Euro. People traveling to Fuerteventura from outside Europe should keep in mind notes refer to 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro bills, whereas coins are represented by 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and by 1 and 2 euro coins.
Foreign currency exchange goes without saying in Fuerteventura, since the island is a major vacation destination for people around the world. As expected, banks offer the most convenient rates, but exchange desks should not be disregarded when it comes to converting currency. Banks are bettered by exchange desks in opening hours. The former stay open to around 2pm (weekdays), with opening hours starting around 8am.
There are plenty ATMs on Fuerteventura. Tourists should take into consideration most ATMs charge a certain commissions for each transaction, but, all in all, they are the easiest manner of getting cash if in need.
Most major establishments related to tourism (hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, leisure facilities, vehicle rental companies etc.) accept credit cards and travelers checks. Tourists should also bear in mind most of such venues require a valid passport when clients intend to pay with their credit card.
There is a post office in virtually each of the villages and towns in Fuerteventura. The Correos & Telegrafos, as the post offices are locally referred to, are opened Monday to Saturday, from 8.30am to 14pm.
Most major resorts are replete with cafés and other venues where the Internet connection is available. This also holds true with respect to most major sleeping venues.
In order to make calls to Fuerteventura, one should first enter the country code (0034), the region code (928) and then the number. In order to make calls from Fuerteventura, public phones are said to be the cheapest. These work either with coins or phone cards. The latter can be easily purchased from plenty of venues, such as supermarkets or tobacco shops.
Centers dealing with medical issues:
Puerto del Rosario: 4
La Oliva: 5
Fire brigade: 080
Spanish state police: 091
Civil guard: 062
There are tourist information offices in all the significant tourist hotspots on Fuerteventura: in Puerto del Rosario, FUE, Corralejo, El Cotillo, Caleta de Fuste, Betancuria, Gran Tarajal, Morro Jable, Costa Calma.
GMT plus 1 (March to October).
Spanish is the official language spoken on Fuerteventura. Due to the fact the island is highly frequented by German visitors, all major tourism related venues have staffs trained to speak German. English is also frequently used. Learning a bit of Spanish before traveling to Fuerteventura always yields an additional opportunity of interrelating better with the locals.
AC 220 or 225 volts, 50 Hz; two-pin plugs. If necessary, adapter plugs can be purchased from supermarkets.
People coming from Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States need a valid passport if their stay is limited to several months (the period depends on the nationality). For longer stays, such visitors also need a visa and the so-called Carta de Invitacion (obtainable from police offices upon application). For medical cases other than emergencies (covered by EHIC), tourists need an all inclusive travel insurance.
Tourists are advised to buy bottled water from supermarkets. It is fairly cheap. Tap water, though safe and clean, has a somewhat salty taste, which renders it improper for drinking, though it’s perfect for teeth brushing and the like.
Beach nudism is highly tolerated throughout Fuerteventura. Yet, it is frowned upon in places like pools and sunbathing venues other than the beaches.