Car Hire in Fuerteventura
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Fuerteventura is a Spanish island in the Canary Islands. It belongs to the municipality of La Oliva on the island of Gran Canaria. The only inhabited place is Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura and seat of the local government, where almost half of the population lives. The island has an area of 549.98 km² (as of 1 January 2010) and lies about 40 kilometres southeast of the neighbouring archipelago of Lanzarote, which is separated by a strait called El Beque. The highest point on the island is Monte Maciá (906 m). The nearest airport is that of Puerto del Rosario, while the main port is on the neighbouring island of Lanzarote.
Fuerteventura is also the name of a national park on this island, which has been declared a biosphere reserve. The park covers 12,000 hectares and is home to significant volcanic features, including the second-largest lava tube in Europe (Cueva de Los Verdes) and the inactive volcano El Mocanal. There are several beaches on the island that are popular with tourists and can be reached by car or bus from Puerto del Rosario. The Jandia peninsula is located at the southern end of Fuerteventura and serves as a nature reserve for wild animals such as sea turtles and dingoes.
Basic info and car hire in Fuerteventura
- Location: Canary Islands
- Population: 122.629 (2019)
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Weather: The weather in Fuerteventura is very convenient. The coldest month, January is an average of 17°C and the warmest is August with 25°C. The best time to visit is in the spring/autumn when the temperature is mild around 20°C.
- Internet coverage: Most hotels, bars, restaurants and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions:
- Car hire in Fuerteventura: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Fuerteventura is at the airport. There are many different car rental companies available and they all offer competitive prices, so it's best to book a car three or eight weeks ahead of time - this will ensure you get an affordable rate!
Driving in Fuerteventura
The roads are narrow and winding, and one-way streets also run through the villages themselves. There is also a certain speed limit within the villages. Driving at night can be difficult as most street lights are decorative or non-existent in some towns and villages.
The main routes are well signposted, but many secondary road signs are unhelpful, contradictory or missing! One reason for this is that often there is only a town name on the signpost and not the part of the town you are heading for. This is especially true for towns that are spreading out (e.g. Puerto del Rosario, Morro Jable). The maximum alcohol level in the blood can be 0.05% (BAC) which is lower than in the UK. The speed limit is 100km/h on motorways and 40km/h in residential areas. Signs for speed limits are well visible and easy to understand, which helps a lot when driving in Fuerteventura for the first time.
- Age limits: The minimum age to hire a car in Fuerteventura is 21 years of age. The driver must also have held the license for a minimum of 1 year.
- International Driving Permit: If you have a driving license outside the EU and UK, you will need International Driving Permit.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance with Orbit Car Hire in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Fuerteventura)
- Additional requirements: Warning triangle. First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: All occupants must wear seat belts. Children under 18KG in weight must be in child seats and those who are 135CM tall or shorter should stay behind the driver on a booster cushion for safety's sake!
- Driving side of the road: Right Side.
- Lights: When it rains and during nighttime.
- General speed limits: 100km/h on motorways and 40km/h in residential areas.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is free and most often you will find enough of them at the tourist attractions. Parking in the towns has to be paid for. You should always find parking spots in the towns without too much trouble.
Car Hire in Fuerteventura
Most popular car hire at Fuerteventura
The most selected hire car in Fuerteventura is the Smart ForFour, with the Volkswagen Polo and Nissan Micra also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Fuerteventura are Mini and Economy car categories.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Fuerteventura
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Fuerteventura. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Canary Islands.
What to see in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean near the African coast. It has belonged to the province of Cadiz since 1919 and is now within the autonomous community of Andalusia. In July 2014, it was voted one of the best islands in Europe for tourists by the New York Times.
You can visit the capital Puerto del Rosario or go to Costa Calma if you want to relax on the beach. For those who like to explore nature, there are majestic mountains and beautiful landscapes to discover, as well as bird reserves where hundreds of birds can fly together through the blue sky. If you have children with you, take them to the Montañas en Miniatura theme park, where they can have fun on the pirate ship, in forts or in small planes.
If you are a curious and culturally interested traveller, you will have the opportunity to experience the traditional festivals, especially La Semana Santa, when large Easter processions fill the streets of Puerto del Rosario with music and colour.
Drive your rental car beyond Fuerteventura
When you go on holiday to Fuerteventura, one of the main activities you can do is a road trip. There are many interesting roads you can drive on and the views are very different from your home. You can visit places like La Oliva or even Corralejo. The weather is also great for driving as it is mostly sunny and dry. The driving experience in Fuerteventura is unique. If you want to enjoy it, this island has everything you need!
There are also different routes, depending on the needs of the traveller, so everyone can find an option for them.
You can take any route you want, as they all lead to breathtaking views and unique memories that you will never forget. Roads like Route 1030 Fuerteventura-Corralejo or Route 1040 Morro Jable-Betancuria simply offer incredible sights, especially when the sunlight hits these places in a certain way. That's why people love taking photos there! You should definitely not miss these moments. When choosing a place for your holiday, consider Fuerteventura. It will be worth it!
Where to eat, drink, and party in Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the island of cafés and restaurants that line every street in every small town until late at night. Here you do not have to worry about finding something to eat after dark!
We recommend you do what everyone else on this beautiful island does: and that is eat out until midnight every day! The great thing about Fuerteventura is that you can find all kinds of cuisine and culinary delights here at any time of day (and night).
Prepare for traditional Fuerteventura dishes like gachas (the Canarian version of a thick vegetable soup with meat), puchero (a boiled dinner with all kinds of meat and vegetables), grilled fish or even fried tostones (where ripe plantains are sliced, deep-fried and salted); wash it all down with a glass of Vino de Pitarra y Mañuco. As for desserts, try the almendrados (almond cakes) filled with dulce de leche or the sticky chocolate cakes. And here is a local tip for you: look out for Canarian wines from Bodegas Santa Maria Blanco or red wines from Bodegas Ysios.
Best restaurant in Fuerteventura
Enjoy the cuisine at Fuerteventura takes advantage of all this variety by using local products. Including great fish meals. You can always find great restaurants in Fuerteventura that offer some Canarian specialities. Here are our top 5 restaurants:
La Tasca del Pescador
El Romero de Tejeda
Restaurante Al Sur
Restaurante Vista Mar
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in the Canary Islands?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in the Canary Islands?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in the Canary Islands?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the Canary Islands with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in the Canary Islands?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in the Canary Islands?
An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in the Canary Islands?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in the Canary Islands?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW Up, Fiat 500, and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in the Canary Islands?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, GoldCar and Centauro.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in the Canary Islands?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Up, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Nissan Micra, Fiat 500.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I rent a car in the Canary Islands?
Most car hires in the Canary Islands offer unlimited mileage in their offers
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