Your opinion of this place will depend wholly upon where you are standing. Despite the number of tourists, the former fishing village near the harbour and main beach still has charm, with narrow, uneven streets, good seafood restaurants and even a fisherman’s cottage or two. Venture inland a couple of blocks and you find the predictable could-be-anywhere resort with Slow Boat buffets, fish and chips and a grid system of streets. It could be worse: the buildings are low-rise and you can still find a few local Spanish bars.
What makes Corralejo, however, are the miles of sand dunes to the south of town, sweeping back into gentle sugar-loaf rolls from the sea and fabulous broad sandy beaches. Protected as a nature park, no one can build on or near them…for now, that is. Unfortunately, a couple of monolithic concrete eyesores from the Riu hotel chain managed to get here before the regulation was in place.