Where to eat in Fuerteventura – Casa de la Naturaleza in Vega de Rio Palmas

where to eat in Fuerteventura

This week we had to choose where to eat in Fuerteventura that was somewhere in the middle of the island. That was because friends of ours were here on holiday in Fuerteventura, staying in the south of the island in Costa Calma, and we wanted to meet them for lunch.

where to eat in Fuerteventura
Lunch on the patio
Location

The restaurant is located in the little village of Vega de Rio Palmas which is in the mountains just outside Betancuria, roughly in the centre of Fuerteventura.

It is in a very quiet setting at the end of the village with views of the mountains from the patio. There is a lovely courtyard, which is a green oasis, and a pond with fish and terrapins/turtles and other wildlife.

where to eat in Fuerteventura
The pond and the view of the mountains

The Casa de la Naturaleza restaurant was recommended by my Spanish teacher, Sally, so we decided to meet there. We were glad we did as it turned out to be one of nicest restaurants in Fuerteventura that we have eaten at. The food was good but the setting and the restaurant itself were absolutely amazing.

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A display of an old woodworkers bench and tools

Whichever way you get to the restaurant means an interesting Fuerteventura mountain road drive. It is a great place for lunch in the mountains and would be good to eat there when visiting Betancuria or the Caves of Ajuy.

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A green Fuerteventura

As we have had quite a bit of rain this winter, well for here. The island was greener than I have ever seen it before. If you are touring the island and wondering where to eat in Fuerteventura give it a try.

The Casa De La Naturaleza online details:
http://www.casanaturaleza.net/
https://www.facebook.com/casanaturaleza/

There is a guest house with an infinity pool attached to the restaurant so you could spend the night there too.

Watch the Casa de la Naturaleza video here:

Watch the video in Youtube – Casa de la Naturaleza

Drone Flying in Fuerteventura – My first flight

Drone Flying in Fuerteventura

Drone flying in Fuerteventura for the first time

Drone Flying in Fuerteventura
Holy Stone HS200

Sue, my wife, bought me a Holy Stone HS200 drone for Christmas so I decided to try it out after walking the dogs in the river beds. Well, I guess you could say it was a first drone flight fail!

I crashed the drone many times, particularly at the beginning as it had the tendency to fly sideways on its own immediately after take off. I managed to get around that by a combination of adding some compensation to the controls and some skilful flying.

Drone Flying in Fuerteventura
Crashing into my camcorder

It also seemed to suddenly have a will of its own and just head off in one direction until I hit the “land” button to stop it. This may be due to my piloting skills so I will have to do some more testing.

Drone Flying in Fuerteventura
The difficult flying under the car stunt

I got so “good” I even managed the super difficult “flying a drone under a car” manoeuvre! More testing with the Holy Stone quadcopter to come I think. Anyone else do any drone flying in Fuerteventura?

It is not easy to fly and seems to be very susceptible to the wind (which is a bit of a problem here!). It is very robust though as I have crashed it numerous times now and nothing has broken.

Watch the video in Youtube – Drone flying

Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2017 | Corralejo Dunes Beach

Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2017

The 30th International Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2017 took place over the weekend of 9th-12th November 2017 with kites from all over Europe taking part. It is easily the most colourful event of the year in Fuerteventura. It starts off on the Playa de la Concha in El Cotillo for one day and then the weekend is on the Corralejo Dunes Beach.

Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2017

This year seems to have been even more popular with spectators than normal as I got stuck in my first ever traffic jam here on the way to the beach. It took me an hour from the end of the queue to get parked by the beach.

There were many 3d kites flying along with lots of other types of kite. I particularly liked the little Minions kites.

Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2017
Minions Kites

The kite flyers spend all day on a lovely beach topping up their tans. Doing a kite flying festival is not a bad hobby really!

Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2017

Unfortunately the giant octopus kite wasn’t flying while I was there.

Watch video on Youtube – https://youtu.be/u4h_j1xh518

Fuerteventura Vlog September 2017 | A little excitement and a JP rant!

September 2017

Quite a busy month in September 2017 with both my brother and my son and his wife visiting – see my previous video https://youtu.be/K0CxYm1K5Og

This is what happened in the rest of the month.

We were indoors watching tv one evening when a motorbike went by, followed by a bang. When we went outside, the motorbike was against a wall and had caught on fire. The rider was nowhere to be seen. It took the Bomberos (fire brigade) over 20 minutes to arrive which doesn’t bode well if we have a house fire. They do have to come from Corralejo though.

When I loaded this video it had a little more footage in the sports bar in El Cotillo, where the football was being shown. Within 10 minutes of uploading the video, La Liga (Spanish League) claimed copyright of the video. So I received a copyright infringement on the video. This means that any of the small amount I received when people watch the adverts would go to them. Bugger that! I re-edited the video and uploaded it again. Up yours La Liga!

Watch the video in Youtube – https://youtu.be/T4KmpOxOyiY

A Day In The Life Of An Expat

life of an expat

So many people seem to think that the life of an expat here in Fuerteventura is just one big holiday. If only that were the case.

What most people overlook is that once you live somewhere, as opposed to coming on holiday, life takes over. We have to do the shopping, do housework, do the washing, walk the dogs, and, in our case, turnaround our rental apartment.

When we came here on holiday for a week or two we ate out most nights. We spent most days on the beach. But of course, the life of an expat can’t be like that.

This video is a what a day in my life can be.

Watch video on Youtube.

The “dream” sequence: By the way, Jenny Agutter has always been a favourite of mine. In 1973, when I was 18, I was just coming out of a station in London. As I exited I, literally, bumped into the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. We smiled at each other, said “Sorry” and immediately fell in love. I didn’t know who she was but as she walked away I heard someone next to me say “That was Jenny Agutter”. She was about 19 at the time. Unfortunately, it was only one-way unrequited love it seems as she hasn’t tried to find me as far as I know – but I still live in hope!

If you are an ex-pat, let me know if your life is one long holiday in the comments below.

Learning Spanish – My experience learning Spanish so far

Learning Spanish

I have been having learning Spanish in one-to-one lessons for a couple of years now. The biggest problem I have is that I don’t get much chance to actually practice speaking Spanish. This is rather sad when you consider that I live in a Spanish speaking place.

I have found the Synergy Spanish course very useful and often use it while I am walking the dogs – Synergy Spanish: Click Here for more details!

Although I don’t live in a predominately expat area I still don’t have any Spanish friends that I can practice speaking with. And speaking it is the key really. You can learn as much of the theory as you like but unless you can practice it doesn’t really help.

I can understand quite a bit of Spanish. If I listen to someone’s conversation, or the radio, then I can usually get the gist of it as you don’t need to know every word. But speaking Spanish is a different matter. You can’t just say a few words to be understood but need all the words to make sense.

My Spanish teacher is Sally who is based in Corralejo – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1425068397797916/

Another in the series of “JP drones on about something” videos. Watch in Youtube.

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.

Read our story of how we became expats in Spain

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Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017 – Sunsets and timelapses

Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017

Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017 – Sunsets, timelapses and birthday

It was another pretty quiet month here in Fuerteventura in May. Unusually there were some very pretty sunsets – unusual as the best sunsets are normally in the winter. We went out to meet friends a few times for drinks or to eat but otherwise didn’t do a great deal. The inevitable daily dog walks of course and a few swims in the pool.

I did two timelapses – one sitting outside the Seahorse bar in El Cotillo and the other of the Toston Tower El Cotillo.

Thanks for watching my diary of an expat video showing what is it like to live in Fuerteventura in May.

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Where to live in Fuerteventura – La Oliva

Where to live in Fuerteventura - La Oliva Fuerteventura

Where to live in Fuerteventura – La Oliva Fuerteventura

The most often question I get asked when people contact me is “Where do you live in Fuerteventura?” As most people never visit La Oliva when they come to Fuerteventura I thought I would do a video on what there is here to see and what facilities there are.

Frankly, it is not the most exciting place in the world to live. There are few places to eat or drink, and what bars there are really have little to recommend them. Having said that, the centre is ok and it is quite nice having a coffee at the kiosk in the church square (plaza del Iglesia).

Where to live in Fuerteventura was an easy one for us. We would have preferred to live in El Cotillo but there are only apartments there and we wanted a house (as we have dogs). Our second choice was Lajares, which I still like, but the houses are more expensive there. So we ended up in La Oliva.

The Colonel’s Route in La Oliva

You can do the “Ruta de los Coroneles” on a Tuesday and Friday. You can find more information here – Route of the Coroneles
and book online here – Online Booking

Where to live in Fuerteventura - La Oliva Fuerteventura

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The guides

You can visit:

  • the Centro de Arte Canario ‘Casa Mané’ (La Oliva Art Gallery)
  • Casa de la Cilla
  • Casa de los coroneles
  • the Iglesia de la Candelaria (church)
  • Casa del Coroneles.

Watch video in youtube here

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Information on El Cotillo: http://www.elcotillo.net

Fuerteventura March 2017 – Rain, Carnivals and Gold Lamé

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Expat In Fuerteventura Vlog March 2017 – Rain, Carnivals and Gold Lamé

This month as an expat in Fuerteventura we, hopefully, saw the last of the very odd weather we have been having which included gales, rain and even hailstones. As usual there were the daily dog walks with Oscar and Jenson – the highlight of their day. My brother and part of his family came for a week’s holiday so I picked them up from the airport and we all went out together a few times.

Expat in Fuerteventura
Waiting at the airport
This Canary Islands vlog includes:

– A sunset from the garden (of course)
– a driving timelapse leaving Fuerteventura airport after dropping off some friends
– the dogs playing in the garden
Corralejo Carnival
– nature at its best in the dry river beds
– a rockfall on our walk
– the view from our rental apartment in El Cotillo

Expat in Fuerteventura
Not a bad view

– a bush covered in snails
– early morning and breakfast in Puerto del Rosario, the capital
– rain and getting soaked on a dog walk
– washing the car
– people timelapse at the airport
– a trip to Caleta de Fuste with my brother and his family (beware of the gold lame swimming trunks) where the Caleta de Fuste beach renovation is just about finished.
– another obligatory dog walk

Watch the video in Youtube

Read last month’s Fuerteventura vlog