Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa but the archipelago is actually Spanish. As a Spanish territory, the currency in Fuerteventura is the euro just like the rest of Spain.
As a popular holiday destination, most shops in Fuerteventura will accept card payments but when you’re just buying a drink in a bar or café it’s best to use cash. The Canary Islanders still use coins and notes often, especially for smaller payments. Card payments are easy to make in supermarkets, clothes shops, hotels and restaurants.
All the towns in Fuerteventura will have ATMs but if you go off the beaten track to small villages then you may struggle to find one. If you want to buy souvenirs from markets then cash will be required, and it’s ideal for leaving tips too.
The Canary Islands have a lower tax on many products than we do in the UK and you’ll find that food and souvenirs are often real bargains. Drinks and snacks like tapas are very affordable, so keep that loose change because it’ll definitely come in handy when you fancy a quick snack!
The local customs
The tipping culture in the Canary Islands isn’t clear cut but here are some handy tips. With Fuerteventura’s currency being the euro, it’s easiest to budget by assuming it’s the same value as the pound. This means you’ll always be spending a little less than you think! Leave 10% on the table after a restaurant meal and some small change if you’d have a great coffee. Taxi’s don’t expect tips but rounding the fare up to the next euro is always appreciated.
Many UK banks will charge you a foreign transaction fee when you make a card purchase abroad, and also a percentage of that payment on top. We recommend checking the rates of the currency in Fuerteventura with your bank so you know how much you’ll be charged for using an ATM or using your card in a shop while in Fuerteventura. To avoid card fees, it’s best to buy your euros before you arrive.
How to use your euros
Euro denominations are the same as sterling so they’re easy to get to grips with. For everyday purchases in small shops, cafés and bars, using €5, €10 and €20 notes is the best. While €50 notes can be used, it’s best to keep them for larger restaurant meals, supermarkets and hotels where it’ll be easier to change them.
If you find yourself with a pocket full of 50c pieces and 1 euro coins near the end of your holiday, you can always splurge on the best ice cream in town or simply save them until your next European holiday.