morro Jable. It is also an easy ferry ride from Playa Blanca in Lanzarote and 15 minutes drive from the ferry. There are also buses and they go every 30 minutes so very easy to get to. Make sure you pack you hat, sunnies, beach towel & swim suit and definitely the sunscreen the sun is very strong in the dunes.
There is parking up each side of the road. Be careful when you park the sand can get blown on to the road at times, you don’t want to get stuck. Once we parked we walked about 10 minutes into the dunes and found a spot free from the wind. It is breath taking as you start to walk into the dunes, the baron landscape with a few scattered volcanic rocks it felt like we were in the middle of the desert and in the middle of nowhere.
It was so quiet and peaceful with only us in sight. It is a very beautiful spot for a date with your other half or to gather a few friends and family and spend the afternoon.
The dunes are magnificent and the golden white sands dominate for almost as far as the eye can see. In the far distance you can see the jagged rocks that make up the volcanic mountains in the distance to the south, they almost look like at painted backdrop for a film set.
As you walk through the pristine smooth sands you’ll find the odd trail made by goats or birds but for the most part the further you delve into the dunes the fewer signs of life you’ll find. There are areas within the dunes where there are pockets of scattered small volcanic rocks and a few plants that are trying to grow in the sand. Some of the dunes are a little steeper and would make prefect sights for sand boarding. You can also find shells and sea fossils if you look a little harder.
On the other side of the road are the few small dunes leading you down to the beautiful beaches where you can go and cool off after your lunch and walk through the dunes. I was wearing flip flops while walking in the dunes but I would recommend covered foot wear because the sand can get pretty hot.
Have an amazing time! You should definitely take the time to pick up a picnic and enjoy the day. Comment down below on your favorite part of the dunes. Please remember to also take care of the Dunes they are well preserved and of great scientific value. Take what you came with and leave no trace so for many years to come people can enjoy them just as you get too.