Sand dunes and trade winds
Fuerteventura's location, 100 kilometres off the coast of Morocco, means it gets plenty of sun all year round. It's also cooled down by trade winds, which make it a haven for watersports lovers - the island even hosts the Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup.
Fuerteventura is most famous for its beaches. The coast is fringed with huge swathes of soft sand, particularly around Corralejo (home to sweeping sand dunes) and Jandia, where the sands roll out for 20 kilometres, backed by a natural park.
Away from the coast, the island has a dramatic, volcanic landscape. It's best explored by car, but there are some great hiking and mountain biking trails, too. If you have a spare day, Lanzarote is just a short ferry ride away, as is the unspoilt Isla de Lobos, a tiny isle mostly given over to a nature reserve.
Flight time from the UK to Fuerteventura is around 4 hours 15 minutes.
Like the rest of the Canaries, Fuerteventura is warm and sunny all year round. The temperature rarely drops below the mid-teens even in the winter months, and things only get hotter in July and August, when they often push past 30°C. You’ll find the island’s trade winds take the edge off the heat, though.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills in Fuerteventura include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.