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  Stone circles and towers on beaches
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - Yesterday, 12:13 AM - Forum: Environmental - No Replies


The City Council of Pájara proceeds to the withdrawal of the "Monoliths" and the "Corralitos" in various beaches of the Municipality.

The new municipal corporation decides to carry out the dismantling of the famous monoliths and the corralitos that can be seen in several points of our coasts and that both affect the environment.

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The practice of raising mounds, or "rock stacking" as it is known in English, not only supposes an alteration of the landscape, but also causes environmental damage.

Last weekend, he has ordered the withdrawal of several monoliths and corralitos located on different beaches of the municipality of Pájara.

These apparently harmless structures alter the insular ecosystem. Flora and fauna are affected by removing the stones. On the one hand, the flora, which takes advantage of the moisture of the stones, dies. The fauna, which inhabits these stones, disappears. This is why the food chain is severely affected, since many invertebrates and various plants are food sources for other species.

From the areas of beaches and municipal services, citizen collaboration is requested to avoid such practices and become aware of the environmental impact it entails. In this regard, beach watchers will collaborate in the tasks of information and control to avoid leaving that characteristic trail. In addition, the Local Police will be responsible for enforcing the Coastal Law as well as the Municipal Beach Regulations, with penalties ranging from € 1,501 to € 3,000.

Members of the municipal government board insist that the most important task is to explain and sensitize both residents and tourists. The Councilor for Beaches, Dunia Álvaro, declares: “The Mojones or Monoliths are placed by imitation, we see one and we want to place ours as a souvenir. However, we are not aware of the damage it causes ”and in this sense“ If we want to show off the wild landscape in Fuerteventura, how beautiful it is is in its natural state, without alterations ”

With regard to corralitos, we have proceeded to dismantle several structures of enormous dimensions that, in addition to modifying the habitat, accumulated user waste such as mats, papers and plastics. Jose Díaz, Delegate Councilor of the Services area has been responsible for the removal of said waste and insists that “it is vitally important to keep our beaches in optimal conditions for everyone to enjoy. We must be aware of the environment and keep our environment clean ”

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  Annual Hire Car Insurance
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 21-08-2019, 11:01 PM - Forum: Travel information - boats, cars, cabs, harbours & roads - No Replies

I have a policy with Insurance4CarHire that I renew annually, covers me for hire cars when I am off the island/in the UK etc. I've just received my renewal notice from them and they are stating that they will only renew for Non-UK residents if they renew before 31st Oct 2019, for the time being whilst they see what happens then. So, if you are resident on Fuerte and have this cover but your renewal is not due until Nov/Dec/Jan etc you may want to consider contacting the company and renewing a month or 2 early if you are planning on travelling/hiring a car in the UK late in the year. Hope this makes sense!

BTW this renewal cost me £39.99

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  Travel Insurance info please
Posted by: Emmi Smith - 21-08-2019, 01:22 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (23)

Just looking at my travel insurance which needs to be upgraded due to age and health issues.  Finding it difficult to get either annual or single trip insurance to cover up to a 90 day visit to Fue without incurring a massive premium.  Currently covered for max 45 days .....any recommendations please? 
I've just got a quote from StaySure ( generally highly recommended) but that's max 35 days - annual premium for max 35 days per trip is £341 - but for a single trip of 90 days it is £737.00 !!!!

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  Road & pavement improvements, C/Guirre Corralejo
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 20-08-2019, 10:45 PM - Forum: Travel information - boats, cars, cabs, harbours & roads - Replies (2)


The event is scheduled tomorrow at 9:00 am (access from Pedro Guy Van Daele Avenue, from the roundabout next to Dulce de Leche, in the direction of Mercadona)

La Oliva, on August 20, 2019. The City Council of La Oliva invites the media to attend the organized visit to explain at the beginning of the works on Guirre de Corralejo street.

The event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 21, at 9:00 a.m. on Guirre Street itself, with the participation of the mayor of La Oliva, Isaí Blanco, the Councilor for Barrios, Marcelino Umpiérrez, the Councilor for Works and Services, Oliver González, and the responsible technicians.

The project called 'CONDITIONING OF STEELS IN GEAFOND' has a budget of 1.1 million euros, and a period of execution of 9 months, including actions such as repair of sidewalks, street furniture or bike lane.


Guirre Street gives access from Corralejo to the urbanization of Geafond, known as Natural Park.

Detour from the Pedro Guy Van Daele Avenue roundabout, near Dulce de Leche pastry in the direction of Mercadona.

From Tamara:
This is the road leading from what I refer to as the Tamarindo roundabout (British Shop, Nico's Belgian Beer etc) up to Mercadona. An alternative route to avoid any possible congestion would be to leave Corralejo on the new motorway but turn off at the electric substation and go past Marina Heights, Municpal Pool, BahiAzul and down to Mercadona.

This is long overdue work as the pavements have been abysmal for years, very poor quality paving blocks that disintegrated almost as soon as they were laid, lethal after dark!

I'm just concerned that like in other streets the creation of a bike lane will remove the on-street parking that is currently available in the much of this road.

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  Las Arenas complex in Caleta de Fuste
Posted by: joyw76 - 19-08-2019, 03:44 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

Hi all, does anyone on here know anything about the Las Arenas complex in Caleta, cost of community fees, is water and electricity included in community? What’s the general complex like etc. ( I know the location ) any constructive information would be greatly appreciated. TIA

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  Fiestas del Buen Viaje - El Cotillo
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 16-08-2019, 10:17 PM - Forum: Things to do on the island - Replies (1)

Fresh jareas for the Fiesta del Buen Viaje in El Cotillo

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This morning the traditional Calada was celebrated, with dozens of neighbors involved and at least a ton of fish to invite the attendees in the popular asadero next Thursday.

La Caleta de El Río, north of El Cotillo, welcomed this morning the continuation of a tradition that is lost in the memory of the generations of the town. Dozens of neighbors collaborating and hundreds as public, enjoyed since dawn with the show of La Calada.

The operation, which began at midnight yesterday, at full tide, was completed early in the morning with a considerable catch. While the tide picks up, fishermen and many volunteers are recovering and fencing the chinchorro, little by little, preventing it from becoming entangled in the rocks at the bottom, letting the small fish out, and always under the coordination of the pattern's barge.

The result of this ancestral operation today was more than thirty boxes of fish, mostly salemas, over a ton. And the task would not go ahead without everyone's collaboration. And of all, because they no longer participate only by removing the fish on land and fixing it later, but more and more women are thrown into the water to help with the chinchorro.

The most important thing, the neighbors themselves say, is that the fish is for the people. It is not commercialized, but rather the attendees are prepared and invited to the traditional asadero de jareas that will take place next Thursday, within the Fiestas of the Good Journey of El Cotillo. Although chinchorro is an art of restricted fishing today, this tradition is still maintained once a year.

The Holidays of the Good Journey continue

Until next August 25 the festivities continue in honor of Our Lady of the Good Journey of El Cotillo. The City Council of La Oliva, and the Cotillo Joven association coordinate to organize one of the most popular festivals in northern Fuerteventura.

The complete program is detailed below, and is available for download at the following link: PROGRAM


In Honor of Our Lady of Good Travel

Download PROGRAM here

Wednesday 14

6:00 p.m. - Soccer between single / married and arrimadas.

Place: The little field of the park.

20: 30h.- Cinema, in the little dead.

Thursday 15

7:00 p.m. - Dj training workshop with Abián Reyes de Gran Canaria.

Place: Cultural center of El Cotillo. Collaboration: Ministry of Youth Island Council of Fuerteventura.

9:00 p.m. - Bingo for the benefit of El Cotillo Sports Club.

Place: El Muellito. Organized by: C.D. El Cotillo

Friday 16

11: 00.- Children's Canary Ball Tournament.

Place: Ball Field.

5:00 p.m. - Frangollo Extreme, fun ginkana between villages in the little village.

19: 00.- Craft Market of El Cotillo.

Place: People's Square. Organized by: Cotiarte Cultural Association.

11:00 pm.- Verbena with the Kandela and Los Vera groups in Fuerteventura.

Place: Church Square.


12: 00.- YOUNG DAY COTILLO, day for young people from 12 years old, where they can enjoy different water activities, foam canyon, many surprises and music with DJ ABIÁN REYES Gran Canaria, DJ EU and DJ NAUPE from Fuerteventura .

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: A.J. Young Cotillo.

17: 30h.- Canary Ball Tournament PLAYAS DE EL COTILLO.

Place: Ball field. Organized by: El Cotillo Ball Club.

9:00 p.m. - XXV Tribute Meeting of Young Soloists, accompanied by young soloists from all the islands. (See separate poster).

Place: El Muellito. Organized by: A.F. The Tostón.

11:00 pm.- Gran Verbena enlivened by the Harmony Orchestra Show of Gran Canaria and the La Formula de Fuerteventura group.

Place: Church Square.

At the end of the verbena Diana Floreada by Vitamin Band of Gran Canaria and Chocolate of YOLANDA (that of Guillermo and Juliana) accompanied by cookies in El Muellito.

Collaborate: A.J. Young Cotillo.

Sunday 18 MAIN DAY.

12: 30h.- Maritime-Terrestrial Religious Function, in Honor of Our Lady of Good Voyage, accompanied by the town's parranderos.

At the end of the disembarkation of the virgin we continue with the Verbenita Ntra. Mrs. of the Good Journey, with the performances of the soloist Janny and Onda Latina

Place: El Muellito.







Place: El Muellito.

Monday 19 CHILD'S DAY


Come and enjoy with your friends a fresh juice, the company of MICKEY AND MINNI MOUSE, FOAM PARTY, master class of LATIN DANCE KIDS and DJ GISEM.

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate A.J. Young Cotillo.

20: 30h.- GRAN GALA INFANTIL, with the best artists of the summer, a great parade of models, the performance of the Sara and Nagore duo and the choreographic group directed by Sara Gracia.

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate A.J Cotillo Joven.

Tuesday 20

11: 00.- Super Ginkana Infantil and Traditional Children's Games (cucaña, sartenada, chocolate, swimming, sack race, etc). Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: A.J. Young Cotillo

17: 00.- Torneíto Futsal.

Place: Soccer field.

Registration in the Cultural Center of El Cotillo.

6:00 p.m. - Women's Round Contest.

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: residents of the town.


9:00 p.m. - CONCERT JUVENIL, with the special collaboration of the students of the Music School LA NUEVA SAGA, Marey Martín Calero and María Cambeiro.

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: A.J. Cotillo Joven, The New Saga.

Wednesday 21

10: 00.- Traditional children's fishing by pieces and weight on the boat La Resacca Fishing Charter.

Place: Big dock. Manager: Juan Jesús and Agoney.

Registration in the cultural center of El Cotillo, until August 19.

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - GRAN SANGRÍA BAILABLE (FIESTA DEL AGUA), with foam cannon and the Nuevo Klan, La Fórmula groups, the Son de Aquá and There and Dj Cat orchestra.

CAREER FOR ADULTS OF “HICHABLES ANIMALS AND TROPICAL FRUITS”, (prohibited donuts and beach mats), can enjoy many prizes, MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE PER INFLATABLE.

(The time of the race is approximate, it depends on the tide).

Thursday 22

10:00 pm.- Traditional asadero de jareas, wrinkled potatoes and gofio. Accompanied by MARIACHI LAS SALINAS and soloist JANNY.

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: Neighbors of the Town, Parranda El Tostón

Friday 23rd

11: 00.- Children's Workshops. Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: A.J. Young Cotillo.

8:00 p.m. - NIGHT PROCESSION. Upon completion, Pyrotechnic Show.

Place: El Muellito.

At the end of verbena with the groups kandela and N-Klave.

Place: Church Square.

Saturday 24

08: 00.- Fishing with friends, in the fishing port of El Cotillo.

Contact Oscar "El Canoso".

7:00 p.m. - Party presentation C.D. El Cotillo-C.D. Chilegua The Wall

Organized by: C.D. El Cotillo

Place: Soccer field.

9:00 p.m. - GREAT SCALE-ADULT HIFI, with the best artists of the moment.

Place: El Muellito. Collaborate: A.J. Young Cotillo

11:00 pm.- Great verbena with the Kandela and N-Klave groups.

Place: Church Square.

Sunday 25

6:00 p.m. Football, soccer tournament for the little ones in the park's little field.

Organized by: Ayto. De La Oliva.

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  Is this why there's so much dust?
Posted by: Archer - 12-08-2019, 04:01 PM - Forum: Environmental - Replies (6)

What is place between Caleta  and Triquiviate? Looks like a quarry/stoneworks or cement works. You could see clouds of dust hanging between the mountains. Must be damaging the the air quality.
And there's also a guy on the FV2 towards Tarajalejo who kicks up loads of dust with his builders merchant.
Isn't anyone monitoring these businesses? Crazy!

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  Photograhic exhibition in Corralejo
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 10-08-2019, 12:06 AM - Forum: Things to do on the island - No Replies

The exhibition Mountains with history is shown in Corralejo from this Monday, August 12

This initiative emerged from the Root People's Cultural Association shows a spectacular journey through the landscapes and geology of the municipality of La Oliva through its main geographical features.

The City Council of La Oliva, from the Department of Culture, reports that from this Monday August 12 will be available for your visit in the Municipal Exhibition Hall, in Corralejo, the photographic exhibition Mountains with history.

This exhibition is the result of a project initiated three years ago by the Root People's Cultural Association. After convening a photo contest, the result is a selection of images and texts that take a tour of the geology and ethnography of the municipality of La Oliva, through its reliefs and geographical features, revealing the secrets of twelve landscapes such as Tindaya, Calderón Hondo, the Red Mountain, the Islet of Lobos ...


The exhibition will be initially accessible in the Exhibition Hall of Corralejo (c / Huriamen s / n), annexed to the Corralejo Library, during summer, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The winter time of this space (from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) begins on September 16.

Mountains with history

Mountains with history is a selection of photographs to observe the territory in which we live, the product of a long process of conformation that tells us about our past, our present and its future variants.

The territory is shown as the reflection of our culture, collective memory and identity, "with the intention of contributing to know the territory we inhabit, starting with those places that allow us to see the horizon, where our dreams unfold and we almost touch the sky. .., our mountains ", explained María Elena Gutiérrez Lima, coordinator of this exhibition, at the time of her presentation.

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  Camping on Fuerteventura
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 09-08-2019, 11:19 PM - Forum: Environmental - Replies (3)

I think this article in RTVAC is referring to Camper Vans rather than tents. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere years ago that tents are banned but I could well be wrong.

Cabildo, city councils and Seprona meet for the first time to solve the camping

· Fuerteventura is the only island in the Canary Islands where camping is not prohibited, increasing the number of campers on our coast.

· Free camping significantly damages the coastal coast of Fuerteventura, not respecting the environment.

· More than 80% of campers are not residents of Fuerteventura.

· Cabildo and city councils reject the prohibition of camping on the island, working with the advice of Seprona, to define the areas that in each municipality can be used for this purpose.

On the initiative of public institutions and the Nature Protection Service (Seprona) in Fuerteventura, a first meeting was held this Friday morning in the plenary hall of the City Hall of Antigua, to assess the situation on the island regarding camping areas, campers and incidents collected, in order to create a consensual arrangement between municipalities, Cabildo de Fuerteventura and environmental agents.

The meeting chaired by the mayor of Antigua, Matías Peña, has been assisted by the Insular Councilor for Infrastructure, Territorial Planning, Coordination with Municipalities and General Services, Sergio Lloret, the accidental head of the Puerto del Rosario company, the Lieutenant Mario Fornes, the Head of Patrols of Seprona in Fuerteventura, Juan Carlos García, the councilors and councilors of the town councils of Pájara, Dania Álvaro Soler, for Tuineje, Pedro Soler and Martín Cano, of Puerto del Rosario, Sonia Álamo, of La Oliva, David Fajardo, in addition to the councilors of Antigua, Juan Cabrera and Agustín Rodríguez.

During the meeting, the significant increase in the number of campers was assessed this year, as well as illegal camping on the island, with consequent damage to the coastal coast of Fuerteventura, which is the only island in the archipelago that does not totally prohibit the camping

All public representatives present at the meeting agreed to keep camping on the island, not prohibiting them, but defining the areas where they can be held in each Municipality.

The mayor of Antigua, Matías Peña, valued the meeting as the first meeting that can solve the combination of respecting a traditional activity on the island such as camping, taking care of the environment and respecting the law.

The counselor, Sergio LLoret, has invited to participate in a new and upcoming meeting in which all municipalities bring proposals for areas of camping interest, assessing which meet the necessary requirements and what legal procedures must be initiated.

In turn, the Chief of Patrol of the Nature Protection Service, stressed the importance of the meeting to regulate and order in consensus, the camping areas, avoiding sanctions and complaints to users and municipalities. We are part of this team, together with the town halls and the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, and we agree not to want to prohibit but to define the camping areas within the legal framework that they require, says Juan Carlos García.

I have to confess to be slightly confused by all this as each year the various ayuntamientos invite people to apply for permits to camp at various places on our coasts - Tamara.

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  Strange things growing in pool
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 08-08-2019, 11:35 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (12)

A friend has a pool that is lined with small mosaic tiles. Over the years the grout has become damaged, including several bouts of black algae, and some of the tiles have lifted off the walls and bottom. She knows it needs a complete revamp but is trying to keep it going for the time being. 
When I went to clean it for her today I found these strange strands appearing to grow in areas of the damaged grout. They brushed out really easily, along with some normal green algae that was coating the sides. 
The chemical balance of the water is spot on and the water was clean and bright before I started brushing. I've added some algaecide and left the sediment to settle overnight and hopefully can vac it all out tomorrow. The green algae is quite standard in hot Weather and of no real concern, but does anyone have any idea what these other things are and what if any treatment is needed?

[Image: 091h6pK.jpg] the longest strand was about 3" long

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