Fuerteventura Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The island’s small capital city is called Puerto del Rosario.
  • Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands.
  • It used to be called Planaria which means ‘flat land’.
  • The whole island is a UNESCO Biosphere.
  • The first invaders here were the Phoenicians who arrived in the 11th century BC.

Fuerteventura Mini Guide

Fuerteventura is a wild and windswept island and its romance is reflected in the many names it has been given over the ages. One is 'great adventure', as it was described by one of the explorers who found it. Another is 'strong wind', and Fuerteventura is also known as the island of the eternal spring. Fuerteventura is part of the Canary Islands and has a population of just over 70,000 people.

view of fuerteventura

It was originally settled by neighbouring North Africans the Mahoreros tribe who were cave-dwellers, and after years of European governance the people of Fuerteventura were allowed to rule themselves in 1912.

The pleasant climate, which remains between 18-24 degrees Celsius, and the 3,000 hours of sunshine every year means that Fuerteventura is extremely popular with European tourists.

The first hotel was built on the island in 1965, after the construction of the Fuerteventura Airport at El Mattoral. Now there is a proper infrastructure for tourists and especially families with a zoo, a water park and golf courses on the island. The island has miles of coastline and around 150 beaches as well as sand dunes, so is a paradise for people who are looking for sun, sea and sand. It is the second largest of the Canary Islands and can claim to have the longest beaches in the archipelago.

There is a vast array of marine life including dolphins, marlin, turtles and whales and Fuerteventura has long been an attraction for deep sea divers and fishermen. Trade winds in the summer and Atlantic swells in the winter mean that surfers are always visiting Fuerteventura to chase the large waves which appear on the north and west coast.

The windsurfing on the island is also excellent and the PWA world speed and slalom windsurfing event takes place in the south at Sotavento. The volcanic landscape of the island is very intriguing following many eruptions which means the exploration in a four by four vehicle is rewarding. There has not been an eruption for over 7,000 years so it is safe to do so.

fuerteventura beach

Fuerteventura has a number of flats and apartments for rent and visitors may want to consider booking a package holiday so they can get the best deals. There are long and short term rental options and everything on offer including luxury villas which can accommodate large groups of people. Erika Properties, Fuerte Rentals and Lazy Days holidays are just a few of the companies which can help you find what you are looking for.

Best Irish Pubs in Fuerteventura:

Irish Pub in Fuerteventura


Rhino Rating

Finnegans Irish Bar Corralejo

Calle Acorazado España, 16, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain


McCarthys Irish Pub

Calle Antonio Hernandez Paiz, 2, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Las Palmas, Spain



Calle Sávila, s/n, 35610 Castillo Caleta de Fuste, Las Palmas, Spain


Stoners Irish Bar

Calle Uno Avenida, 3, 35610 Antigua, Las Palmas, Spain


Murphys Irish Bar

Calle Uno Avenida, 3, 35610 Antigua, Las Palmas, Spain


Latest Update from Fuerteventura:

04/02/17 – The Gran Tarajal will host the 3rd Timbeque Popular Music Festival this evening, with the group, ‘Airs of Lima’ headlining. 

08/05/12 - One of the most spectacular sights in nature takes place in late August and early September with the release of young turtles on Calafete beach. These are turtles that have been hatched from eggs in the turtle research station to ensure the maximum number survive. One night a year, at the peak time the naturally hatched young head for the sea, volunteers take the captive turtles down to the water and release them. If you  can find the exact date locally, you can watch from a short distance.

Car Hire Fuerteventura Customer Comments

19/07/2011 - Not that impressed with Fuertaventura to be honest. We visit Gran Canaria regularly but tried Fuertaventura as an alternative, although prob wont return. Hire car from Rhino was as usual all fine, we will use you again. Thanks.

Driving in Fuerteventura

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    Road Driving Side

  • 50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 30-50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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  • 21

    Min Rental Age

  • YES


Car Hire Fuerteventura Customer Comments:

Have used Rhino rental before and very good, this time paid a lot of fuel when we collected.

Serene - Spain
15/03/2012 00:00 AM

I used Rhino for the first time in Fuerteventura this year and was very pleased with the service. Great choice of cars and could not find cheaper anywhere else. We rent regularly and will use Rhino cars again

Mohammed - UK
06/03/2012 00:00 AM

We use Rhino every time we go to our villa in Fuerteventura and couldn't recomment highly enough, great work guys!

Alistair - UK
24/02/2012 00:00 AM

Rhino came recommended from my daughter, happy with price and will use again

Sue P - UK
12/02/2012 00:00 AM

We use Rhino in the US regulalrly, glad to see their rates are just as low in Europe.

James Moore - USA
12/02/2012 00:00 AM

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Most people visit the island for the beautiful beaches which, unlike Tenerife and Lanzarote, are soft golden and sandy. Whilst the island has several extinct volcanoes, it’s mostly flat and in springtime the plains are covered in beautiful carpets of wild flowers.

Parts of the island are very busy and commercialised, often losing their identity in a desire to offer tourists a taste of home, but away from the big resorts the true Fuerteventura can be found by hiring a car and seeking out tiny villages and hamlets. There, agriculture is still the mainstay and Spanish the only language.

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