If you want to enjoy a tropical getaway but want to experience a road less traveled, consider a trip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Ebookers can help you arrange a holiday abroad that will provide a lifetime of memories, from making you airline reservations to helping you reserve a hotel and securing transportation.
The Canary Islands are off the western coast of Africa, but the island leans politically toward Spain. Fuerteventura is the second-largest island and has been inhabited since the 11th century. Although Fuerteventura is an old island, there is still plenty for modern-day visitors to see and do. Whether you want to take a stroll through La Lajita Oasis Park or experience the marine life in a glass bottom boat at Isla de Lobos, ebookers can help you find the attractions that interest you the most.
The weather in Fuerteventura is tropical, though the temperatures tend to be cooler than other tropical islands, which makes it ideal for year-round visiting. The hottest month is August, with an average daytime temperature of 28Â°C. The coolest month is January, where daytime highs reach 21Â°C. December sees the most rain, but it is hardly a deterrent if you choose to visit during that month. Fuerteventura has activities that occur throughout the year, but the most popular events include Carnival and the Blues Festival, which occur in March, the kiteboarding and windsurfing world and speed championships, which are held in July, and the International Jazz Festival, which is held in September.
Rent a jeep and explore the beaches on the southern-most point of the island. The jeep is required because a regular car cannot handle the terrain. You will also have to trek down a hillside, but the destination is worth the journey.
Visit this mountainside city and feed the friendly chipmunks, explore the oldest locations on the island and enjoy a meal at El Molino del Antigua, a restaurant located inside the island's last remaining windmill.
Book a tour on a catamaran and enjoy a tour of the island from the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy a fabulous meal at this small, intimate local restaurant that serves fish, seafood and chicken dishes.
To get the most out of Fuerteventura, renting a car or jeep is advised so you can visit the more out-of-the-way places on the island. You can also hire a driver to take you around the island and serve as an unofficial tour guide.
Found on the Jandia peninsula, the Iberostar Gaviotas Park Hotel is the ideal place for the beach-loving family. Located on the oceanfront, a couple of steps will take you onto the fine golden sands of Jandia beach. A short drive along the coast is the marina town of Morro Jable, where you can catch the ferry to Gran Canaria. Check out the hotel’s swimming pools and Thai Zen Space spa.
If you are a sports fanatic, the Playitas Villas Fuerteventura Island Hotel is for you. The villas themselves are built into a hill with great views of the bay and the impressive resort; each boasts two double beds, a bathroom and a full kitchen, as well as Internet and cable. The resort also features a full 18-hole golf course, Olympic swimming pool, three tennis courts, and a mountain biking centre, as well as facilities for scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing.
The Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort by Be Live Suite Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the giant sand dunes of Corralejo. Close to the hotel lies the National Park of the Dunes of Corralejo, which includes mountains of sand that rise up to 50 metres high. The hotel is within easy reach of the capital, Puerto del Rosario. Check out the charming central courtyard, swimming pool and spa, and a restaurant.
The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort Hotel does exactly what it says on the tin. If you want to be pampered, feel like working on your tan, or just fancy improving your golf handicap, this top-notch resort has it all. There are also tennis courts, a fitness room and four restaurants on site.
So book your hotel in Fuerteventura today!
With the Canary Islands so close together, it is easy to hop between them using ferry services. From the capital, Puerto del Rosario, there are five crossings a week to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. There are also hydrofoil services from Morro Jable.
You can get to Lanzarote from the capital, with ferries going to Arrecife. However, the easiest way to get to Lanzarote is from Corralejo, where regular boats leave for Playa Blanca, a journey of less than half an hour.
Fuerteventura is an island of isolated villages and uninhabited corners, so hiring a car is the best way to see all it has to offer. Some of the more remote attractions can only be reached by dirt road and the terrain can be quite rugged, so if you do hire a car, a four-wheel-drive vehicle could be a wise investment.
Check out our Fuerteventura car hire offers for a more independent way to get around the island.
Buses link Fuerteventura's main towns and the airport. The main bus company is Tiadhe, which runs 17 routes. Frequency of service varies by route and at best is once every 40 minutes.
For regular bus travel, pick up a Tarjeta Dinero. This card will give you a 30% discount on bus fares when you show it to the driver. Buses are a cost effective way of getting around the island and good for one-way trips.
All resorts of a decent size are well-served by a fleet of white taxis. Usually old Mercedes saloons, they are a comfortable and convenient way of getting around. Although reasonably-priced for short journeys, rides between distant towns and other areas of the island can be expensive.
Casa Isaitas (Guize, 7, Pajara) is a refreshingly homespun restaurant in the centre of the island, set in a house that was renovated in classical Canarian style in 2001, with parts of the building dating back to the 18th century. Located in the village of Pajara, the house is also a hotel. When it comes to the menu, the emphasis is on fresh local ingredients, cooked simply but well. Recommended dishes include the roasted local cheese served with spicy sauces and potato croquettes. The owners also make their own cakes and preserves.
A barbecue hotspot, El Horno (Carretera General, 191, La Oliva) is the place to go for meat lovers. Set in the northern village of Villaverde, the restaurant's main feature is the big open charcoal grill, used to cook meat. Fish dishes are on offer as well. If you are organised, ring in advance to order the roasted goat.
To sample all the delights the Atlantic Ocean has to offer, pay a visit to Gregorio, el Pescador (Calle Iglesia, 11, La Oliva). With a name that translates to “Gregory, the Fisherman”, it is no surprise what the big draw is at this Corralejo restaurant. Suso, the owner, is a fisherman himself and personally catches most of what ends up on diners’ plates. For something special, try the grilled octopus, which the waiters finish preparing at your table. As well as the wide range of fish and seafood, the menu features meat dishes and pasta as well.
There are no obligatory vaccinations for a trip to Fuerteventura.
Recommended vaccinations include boosters in the vaccination schedule, including polio, tetanus, diphtheria (a reduced amount of diphtheria toxoid in adults), pertussis, measles (one dose of trivalent vaccine suffices), hepatitis A (only for risky journeys), and rabies (just for stays in the rural and forested areas from spring to autumn).
Water is potable, however for infants, bottled water is preferable.
The Canary Islands have a good level of health infrastructure. Before leaving, request a local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC – be aware this only covers emergencies).
Petty crime does exist on Fuerteventura. To be safe, bear the following advice in mind:
- Only carry small amounts of cash on your person
- Be discreet with valuable items like electronics or jewellery
- Do not leave any important documents or valuables (like mobile phones) in vehicles
- Refrain from walking unaccompanied at night or in darkened areas
- Refrain from accepting drinks or food offered in bars
Tip: It is highly recommended that you make photocopies of all your travel documents and keep the copies on you so you are prepared if the originals are stolen or lost. Keep the original documents in a safe place (such as the hotel safe) with a little money.
When you travel, take a mobile phone with you and ensure you know the emergency telephone numbers. If you are assaulted, keep calm and do not resist or retaliate.