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Fuerteventura is one of the more laid back Canary Islands, known for its idyllic beaches and near perfect climate. It is a good two-hour flight from Spain's major centres, located as it is off the African coast. Fuerteventura mainly appeals to silver surfers than young party animals and especially to those who enjoy driving around in a cheap Fuerteventura car rental.
The main resorts in Fuerteventura with the best beaches are the Jandia area in the south and Corralejo in the north, although there are spectacular beaches all around this large island. Some beaches have that windswept look with huge dunes more reminiscent to the Sahara than to any beach in mainland Spain. You can drive to some of these remote beaches by Fuerteventura cheap hire car.
The capital of Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario, which resides in the middle of the east coast of Fuerteventura and is a bit of a bustle. Escaping from here and heading for the key sights on the island is the best bet. For those so-inclined, the old capital of Betancuria, west Fuerteventura, has all the cultural appeal. There are some fascinating museums here along with an ancient church.
For entertainment on Fuerteventura; by day it's at the beaches in the form of water sports and the like. There is some superb surf and windsurfing here, along with good snorkelling and swimming. Windsurfing is best enjoyed off the south coast of Fuerteventura which is easily accessible by cheap hire car. At night, Jandia and Corralejo have the best of the nightlife.
Fuerteventura has pretty good roads and you can drive your budget rental car all the way from Corralejo in the north right down to Puerto de la Cruz on the southern tip. The west of the island is the most scenic, particularly behind Antigua.