Where and What to Hire
Although Fuerteventura is a small island there are still a few options for hiring a car. At Fuerteventura Airport there is a choice of big name rental companies including Avis, Cicar and Goldcar. Dotted around the island itself are a few other branches of Cicar – one close to the golf club just south of the airport, one in Las Playitas, one in the south of the island in Peidras Caidas and one in the very far north near Corralejo. Most cars for hire are small two-door cars or medium sized four-door family cars.
Driving in Fuerteventura is a breeze with one large wide highway that cuts through the incredible moon-like landscapes and links the north of the island to the south. Off this are smaller roads that enable visitors to explore the sleepy villages and historic architecture of the interior of Fuerteventura. It is worth noting that the speed limit throughout most of the island is 55 miles per hour and driving is on the right hand side of the road. One thing to watch out for is possible sand drift into the road, particularly on a windy day on the drive south from Corralejo, however there is a man with a tow truck that regularly checks this stretch of road, ready to pull unsuspecting tourists out of the sand!
Parking is easy in Fuerteventura due to the low volume of traffic and cars on the roads. There are open air car parks, on street parking and multi-storey car pars close to shopping centres, all free. As well as this, most hotels offer free parking in their grounds.
Where to Go and What to See
There is so much to see on Fuerteventura. Even though it only takes three hours to drive from the north of the island to the south, having a car means you can explore the places you want to see rather than relying on a tour company. To the north of the airport is Corralejo, a tourist highlight of the island but well worth seeing for its spectacular white sandy beaches and vast rolling dunes. Its beautiful old town is a jumble of whitewashed buildings set against a dazzling blue sky with cafes, bars and restaurants serving the freshest seafood. For those who love, or want to try their hand at, surfing, kite boarding or wind surfing, a trip to nearby El Cotillo to the north west of the island and its wild windswept ocean is the best place to catch some amazing waves. Further down along the west coast is Faro del Tostón where Fuerteventura’s rocky desert landscapes really shine. Here, a former lighthouse is now a quirky fishing museum. About an hour’s drive south from Corralejo is Betancuria, undoubtedly Fuerteventura’s prettiest town. Its centrepiece is the beautiful church Iglesia de Santa María. Around it grow palm trees and cacti while the narrow winding streets meander through whitewashed houses cascading with colourful flowers. A drive into the interior is a must to see the island’s spectacularly eerie moon-crater-like landscapes with huge plunging valleys, majestic mountains, vast swathes of volcanic rock and the highlight, the cheeky Barbary ground squirrel. Finally, a drive through the hypnotic vivid orange aloe vera-strewn landscapes of Tindaya reaches La Oliva, a historic town dating back to 1500. The 18th century Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and the 17th century Casa de los Coroneles are where Fuerteventura’s military governors used to reside. Be sure to buy some of the very high quality Aloe Vera, made on the island, as a souvenir.