Cost of Living in Fuerteventura – House and Car Costs

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Cost of Living in Fuerteventura – House and Car Costs

This is the second in a short series of videos on the cost of living in Fuerteventura 2017. This time it is the costs associated with housing and running a car. Check out part 1 – The cost of Food

The most significant difference between the cost of living in the Canary Islands and the UK is the charge for council tax in Fuerteventura. Our UK house council tax in Northamptonshire would now be £1902.82/2100€ a year yet our house here only costs £295/325€. The cost of living in Spain vs the UK is quite significant in some areas.

Another significant difference in the cost of living in Spain vs the UK is the cost of bottled gas. We pay £11.27/12.40€ per refill yet in the UK it is around £28.50/31.35€. Consequently our costs for hot water and hob cooking only amounts to around £1.80/2.00€ per week!

The most obvious difference with regard to the running costs of a car is the price of fuel. Diesel here is currently 0.80€ per litre. I think it is around £1.30 (1.45€) in the UK so almost double. Also car tax is much lower. My Mitsubishi 4×4 is about 75€ but in the UK I think it would be £305 (340€).

I don’t think the house and car costs in Fuerteventura are significantly different to the costs in Spain (mainland) except that the VAT is higher there.

Hopefully this will help give an idea of how much does it cost to live in Spain per month for expats.

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Cost of living in Fuerteventura – food & supermarkets

By popular request I will be doing a short series of videos and posts on the cost of living in Fuerteventura over the coming months. Please let me know in the comments below if you would like me to cover any particular cost of living topic.

In this video I talk about the cost of food in Fuerteventura and food prices in Spain generally. I also show what is available and give a few examples of prices for beer, wine, spirits etc.

We take a walk around a Mercadona the largest of the supermarkets in Corralejo. The Mercadona supermarket is one of a number now here on the island. Mercadona is part of a chain of supermarkets in mainland Spain (known as “The Peninsular” here). There are other Corralejo supermarkets such as Eurospar, Superdino and Padilla dotted around the town.

Generally, as far as food and groceries are concerned, I would say the cost of living in Fuerteventura is cheaper, or on a par with the UK. If you buy brands you know from the UK or Germany, and they are imported, they will undoubtedly cost more. But most of the local brands are just as good so you just need to try them.

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