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Holiday Tips & Advice


Holiday Tips & Advice

Clothing

The best advice for anyone coming to the island is to travel light.
Between late November and April you'll probably need a sweater and light trousers for evenings, and possibly the odd rare cloudy day and of course your swimwear. But any other time of year you only really need the bare essentials such as shorts and T shirts as its so hot.

It does rain occasionally but you won't need waterproofs unless you're camping.

Dress is very casual here so don't worry too much. If you see someone wearing a tie then it usually means they are a sales rep. Topless bathing is permitted at all pools and beaches. Nudity is pretty common at beaches out of town. You're on holiday - chill out!

Hard to come by 'English' food

If you're a 'tea freak' then bring your own as good quality English tea is hard to come by. Branston Pickle and "english" sausages are also hard to find.
Apart from that virtually everything else is available, so don't weigh yourself down with unnecessary food and drink only to find you can buy it here. We've heard stories of people who actually bring sugar and cornflakes.

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Cigarettes & Alcohol

Most brands of both are available and much, much cheaper than the UK or even duty free.

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Electrical Supply

The voltage on Fuerteventura (and the rest of Spain) is 220V AC, 50Hz - so most 240V appliances will work satisfactorily. The plugs are mainly of the two pin (circular pins) variety. UK adapter plugs can be purchased from most supermarkets and hardware stores.

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Mains Water

This is perfectly safe and fine for cleaning your teeth with or boiling up for tea and coffee but has a very slightly salty taste if you drink it straight from the tap. You're better off buying the big 5 litre bottles from any supermarket in towns.

The ice used in bars and restaurants for drinks is 100% pure and safe.

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Phoning Home

Phones will accept coins, prepaid phone cards or even credit cards.

To phone the UK (Ireland) dial 00 44 then the area code minus the '0' then the number.

Mobiles

If you're planning to bring your mobile phone to the Canary Islands contact your local mobile phone retailer.

Some phones will have to be altered to accept the Spanish networks available in the Canary Islands.

Internet

Internet Cafés are springing up everywhere and most if not all are on broadband. Many complexes now cater for internet users.

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Accommodation

The main accommodation on Fuerteventura is either Hotels or Self Catering Apartments. It's now difficult to find something if you arrive on a flight only and in peak season it is advisable to book something beforehand.

See our Accommodation section to check availability and the list of accommodation specialists. Any of the companies listed will be happy to fax/send you photos of where you will be staying plus any further information you should require.

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Taxis

Airport Taxi Rates 5/01/05

Taxis are easy to come by and they're cheap compared to the UK. Taxis themselves are new and in excellent condition. The drivers are very good and pretty knowledgeable but don't expect them to know the name of every villa.

If your spanish is no good have your destination address clearly written down.

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Car & Motorbike Hire

See our Car & Motorbike Hire section.

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Post Office

Just about every town and village has a post office - Correos & Telegrafos.

The stamps "sellos" (pronounced "sayyos") can be brought from hotel receptions, shops and any post office.

Opening hours for the Post Office (Correos) are from Monday to Saturday, 8.30 - 14.00. Closed all day Sunday.

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Bars & Restaurants

There is a vast selection of both catering for mostly but not limited to Spanish, English, Irish, Italian & German customers. See our Bars & Restaurants section for more details.

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Gay Life

At present no bars advertise themselves as such but of course there are places ....

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