It's no secret that working from home has transformed the job market and opened up a host of opportunities we never could have thought of.
Research shows that the remote working has greatly increased productivity and opened the door to a whole new level of creativity.
Winter is upon us and you are thinking of organize your Workation in the Canary Islands and in particular in Fuerteventura?
In this article you will find tips to better organize this working holiday period.
Let's start from the beginning
What is Workation?
The term derives from the union of English words work (work) + vacation (holidays) = workation.
In essence, they are long holidays where people work while staying in a holiday climate in quotes.
Imagine in December or January to be in Fuerteventura in shorts and t-shirt during the day with average temperatures of twenty-two degrees and to be able to work remotely.
In your free time you will have the feeling of living in a holiday with the possibility of practicing outdoor sports, go to the beach or live an exciting experience on the island by meeting people from all over Europe.
In other parts of Europe this is not always possible.
The cold, the tram of the big cities, the traffic accompany our winter months, making us enter a home-work lifestyle.
The advantage of the climate of the Canary Islands
As detailed in our post on the climate of the Canary Islands, during the winter months there are temperatures that we can define as spring.
An incredibly dry climate, where it is spring all year round and there are no radiators in the houses (except for the mountain areas of course).
So also a big saving in terms of energy and on the cost of electricity and gas bills.
During the day temperatures reach 25 degrees and in the evening it never drops below 15 degrees.
No winter coats, sweaters, heavy trousers and boots are worn to protect your feet from the winter temperatures.
You live with little, light clothes during the day, t-shirt or blouse, short trousers and the inevitable flip flops.
During the evening, a nice heavy sweatshirt and sneakers for the cold ones.
Hours of daylight in the Canary Islands
It is their geographical position that favors long, sunny days throughout the year.
In winter the sun rises at 7:30 am and sets at 7:30 pm, in summer it is daylight at 7:00 am and night falls at 8:30 pm.
The sun is a fundamental presence in the islands. It affects the climate, everyday life and people's way of being. It has also been shown that it has multiple properties: it is a source of vitamin D, strengthens bones, improves mood, affects the quality of sleep ...
Connections with the Canary Islands are possible both by air and by sea, as well as it is possible to move between the various islands of the archipelago in the same way.
There are many connections with European airports direct with a stopover in Barcelona or Madrid
The costs in the low season range between 100 and 200 euros round trip.
For Fuerteventura as in the other islands, the costs for plane tickets are relatively low.
Although there has been a price increase in the last year due to the energy crisis, airlines have had to adjust their prices.
However, in the low season it is possible to find very affordable prices even under € 100
Organizing a workation in these periods can save you a lot.
The airports of the Canary Islands
- North Tenerife / Lord Rodeos
- Tenerife South / Reina Sofia
- Gran Canaria Las Palmas
- Fuerteventura Puerto del Rosario
- Lanzarote Arrecife
- The Palm
- El Hierro
- La Gomera
You can do a quick search here with Skyscanner flight search engine and save on the cost of the flight.
Documents for staying in the Canary IslandsAnd
What documents are needed to stay as a tourist in the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands are part of Spain and therefore are the territory of the European Union. These are the requirements for citizens from the European Community and the requirements for citizens from other countries.
1. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN (and the Canary Islands):
You can visit the Canary Islands as long as you come from the European Union, from a country of the Schengen area or from any third country with which Spain has a reciprocity agreement for the acceptance of travelers.
It is essential to consult the conditions of the tour operator or airline before traveling to the Canary Islands.
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE EU AND SCHENGEN
There are currently no restrictions on traveling to the Canary Islands.
- EU COVID certificate.
- Full COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
- Negative diagnostic test of active COVID-19 infection
- Recovery certificate
- Control module
IF YOU COME FROM THIRD COUNTRIES AND ARE NOT EU CITIZENS
Passengers only need to meet one of the following requirements, accompanying persons under the age of 12 are exempt:
- Full vaccination certificate against COVID-19.
- Negative diagnostic test of active COVID-19 infection performed regardless of vaccination status or previous infection. Antigen tests carried out a maximum of 24 hours before departure for Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) carried out a maximum of 72 hours before departure for Spain will be accepted.
- Certificate of healing certifying the cure of the holder from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT test (PCR, TMA, LAMP). The certificate is valid for 180 days
Additionally, a diagnostic test of active COVID-19 infection will be required regardless of vaccination status or previous infection, only for high-risk third countries. Antigen tests carried out a maximum of 24 hours before departure for Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) carried out a maximum of 72 hours before departure for Spain will be accepted.
IF YOU COME FROM INSIDE SPAIN
There are currently no restrictions on traveling to the Canary Islands from anywhere within Spanish territory. Consequently, it is possible to travel between the islands and from the peninsula.
Find accommodation or dwelling in Fuerteventura
Find your plane tickets it's time to find the accommodation where to spend your working holiday.
There are many options, you can stay overnight in a hotel for a few weeks, in surf houses, hostels that have a little lower costs or in holiday homes or apartments or villas that are rented to tourists for short periods.
Also in this case the cost depends on the period and the type of accommodation.
Over the last year and a half, hotels, hostels and holiday homes have adapted to the demands of the market.
You will find fast internet in almost all accommodations.
Hotel restaurants and bars almost always have free internet, the internet speed is blazing fast in some areas.
In Corralejo, in our coworking, the fiber passes at a gig and throughout the city you have more or less the same speed.
Those who work in Smart Working do not have connection problems, especially in large cities such as Corralejo, Morro Jable and Puerto del Rosaio.
You can do a quick search of the best offers for hotels and apartments on the island of Fuerteventura then, just do the search in the form.
Workplace and Coworking in Fuerteventura
In the north of the island and some areas of the south, several coworking spaces were born.
Among these, of course, is ours, Cofete Coworking in Corralejo in the north of the island.
There are several scattered from north to south, after the pandemic the presence of these shared workspaces have increased due to the great demand.
The coworking space can help you network with people from all over Europe.
Rent a car or rely on public transport?
It is essential to have a means of transport on the island of Fuerteventura.
For those who really want to explore the island, see it and get to know all its beauties, a car is necessary.
Because there are public means of transport, they are also very efficient and connect the major cities.
Unfortunately, the most beautiful areas have no connections with public transport.
Coming here and getting around by public transport only limits you a lot what the island experience is.
Simone one of our founders has created a video with the 17 most beautiful beaches of Fuerteventura.
On this island there are beaches that are heavenly and all year round you can also go swimming even if the ocean water is cold.
You can find your rental car through the search engine and discover the best offers
Purchase a Spanish SIM Card for international and Internet calls
If you need a lot of gigabytes or to make phone calls in your country, there are many companies in Spain that offer rechargeable mobile SIMs.
In this video we explain how.
What are the requirements to buy them
You can buy these phone SIMs your identity card or passport is enough.
They are rechargeable and do not have any kind of obligation to stay.
Top up according to the various tariff plans with international calls and giga per month.
Credit Cards and Bancomat
Are there ATMs in the larger cities of Fuerteventura?
Absolutely yes, however, there are two types of ATMs.
ATMs within financial and banking institutions, and commercial ATMs, installed outside shops.
The former have lower withdrawal fees that can be around 3 euros, while the latter have higher fees that can even exceed 5 euros per withdrawal.
In this case, be very careful, it is preferable to pay with a credit card rather than withdrawing cash continuously in the long run you have very high commission costs .
What kind of tourist are you?
According to their nature, the various islands adapt to all tastes.
In these 2 years of opening our coworking we have had many young people who come here to practice outdoor sports.
There are plenty of surf schools, yoga schools, both indoor and outdoor gyms.
If you are a sportsman, once your work is finished you can devote yourself to sports especially if you are a lover of water sports such as: Surfing, Kitesurfing, snorkeling, sport fishing and much more.
Our coworking collaborates with the Lobos Surf Camp Fuerteventura a surf school where you will have the possibility to book both individual and group lessons.
If, on the other hand, you want to know the wonders of the island, you have the opportunity to have exciting experiences thanks to many attractions and guided tours.
Rent a catamaran and plowing the waters of the ocean, driving a Buggy among the volcanoes of Fuerteventura or observing the stars at night, the Canary Islands are in fact one of the places in Europe with the least light pollution.
During the year there are many popular festivals and initiatives such as the carnival, the Virgen del Carmen or many sporting events to attend. In short, there is something for all tastes and for all seasons.
Speak the Spanish language
It becomes almost essential to know the Spanish language.
For those who want to experience the island to the fullest and have the opportunity to speak with the inhabitants of the island, it is essential to know the Spanish language.
English is also spoken in hotels and tourist sites.
Knowing the Spanish language well helps you a lot.
You will have the opportunity to meet the locals who can make you discover many things and be able to ask for advice on the island, events, restaurants, places to visit etc.
It is a fundamental thing for those who actually want to experience the island to the full.
If you want to learn Spanish I recommend this website to receive online lessons with the possibility of one free spanish lesson.
What to pack for a workation in Fuerteventura
Of course, bring with you all the work tools, laptop, table, mobile phone, various accessories.
As for clothing, thanks to the climate there is 12 months of spring climate. During the summer the temperatures rise by a few degrees reaching even 35 degrees, during the winter it never drops below 15 degrees.
So in your suitcase bring light clothes, t-shirts, shirts, shorts, swimsuit and for the evening some sweatshirt and a windbreaker that you will use in the evening especially in the coldest periods in the months of January and February.
Well I hope I was helpful for any questions about Fuerteventura or our services do not hesitate to contact us.
Greetings from Corralejo Fuerteventura