Fuerteventura: everything you could possibly want to know

Posted by Barry Nixon

Fuerteventura is famous for its beaches and sunny weather. However, it has so much more to offer than just sunshine and sand! Dining options are endless, with everything from fine cuisine to international street food available. As well as plenty to do, from bars and nightlife to watersports and nature parks, etc. Furthermore, their weather benefits from being close to the African coast.

In conclusion, if you’re after stunning views, warm weather and plenty to do, you’ve hit the jackpot!

Fuerteventura on a map ❤️

This isn’t the perfect guide. However, if you’re looking for some reassurance about Fuerteventura as a holiday destination, I hope this helps. As well as providing some recommendations for getting the most out of your Canary Islands holiday.

Firstly, this article is based largely on mine and my family’s personal experiences. All recommendations on this site, I have personally visited, tried, and tested.

There are over 900 bars and restaurants. As well as over 1,100 things to do. It’s impossible to get around all these on your average holiday booking, no matter how active you are. Therefore my list of recommendations can help make sure you don’t miss out on something amazing!

1. There’s never enough time to visit everywhere. Ever.

There’s never enough time to visit everywhere when you’re on holiday. Consequently, you might miss out on something amazing. However, I’ve done the hard work so that you don’t have to. I know that your holiday time is precious! Therefore, I have put together a list of bars, restaurants, and things to do, for each resort in Fuerteventura.

Playa Barca Beach

12km north of Costa Calma

Finally, I don’t think it’s naive to visit and explore this beautiful island without any research. I’m just trying to help you get the most out of your Canary Islands holiday. For some travellers, you’ve saved your whole life for the perfect holiday! On the other hand, you might just be looking for a few days in the sun. Regardless, I’m here to help you make the most of your time in Fuerteventura.

2. The best bang for your buck is with a self-catering holiday.

Firstly, you should choose a good location for your accommodation. Do not book one in the middle of the desert! For example, I found 497 places that offer accommodation on the island. However, 20% of those are in no man’s land. Your holiday experience will be hugely improved by choosing a good location.

Self-Catering

Create amazing memories in Fuerteventura

In May 2020, we conducted a poll in our Fuerteventura forum group on Facebook. In short, over 80% of visitors said they would choose self-catering over an all-inclusive or half board.

Choosing somewhere in a town with something for everyone is equally as important. In fact, there’s plenty of information listed on this site for each popular town, beach, and ideas for days out to help you. Remember, holidays are about making memories and spending time with your loved ones. Not queuing up in an all-inclusive hotel restaurant at a breakfast buffet. Make the most of now! You get the point.

3. It is Hot Hot Hot in Fuerteventura.

Firstly, if you’re wondering about the weather in the Canary Islands, then all I need to tell you is it’s glorious! In summer, temperatures average 24°C to 30°C. In the winter, it’ll still feel like summer to many of us, with lows of 20°C and highs of 28°C! Forget flying for a day and a half, when the sunshine is here, 332+ days a year! The average flight time from the U.K. to Fuerteventura is 4 hours 15 minutes. Much shorter than the 10 hours to the Caribbean!

Finally, over 13 million people visited the Canary Islands in 2019. I’d confidently say the weather had something to do with that!

Canary Islands winter sun 2020
PHOTO 3 – El Matorral January 2020 ❤️

4. Explore the whole island.

With over 304km / 188 miles of coastline which includes 152 beaches, it’s a beach lovers paradise! In addition, watersports are very popular. Why not hire a car during your holiday and visit a new beach or resort every day? Get involved, Fuerteventura is beautiful!

Finally, I’ve been to 6 beaches in Corralejo and 6 in El Cotillo. Furthermore, each beach offered something completely different, from lagoons and shallow waters to crashing waves and kitesurfers.

5. The pound is still stronger than the Euro.

When thinking about holidays, it’s always good to consider the exchange rate, in fact, a popular question on our forum is often about exchanging cash. In the north of the island, you will find businesses offering to exchange your currency from £ to € at very reasonable rates. Whereas, in the south of the island, I couldn’t find anywhere that would exchange my sterling.

In addition, there is the option of withdrawing cash from ATM’s in Morro Jable. The banks that I found offered this are Bankia, CaxiaBank, BBVA and Banco Santander. The majority are just one street from the promenade.

Today’s rate is £1 = 1.12€

Luxury boats
Make the most of your money – Fuerteventura our happy place ❤️

6. Fuerteventura Airport is centrally located.

Make sure you don’t waste a second of precious holiday time in Las Palmas, Fuerteventura. Instead, book an airport transfer, skip the queues and go straight to the beach! On the other hand, head to Fuerteventura Airport, also known as El Matorral Airport, is situated in El Matorral, 5km southwest of the capital city, Puerto del Rosario.

Finally, Fuerteventura is a duty-free island. The airport has plenty of shops selling everything from alcohol to aftershave, as well as those huge Toblerones!

Fuerteventura transfers
Speedy transfers – Fuerteventura our happy place ❤️

7. Fuerteventura is safe.

Overall, Fuerteventura has a good reputation for being well policed and with a low crime rate. As well as being marked safe for travel by the UK government. In fact, our family has visited over 20 times without any major issues.

Below is a photo that belongs to one of our friends, who lives in Fuerteventura.

In conclusion, it is rare to hear of anything crime-related because the people of Fuerteventura work in unity. However, if you do see anything untoward, you can call the multi-lingual police station: +34 902 102 112.

At present, COVID-19 has restricted all non-essential flights to the island.

Fuerteventura is safe
Fuerteventura is family friendly ❤️

Do NOT Get Ripped OFF!

Finally, do not get taken advantage of! After recently looking at some travel companies’ recommendations, I was amazed at how many tourists get ripped off. For example, in my research, I saw 85% of visitors paid MUCH MORE for the same activities. My guide will help you avoid getting ripped off!

The best holiday resorts in Fuerteventura

From North to South:

Top beaches in Fuerteventura

My personal favourites:

  • Playa de los muertos – Ajuy
  • Glass beach – Corralejo
  • Playa Agua Liques – la pared
  • La Concha – el Cotillo
  • Piedra playa – el Cotillo
  • Playa de Gran Tarajal – Gran Tarajal
  • Playa Barca – Costa Calma
  • Flag Beach – Corralejo
  • Playa muelle chico – Corralejo
  • Risco del Paso – Sottavento
  • Playa del Viejo Rey – La pared
  • Playa de Costa Calma – Costa Calma
  • Grandes Playas – Corralejo
  • Playa de Cofete
  • Caleta de Fuste
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