If I was to say to you Canary Islands, what would you think? Relaxation. Sun, sand, and sea. Maybe even volcanos! However, did you know you could have an adrenaline-fuelled adventure by sand dune buggy Fuerteventura, Corralejo? Yeah, it wasn’t my first thought either, but you would be surprised at how much fun it is! This guide will give you all you need to know about booking a buggy tour in Fuerteventura.
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Where can you dune buggy in Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura is the second-largest Canary Island, following Tenerife. Due to the fabulous white beaches and crystal-clear waters, it is a tourist favourite.
Located 100km north of Africa, it boasts fabulous weather all year round. One best buggy tours in Fuerteventura is in Corralejo. Corralejo is so popular because it is home to vast planes of sand that have blown in from Morocco. The curves and shapes of the beautiful dunes in the Corralejo National Park attract adventure seekers looking to escape a cold winter and have fun!
Where to stay in Corralejo
Before we get into the experience, here is a quick note on where to stay in Corralejo. If you want to be close to the main centre and the sandy beaches and dunes, there are many options around the area. We spent Christmas here at the Playa Park Zensation hotel, and we couldn’t recommend it enough.
If you’re staying outside Corralejo, you can get picked up and dropped off for the buggy tours from Puerto del Rosario, which is in the island’s center.
Check out the map of Corralejo below for more hotel ideas:
What can you expect from your Corralejo Buggy tour?
What better way to explore this beautiful island than on a dune buggy ride? There is a selection of buggy tours in Corralejo that you’re able to book:
What to take with you on your Corralejo buggy tour
You will need a full driving license as this is a self-drive, buggy experience that will tackle the main road and traffic. You might also have hotel transfers included depending on which Corralejo buggy tour you book.
As the buggy is fully caged, you won’t require helmets, but a little advice is to bring sunglasses and a face mask as you go on dusty roads. When following in a convoy, you will undoubtedly get dust in the face at some point.
What can you see on a buggy tour in Fuerteventura?
While there are likely differences in some tours, you will typically start in the centre of Corralejo, where you will collect your buggy.
First stop: Parque Natural de Corralejo
A short drive down the main roads, you’ll soon arrive at the stunning lunar landscape of Parque Natural de Corralejo. This experience will be a real treat if you’ve never enjoyed a walk on the Corralejo dunas.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you will be rallying your sand buggy around these dunes. They form part of an environmentally protected nature reserve, so there is strictly no buggy driving. However, that doesn’t stop you from having fun on your Corralejo buggy tour. Make sand angels, go sand sledding, or just take awesome photos of the fantastic skyline with the dunes and mountains in the background.
Stop 2: Parque Holandes, La Olivia.
Another stop on the Fuerteventura buggy tour takes you to Parque Holandes, La Olivia. This area is one of the region’s oldest towns, with buildings dating back to the 18th century. You can park up, walk along the rocky, volcanic landscapes, and enjoy local food and drink.
Next, explore the vast area and walk by the Malpaís de La Arena natural monument, which features diverse flora and fauna. This landmark is a 10,000-year-old volcanic crater, an impressive piece of natural history.
Stop 3: Volcanic Mountain Tracks
After leaving La Oliva, this is where things get fun! Get ready for some off-roading adrenaline kicks that will take you up winding dirk tracks high into the mountains of Fuerteventura. Enjoy the stunning views as you start to see the sun going down behind the beautiful landscape and the sea peaking through the cracks.
While the scenery is spectacular, whoever is driving, please keep your eyes on the road, as the tracks can be challenging. However, this is the most exciting part, especially for the driver handling the buggy through this wild terrain. At this point of the tour, the sun will start to set behind the mountains, giving you all the sights and photos your passenger will need to take for both of you, as heading back to base is your next destination.
Fuerteventura Buggy Experience in Summary
Going on a dune buggy tour in Corralejo is the only way to see the island if you want to add a thrill to your vacation. The weather will always be on your side, so whatever time of year you travel, this is most definitely an excursion you must do.
If, for some reason, you choose not to ride a sand buggy in Fuerteventura, you can grab a Corralejo bus to the dunes. That way, you can see the first part of the tour without needing to pay anything other than your bus fare, but you will undoubtedly miss the best part!
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