Fuerteventura, the perfect island to discover alone.

If you’ve ever travelled alone, you’ll be aware of the upsides.

And, if you still haven’t taken the plunge, now’s the time to get out of your comfort zone to test your ability to socialise and open yourself up to a new way of life.

Of course, if it’s your first time, you might find it hard to get used to the idea and think you’re going to be bored, but nothing could be further from the truth.

So, if you want to see how you get on alone, Fuerteventura is the perfect place for a number of reasons.

Firstly, and importantly, it’s in Europe, but in such a unique location that it has good weather virtually all year round.

It is located 97 km off the African coast and is the archipelago’s second largest island, over 100 km long and 25 km at its widest point, with 77 km of mostly long, white sandy beaches.

However, it also has small pebble or black sand coves tucked away.

In the summer months, it’s characterised by the trade winds that are part of the reason the climate is so good: mild temperatures during the hottest months, moderate winds and perfect waves for windsurfing and other similar sports.

Home to fishermen and farmers, Fuerteventura’s personality can be felt everywhere you go, welcoming visitors with open arms.

Surfing is a way of life in Fuerteventura, giving it a bohemian and carefree vibe, which, on top of the generally pleasant climate, gives it that everlasting feeling of being on holiday.

If you like the sound of all this, keep reading, because we’ve got even more reasons to travel around Fuerteventura alone.

When you travel alone you spend a lot of time with yourself, it gives you time to think and get your thoughts in order and, if you pay attention to your surroundings, you might see things that would normally have gone unnoticed.

And one of those things is the people around you.

If you’re outgoing, you’ll soon strike up a conversation with a stranger, but if you find it difficult to make the first move, in Fuerteventura you’ll run into lots of travellers who, just like you, are travelling alone.

Which is what makes it the perfect destination.

Getting out of your comfort zone is a way to meet new people who you might never run into in your day-to-day life; it also pushes you to do things you normally wouldn’t do, such as taking up a new sport or eating exotic food.

There’s no downside!

The overall cost of the trip will also work out cheaper, as you can stay in guesthouses with shared rooms or find last-minute hotel deals if you dare.

And since you don’t have to convince anyone to go or stay somewhere, it’s up to you whether to follow the planned route or shake things up at the last minute.

Fuerteventura is a perfect island to play things by ear; whether to stay in one place or explore somewhere new.

If you want to get to know the island at your own pace, a seven-day trip is the sweet-spot, spending half the week in the north and the other half in the south.

It’s best to stay in an area within reach of everything, such as Puerto del Rosario, or split your trip in two and spend a few days in the north of the island and the rest in the south.

In any case, the best thing would be to hire a car to cover the long distances in Fuerteventura.

Where to stay in Fuerteventura when travelling alone

The best thing about travelling alone is saving as much as possible on accommodation.

You’ll have money left over to treat yourself to something special just for you.

Corralejo is located on the northern tip of Fuerteventura, a small charming surfing town that, just like the island’s other towns, is simply unique.

Although it’s quite a touristy area, wandering around the old town you wouldn’t think it, as it’s brimming with quirky restaurants, live music and wonderful people that you’ll think you’re on some eclectic Mediterranean island.

However, if something quieter or inland is more your thing, there’s Lajares, which, although not on the coast, still has Corralejo’s surfing vibe.

Following the authentic and surfing feel, El Cotillo strikes the perfect balance between both, with a less touristy and more local vibe.

They all have several surf houses offering a range of accommodation: houses, apartments, shared and private rooms.

So, you’ll have lots of choice.

What’s more, apart from the stay, they have packages with surfing lessons included, perfect if you’re looking to try out the island’s flagship sport.

Here’s a list of some of the surf houses in the area to compare and choose:

If you’re looking to stay somewhere more central, there’s Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura, or Caleta de Fuste, a more touristy area that’s just a stone’s throw away from the airport.

Further south, the towns are quite spread out, but there are several options to suit all tastes: if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, Las Playitas, Gran Tarajal or Costa Calma will be right up your street.

Now, if you’re looking for something with more of a touristy vibe, Morro Jable has what you’re looking for.

If you’d rather rent an apartment, stay in a hotel or something more private, on platforms such as AirBnB or Booking there’s plenty of accommodation all over the island.

How to get around Fuerteventura?

This is an easy question to answer.

The best way to get around Fuerteventura is undoubtedly by car.

It can take a while to cross the entire island, but the roads are easy to drive on, without too many slopes or curves.

There is also public transport, although timetables are not great for sightseeing.

You can also go on excursions; perfect if you’re staying in a tourist hub, as you can always be picked up and dropped off close to where you’re staying.

Rent your car on Autos Reisen, where they offer very competitive conditions and prices that are much cheaper than those of other bigger companies.

Bonus Track: camping is better.

Fuerteventura is a paradise for camper van or motorhome lovers; so, if this sounds like you, there’s no better place.

You can spend the night almost anywhere on the island and, if you’re not sure where, you can always do so anywhere you see lots of vehicles like yours parked.

However, you must respect the island and leave it in a better condition than you found it: always pick up your rubbish, don’t drive your car on the beach and always bring a chemical toilet with you; don’t leave any little surprises lying around.

With respect and kindness you’ll be welcomed with open arms into the island’s camper community. Take in breath-taking sunrises, be the first on the beach and the last to leave. What’s more, your hotel will have millions of stars.

Because another thing that makes this island unique is its night skies.

Turn your phone off and enjoy the stunning views.

This article has been written out of the passion we feel for the Canary Islands. We hope you enjoy your visit to Fuerteventura as much as we’ve enjoyed writing this post.

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