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  HIJOS DE DOMINGO URQUIA MELIAN
Posted by: Emmi Smith - Yesterday, 09:29 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

Has anyone used this company to come out and look at a mal functioning dishwasher?  If so, do they have a call out charge and how much please?

Or is there someone who knows another person who can diagnose a problem with it and solve it?

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  Corralejo High Street. More work !
Posted by: bookman451 - 17-10-2019, 04:54 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

What the heck. Only been away about 3 months, get back and find all the time and Money spent landscaping the bottom end the street wasted.  Anyone know why / what is the problem. Or is it some more  EU cash grants going spare ?

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  Sea temperatures around the island
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 17-10-2019, 12:50 AM - Forum: Environmental - Replies (2)

Was browsing Canarias7 today and was reminded that they regularly report the sea at Corralejo as being the warmest in the Canaries. 

[Image: GENVeru.jpg]

September/October was always our favourite time to holiday here partly because of the 'warm' sea  Big Grin

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  Costa de Antigua among the ten poorest neighbourhoods in the Canary Islands
Posted by: Sam - 16-10-2019, 04:54 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (12)

In the eighties Fuerteventura lived immersed in the tourist take-off. These were times when everyone wanted to get on the tourism train, hotels appeared under the carpets and the ghost of partial plans flew over the whole Island. In that context, New Horizon emerged at the end of that decade, with the intention of becoming an important tourist centre as an extension of El Castillo.

However, that dream was short-lived and eventually became an area with ghost developments and, in statistics, as one of the ten poorest neighbourhoods in the Canary Islands. Nuevo Horizonte is the story of what could have been and stayed halfway.

In that coastal strip, in urban planning, on paper, the plans Mountain of Money, Plains of Money or Miraflor were drawn. In total, forecasts of more than 10,000 tourist beds less than two kilometres from the airport. It even projected a water park in the nineties that opened for a brief period. At present, and despite the change of official name - from the reviled Nuevo Horizonte to the aseptic Costa de Antigua -, what was considered as a leading tourist area has become a town with more problems than tourists.

The licenses were allowed to die. He looked towards the area of Caleta de Fuste to the detriment of Costa de Antigua, and Nuevo Horizonte ended up becoming a dormitory city, but with hardly any services. Now his neighbours fight to dignify New Horizon. The Italian Giuseppe Signorino is, for six years, president of the Association of Neighbors of Costa de Antigua. Together with a group of residents, he regrets the abandonment in which the area is immersed. They say that Nuevo Horizonte has the problems of a neighbourhood that "has been abandoned for 20 years."

It is also a melting pot of nationalities: Italians, English, Irish, Belgians, Spaniards, Moroccans ... Together they add up to 1,500 people that the neighbourhood association estimates could live in the area. “Nuevo Horizonte is a multicultural neighbourhood with people from all over Europe and from outside its borders. It was built as a tourist area, with several hotels and urbanizations, but they did not leave lots for public spaces, ”laments Signorino.

The lack of planning has made today Nuevo Horizonte a place without parks, public square, or cultural centre. “There is nothing that can help us to have cohesion. In this sense there is no town, ”Signorino laments as he complains that“ a lot of Money ”can be spent in the Plaza de Antigua, while they have to celebrate the town's festivities in the middle of the street.

The representative of the neighbours insists that the only thing they ask for is “a parity of rights and services”: a library, a public square, a place where, for example, to give language classes to the foreign population and conduct workshops or a centre for greater. They simply ask to live in the 21st century.

This lack of social cohesion has caused neighbours to live in small communities, relating only to those with whom they share a flag. Signorino explains how the population is “divided into segments and this leads to, sometimes, there is some conflict, for example, between the Spaniards and the Italians. They take us as conquerors, occupants, but we pay our taxes. ”

The National Institute of Statistics (INE) published last September the average income data per person and household at the lowest geographical level. The statistic, with data from 2016, places Nuevo Horizonte among the ten poorest neighbourhoods in the Canary Islands. With 5,481 euros per person and 12,091 euros per household per year. To the tail of the Canary Islands, other areas such as Añaza and Arona, in Tenerife or Jinámar, in Gran Canaria.

Nuevo Horizonte is the other side of tourism and construction. Part of its population worked in these sectors until the crisis hit its face and began to frequent the lines of unemployment and social assistance. In Spain there is a lack of work and Nuevo Horizonte is no exception. Signorino estimates that 30 percent of its population lives in unemployment.

The tourist crisis hitting Fuerteventura does not pass by Nuevo Horizonte. The president of the neighbourhood association estimates that the two hotels and an aparthotel in the area are at 50 percent occupancy. “The tourist who comes to Fuerteventura is low level and here it is even more. There is no tourist attraction and what comes next is a tourist who is only looking for cheap prices, not level, ”he emphasizes.

Squatter territory

The economic crisis reduced the rental price in the area. Nuevo Horizonte attracted people with low wages or unemployed. It has also become a squatter territory in recent years. Suen Tubback is another of the neighbours of the place. He explains how “the image of poverty in El Castillo began to be cleaned up. There, the image for tourism changed and the residents went to Costa de Antigua, where there were a lot of empty houses. ”

For his part, Signorino explains that one of the main problems in the area is the arrival of squatters that break the doors of the apartments of the urbanizations and start living in them. He does not dare to give a precise number of squatters, but he does speak of many in this situation. "These people occupy homes and never respect the legality and then, to live, perform acts like small thefts," he denounces.

He says that “they generate noise, crime, discomfort, breakage ... they arrive at night, break a door and get in. They look for counters to get hooked on water and light and break everything. ” Ask for more presence of the City Council and the Police and is that, in his opinion, "the City Council turns a blind eye".

According to Suen Tubback, many of these people come from El Castillo. They lived there until they were unemployed and unable to pay a rent. Others already lived on squatters in Caleta de Fuste. “The complexes in that area were sold, security guards were hired and could no longer enter. Then, they saw that they had to live somewhere and where the nearest, empty and unguarded houses were in New Horizon. ”

This neighbour is hopeful and explains how they are working to clean up the bad image of Nuevo Horizonte. “More activities are being organized, and, throughout the year, four parties are scheduled that have a good influx of people,” he explains. All are missing "more political will to solve once and for all the problem of Costa de Antigua as a tourist place." And they conclude: “If we want to look for a culprit, they may be the institutions, but also the population. For example on cleaning issues, the City Council may have to clean more, but people should not get dirty. ”
WITHIN ONE MORE POOR PERCENT IN SPAIN

Nuevo Horizonte is the area with the lowest income on the Island, with 5,481 euros per person per year, and is located in the poorest one percent of Spain, according to the Atlas of distribution of household income, which has been published by the Sub-Directorate General of Socio-demographic Statistics. Very close to that area is the richest area, that of Las Granadas in Puerto del Rosario, which is close to 15,000 euros.

In the capital there are areas between 11,000 and 12,000 euros, such as El Time, Puerto Lajas or Tetir, and others that range between 8,300 and 9,400 euros in the neighbourhoods or more than 11,000 in the hull. The worst stops are in the distribution are the tourist areas of the Island.

In the municipality of La Oliva there are areas that do not reach 7,000 euros and in Corralejo the district with more income exceeds 8,200, a figure similar to that of Costa Calma and more than the rent in Caleta de Fuste. The rural areas are those with the highest income on the Island, with figures ranging from 10,000 to 12,000 euros.

Courtesy of Diario de Fuerteventura



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  JYSK in Puerto del Rosario
Posted by: Derry - 16-10-2019, 06:59 AM - Forum: Shops & Supermarkets - Replies (7)

Hi, has anyone bought furniture from JYSK in Rosario? What is the delivery timescales like once order is placed? I am thinking of ordering furniture on line for when I am next over . Do they have a warehouse in Canaries or is it all shipped from mainland Spain.

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  Photographic Exhibition in Puerto del Rosario
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 15-10-2019, 09:13 PM - Forum: Things to do on the island - No Replies

from RTVAC:


A trip through Fuerteventura with photographer Rafael Morales.

The Department of Culture of the City of Puerto del Rosario, directed by Aurelia Vera, reports the photography exhibition of the author Rafael Morales under the title "Island of Fuerteventura". This exhibition will open today Tuesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Culture House, C / Ramiro de Maeztu 2.

The Mayor of Puerto del Rosario, Juan Jiménez, and the head of Culture in the City of Buenos Aires, Aurelia Vera, will meet at this opening ceremony where they will have the opportunity to maintain closer contact with the author and the rest of the attendees .

Rafael J. Morales Cedrés, Gran Tarajal 1961, has known and enjoyed all the stages of photography, from the initial B / N, to the analog era, to the current digital one. His preferences are artistic, creative and informative photographs. It presents a collection in last generation format, photo printing in 5mm methacrylate, showing the luminosity of its landscapes, the nuances and contrasts of this peculiar land. Rafael Morales has been showing his work publicly for several years in exhibitions held in different cultural centers and exhibition halls on the island of Fuerteventura.

The exhibition will be open to the public between October 16 and 31 at the following times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from 09:00 to 19: 00h.


casa la cultural, puerto del rosario

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  Royal British Legion Poppy appeal 2019
Posted by: fourthwisemonkey - 11-10-2019, 09:27 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

I will be once again carrying out the RBL poppy appeal in Fuerteventura.
Work wise I am extremely busy so once again I am asking for a volunteer in the Caleta area who could assist me in the distribution of collection boxes. I will prepare all the boxes/tins etc and would drop them to you...I simply need assistance in dropping the boxes at various shops & bars who participate in the collection. I live in Corralejo and that makes things a little harder as some bars do not open until evening and some shops etc shut in the evening so for me it generally means 2 trips down and then a further 2 trips to collect the boxes after the 11th.
I have been doing this now for several years but simply am struggling to find the time now and unfortunately if I cannot get help then this will most likely be the final year that I can do it...I do not want to cease collecting as this charity is dear to me. I have assistance in distributing the boxes in Corralejo it is simply Caleta which takes up most of my time.

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  Betancuria museum closed and new building
Posted by: el caballo hambriento - 11-10-2019, 10:01 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

The museum buiding is slosed for renovations.  I thought that it had not been open very long and yesterday I went to B with a view to visiting it since it opened.  Also what is the other building behind it not yet complete?  Looks like it might be an hotel?

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  The 'Big Weekend' of Events 12/13 October 2019
Posted by: Captain Sensible - 10-10-2019, 09:42 PM - Forum: Things to do on the island - No Replies

This weekend is one of the biggest event times on Fuerteventura.

Saturday 12 October is Spanish National Day and is a public holiday.

In Caleta de Fuste it is the Fiesta of Nuestra Señora de Peña del Mar on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In Corralejo it is the Open Water swim from Los Lobos to Corralejo on Saturday, and on Sunday the round Lobos swim.

In El Cotillo it is Cotilleando, a music, art, dance etc festival on Saturday and Sunday.

In Antigua/Betancuria on Saturday is the 16 km Betagua Trail Race.

In Gran Tarajal, on Saturday at midday there is the reinactment of the British pirates arriving on the beach, followed by a procession.

In Tuineje on Saturday it is the Romeria of San Miguel from 5.30pm - the biggest local Romeria on the island.

In Tuineje on Sunday at 11.30 is the reinactment of the Battle of Tamasite, when the local farmers beat the British pirates in 1740.



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  Bicycles on autovia are they legal?
Posted by: beachlife - 08-10-2019, 09:48 PM - Forum: Travel information - boats, cars, cabs, harbours & roads - Replies (3)

The auto via from the lajares/Villaverde roundabout to Caldereta has a sign as you enter the autovia informing you that bicycles & certain other classes of vehicles can not use it, However the auto via from the same roundabout to Correlajo has signs saying it is an autovia but has no sign that I am aware of saying that bicycles are restricted from using it. I have read online that on some autovias bicycles are allowed on the hard shoulder. So can bikes legally use the autovia on the correlajo stretch of road?

I have seen people cycling on this stretch so I am assuming that they either know they legally can do so or are ignoring any restriction. Can anyone actually clarify for me the legal position?

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