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Five Things | Fuerteventura 2018 Highlights

Having been to three Canary Islands so far I had no doubt that Fuerteventura would be lovely, although as someone who is very much a big fan of Tenerife there was a lot to live up to.
I can honestly say that Fuerteventura is now my favourite Canary Island.

I've been back a week now and wanted to make a list of our highlights from our holiday in April 2018.


The Beaches

We visited a few different beaches during our holiday and each and every one was completely different but equally as beautiful. 
There was only one beach that we actually spent quite a bit of time on and visited twice. However, I think if we were to go back we would definitely make the effort to spend more time at the other beaches and to visit a few more.
All of the beaches were so clean and tidy and had the most beautiful views. 

Animals

We built up a bit of a soft spot for the Barbary Squirrels on the island and loved seeing them pretty much everywhere we went on the island. As a crazy cat lady I obviously liked seeing the cats around the island. I was told a couple of times by my boyfriend that we wouldn't get anywhere if I kept stroking and fussing every cat I saw. 
There was one ginger and white cat that we saw every day on our way into town. I'm pretty sure she (maybe a he) recognised me and definitely became my friend. 
My boyfriend was determined to catch a lizard before we left and on our last day he found Larry. Now, although it may seem mean and cruel to some that he caught a lizard, Larry was actually quite friendly and came over to us and happily let my boyfriend pick him up. They did kind of forge a close relationship in such a short amount of time.

Car Hire

I have never driven abroad before let alone in a car where the driving controls are on the other side. We had planned on just relaxing all week and sticking to the area we were based with our villa. However, after our first day and walking in town we decided to take the plunge and hire a car. 
If you do visit Fuerteventura and want to hire a car we can highly recommend Ecocar. The one we hired from was in Caleta De Fuste. The prices were better than other places, only 150Euros deposit which you are likely to get back, infact we expected a full interrogation before we got ours back but they paid it back and had full trust in us.
Whether or not I would hire a car in Tenerife is another matter as the drivers over there do seem a bit more...confident and impatient, however in Fuerteventura the roads didn't seem as busy and the locals were relatively patient with me.
I was surprised at how easy it was to drive the car, and in all honesty I wish I could have brought this car home. I absolutely fell in love with it and was really sad to hand it back. 

Plants/Landscape

Everywhere on the island is absolutely beautiful. I am the type of person who appreciates "lost land" and a volcanic landscape. We saw reviews of Fuerteventura described as 'barren" but I actually really liked that. Maybe it's because I prefer to see the natural island rather than miles and miles of built up hotels and tourist spots. 
Driving around we noticed how much effort they put into their towns and even their roundabouts. Everything is so pretty and the flowers and plants are so pretty and colourful. 

Museums and Buildings

Not only do I appreciate the landscape but also loved the buildings. I'm really into the traditional aspect of buildings and any countries that I go to. In fact when we go to Cyprus in July we are staying in traditional village houses rather than in a tourtist hotel. 
We visited a couple of museums which we both really enjoyed. I'll be posting about those another time. One of the museums was a Salt Museum which was absolutely fascinating! I honestly didn't expect to learn much especially as the reviews complained about it all being in Spanish (weird that...seeing as it is a Spanish island...seriously! *eyeroll*)
We also went to a Windmill museum which, although wasn't as interesting as the Salt museum and was a little harder to follow in terms of the history, the actually building, courtyard and Windmill was beautiful to visit. 
There weren't a huge amount of traditional villages that we found to stop at, however our favourite was Betancuria, a beautiful village which we visited twice as we loved it so much. Gorgeous buildings, a beautiful shop and a lovely bar to sit and drink at. It made us super happy to have taken the decision to hire a car so we were able to get there to visit.

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