Fuerteventura, Grand Canaria. I went here last January! At the time I was looking for something child friendly and some where I could relax! I decided to go to Thomas cook to look at what they could offer me on a limited budget. I wanted to go away with my son and family for a week and did not want to pay too much!
The advisor offered me a couple of known destinations and then this one! I had never heard of Fuerteventura, which is part of the Canary Islands and then within that small Island in Gran Canaria. The reason for why I call Fuerteventura "small" is because I was told you can drive from one side of the island to the other in around three hours from the rep!!!
To cut a long story short!!!
Decided to go for the holiday as I couldn't speak Spanish to save my life and I wanted a little bit of protection i.e. an English speaking rep! So from what I heard and the good value of the price I decided to go for it!
Got on from Gatwick Airport, altogether it was around a three hour flight (was not happy with the food lol)
Got to Fuerteventura airport, hadn't the foggiest idea where to go! However I was surprised at the large numbers of English speaking people. I was directed to a coach, which stopped at different hotels! It was a great journey to my hotel, although I could not see much, we were told where we were at each step by the rep (who spoke fluent English)
After around an hour's drive of what felt like I was going round and round through the neat, clean, and small and palm tree crowded roads we got to our accommodation.
Got in there and saw a whole group of English speaking people! It felt like being in London, I wasn't even home sick!
Got up the next morning and decided to go for a walk, There was a beach located 10 minutes walk from the accommodation. It was amazing! Blue sky and waters, with bars and take away shops (loads of them)
Another 10 minute walk in the opposite direction and we ended up on the main road, full of restaurants and shops with people fighting for your business! At took about half an hour to get from one side of the high street to the other. I didn't see anything that I could say wow too, apart from the fact that we passed around 3 open children's arcades (very expensive)
There were so many restaurants that it became confusing thinking about what to eat. I didn't come across many different supermarkets apart from one called Netto (over priced and expensive)
In order to get out of Gran Canaria and get into the other Islands such as Corrolejo pronounced (Coralleco) you need to catch a bus (actually it's a coach called a bus) whereby you can PASS the red mountain (which is a red mountain)
A nude beach (with no nude people)
And other shopping centres, which do have supermarkets that are cheaper!
Or if you want to see more for a family of four excursions will cost you no less than 210 Euros! (that the only thing that will; keep the children entertained!)
From my experience I enjoyed the Sun Sea and sand, however at times it got too much! I wasn't able to experience any Spanish culture or much food as there were no markets! Most of the Island seemed like it was being refurbished just for tourist attraction! Fuerteventura is an Island purely for tourism purposes and the things there are stupidly over priced!
I did however love the palm tree and the sea however I don't think I will go back there again!