Beautiful beaches and the colours of Africa and Spain
Fuerteventura is a colourful fusion of Africa and Spain and is the second largest of the Spanish Canary Isles, lying just 100 km off the African coast. With sunshine all year and beautiful long, white sandy beaches Fuerteventura is the perfect destination for all ages. To explore the island's history visitors can make a trip to the Betancuria Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography or the Tefia Craft Village. If tourists really want to escape, the small island of Los Lobos is only a short boat trip away.
With its sub-tropical climate and long sunny days, Fuerteventura is a perfect destination all through the year. The island's name translates as "strong winds" and this explains the island's popularity with surfers and kite-surfers. Carnivals are celebrated in local towns such as Corralejo and Puerto Rosario during the months of February and March. 30th May is an important holiday, "Dias de las islas Canarias", when lively local events and concerts take place. "Dia de la Hispanidad" or Columbus Day is marked by parades and other activities on the 12th October.
Facts about Fuerteventura
While some parts of Fuerteventura are busy and devoted to mass tourism, this volcanic island still has plenty of remote areas to explore, making a hire car the perfect way to get around. Eating out and market groceries tend to be slightly cheaper on Fuerteventura than in Britain.
Getting around and accommodation
The number 3 bus, operated by Tiadhe, takes visitors from El Matorral Airport to the capital city of Puerto Rosario in about 15 minutes. A single ticket costs around 1.20 EUR. The taxi journey is slightly quicker and costs approximately 10 EUR. Tiadhe also operate the island's affordable public transport system. The number 10 bus runs from Puerto Rosario to Morro Jable, calling at Costa Calma en route. A one-way ticket from the capital to Las Salinas costs about 1.40 EUR. Taxi prices have a fixed base rate of around 3.50 EUR plus about 50 cents per km between the daylight hours of 6 in the morning and 10 at night. Overnight prices are about 3.50 EUR and from then on 60 cent per extra kilometre.
Hostels can be found from around fifteen euros, while 3-star hotels cost an average of approximately 50 EUR per night per person.