Fuerteventura Holiday Advice
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!
Most brands of both are available and much, much cheaper than the UK or even duty free. We recommend you do not buy from the plane or duty free but buy from the local supermarkets.
The voltage on Fuerteventura (and the rest of Spain) is 220V AC, 50Hz - so most 240V appliances will work fine. The plugs are mainly of the two pin (circular pins) variety - earthed versions look like the picture on the right.
UK adapter plugs can be purchased from most supermarkets and hardware stores but we recommend you be prepared and buy one at your airport.
This is perfectly safe and fine for cleaning your teeth 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.
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 initial '0' then the number.
If you're planning to bring your mobile phone to the Canary Islands contact your local mobile phone retailer.
You can use your mobiles here but you'll be phoning or receiving via the UK so it'll cost you more.
If you plan to stay a while or use your phone a lot you may be better to purchase a 'Pay as you go' Sim card locally. Some phones may have to be altered to accept the Spanish networks available in the Canary Islands. For example, there are T-Mobile Samsung phones that can be used with a global SIM card for international use.
There are plenty of internet Cafés and bars that offer free wi-fi.
Many complexes also cater for internet users. The fastest 'quoted' internet speed on the island is 10mb per second.
The main accommodation on Fuerteventura is either Hotels or Self Catering Apartments.
See our Accommodation section to check availability and the list of accommodation specialists.
Any of the companies listed will be happy to send you photos of where you will be staying plus any further information you should require.
Taxis are easy to come by.
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 limited, have your destination address clearly written down or consult our maps section and print out the exact location.
See our Airport page for Taxi prices from the airport.
See our Car & Motorbike Hire section for full details.
Just about every town and village has a post office - Correos & Telegrafos.
The stamps "sellos" (pronounced "sayyos") can be bought from hotel receptions, shops and post offices.
Opening hours for the Post Office (Correos) are from Monday to Saturday, 8.30 - 14.00. Closed all day Sunday.
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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