Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink the tap water?
Do I need any injections etc?
Do I need a Visa?
Is camping permitted?
Are there any Nudist/Naturist beaches?
What consumer rights do I have?
What measures should I take to protect my skin against the sun?
Are there Internet Cafés?
Will my mobile phone work?
How much do drinks/food/excursions cost, how much money do I need?
Are there ATM cash machines?
What clothes should I bring?
Do I need any adapters for electronic equipment?
Do I need travel Insurance?

Can I drink the tap water?
The water from the tap is de-salinated sea water and has a very high mineral content and taste.
It is okay to clean your teeth with this water, but might make you ill if you drink it.
Bottled water is available from all supermarkets and is usually more economical to buy in 5 litre bottles.

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Do I need any injections etc?
The short answer is probably not, however it is always a good idea to make sure that the usual vaccinations are up-to-date (the ones that you get during childhood - polio, tetanus etc.). If you are coming from an area that is suffering an outbreak such as Yellow fever, you will need to be inoculated.

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Do I need a Visa?
This will depend on your country.
No Visa is required (for Tourists) for visits of up to 90 days if you are a citizen of The European Union, Norway, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland or the United States as well as several other countries.
If you are unsure, you should check with your Spanish Consulate/Embassy.
Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of 3 months (and 6 months for certain countries).

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Is camping permitted?
The only place that camping is permitted is on one site on Isla de Lobos (a small island to the north of Fuerteventura) and you will need a permit to camp there. Permits can be obtained from the following address:
Oficina de Medio Ambiente
Calle del Professor Juan Tadeo Cabrera, 10
Puerto del Rosario

Camping is not permitted anywhere on Fuerteventura itself.

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Are there any Nudist/Naturist beaches?
Naturism is tolerated on many beaches, although there are no official nudist beaches.
As a general rule it is best to stick to beaches that are away from the resorts as some people may find it offensive.

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What consumer rights do I have?
One important thing to remember is that shops do not have to exchange goods unless they are faulty.
More information can be found here: http://cec.consumo-inc.es/cec/secciones/Ayuda/Derechos/Espana/Derechos_en.asp

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What measures should I take to protect my skin against the sun?
Always wear a good sunscreen (with a high factor) and do not sunbathe at midday (especially in Summer). If you are going to be walking about, then a hat is advisable.
Remember that Fuerteventura is just 100km west of the Sahara desert!

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Are there Internet Cafés?
There are plenty of Internet Cafés in all of the resorts.

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Will my mobile phone work?
There are 3 networks available: Vodafone, Movistar and Amena.
You should check with your provider before leaving home to make sure that international roaming is activated for your account.
If you have a pre-pay account, you should top-up before you leave home.

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How much do drinks/food/excursions cost, how much money do I need?
Expect to pay normal European prices for most things. Restaurants are generally a little cheaper than the UK. Alcohol and Tobacco are a lot cheaper from supermarkets.

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Are there ATM cash machines?
There are plenty of ATM machines in the resorts. You should check with your Bank beforehand to see if you can use it abroad.
Credit Cards are accepted in most places - but there are always exceptions so make sure that you always have some cash! When paying with a Credit Card, make sure that you have your passport with you as many businesses will ask, especially supermarkets.

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What clothes should I bring?
Bring shorts, t-shirts etc. as well as some decent evening clothes and shoes (for going out).
A light Jacket or Jersey may come in useful for chillier evenings. If you are coming in winter, a Fleece might be handy (just in case you are unlucky with the weather).

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Do I need any adapters for electronic equipment?
Sockets are generally of the European 2 pin type (although some older apartments may have a slightly different type of socket). The Electricity supply is 220 volts/50hz, so if you are coming from the UK/Ireland you will just need an adapter (which are available cheaply from some tourist Supermarkets or Hardware shops). If you are coming from the US/Canada then you will need a transformer.

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Do I need travel Insurance?
Yes.

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