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Fuerteventura is roughly 1600 square kilometres in size, making it the second largest island in the Canaries.
The most easterly of the group and located only 90 kilometres from Morocco, this popular island attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year.
On the same latitude as Mexico and Florida, the weather conditions are very similar and Fuerteventura boasts over 3000 annual hours of sunshine which equates to an average eight hours per day, so it’s definitely the place to visit if you need some sun.
Getting around the Canary Islands by ferry in general is relatively simple and Fuerteventura itself is reachable directly from neighbouring Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. The island is served by the most popular ferry companies in the region including Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas who operate many crossings each day.
Although there is no direct crossing from mainland Spain to Fuerteventura it is possible to travel to one of the other Canaries and pick up a connection there.
If you don’t arrive by car and don’t fancy hiring then no problem, getting out and about is still easy. Many people hire a bicycle as Fuerteventura is known as being an ideal place for road or mountain cycling due to its landscape and climate. All types of bicycle can be hired, including mountain bikes, professional road bikes, trekking cycles and children's bikes. If that sounds too energetic for you, the local buses come recommended and are used by both visitors and locals as they are very reliable and cheap too.
Visitors to Fuerteventura will find mile upon mile of white sandy beaches with turquoise sea. A beach lover's paradise, the island features the longest coastline of all the Canary Islands. Corralejo in the north has lots of golden sand dunes, whilst in the south, at Jandia, there are miles of flat sandy beaches to enjoy with the kids.
There is plenty to do besides sunbathing. If you love the water then you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to water sport activities. You can go surfing and boogie-boarding, kayaking and snorkelling or even kite surfing for those wanting to try something different.
Those with kids should visit the Oasis Park which is a zoo and botanical gardens located in the south of Fuerteventura.
There’s a good choice of golf courses to try at Fuerteventura too ranging from a challenging venue in Costa Caleta to a 9 hole course in Corralejo.
If you’re heading out for the evening then the Centro Comercial Atlantico located on the main strip in Corralejo is where you will find the best choice of pubs, bars and live music. Those wanting something a bit more relaxed should head over to the northern end of the main Avenida. This area is pedestrianized and has a choice of restaurants and small bars.
The ship etc was good but key details were not provided or at least not obviously. We did not know we had to go to an office with ID to get tickets. But as I say. Ok, but Direct Ferries need to look st the clarity of their information
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"Two Naviera Armas ferry trips"
The check in was swift, only a couple of people in the queue in front of us. I say this as I tried to check in online as it said the queues would be avoided that way. I wasn't able to check in online which was annoying at the time, so I phoned Naviera Armas and was told that there was no need to check in online. So a bit of confusion/contradiction there. The crossing was fine except for the fact that my niece and great nephew were both seasick. I was helped by a man selling coffee and snacks but it was embarrassing as it wasn't a rough crossing and unpleasant to passengers near us. Apologies to them! Apart from that, I love seeing Tenerife in the distance and La Gomera getting nearer. The return trip involved some difficulty of changing tickets, for reasons to do with no buses at the right time running from Valle Gran Rey to San Sebastian on Good Friday. We wanted to return from Valle Gran Rey Harbour, Vuelta to Los Cristianos. We achieved it after half an hour of the receptionist's time. The problem was to do with the booking being with Direct Ferries not Armas. I would rather book direct with Armas but the internet didn't allow it. Annoying. Pleased to say I was reimbursed almost the fully amount of the ferry we couldn't make due to no buses. Hope this all makes sense!
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Very polite staff, good enviroent.
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"Review from sailor with 8+ years expierince "
Hello, my name is Edgar and I'm ex Purser on Tallink/Silja Lines ferries. I have 8 years of experience working as a Purser (hotel manager). So I will try to give a short review from the professional side. Overall the operations of ferries are enjoyable. They meet the high standards and quality services. The crew members are very welcomed and always ready to help you. They are friendly and professional. The level of English language must be higher. The public announcements for clients on English were mixed of Spanish and English (they start in English and use some Spanish words) This might confuse only English speaking tourists. The international at sea remains - English. Although there were no issues with Spanish announcements. The cleanliness of the ferry is on a superb level. No issues at all! Keep on a perfect job! Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with CarGo organization. Shortly it was complete chaos. We came 1h before the Ferry departs ( Tenerife Los Cristianos - La Gomera Valle Del Rey). The traffic jam was on both sides. The cargo crew members had different information. We were asked to stay in the car and wait for further information. After 5 minutes another crew member asked where we going and asked to go somewhere else and wait there. (Literally, there was absolutely zero space or any possible parking) Then we took the first possible line and I asked to crew member can about the Ferry. He informed us that everything is correct and we are in the line for La Gomera. After 15min the first crew member who asked to just to wait informed us that this line was for El Hierro and we need to wait. I was tired of playing ping pong game and went to speak with office members. There were competent to answer all my answers and informed me that our Ferry will have a small delay. I went back to the car and just kept listening to the different information received my cargo crew members. I was not alone who was unsatisfied with service. I spoke to the people in the line and they had the same feeling. Then 10min before the departure the crew members start check-in and many tourists had issues with check-in terminal. So half of the tourist were sent to check-in at the office. I have a plastic card with residence and normally it works with no issue. The beginning of our Naviera Armas experience was not pleasant. But after we came on the ferry everything changed. The entire atmosphere of the boat was nice and friendly. We really enjoyed our trip. When we took a trip back to the Los Cristianos we had zero issues with cargo. Hope this review will help to improve your services. I wish you all the best! Kind regards, Edgar.
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