This Christmas was the first I have spent abroad and more importantly, without my family. I was however with my long-term boyfriend (Harry) and his family, in a place they were very familiar with: Corralejo, Fuerteventura.
Christmas is a very family-orientated time for me so I was a bit apprehensive about leaving them for the first time during a period that I adore spending at home, however Harry has always spoken so fondly of Fuerteventura, so I couldn't refuse the invite!
If you're thinking of going abroad for the Christmas/New Year period or are just looking for somewhere new to visit, then read on to find out my favourite things to do out there...
Walk to the Sand Dunes
We walked to the sand dunes a couple of times, setting off from our villa which was close to the beach, and heading in the direction of the airport. The Sand Dunes out in Corralejo are enormous and although it can be a little exhausting climbing to the top, it's all worth it when you roll back down! The walk along the beach reveals some beautiful views and introduces you to all the water sport opportunities in Corralejo, which leads me onto my next recommendation..
Fuerteventura is a beach holiday providing you with numerous opportunities to get in the water and try something new! I decided to try SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding), it's a good idea to go to the shops around the beach and ask for quotes for whatever activity you decide to try as prices will vary at different stores; I found that at each store I went to, a deposit of around 60 euros was needed on top of the rental price, so make sure you take that into consideration and budget for it.
Try the local food
There are plentiful restaurants taking advantage of the beautiful seafront views by the harbour in Corralejo and a lot of them have fresh fish delivered daily; as well as the assortment of choice that most restaurants offer from their menu it's also all very reasonably priced. Tapas is a really good idea if you aren't sure exactly what you'd like; one of my favourite places for tapas is Casa Damingo Tapas bar Le Plaza, it was so authentic, the menu had a varied selection and the food was delicious and really well priced.
Cocktails with Rooftop views
When you first walk upstairs to the bar, you aren't really sure if this is where you're supposed to be, but I think that just adds to it's quirkiness! The drinks are amazing and the view is even better at this rooftop bar. Similarly, there are more rooftop bars situated further in-town, so if you're a big people-watcher then you will no doubt love these too.
There is so much to do in Corralejo, and in the surrounding islands; if you are there for a long time then why not try island hopping?
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