This volcanic island is best known for its variety of beaches and excellent water sports opportunities. Located in the Canary Islands, the archipelago off the coast of Africa the island boasts over 150 beaches and sunny weather throughout the year. The island is arguably one of the best for surfing and windsurfing owing to the strong winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean; the island is home to the annual windsurfing championships. Dune buggy rides are also popular here. Many parts of the island are heavily developed for tourism with many resorts designed specifically for a relaxing beach holiday. Nearby Jandia is the perfect place to do a little retail therapy if you fancy getting away from the beach for a day or so. Fuerteventura enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. During the summer you can expect temperatures to reach into the late twenties with temperatures only dropping to about 15˚C in the winter months.
A hatchback would be ideal for zipping around the roads on the island and perfect for town driving and manoeuvring into small or tight spaces.
Driving in Fuerteventura
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Important things to note
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
If caught in heavy traffic on a dual carriageway where traffic is stalled in your lane, the law states you must switch on your four-way hazard lights to warn vehicles behind you.
On many roads you will not be able to make a left turn. It is against the law to stop in the road and wait to turn left where there is a solid white line in the road. It is customary to pull off on a slip road to the right to make the turn.
On highways, look out for a “cambio de sentido” where you can change direction.
Highlights & Hotspots
As the island is famous for its beaches, you’ll find a range to choose from if you fancy soaking up the sun with a day on the beach. If you’re hitting the beach with the family in tow then there are plenty of family-friendly beaches to choose from.
Most beaches offer a range of water sports from windsurfing and kitesurfing to snorkelling and diving. Elsewhere on the island you can hire quad bikes or go mountain-biking across the volcanic hills and peaks.
Fuerteventura has plenty on offer for families. Head to the south of the island where you’ll find La Lajita Zoo which is home to over 200 different species of animals. There’s also a camel safari where you can enjoy a trek on top of these intriguing humpbacked animals.
You’ll also find that there are many theme parks on the island and a water park at Baku Village with a whole host of water slides and splash pools. There’s also Tenpin Bowling and Crazy Golf as well as an array of restaurants and shops in the Baku Village.
Fuerteventura Airport is located approximately three miles southwest of Puerto del Rosario and is accessible via the FV-2 motorway.