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The second-largest Canary Island has long been a favourite among travellers seeking sun, sea and spectacular natural beauty. In recent years it’s also begun to attract a slightly more upmarket crowd, drawn by its Afro-European cuisine, excellent hiking and unspoilt natural parks.
Book car hire in Fuerteventura and you’re gaining the freedom to explore the island life at your own pace. Whether you’re interested in diving, surfing, hiking, or just sitting back and enjoying the natural paradise around you, Fuerteventura’s compact size is ideal for exploring by rental car. Plus, it’s easy to combine your visit with an island-hopping adventure around the Canaries, with Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife all within easy reach, and Caribbean islands like Antiguanot too far in the other direction.
Most visitors to Fuerteventura will fly in to Fuerteventura Airport, also known as Puerto Del Rosario Airport. It’s a small place, so you’ll be able to get to your hotel or resort fairly quickly. The beaches of Corralejo are about a 30-minute drive from the airport by hire car, while scenic Morro Jable takes around an hour and a half.
Book a hire car in Fuerteventura and you’ll be able to choose from a range of reliable and trusted brands, including Budget, Europcar and Thrifty EU. You’ll also have your pick of models, whether you want to cruise the seafront with the top down or need a van to carry your surfboards from beach to beach.
Looking to avoid the crowds? Head to El Cotillo. The sleepy fishing village is so laid-back it’s practically horizontal, and has managed to build its own tourist industry without resorting to the kind of mass construction that’s plagued some other towns. It’s a great spot for surfing, strolling, or simply enjoying some freshly caught seafood. The town’s open-air gallery, Calle Muelle Pescadroes, also features some excellent local art. Find El Cotillo on the island’s northwest coast, about 40 minutes from the airport.
Most visitors land in Fuerteventura and head straight to the sea, for obvious reasons. But the inland areas have their own beauty to enjoy, and none more so than Parque National de Corralejo. There beach here is, admittedly, stunning, but take your hiking boots and turn inland to climb Montana Roja (Red Mountain). The extinct volcano offers sublime views of Lanzarote and La Graciosa, just across the water.
Though Africa may be the Canary Islands’ nearest neighbour, its driving rules are lifted straight from mainland Europe. Drive on the right, keep an eye on speed limits and watch out for locals making turns without indicating. As a visitor, you’ll be expected to keep your driver’s licence, passport and insurance documents in the car with you at all times.
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