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  Banca March closing branch
Posted by: Archer - 17-01-2019, 09:15 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (5)

Banca March is closing their Morro Jable branch. Now they only have one in Puerto Rosario, I believe.
Problem for us is cash withdrawals are generally chargeable at other ATM's and their monthly service charge now sits at €7.99.
I think it is now time to change.
Any recommendations? Thanks

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  Corralejo beach is getting a better pedestrian access
Posted by: Sam - 17-01-2019, 04:39 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Courtesy of (translated)

The works to create three new pedestrian accesses to the urban beaches of Corralejo have already begun. The project of the City of La Oliva "Improvement of Access to the Sea" will eliminate the blind roundabouts of three streets that overlook the coast and create in its place three platforms for pedestrian access, expanding the beach surface by 300 square meters.

The mayor of La Oliva, Isaí Blanco, said that this project represents "a very important improvement for Corralejo as a tourist resort", because "the accesses to the beaches will be for people, instead of for vehicles, connecting with greater comfort the commercial zone with the beaches ".

Isaí Blanco visited the works with the advisor and delegate of Caaf, Cabildo Andrés Díaz Matoso, the first deputy mayor and councilor of Works, Oliver González, the Councilor for Accessibility, Evelin Gómez, and the councilor of Playas, Genaro Saavedra.

The Access to the Sea works are carried out in Arístides Hernández Morán, Poseidón and La Red streets, which flow into the coast from Nuestra Señora del Carmen Avenue. Where until now there were three roundabouts, planked platforms will be installed with services such as showers, a new paved pedestrian space with parking for bicycles and widening of the adjoining side walks.

Oliver Gonzalez explained that "at the moment are being executed in the municipality accessibility improvement works valued at one million euros, as the second phase of the Accessibility Plan of Corralejo, a new access to El Cotillo Muellito, or the creation of a new stretch of bike lane in the upper part of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, and in addition, projects for side walks, resurfacing and channeling rainwater for a value of another 4 million euros are in the tender phase ".

The Councilor for Accessibility, Evelin Gómez, added that with these and other works, the municipality demonstrates that it is committed to making La Oliva a more accessible municipality, not only on the public roads of Corralejo, but also at a general level. Shortly, the directional bands for blind people will be installed in the stretch of Nuestra Señora del Carmen that was missing, and the Accessibility Plan will also be extended, starting with El Cotillo. "

The reform of the three streets of the "Improvement of Access to the Sea" project has been tendered in three lots. The first two have been awarded to Awarded to Obras Públicas Canarias SL, and the second to Antonio Ramón Puig Hernández.

On the other hand, on Avenida Nuestra Señora del Carmen a new stretch of bike lane of about 700 meters is being enabled , within the resurfacing project whose works began this week, and which will be extended over the next two months, with an investment of 293,000 euros executed by the company Satocan SA

The second phase of the Accessibility Plan (€ 425,040) is also currently being implemented in Pizarro and Malpaís streets, and will soon begin in Juan Sebastián Elcano.

The mentioned investments in Nuestra Señora del Carmen, access to the beaches of Corralejo or the Accessibility Plan are projects drawn up by the City Council of La Oliva, tendered from this institution, and framed in the FDCAN Fuerteventura 2017-2020 Program, which has the participation of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura in its planning, processing and part of its financing, and with the economic boost of the Government of the Canary Islands.

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  El Luchador - Valles De Ortega
Posted by: TrickyFox - 17-01-2019, 10:21 AM - Forum: Bars & Restaurants - Replies (3)

OK, been here a few times, first time being the Ruta de la Tapas last June.
Have only ever had tapas (starters on the menu) so far. Not the cheapest but quality is good and the portions are very generous.
Went yesterday with friends. Had seven starters (doubling up on the papas arrugadas was a mistake as huge portions) and bread/alioli, bottle of red wine, water, 2 whiskies, 3 coffees, for just over €60.
Never eaten in the main restaurant, always the covered terrace area.

Address: Calle Gairia, 16, 35638 Valles de Ortega

Open: 12-11pm Tuesday to Thursday, 12-12 Friday and Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. Closed Monday.

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  State of the bus station in Caleta de Fuste
Posted by: Sam - 16-01-2019, 01:49 PM - Forum: Travel information - boats, buses, cars, cabs, harbours & roads - Replies (8)

Courtesy of Radio Television AguaCabra

* Dirt, abandonment and without lighting: "that is the entrance door of the tourist who decides to bet on public transport"

* Two discs forbidden the passage to vehicles prevent electric cars from accessing the recharging point

The spokesman of the PP in Antigua, Gustavo Berriel denounces the state of abandonment of the Parade of Guaguas de El Castillo dependent on the Cabildo of Fuerteventura that offers "a terrible image to the tourist.We are not willing to suffer the abandonment of the Cabildo because of our image depends the economy of Antigua ", sentence.

Berriel has visited the area where he has been able to check the dirtiness of his surroundings. Weeds invade roundabouts and flower beds, lack gardening due to lack of irrigation and cleaning. "Look where there is trash," denounces the PP spokesman.

In addition, when the night comes, the users of these facilities are "in the dark, with only two or three street lamps that work." That generates a sense of insecurity that is the worst postcard we can offer to the tourist who is committed to the use of public transport to get to Caleta de Fuste ".

For Berriel, "the height" is that the Cabildo of Fuerteventura has installed two discs forbidden the passage to vehicles "just where the charging point for electric cars is located." Not only is it enough to build and design new facilities and services. We must also maintain them because we live from the image we offer the visitor ", says Berriel," the pact of CC and PSOE has not only abandoned Antigua, but all of Fuerteventura. The Bus Station of Caleta de Fuste is just an example that the City of Antigua should not allow under any circumstances because the economic lung of the municipality is at stake ".

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  The budget of Cabildo de Fuerteventura for 2019
Posted by: Sam - 16-01-2019, 09:43 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (5)

Quite interesting read @ FuerteventuraDigital:

The budget project of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura for 2019 amounts to 111,300,000 euros, representing an increase of 2.27%, that is, 2,475,000 euros more than in 2018, being the second consecutive budget in history of the insular institution that exceeds 100 million budget. "There is a very important increase in the grants awarded in scholarships, to sports entities, to the primary sector and with an investor chapter that responds, and that is the main thing, to all the investments that are needed at this time in Fuerteventura," he said. Today, Monday, January 14, the president of the Cabildo, Marcial Morales, during the press conference to present the economic document for 2019, which will be discussed in the plenary on the 28th of this month. Morales was with the Vice President and Minister of Tourism and Planning of the Territory, Blas Acosta, and the Minister of Finance, Rafael Páez.

"Social policies are consolidated and there is a 105% increase in agricultural water aid compared to the 2015 budget, with 1,500,000 euros for the 2019 fiscal year, as well as an increase in investments in water and wastewater. 1,312,000 euros for the implementation of renewable energies, "said Morales.

For Blas Acosta, "it is a budget fundamentally destined to the political commitment that had been acquired by the Socialist Party and the Canary Coalition to redistribute wealth, especially in those sectors in which we were not like Isla in a very advanced position, as social affairs. " "We are lucky that we are now in public activity to have the largest budget in Fuerteventura, and what we want is to continue spending it with the greatest interest of citizens," Acosta added.

For his part, Páez pointed out as major investments "the start-up of the CAAF wind farm, the telecontactors that are being developed and very important investments related to providing a solution to what is the supply network of El Cotillo that was being affected in the last times". "This, along with the contribution also with support from the Canary Islands Government through the Fdcan of what are the funds to what is employment and entrepreneurship, which is around 2,500,000 euros, are the issues that stand out in this budget, "he added.

The accounts of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura for 2019 are presented balanced in income and expenses, with zero deficit, and complying with the budget stability rule, in terms of the spending rule and without indebtedness. Regarding the income items, it is worth mentioning the 5.13% decrease in the forecast of income from the Canary Islands Financing Block, which is received by the Cabildo, as a consequence of the reduction of the IGIC rate from 7% to 6.5% by the Government of the Canary Islands.

It has increased the resources expected to receive from the participation in state taxes by 5%, as well as revenues from the powers transferred and delegated by the Government of the Canary Islands around 9%.

The contribution of the Government of the Canary Islands to the Sociosanitary Infrastructure Plan, which in 2019 will be 3,000,000 Euros, as well as the Canary Islands Development Funds (Fdcan), is also noteworthy due to its impact on revenues. It foresees an income of 14,500,000 euros.

In terms of expenses, contributions are collected for the operation of the autonomous bodies and entities in which the Cabildo participates, including the following: Insular Water Council, 1,000,000 euros; Water Supply Consortium, 1,000,000 euros; Tourist Board, 2,436,000 euros; and Fuerteventura Technology Park, 3,450,000 euros.

Regarding personnel expenses, it grew by 2.89%, incorporating credits to meet the wage increase of 2.25% agreed between the central government and unions, in addition to the agreements agreed with the union representatives of the 476 workers who make up the staff of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, and involve improvements in medical assistance, retirement aids, exchanges of vacancies or career vacancies, among others.

In terms of current expenses, the largest volume goes to social policies, to cover the operating expenses of the social health centres managed by the Cabildo, such as the Children's Center, the Disabled Residence, Residences for the Elderly and Shelter DEMA, among others.

Other areas also include important items, such as margin cleaning and road maintenance (1,640,000 euros), management and protection of hunting areas (351,000 euros), management of the islet of Lobos (370,000 euros), tourism promotion (fund of flights 318,000 euros) celebration of Feaga (368,000 euros) among others.

Current transfers for grants and subsidies to collaborate in the expenses of associations, groups, sports clubs and other entities includes an increase of 34.40%, with special relevance for the primary sector, which grows 41% (2.160.000 euros ), the sports, both generic and individual that go up to 1,428,000 euros, the one for the Geo Innovation Program (2,850,000 euros), the educational and cultural ones (1,720,000 euros), for transport support and bonds (1,915) .000 euros) and social actions (1,428,000 euros),

In relation to the items of investments included in the budget, the ones destined to the Socio-health Infrastructure Plan, which initially appear at 3,863,000 euros, are of particular relevance, to which the investments with financing of 2018 will be incorporated for an amount of 7,100,000 euros. more for the construction of the Elderly Center of Puerto del Rosario, Mental Health Residence, therapeutic pool, Greater Tarajal Residence or Occupational Center of Gran Tarajal, among others. It also highlights the new insular service of security and emergencies and support for citizen participation, among others.

In addition to other investments, such as the improvement of the road and infrastructure network to which almost 9,000,000 euros are destined, investments such as the Cultural Center of El Cotillo (1,235,000 euros) are collected,

In terms of hydropower, there is the CAAF wind farm (2,844,000 euros), the CAAF meter reading system (1,688,000 euros), the CAAF supply network in El Cotillo (1,636,000 euros), among other.

In sports, the items allocated to the Sports Infrastructure Plan amount to 1,124,000 euros.

The contributions through capital transfers for investments to be executed by other agencies or entities, presents works such as the Gran Tarajal Open Commercial Zone (1,125,000 euros), preparation of the last section of Carmen Avenue, in Corralejo (1,046,000 euros) ), the Pepe Dámaso Museum in Pájara (1,479,000 euros) and the pedestrian street Orchilla in Antigua (690,000 euros), among others, most of which will be covered by Fdcan.

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  Obtaining a Digital Certificate / Digital Signature
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 16-01-2019, 12:13 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

Some official sites in Spain/The Canaries now require, or soon will, that you have a digital certificate in order to access personal information. An example is La Oliva Ayuntamiento have stated that you will need the Digi Cert as well as/instead of a PIN to access things like your entry on the Padron/request Travel Empadron/view your IBI and Basura bills...…

This message is now showing on the La Oliva website:

Steps to follow to access the Citizen Folder

The access and identification by PIN to the headquarters does not comply with the current security regulations and we will be obliged to change it by identification by electronic certificate and / or cl @ ve. Throughout the current year we will proceed to the progressive update of the services in electronic headquarters, including among other electronic notification and access to files initiated in this administration. Therefore we recommend, for those who do not yet have it, proceed to request an electronic certificate in the National Currency and Stamp Factory ( that in addition to providing access to new services, It will be valid to carry out procedures with any administration.

I obtained one recently and documented the process:

I have now been through the Digital Certificate process which I will describe below, however, the La Oliva website still says that initially you need to attend a Ayuntamiento office to identify yourself, register as a user and receive a PIN. Looks like a visit is still on the cards at least for now.

Obtaining a Digital Certificate:
This is the first time that I have been through this process in Spain or England and I found it quite long winded as I needed to translate a lot of text and the help videos were obviously in Spanish so I played them goodness knows how many times to make sure I understood what I was meant to be doing. Having done this one I'm sure that any future ones will be quick and easy now that I understand the basic principles. This certificate has a life of 4 years, some articles I have seen online suggest some certs are valid for 2 years. Just long enough for me to forget the process ……………….

This is a very abbreviated overview - if you are going to get one you need to read all the instructions. I followed the instructions for a PC with Internet Explorer as the Browser. There are different instructions (mainly in Spanish of course with an occasional section in English) for different hardware and browsers.

1. Make sure your browser is the latest version and with all current updates. Then, suspend updates until you have completed the whole thing.
2. Follow the instructions to prepare your Browser - I used the automatic configuration option which was quick and easy.
3. Request your certificate. You quote your NIE (letters and numbers, 9 in total), your surname and your email address.
4. An email is sent by return giving you a code. Print this email ready for the next stage.
5. Now the fun really starts! You need to take this email along with your NIE doc (I used green card) and passport to 1 of 5 places on the island to get your ID verified. There is 1 place in Gran Tarajal and 4 in Puerto del Rosario. You can click on an option to see the names/locations. They include AEAT (Hacienda, appointment needed); Gobierno; Ministerio de Administraciones Publicas; Gerencia de Servicios Sanitarios de Fuerte. I chose the last option as it is housed at the hospital and I had to go there anyway. I was pushed from pillar to post, upstairs and down, for over an hour until a kindly orderly managed to track down the right person for me! The main desk in 'Gerencia' were the worst culprits! For anyone else who decides to use the hospital - go down the corridor to the left of the main front reception desks and about 3 turnings down on the right look for a door with DRAGO on it. You need either Augustin Drago or Margarita. It was Margarita who dealt with me and she was one of the most helpful, friendly ladies you could wish to meet. Once I got to her the process on her PC was very quick and easy. She volunteered her name for any of my friends that might need the same service!
6. Back home and checked I had confirmation email from Margarita. All in order.
7. Download my certificate from the original site - NIE and code needed again.
8. Install certificate.
9. Export certificate to a secure external backup location (optional but advisable) and use a password. You will need this if you get a new PC.
10. Check it works! Opened La Oliva website, clicked on the digital certificate symbol and voila!
11. Reinstate Updates on your Browser.

IMPORTANT - the PC (or other piece of hardware) that you request the certificate on and the PC (or other piece of hardware) you install it on, eventually, must be the same and not have had any updates.
If you make another request using the same NIE it invalidates the original certificate.

Good luck!

Update - Thanks to Logitech Tom for providing far more accurate directions to Margarita's office! In my defence I think I was disorientated from playing Blind Man's Bluff on my visit  [Image: grin.gif].

Enter the main hospital entrance (not the emergency department - urgenticas).
Go to the left of the main reception desk (pic one).
Pass the registration office. (Pic two)
Look for doorway on left marked administration directive and turn down that corridor  (pic three).
Third turning to the left, and first office door on the left is Margarita.

She works 7:30 to 3:30, but arrive before 3pm please.

TOM - if you see this please could you add your pictures? Thanks.

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  Cabildo activity between Villaverde and Lajares
Posted by: Bertie - 15-01-2019, 05:00 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

For the last two days the Cabildo have been digging/watering/smoothing the dirt road in front of our house.
They are making a very thorough job of it.  Does this mean we might be getting a tarmac(?) surface ?  Would 
certainly cure the dust problems from all the boy racers who come past at 60 mph...…!

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  Points of interest - where to find
Posted by: Sam - 15-01-2019, 04:02 PM - Forum: Things to do on the island - Replies (3)

Hope I'm not the only one who sometimes watch a video of Fuerteventura and realise "Never been there before". Fuerteventura is the second biggest island in the archipelago so there are always some new things even for old-timers like the "recently discovered" Labyrinth near El Cotillo.

Anyway I though a thread where we can help each other to find some less known points of iterrest would be handy.

Here's my request:
I just saw video with a lighthouse that we never visited before and would like to change it in the near future. I'm sure somebody from Cotillo or Corralejo will point me in the right direction.  Fingers Crossed


Thank you very much Smile

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  Change of two street names in Corralejo
Posted by: Sam - 15-01-2019, 10:07 AM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

From La Oliva website:

The names of two neighbours of the municipality of La Oliva, María González Carballo and Antonia Morera Rodríguez, will replace those of the streets alluding to the Franco regime that had remained until now in the town of Corralejo, Battleship Spain and Balearic Cruise.

These two nominations received the most support in the popular vote promoted by the corporation through a unanimous plenary agreement. Among the total of 280 registered votes, the most supported proposals were those of María González, with 103 votes, and that of Antonia Morera, with 67. The change of names will be official after being raised to full.

The Councillor for Citizen Participation Omaira Saavedra, assessed this process in a "very positive", because it is "two women of an irreproachable life trajectory and who are no longer with us," thanking "the participation of all neighbours who are they took the trouble to register their vote, and of all the councillors who have been involved without exception in complying with the law to do justice to the historical memory. "

The mayor of La Oliva, Isaí Blanco, declared that "this recognition is very exciting to two neighbours who did so much for this municipality, María González in the struggle to recover the houses of Casco Viejo de Corralejo, and Antonia Morera for her work of attention health to everyone who needed it, "adding, that" the satisfaction is double when at the same time we eliminate from the street the names of two boats that participated in the repression of the Franco regime ".

Both María González Carballo and Antonia Morera Rodríguez, both deceased in the last two years, have received recent recognitions. María González Carballo was in charge of collecting the Canary Islands Gold Medal that was awarded to the Affected Committee of the old town of Corralero in 2017. One year earlier, in 2016, Antonia Morera was honoured by the municipality of La Oliva in the act of the International Women's Day.

Antonia Morera Rodríguez was born in the north of Fuerteventura. In the difficult years in which health services were practically non-existent, she acted as the real "nurse" of Corralejo. Solidarity and help among the neighbours was a very valued quality, and in those voluntary and altruistic tasks she was an example. As there was no health service in Corralejo, the most common urgencies (administering injectables, removing teeth or assisting in deliveries) were solved by some neighbours like Antonia, who put a lot of love and care into these tasks.

María González Carballo was a clear example of the woman from the sea, with her undeniable contribution to the family economy, taking on tasks such as collecting bait, preparing and fixing fishing gear, salting and cooking fish ... Married to Marcelino Umpiérrez, her effort and self-denial allowed him to raise a family of five children, and his figure is representative of the battle of the hundreds of residents of Casco Viejo de Corralejo who fought and continue fighting to recover their homes from the speculators who wanted them snatch.

In the recount of the votes of today also participated representatives of the different political groups that have been involved in this process, as the councillor of the government group Rafael Benítez, and from the opposition councillors Rosa Fernández, Pedro Amador and Patricio Carneiro.

The City Council of La Oliva wants to congratulate and extend this recognition to the families and close friends of these two women, and also to those of the other proposals of the vote, Dolores Soto Ocampo, Agustina Padilla Martinez, Tiendita de Seña Cruz, Fonda de Candelaria and Republican Teachers, as well as all the political groups that have unanimously turned to this process to enforce the Law of Historical Memory in La Oliva.

It should be recalled that, in compliance with this rule, the City Council already eliminated Calle Almirante Carrero Blanco, General García Escámez, General Primo de Rivera, General Muñoz Grandes, General Linares and García Morato, and Generalísimo Franco from the street in 2009.

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  Festival Internacional de Cometas - International Kite Festival 2019
Posted by: Mia - 14-01-2019, 03:03 PM - Forum: Things to do on the island - No Replies

The XXXII Festival Internacional de Cometas (International Kite Festival) will take place on the 7th - 10th November 2019 according to Ayuntamiento de La Oliva. Hopefully there will be a full schedule soon. 

The festival began in 1987 thanks to the impulse of a group of people who are fans of kite flying.  In recent years the festival has been progressively consolidated, acquiring a wide impact, not only at the regional level, but also nationally and internationally.

Who is going this year?   Cool


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