We enjoyed our stay here (11 days in March 2015); the owner (Rafael) replied promptly to queries before we travelled, and was very helpful during our stay. When we texted him on the bus from the airport, to give an ETA (assuming that we would walk from the bus station), he replied that he would pick us up there. He also texted after a couple of days, to check that all was OK (which it was.) We booked through NIUMBA and our €50 deposit was refunded promptly.
We wanted to explore the island, preferably by bus, to do some walking and sightseeing and my wife wanted to practice her Spanish without people replying in English, so we looked for somewhere in the capital, reasonably close to the bus station. The apartment and its location fully lived up to our expectations (even if the limitations of the bus service and my reduced mobility caused us to amend our plans.)
The apartment was more than adequate for us (a couple staying in a 3-bed apartment) and was comfortable and well equipped. It is on the 2nd floor, with spacious staircases (no lift.) The living room faces the road (a minor through route for locals but not busy outside rush-hour) and all bedrooms are at the back. The property details are accurate on NIUMBA (in Spanish) which states “Balcón o terraza” (balcony or terrace) – TA converts this to just “balcony” which it does not have, but there is a communal roof terrace one floor up, with sun loungers & a clothes line – and views.
Almost opposite is a family cafe-cum-panadería (bakery), open 7 days a week from early morning to late evening, which even had a soft-play area. Close by is a small supermarket - not open on Sunday (but there is a so-called "24/7" minimarket near the dock which was open for part of Sunday.) Within a few days we had become locals, greeted by staff. When we (eventually) hired a car, we had no difficulty in finding a parking space nearby.
The apartment is in a residential area of the town, about 15 minutes walk from where the cruise liners dock (near an Tourist Information kiosk and the start of the central area) and is a similar distance from the bus station. En route towards town there is also a small art museum (the Centro de Arte Juan Ismael) and there are a couple of nice restaurants on side streets by the shore.
Things to do in Puerto del Rosario: the information Office had two walking route leaflets, one for street murals (of which there are many) and the other a “cultural route” showing public buildings and sculptures (again quite a few, on roundabouts, along the shore, etc.); we found both of them useful, in themselves and for seeing parts of the town that we might have missed.
In other respects, there is some way to go in supporting independent travellers here; the (very helpful) Tourist Information staff had to direct Sunday visitors from a cruise ship to go by bus to Corralejo, as local laws in the capital prevent shops & restaurants from opening (although we were told that this may change.)
We have visited most Canary Islands, but usually we have not hired a car; the bus gives a better view and sometimes takes us to places that we would not go to by car – also, doing linear walks is easier. We are accustomed to sorting out timetables, but usually there are bus company staff in a major town who can help if need be.
The bus service in Fuerteventura was not well adapted for independent travellers; no staff at the bus station (only a notice giving a mobile phone number) and the timetables only give the start time and intermediate points, not the journey time or timings at intermediate points.
That said, the bus route 3 from the capital to the airport (and points south) is half-hourly, takes about 20 minutes and is cheap - €1.45; to Corralejo in the north, there are half-hourly buses which take under an hour (cost €3.45.)
Other parts of the island that we found worth visiting are not served by bus routes at all; not the bus company’s fault, just a lack of demand. Were we to come back to Fuerteventura, we would hire a car at the airport (which we eventually did.)
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