Fuerteventura – 2016 in 3 minutes

Fuerteventura - 2016 in 3 minutes

Fuerteventura – 2016 in 3 minutes

Fuerteventura – 2016 in 3 minutes – my Fuerteventura 2016 review in a short video. Well actually it didn’t seem to take much longer than 3 minutes to happen in real time but I guess that is what happens when you get older and you are an expat in Fuerteventura.

If you also decide to retire to Fuerteventura perhaps 2017 will pass as quickly for you. In fact, if you retire to Canary Islands anywhere it might be the same.

It was a fairly average year of expat life in many respects. Lots of sunshine, some visitors to stay with us, lots of dog walks (at least 365), eating out and even the occasional visit to the beach.

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Fuerteventura Vlog November 2016 – Celebrations

Fuerteventura Vlog November 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog November 2016 – A Month of Celebrations

In this month’s Fuerteventura Vlog November 2016 we had both our 8th anniversary (on the 8th) and my birthday (on the 18th). Not that there is anything to celebrate in my birthday, apart from the fact that I am still here! As George Burns said “I don’t like getting old, but it’s better than the alternative!”

On our anniversary we went to the Ugly Duckling, a Danish restaurant that has recently relocated. https://www.facebook.com/restauranttheuglyduckling/

On my birthday we went to Corralejo and had a meal at the Asia Garden followed by a few drinks at the Rock Island Bar. This is run by Gary and his wife, Mandy, and is the best music bar in Corralejo in my opinion. It is all acoustic music – no heavy rock. There are many different artists who play there. Gary often accompanies them on the acoustic bass, which I think as a lovely instrument. If only I could play. The Rock Island usually broadcasts live every evening on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_IC8h8B7jg9Z7Lv2714wCA

Fuerteventura Vlog November 2016
Gary Woodward and Dave Hedley playing Hotel California at the Rock Island Bar in Corralejo

This month we also had a friend stay so we took him around to show him some of the island. Retirement in Fuerteventura is very hectic you know.

The Fuerteventura Vlog November 2016 contains:

  • my birthday night out
  • our anniversary meal
  • a big thunderstorm at sea
  • a walk in the mountains
  • sightseeing
  • lunch in the capital, Puerto del Rosario
  • Dog walk

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Our 2 Day Trip to Lanzarote – Bonus Vlog

Trip to Lanzarote

Our 2 Day Trip to Lanzarote – Bonus Vlog

We left Fuerteventura on the first ferry out of Corralejo for our trip to Lanzarote to meet my son, his wife and her family in Playa Blanca. They were staying for 4 nights to celebrate Louise’s mother’s birthday. See Armas Ferry post.

After meeting up at the port we all headed towards El Golfo on the north-west coast for lunch. We stopped at Los Hervideros (“The Boiling Pots”) on the way which is a spectacular piece of coastline with underground caves and blow-holes you can look down in to.. Then we continued on to El Golfo and had a really nice lunch overlooking the sea at the Costa Azul Restaurant.

After a short walk to see the Green Lagoon, we then went back to Playa Blanca to the Rubicon Marina where we were meeting Miguel, the owner of the boat I had rented for the night (see link below). It is rather unique, being the only wooden yacht in the marina. It was certainly a great location being right in the heart of Marina Rubicón. The marina is lovely, with lots of bars and restaurants. I hadn’t been to the marina before and it certainly improved my opinion of Playa Blanca. We had pre-dinner drinks at the Blue Note jazz bar followed by dinner at Lanis restaurant, which was excellent.

Trip to Lanzarote
I should have used the new JP in Fuerteventura motor yacht for the trip!

The following morning we drove to Arrecife for the obligatory visit to Ikea. This is something Sue insists on. We didn’t buy very much, thankfully, so after a coffee and a bite to eat we headed back to Playa Blanca for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. We then caught the 4pm ferry back to Fuerteventura. See Fred Olsen Express Ferry post.

Trip to Lanzarote
Sue enjoying a rest on our little boat

We booked the boat we spent the night on through Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9476989?eluid=0&euid=623d4204-c062-b8fc-9b04-c4d0239332b7

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Fuerteventura October 2016 – Vlog

Fuerteventura October 2016

Fuerteventura October 2016 – Vlog

Fuerteventura October 2016: So, what happened in Fuerteventura during October? Well, winter has arrived early and we have had lots of rain. Well, lots by Fuerteventuran standards anyway. Of course there have been lots of nice warm, dry bits in between.

Fuerteventura October 2016
Dark rain clouds over La Oliva

This month:

– We went to El Cotillo for a meal with friends
– We had lots of rain which caused minor flooding in some parts
– Sue and I went to Lanzarote for a night away to see my son (I will cover this in a separate video to come)
– Took a trip up in the mountains to Betancuria with my brother and niece
– I took the dogs for a walk (31 times of course)

I have now completed a full year of monthly vlogs to show what living in Fuerteventura is like. After the positive feedback on Youtube and Facebook I will continue these, for another year at least.

Check out the other monthly vlogs in this playlist to see what living in Fuerteventura is like in other months: Fuerteventura Monthly Vlog Playlist

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Fuerteventura Vlog September 2016 – A Lovely Month

fuerteventura vlog september

Fuerteventura Vlog September 2016

September and October are often the two nicest months here. The weather is wonderful, with generally less wind, and the Spanish holiday period is over so there are less people on the beach and no more noisy fiestas in the area.

We did have some rain, which is very unusual, but it only lasted about 10 minutes. It did just about wet everything though.

This vlog includes:

– messing about in the pool
– date night in El Cotillo
– Harvest moon
– driving in the river beds
– walking the dogs in the river beds (with shadows)
– a trip to Los Molinos
– Rain!
– Sunset
– Driving on the new road
– Dogs playing with their new toy
– Surfer’s beach, El Cotillo
– Walk on the track to Tindaya with the dogs

If you are considering retirement in Fuerteventura please take a look at the other posts on the website and feel free to ask any questions on enjoying retirement life here.

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Fuerteventura Vlog August 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog August

Fuerteventura Vlog August 2016

August was a very hot month here in Fuerteventura with lots of Calimas (hot, dry, dusty winds from the Sahara).

This vlog contains:

  • eating out at Casa Vieja in La Oliva with friends
  • car repairs (just a bit of tlc to the tow bar that was looking a bit rusty)
  • buggy and 4 x 4 safaris which kept interrupting our dog walk at the back of El Roque
  • rescuing a lizard from the pool, which I do most days. It may even be the same lizard every time.
  • sunsets from the garden
  • the Moon, taken using Sue’s Canon SX50 which has a great telephoto lens
  • dogs’ walk over the dry river beds
  • Jenson gets a haircut and we walk round El Cotillo
  • a Hoopoe in the garden
  • El Cotillo night out for a friend’s birthday
  • Was that white thing in the sky a UFO?

Well that was another month of life in Fuerteventura. Retirement in Fuerteventura as an expat is a struggle sometimes but we manage to survive.

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Watch the other monthly vlogs: Monthly Vlog Playlist

Monthly Vlog Fuerteventura July 2016

Fuerteventura July

Monthly Vlog Fuerteventura July 2016 – A Hot and Quiet Month

We had no visitors during July and as it was quite hot, with a Calima too, we did very little apart from cool off in the pool. That suited us but doesn’t make for much of an interesting video. But that is life here in Fuerteventura I guess.

This month’s vlog includes:

– Oscar’s turn to visit the vet for his annual Rabies and other injections
– Sue’s family of wild birds in the garden. She is an avid bird feeder, and was in the UK too. We have lots of visiting and resident birds as a result.
– Bath time for both Oscar and Jenson. Neither are very keen but grin and bear it.
– I went filming on the beaches of El Cotillo for a recent video – See post
– The dogs favourite walk is in the dry river beds near Lajares so we went there quite often, a bit later than normal to let it cool down a bit

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Talented musicians – Fuerteventura 2016

Fuerteventura 2016

What happened in June – Living in Fuerteventura 2016

This month’s Fuerteventura 2016 blog shows what we got up to living in Fuerteventura in June. It was a relatively quiet month with some lovely weather.

It was Sue’s birthday so we went to El Cotillo to celebrate. After a nice meal, eaten overlooking the sea at the El Roque de Pescadores restaurant we moved on to the Coyote bar, overlooking the old harbour, where we met a number of friends. The music that night was really good and the violin player was a particularly talented musician – watch towards the end of the video to see what I mean.

I had a strange moment in the Coyote bar when an English couple, who were on holiday, came up to me and said “You’re JP aren’t you? We watch all your videos.” I was quite taken aback. Thank you Pete and Karen. Perhaps I have found fame at last? I hope fortune is just around the corner.

It includes:

– Pool wildlife
– Sue’s Birthday (meal in an El Cotillo restaurant followed by a night in the Coyote Bar)
– San Juan bonfire
– an afternoon on a Fuerteventura beach – the El Cotillo lagoons
– Dogs digging in the river beds
– Pool swim


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Fuerteventura Vlog May 2016 – UK Trip

Fuerteventura Vlog May

Fuerteventura Vlog May 2016

Not much about Fuerte in my Fuerteventura Vlog May as it was rather dominated by our trip back to the UK to attend my son’s wedding in Canterbury. First stop was Somerset to stay with our friends Nick and Sheila in their house in Thorney, on the Somerset Levels. The house was completely flooded in 2014 and has been totally refurbished since then.

Fuerteventura Vlog May
Nick and Sheila’s House
Fuerteventura Vlog May 2016
Nick and Sheila’s Kitchen © Matilda Temperley

Article in The Times

We then went off to Canterbury in preparation for Richard and Louise’s wedding. It all went off really well and I was very proud of him.

Sue looked nice.


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I walked into Canterbury centre in the morning and it turned out that there was a parade of RAF Air Cadets for their 70th anniversary. I was an Air Cadet for 2 weeks but left as there was too much marching and the corporal was a bully.

The wedding was really good and I was very proud of my son.


– Flying to Gatwick
– Walks and lots of tea out in Somerset
– My first pint for two years
– Air Cadets parade
– Salvation Army Band
– Wedding
– Flight back to Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura Vlog April 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog April

 Fuerteventura Vlog April 2016

Fuerteventura Vlog April 2016

April started off busy as our friends Mike, Kirsteen and their daughter Suzi were staying with us for the first week but then it became a little quiet, which suited us as we were going to have a busy May.


– Shopping in Corralejo
– Dinner at the Casa Vieja in La Oliva (highly recommended)
– Lunch in El Cotillo
– Corralejo beach to the Waikiki for lunch
– Digging out the concrete to install a new gate post
– Burying a dead rabbit in the dry river beds
– Messing around in the pool for the first time this year

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