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Key facts for hiring a car in Fuerteventura

  • Car hire locations

    If you want to hire a car in Fuerteventura, you’ll have the biggest choice of suppliers at the airport. It’s a popular place to rent a car, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Best time to visit

    A great destination all year round, the baking August heat is cooled by refreshing winds, whilst the spring months and even into late Autumn are still a comfortable 20-23°C.

  • Useful lingo

    Is the tank full? – ¿El tanque está lleno?
    We are lost – estamos perdidos

  • Time difference

    GMT (the same as London, UK)

  • Currency

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Hire a car in Fuerteventura

An island the size of Fuerteventura is perfect
for car hire.

The name Fuerteventura has a fairly direct Spanish translation: fuerte means strong and ventura means fortune. However, some debate that its naming is also to do with the Spanish word viento, which means wind. This would make sense, as one of Fuerteventura’s distinctive characteristics is its breeze – making it a great destination for watersports.

As the island is sheltered by Lanzarote and close to Africa, the weather is stable, there are 300+ days of sun every year and Fuerteventura gets less rain than the other Canary Islands. It’s a very drivable destination as the roads are good, and you won’t get stuck in traffic. It’s also small, easy to navigate and there isn’t too much in the way of public transport.

Top rated suppliers for Fuerteventura

  • Avis

    Average Rating 8.1 – “Very friendly employee at the pick-up and drop-off desks.”

  • Hertz

    Average Rating 8.0 – “Friendly and efficient desk staff, lovely clean new hire car, couldn't fault the service A+.”

  • Thrifty

    Average Rating 8.0 – “Got exactly what I ordered with a very speedy service and very little wait.”

  • Sixt

    Average Rating 7.8 – “The staff at the counter at pick up were extremely helpful, the best we've ever encountered. Well done!”

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Local knowledge

Local tips

Plugs
Sockets accept the two pin plugs (circular pins), so pick up a compatible adapter before you travel.

Water
It is best to buy bottled water, as the tap water (although safe) does not taste great.

Water sports
If you intend on doing water sports, do your research, make sure you go with a reputable company and make sure you’re insured.

Ocean
Take care in the water as currents can be strong. Make sure you stay between the flags.

Tipping
It is polite to tip (taxi, hotel staff, restaurants) but not required.

Sunbathing
Although it can be cloudy and windy, this is deceptive and you will still easily burn. Remember to keep hydrated, too.

Volcanoes
Yes, the Canaries are volcanic islands, but the volcanoes haven’t erupted for millions of years, so it’s pretty safe!

Where to drive

Beach life
Fuerteventura is considered the best canary for beaches. It boasts some of the longest in Europe, and there are hundreds of them. Explore the island and find your favourites.

Desert landscape
Drive to the north and find the Corralejo dunes – you won’t be able to miss them. As you approach, either side of the road becomes a landscape of endless sand. A memorable and spectacular sight.

Take to the mountains
Considered one of the world’s most spectacular drives, the awesome FV-30 winds into the mountains through arid national park for miles. One for the adventurers.

Jandia Peninsula
The wild coast is home to the tallest mountain on the island, and some of the sandiest beaches.

Beautiful Betancuria
Whitewashed village, cobbled streets, plants and palms. This tiny town is picture-perfect.

Lobos Island
Okay, so you can’t drive here, but isn’t a secret island just 15 minutes boat ride away from Fuerteventura tempting?

Dining delights

Discover the food of Fuerteventura

Being a Spanish Island, there is a lot in the way of exciting food to try. We recommend:

Majorero cheese
Buttery, creamy and nutty cheese, which comes from the milk of the goats which roam the island. Best sampled drizzled with palm honey.

Papas arrugadas
Salty, wrinkly potatoes. They will come served con mojo picón, a famous sauce made from red peppers.

For afters: Bienmesabe
Often confused with the Andalusian sponge cake and a recipe for fried fish, bienmesabe literally means tastes good to me. Look out for this sweet Canarian dish made from the almonds which grow there.

Also look out for tomato dishes – the islands are renowned for having delicious tomatoes. Cabra (goat) is also popular. Unsurprising considering there are more goats than people here!

The ultimate Fuerteventura road trip

  • Fuerteventura Airport FVA

    The only airport on the island, on the eastern coast just outside of the capital.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Most of the rental desks are within the airport terminal, with a few outside.

  • Antigua – 20km

    The town of the windmill, with a cactus garden.

  • El Cotillo  – 44km

    A sleepy fishing town with lovely lagoons.

  • La Oliva  – 16km

    Old political centre of the island with historical buildings.

  • Puerto del Rosario  – 21km

    The capital city – a nice place to stroll with street art and sculptures.

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