Fuerteventura is a sleepy, laid-back, unspoiled island which offers all-year round sunshine, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and everything you need for a wonderful holiday.
But, if you have never visited before, then you are bound to have lots of questions, so I have put together this article to try to answer some of them for you and help you get the most out of your stay. I have tried to cover most of the things that people ask me on a regular basis, as well as some other slightly more obscure things, that you cannot pick up in a Fuerteventura Tourist Information office. But, if there is something that I have missed, please let me know by leaving a comment for me at the bottom of this article.
Whenever I tell people that I live in Fuerteventura, the first question they ask is ‘What is the Fuerteventura Weather like?’ Well, the answer to this one is easy and you don’t need to pop into a Fuerteventura Tourist Information office to find the answer, you simply need to look at the sky.
- April – October: Peak Season – For most of the year the island is flooded with sunshine and enjoys about 300 sunny days a year and beautiful blue skies. This is considered the peak season and the main time when the island is fully geared up to take holiday makers. From a Fuerteventura Weather perspective, you can expect long, hot sunny days with high temperatures, sometimes into the late thirties, and a cool breeze off the Atlantic to keep you from getting too hot under the collar. You can also expect the odd Calima, which can make the mercury rise even further, so make sure you top up on the sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated.
- November – January: Winter Sun in Fuerteventura – Although in many other European destinations, this time of year is considered off-peak, in Fuerteventura the streets are still busy and the beaches are still buzzing. This is due to the island’s proximity to Africa and it’s year-round climate. This time of year, the weather isn’t quite so predictable but the temperatures are far more comfortable, which makes it a great place to escape to for some winter sunshine. You may experience the odd grey morning, with perhaps a little overnight rain on occasion, but often by Siesta time, the sun is back and it’s time to hit the beaches again. During these months, November, February and March are usually the months which are more changeable, but you can still enjoy long sunny days, blue skies and get that amazing allover tan.
There are three ways to get to Fuerteventura, by ferry / boat from the Spanish Mainland, by cruise ship or by flying. The latter is the most popular and quickest way, however Canary Island cruises to Fuerteventura are becoming more and more popular. If you are looking for flights when the Fuerteventura airport code is FUE. There are lots of different airlines that travel regularly to Fuerteventura from across Europe and the UK and the travel time from the UK is around 4 hours.
There are loads of things to do and places to see in Fuerteventura and lots of ways to experience them. Whether relaxing on a coach tour or hurtling around in a dune buggy is your thing, there is something for the laid back and well as plenty for the more energetic to enjoy. Official Fuerteventura Tourist Information offices can be found in each resort. These are usually located near to the beach or busy tourist areas. For example, In Corralejo ( in the north of the island ) the Fuerteventura Tourist Office can be found on the main beach walkway situated at the bottom of town, overlooking the ocean. In the resort of Caleta De Fuste, in the east of the island, the Fuerteventura Tourist information office is located right in the centre of the town, near to all the hotels, restaurants, bars. Inside these offices are free maps for the resorts, information regarding local events that are coming up such as Fiestas, Carnival, Artisan Fairs and concerts. You will also see local magazines and newspapers and flyers advertising car hire, local attractions, museums, surf schools, catamaran cruises, island tours, excursions and all kinds of wonderful things to keep you the family amused and amazed.
Currency & Language
Language – As Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands Archipelago, it is therefore owned by Spain and Castellano Spanish the local language. However, the local people that live on the island, consider themselves Majorero ( pronounced Mahorero) rather than Spanish and have their own dialect and indeed their own words to describe certain things. However, to make it easy for the holiday makers, many things, such as menus and signs, are written in Spanish as well as other mainly European languages such as English, so getting around and being understood is relatively easy.
Currency – The currency across the Canary Islands is the Euro (€) and there are banks, cash point machines and money changing bureaus in all the main resorts and hotel receptions always offer money changing services, however the rates, commission fees and bank withdrawal fees vary from place to place, so do your homework. Debit and Credit Cards are widely accepted in the Airport, hotels, supermarkets and larger establishments but not everywhere. If you are visiting a smaller, independent restaurant or bar, then check first as many smaller business still work on a cash only basis.
Fuerteventura Tourist Information
I have complied loads of information over the years and am more than happy to share it with you all, so I have split much of it into relevant sections. Each of which can be accessed from their own pages, and whether it’s the food, history, geography, language, flora, fauna, traditions, holidays, religion or tourist information you need, you should find it here. If I have missed something or you have something specific that you would like more information on, then please drop me a comment below and I will see what I can do for you.
I love Fuerteventura and I Hope you will too!