Travel Info Spain

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, West of Morocco. The main islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. There are also a few smaller islands and all of them belong to Spain.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the oldest and, after Tenerife, the second biggest of the Canary Islands. The island emerged 20 million years ago due to volcanic activities, but there haven’t been any more volcanic eruptions for about 5000 years.

The airport is in Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura.

Position and Size

Fuerteventura is located about 120km to the west of the Moroccan coast. The island is about 100km long and about 31km wide at most. The highest mountain peak is the “Pico de la Zarza” with an altitude of 807m.

Tourism

The Canary Islands mainly live on tourism. Especially water sports enthusiasts get their money’s worth at Fuerteventura: Sailing, swimming, diving, water and jet skiing.

Entry regulations / Visa

European citizens can enter Spain (Fuerteventura) with a passport, a temporary passport, an ID card or a temporary ID card. All identification documents must still be valid when leaving the country. Children need their own passports or ID cards. As from 2012, children cannot travel on their parent’s passport anymore.

Getting There

A variety of flights to the international airport in Puerto del Rosaria (the island’s capital) are available from Europe. The flight time from Germany to Fuerteventura is about 4 hours.

Money / Currency / Credit Cards

The Spanish currency is the Euro (€). Money can be changed at the airport, banks or hotels. Credit cards, e.g. Visa and MasterCard, can be used at most hotels, shops and restaurants. Banks and cash machines are also available in the touristic places.

Language

The official language is Spanish. But English and German are widely spoken as well.

Health

At present no inoculations are required to travel to Spain. But it is always advisable to check if your standard immunisations are up-to-date.

Insurance

We recommend that all travellers take out insurance to cover cancellation, lost or stolen luggage and medical or hospital costs. Divers are advised to join DAN or a similar organisation.

Time Difference

As distinguished from the Spanish mainland, the Canary Islands have the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Visitors from central Europe have to reset their clocks (CET - 1).

Climate / Weather

Due to the proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, air temperatures at Fuerteventura are very pleasant throughout the whole year. This is why it is said that the Canaries are “the islands of never-ending spring”. During summer the average temperature is around 27°C (81°F) and during winter around 19°C (66°F) in daytime and 12°C (54°F) at night.

Water temperatures

Water temperatures are between 18°C (64°F) and 22°C (72°F). We recommend a 5-7mm wetsuit or semi-dry suit. In winter a hood and gloves are nice to have, too.

Electricity

With 220 Volt, power supplies correspond to European standards. An international adapter is not necessary and a common 2-pin-plug is sufficient.

Telephone

The international dialling code for Spain is +34. Mobile networks are working in all touristic areas.

Flora and Fauna

Fuerteventura’s scanty landscape is captivating. Due to the scarce rainfalls, desert vegetation is predominant. Olive trees, cactuses as well as lichens and spinney can be found on the island. Aloe Vera is an indigenous plant and is nowadays cultivated and sold.

Large shifting sand dunes can be found near Corralejo in the North of the island.

Fuerteventura’s fauna is not very distinct, either. There are no snakes, but lizards and geckos. Mice, rabbits, urchins, squirrels can be found and goats, sheep and cows are kept as domestic animals. Various birds are indigenous and a few species just spend the winter here.

However, Fuerteventura’s underwater world is very impressive. The rocky topography is bizarre and you find overhangs, caves, canyons and huge sandy patches. The water is very clear and visibility is fantastic. Sea anemones, microorganisms, moray and conga eels, big stingrays, angel sharks and groupers are resident. On slightly more remote dive sites sharks, Manta rays, whales and dolphins can be seen.

Accommodation

Fuerteventura offers many choices of accommodation. There are numerous hotels, bungalows and holiday apartments in different categories. The Werner Lau diving centre is located in Club Aldiana in Morro Jable. We are happy to organize transfers from other hotels nearby for our divers.

Useful Addresses

Police & Fire Brigade Fuerteventura
Tel. 112

Spanish Emergency Services:

Red Cross, Ambulance
Tel. 061

Guardia Civil (Police)
Tel. 062

Suspension of credit cards:

Visa/MasterCard
Tel. 915 19 21 00

Euro Card
Tel. 915 19 60 00