The currency used in Fuerteventura is the Euro (€).
Despite Fuerteventura's location off the coast of Africa, this archipelago is actually Spanish meaning Euros are the official currency. Looking for a good exchange rate without the hassle of going into a shop? Try our Thomas Cook Travel Money for competitive prices and delivery straight to your door.
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 locals still use coins and notes, especially for smaller purchases. Card payments are also accepted in supermarkets, clothes shops, hotels and restaurants.
All the larger resorts 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 cash may 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 often find food and souvenirs at bargain prices. Drinks and light bites 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 meal and some small change if you’ve had a great coffee. Taxies 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 before you travel. To avoid card fees, it’s best to buy your euros ahead of your holiday. Or, opt for a travel money card and forget about those pesky additional charges.