Finding the Best Fuerteventura Hire Car Rates - A Few Useful Tips
But unlike the over-exploited resorts of its' counterparts, Furteventura is still largely unaffected by mass tourism.
The beaches here are among Europe's finest, including those around the capital.
The flat beaches of Jandia in the south of the island are popular with sun-bathers.
The golden sand dunes of Corralejo in the north are also popular with people looking for walking trails, with many excellent trails originating here.
The walk to El Cotillo is an absolute must! The Island - A Brief Overview The name of the island is believed to have come from the Spanish conqueror, Juan de Bethencourt exclaiming "Que forte aventure!" or "What a grand adventure".
A somewhat less romantic explanation, is that the name simply means "strong wind".
Only 60 miles separates the island of Fuerteventura from the continent of Africa.
The island has a reputation for being a sunny haven all year-round.
Although occasionally, it can seem somewhat foggy as the winds blow in sand particles that cloud the air.
There are plenty of good places to stay all over the Island, but it's worth booking your accommodation early as some hotels are fully booked, months in advance.
Fuerteventura has many attractions for visitors to enjoy.
There are lots of historical villages with beautiful churches, traditional dwellings and interesting museums.
The main town Puerto del Rosario has a stunning harbour and plenty of excellent restaurants and bars.
Out & About The only options available are to hire a car, rent a taxi or hop on a bus.
Travelling by bus is a cheap alternative to travelling by taxi, although make sure to check time-tables first.
Few buses operate a nightly service, some finish early in the evening and many services do not run regularly.
The former capital Betancuria, is easily accessible by car and has many attractions.
The town also offers excellent sight-seeing opportunities for those on foot.
Out of town, the Mirador de Morro Velosa has outstanding views of the island's landscape.
For another interesting drive, the road between Corralejo and Lajares, (accessible by jeep) shows off Fuerteventura's natural beauty.
Ask around for the location of a Spanish Finca.
They're well worth a visit.
Local delicacies like cheese, sauces and jams are usually on sale here, together with other traditional craftware items.
Hirng a car - A Few Useful Tips A simple search online will reveal that many companies now offer early bird deals and special weekly rates.
The checklist below may help to locate some of the better ones:
- Shop Around - Compare rates and offers from a few different suppliers.
- Choice Of Vehicles - Look for companies that offer a good selection of new vehicles.
- Inclusive Rates - Make sure that the hire prices include insurance and local taxes.
- Insurance - Find out what you're covered for and take extra protection (if you think you're likely to need it).
- Child Seats - Hire rates can vary greatly.
You may find it cheaper to carry your own rather than pay the daily hire charge.
- Book Early - Check the expiry dates on any offers that you may come across.
Many car hire companies face a somewhat uncertain future, and have had to pare back their rates in order to be competitive.
The winner in all this, is definitely "the consumer" and for once I'm not complaining!