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.

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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.

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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

What is the weather like in Fuerteventura in winter?

Fuerteventura in winter

When people are looking for somewhere to go to escape the cold and rain in northern Europe during winter one of their first questions is “What is the weather like in Fuerteventura in winter?”

Fuerteventura in winter
Sue on the beach in El Cotillo on Boxing Day (26th December)

Well in this video, hopefully, I will answer that question.  I have experienced winter in Fuerteventura for the past 9 years.

One of the key things about deciding to retire in Fuerteventura was the climate. It has to have the best climate in the world year round. Rarely too hot in summer and never actually cold in winter. I used to suffer from sad (seasonal affective disorder) in the UK I think in winter. Another way of putting it is – I was totally pissed off with the weather!

The lowest average winter temperatures are in January with an average of 18°C but of course that means that many days are above 20°C.

For full details of the weather here year round check out the weather page.

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Fuerteventura in November 2017 Vlog – Part 1

Fuerteventura in November 2017

Fuerteventura in November seemed seemed quite busy for me. Well, that is to say, I got plenty of footage, even if what I did wasn’t very exciting. I decided to split the monthly vlog into two.

Fuerteventura in November 2017
Oscar looking scary but having fun on the beach

Sue went off to the UK for 17 nights to visit family and I stayed here with the dogs. I decided to try and finish roofing a pergola at the rear of our house while she was gone.

I started it earlier in the year but it became too hot to spend much time up there so I delayed it until now. A neighbour of ours had their wooden lounge floor removed and replaced with tiles. The wood was going to the recycling centre so I recycled it instead. It is solid teak so very hard which meant I couldn’t nail the wood on as planned as I bent 4 out of every 5 nails. I therefore had to drill, countersink and screw every piece in place. So each section took ages.

While Sue was away I was either doing DIY or w alking the dogs. In 17 days I only spoke to one human being face to face!

We had dog walks in the Bristol Playa area of Corralejo, barrancos of Lajares.

Watch video in Youtube – https://youtu.be/A5LyxLB6Xyo

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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Read last month’s Fuerteventura vlog

Flying With A Dog To The UK – What does it cost?

Flying with a dog

Flying With A Dog To The UK – What does it cost?

This week I was asked by a neighbour if I could take him, his dog (Indie) and their luggage to the airport as they were returning to the UK for good. His wife went in a separate car with other friends.

Dogs travelling by air to the UK from Fuerteventura have to travel by air freight and not as baggage. Because of this they have to be taken to the cargo terminal at Fuerteventura airport. This is located off of the first roundabout at El Matoral.

The entrance to the cargo area at El Matoral

Animals can only arrive into the UK by air in a few airports that have an animal reception centre (Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow) and also on a scheduled flight. This limits the options, and, of course pushes up the price. They were flying on a Monarch flight to Manchester, all booked through the airline and the costs were ridiculous. Just for a very small dog like Indie the costs were:

750€ – for the flight by freight
200€ – late flight fee because it was to arrive after 20:30 hrs
49€ – administration fee (only notified to them the night before)
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999€ – Total which is about £850/$1070

As you can see, taking dogs by air to the UK, is an absolute rip-off! Passengers in the cabin were paying around 45€ to fly so 22 passengers could fly for the same cost as one small dog in the hold! Travelling with a dog to the UK is extortion frankly.

Indie in her crate before boarding the aircraft

Flying with a dog to other countries in the EU travel is much cheaper. It costs roughly the same cost as the passenger and they go as baggage through the terminal, not as freight. Small dogs, the size of Indie, can actually travel in a small carrier in the cabin too.

The UK has always been overprotective as far as this is concerned. For decades any dog coming into the UK had to spend 6 months in quarantine kennels (at great expense) in order to check that none had rabies. In all the 40 or 50 years that the poor dogs had to be separated from their owners not one case of rabies was found! So it stopped nothing.

The alternatives to flying with a dog directly to the UK are either:

1. Fly with them to somewhere close in the EU – France, Belgium, Holland and then arrange for someone to drive over on the cross channel ferry to meet you.

2. Overland/Ferries. You can either drive the dog yourself via the ferry to mainland Spain and then up through Spain (and France) to the UK or there are specialist transport companies that do this.

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Read my post on having dogs in Fuerteventura