Posted by: glenswatman | April 11, 2007

200501 Fuerteventura

 
SATURDAY 1 JANUARY 2005 - Having stayed up late
watching people staggering home we ar surprised to get
up at 8.00am and be greeted by exactly the same scene!
 A few of the bars are still open and stragglers are
about in the streets.  In the nearby village of
Villaverde we see dozens of cars parked up and stop to
investigate.  An all night rave is still in progress
but we don´t linger.  Return to El Cotillo where we
enjoy the hot sun.  Steve walks in to town for his
football.  We´ve treated ourselves to some "solomillo"
steak and it´s delicious eaten in Charlies waterfront
restaurant.
EL COTILLO - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
SUNDAY 2 JANUARY - No wind but a bit cloudy in the
morning so I go to the Internet. 
www.thomsonholidays.com advertise accomodation only
deals and we book 3 nights in the Fiesta Gardens at
Correljo at the end of February for just GBP5.00 a
night.  Nice hot afternoon on the beach.
EL COTILLO 2 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS 
 
MONDAY 3 JANUARY - I enjoy the hot afternoon whilst
Steve goes out for the lunchtime football.
EL COTILLO 3 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS 
 
TUESDAY 4 JANUARY - Notice it is now light at 7.30am
but the sun doesn´t really get hot until about 10am. 
Use sea water to do the washing then rinse in fresh. 
The water supply on the island is a real problem, they
de salinate for house supply but there are no public
taps.  Spend the day in the bunker (also known as a
lobster pot).  Late afternoon we take a walk along <a 
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They are naturists and have been coming here for years
and each morning we have seen them come out and erect
their blue wind tent then stay there until sunset.
EL COTILLO 4 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS 
 
WEDNESDAY 5 JANUARY - Ian & Jo are going home today
and they surprise us by bringing over 3 carrier bags
full of their left over food etc from the apartment. 
It´s like Christmas for us as there is even a Terry´s
chocolate orange.  Very windy but the blowing sand is
kept a bay by the awnings spread round the back of the
bunker.
EL COTILLO 5 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS 
 
THURSDAY 6 JANUARY - Sit in the van out of the wind as
it is really bad.  A car parks beside us and Terri,
John and dog Spud hop out.  We met them on the ferry
from Cadiz and the live part of the year in El Cotillo
but have been back to England for Christmas and New
Year.  They join us for lunch then we return to their
apartment where I make use of the washing machine. 
John is full of cold so we leave early to walk home
EL COTILLO 6 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS 
 
FRIDAY 7 JANUARY - A very busy and windy day with all
the bunkers full up.  Drive into town late afternoon
for Steve to watch the evening football but he is
dissapointed as the match has been called off due to a
flooded pitch.  Since arriving on the Canaries we have
been unable to fill out gas tank so the fridge has
been turned off and we have been cooking on a single
burner on top of a small calor bottle.  Amazingly this
has lasted us 7 weeks, a real bargain when the refil
only costs Europ 7.80 (GBP 5.60).  
EL COTILLO 7 - ABOVE OLD HARBOUR
 
SATURDAY 8 JANUARY - Back to the lagoons after a quick
shop.  Steve walks back in to town to see if there is
any football on but nothing doing.
EL COTILLO 8 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
SUNDAY 9 JANUARY - Move to the other side of the car
park with a view along the sandy beach back towards
town and space to set ourselves us beside the van. 
It´s hot enough for us to eat breakfast outside in the
nude - decidedly better than England where we hear
they are being lashed by storms.  An English couple
with an American motorhome introduce themselves as
Greg and Corrina and stay chatting.  Just after they
have left the English motorhome we first saw in
Fuestes arrives but they leave after sunset.
EL COTILLO 9 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
MONDAY 10 JANUARY - Walk to town for the Internet then
call in to Norwegian Britj´s on the way back.  Spend
the afternoon sunbathing.
EL COTILLO 10 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
TUESDAY 11 JANUARY - Lovely day so sat out.  John &
Terry call mid day and we go to their apartment for
showers, washing, lunch and games of canasta.  Steve
goes to footie in the evening.  Beginning to feel like
real locals with a bit of a routine.
EL COTILLO 11 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
WEDNESDAY 12 JANUARY - An even better day for weather,
less windy and very hot so plenty of dips in the sea. 
Steve to pub in evening - as usual!
EL COTILLO 12 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
THURSDAY 13 JANUARY - Lovely day again.  Greg and
Corrina call for a chat and coffee.  Late afternoon
Jon & Maureen and Andy & Chris arrive in their
motorhomes.  Steve joins them for a game of boules
whilst I end up chatting to a "hippy" type English
woman who now lives in Portugal but used to travel
round Africa in a bus with her husband and kids.
EL COTILLO 13 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
FRIDAY 14 JANUARY - Andy & Chris go off on their bikes
to check out parking spots but return and confirm that
we are in the prime location.  They settle their vans
together in our original spot at the other side of the
car park. Another beautiful day.  Greg & Corinna join
us for coffee and lunch.  Norewegian Brijt calls in
the afternoon.  Fit in some swims before Steve plays
boules followed by "happy hour" in our van - what a
hectic day.  "Hippy woman" sleeps in her car on the
car park.
EL COTILLO 14 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
SATURDAY 15 JANUARY - Steve goes out in the morning to
help John laying the patio.  Whilst he is out I have
Greg & Corinna for company and they leave just before
Steve returns from the afternoon football.  
EL COTILLO 15 - PLAYA LOS LAGOS
 
SUNDAY 16 JANUARY - A big change in the weather, windy
and cooler.  Pack up the mats and windbreaks as worse
is forecast.  Set out to explore more of the island in
Greg and Corinna´s car.  Head down the west coast and
rather like the small fishing village of Ayuy where we
get superb views of the breakers from the cliff top
which in itself has unusual rock formations.  Further
down the coast we go off road and reach the spot where
the huge liner "American Star" came aground 8 years
ago.  Most of the front of the ship is still visable
and very impressive.  Return via the east coast then
back to the van for a curry.  It´s getting quite windy
by the time we go to bed.  Just after midnight neither
of us have slept, the van is "rocking all over the
world" and sand is being blown at us.  Drive through
the sand storm toward town, avoiding flying rubbish
bins and other debris.  Eventually manage to find a
spot down a side street where we are reasonably
sheltered.
EL COTILLO - TOWN BY BOULES PITCH
 
MONDAY 17 JANUARY - Very windy morning with poor
visability as the sky is full of sand.  Call on John
and Terry and end up staying for the day.  In the
morning they drive us out down the coast to see how
wild the sea is.  Unfortunately as Terry opens the
door the wind takes it from her hand and causes
damage.  It won´t shut properly and we limp back to
town where the garage doctor it temporarily but there
is damage to the body work and it looks quite bad. 
Lunch at there place followed by cards.  At the
Internet cafe I find out the weather forecast is worse
with rain at least until the end of the weekend, all

we need with Claire and family arriving on Wednesday.

MONDAY 17 JANUARY – Wake up to find the “Calima” dust storm still going strong.  There is poor visibility and rubbish blown all over the place.  Unsurprisingly the phone lines are down at the Internet café.  Call round to John & Terri’s.  They decide to go for a ride out up the coast to watch the waves crashing in.  Unfortunately when we pull up Terri opens the car door and a gust of wind tugs it back and damages it to the extent that it won’t shut.  The local garage in town get it to shut but it needs a panel beater to sort the rest out.  Lunch at their place followed by a card session.  Late afternoon the telephone lines are operating again and I can use the Internet.  Not happy to find out that the weather forecast is for poor weather and rain until Sunday – bad news with visitors arriving on Wednesday.  Move to a sheltered spot behind two high walls and spend a much calmer night.

EL COTILLO 17, TOWN

 

TUESDAY 18 JANUARY – We’ve had such a good night that we can’t believe the winds are still blowing when we emerge from our hidey-hole.  At least the dust has settled and it’s like a normal dull cloudy day.  Drive back along the coast but there are no motorhomes at all out at Playas Los Lagos.  Head over to Caleta de Fuste to shop, in preparation for Claire and the children arriving.  Park in the town and stroll around.  The only rain we get is by way of occasional short showers and it’s still warm so not as bad as expected.  Steve goes out to find a bar to watch his football and reports drinks prices higher than in El Cotillo.  Find it noisy overnight compared to our normal spot.

CALETA DE FUSTES

 

WEDNESDAY 19 JANUARY – Despite my excitement I do manage a bit of sleep.  I spend a restless morning wishing the time away and gladly welcome Greg & Corrina for a drink when they hunt us down.  Once we see the planes coming in thick and fast we head to the airport.  They are due in at 2.10pm but I landed at ¼ to.  I’m really excited and shed a tear when Claire, Daniel, Natasha and Claire’s friend Catherine appear.  Having left in snow they think the weather here is good.  Steve picks us up and we head to “Atlantico” Caleta de Fuste where the kids are soon on the beach fishing in the channel then playing in the sand.  Claire & Catherine come shopping then we call in to MacDonalds to get Daniel at Happy Meal.  Park in town then walk round to show them the sights.  Natasha is impressed with the big swimming pool (the sea) and they enjoy feeding the fish at the Oceanaream.  The kids enjoy one of the many playgrounds and have a go on the trampolines and bungee bouncer on the way back.  After tea Claire & Catherine head into town whilst we settle the kids to sleep.  They are back just after 9pm and we are all in bed by half past.  At 10 o’clock there’s a knock on the door, something that doesn’t normally happen.  A security wants to know if we were parked here on Sunday and witnessed an incident with a crazy man – luckily we weren’t.

CALETA DE FUSTES 2

 

THURSDAY 20 JANUARY – Up just before 8.00am and easily fall into a breakfast routine after which the kids head onto the beach.  Whilst I tidy up the van they return to the trampolines and playground but the trampoline is closed.  Drive down the coast to Las Salinas with a huge whale skeleton at the beach.  Back track north past the airport and up the coast.  Pause by the sand dunes for “all” the kids to play.  Park at Corralejo port to have lunch. Claire wants to take the kids on a glass bottom boat and I join them on the 1.30pm trip, Euro 12 (£8.50) adults, and half price kids.  Sail over to Lobos Island where lots of surfers are catching the waves that run parallel to the coast.  The boat anchors up and we go down into the submarine style fish viewing area.  Daniel has been feeling a bit queasy so doesn’t spend too long down below but Natasha loves it.  Back to the harbour where Daniel is glad to be on terra firma.  Steve & Catherine are disturbed from their naps and the next item on the agenda is a visit to the town beach.  I stay behind with Steve for a breather.   When they return we all walk round to Greg & Corrina’s apartment for a shower.  Last stop of the evening is the Chinese restaurant where the buffet goes down really well.

CORRALEJO, PORT

 

FRIDAY 21 JANUARY – After a top up shop at Hiper Dino we drive to El Cotillo.  Manage to get our spot on the car park at Playas Los Lagos.  The kids love the beach and fit in some fishing (they catch 4 tiddlers, 1 baby prawn and 2 small catfish), swimming, and other beach play.  Claire & Steve join the others for boules but unfortunately this leaves us short on time for putting the tent up before dark.  Claire & Catherine intend sleeping in it tonight but we don’t make having made a poor job of putting it up they join us in the van at 2am as it’s flapping in the wind. 

EL COTILLO, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

SATURDAY 22 JANUARY – Natasha is still waking up very early so I take her out for a beach walk.  She loves being the first person to make her mark in the sand and even takes an early paddle.  Once everyone else is up I do a full cooked breakfast, which we eat, sat out in the sun.  We get the airbed and rubber ring out and I take the kids to the bay near El Caleton where they paddle, float and snorkel.  Mid-day Steve, Claire, Daniel and Natasha head in to town.  Steve watches the football and the kids have a snack at the pub.  Claire is lucky to get a lift back with Greg and Corrina.  Once Steve gets back we have a late steak dinner “al fresco”.  Claire & Steve do the obligatory boules then we all play cards in the evening.  Revised sleeping arrangements see Natasha sleeping across the cab, Daniel in the luton with me, Catherine and Claire taking separate beds in the main van and Steve sleeping in the tent with the luggage and chairs. 

EL COTILLO 2, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

SUNDAY 23 JANUARY – The sleeping arrangements are a definite improvement with Natasha sleeping in until after 8.30am.  The only problems now are that with the bedding spread between 5 beds Steve and Catherine are cold.  Breakfast is taken on the terrace before we all do whatever we want.  Mid afternoon Greg & Corrina join us all for our “Christmas in January” party complete with party bags, crackers and party poppers.  All sit down to steak, sausages, roast potatoes, cauliflower and gravy in the heat of the afternoon sun!!  After dessert we begin the party games on the beach, much to the amusement of the sunbathers.  Blind mans buff is Daniel’s favourite.  Unfortunately the festive atmosphere is spoilt when Greg finds their rental car has been broken in to.  Having already had it happen to them in the south of the island at Morro Jable he is very angry.  Corrina’s bag was in the boot hidden under the parcel shelf but they have found it.  Fortunately they only took the money from her purse and left the credit cards, apartment key etc.  Their camera was at our place so that was saved.  They leave shortly after to report it to the police.  Greg tells us that only this morning 3 apartments in their complex were broken into but the culprits, black Africans, were caught.  Seems like there is a bit of a problem on the island.  Swatours evening animation programme is playing “Who wants to be a millionaire” on the computer.

EL COTILLO 3, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

MONDAY 24 JANUARY – Slight sleeping problems, as it seems Natasha is allergic to the sleeping bag and it makes her cough.  Still manage to all stay in bed until after 8am.  It’s a cloudy start to the day.  Greg & Corrina arrive early to see if anyone fancies a ride out in their car.  Claire & Catherine go off leaving us to entertain the kids.   Daniel & Natasha are no trouble at all and enjoy lots of visits to the sea.  The day tour returns late afternoon.  Claire & Catherine have got good tans whilst sitting in the bars!  Share a tacos meal then settle down to an evening of “Who wants to be a millionaire” followed by the card game “Golf”. 

EL COTILLO 4, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

TUESDAY 25 JANUARY – The clouds soon burn off and the girls are able to put the finishing touches to their tan whilst Steve and I pack the tent and other things away.  Greg & Corrina arrive with their usual bread and water delivery.  We all gather for a curry mid afternoon before heading into Corralejo.  Drop the tourists at the top of  “the strip” for the kids to have a go on the bungee bouncer.  They then continue to walk down the strip and meet us parked outside Bristol Playa Hotel where Greg & Corrina have offered use of their showers.  Steve wants to watch football in the evening so I baby-sit whilst the girls go out for a drink, or two.

CORRALEJO, OUTSIDE HOTEL BRISTOL PLAYA

 

WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY – Drive round to the port where Claire & Catherine sit out sunbathing whilst we take the kids out shopping.  After a quick lunch we head to the airport to drop them off for their afternoon flight.  Return to El Cotillo where we have to wait until the cars have gone before resuming our favoured position.  After a couple of hours cleaning and re organising the van we settle for an early night.

COTILLO, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

THURSDAY 27 JANUARY – Rain throughout the night and we wake to a dull drizzly day.  Walk to town for the Internet but it doesn’t open.  It seems that the electricity supply for the village is off all day.  Steve manages a brief spell sat out between showers but that’s about all.  The other 3 vans head off to Caleta de Fuste to do their washing and leave us alone.

COTILLO 2, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

FRIDAY 28 JANUARY – We get quite a lot of rain through the night and wake to a cold morning, necessitating the heating.  Get a few sunny spells in the day for sitting out.  John & Maureen and Andy & Chris return to their chosen positions.  Steve plays afternoon boules and we watch a DVD in the evening.

EL COTILLO 3, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

SATURDAY 29 JANUARY – |A nice morning for sitting out.  Steve heads off early afternoon for football.  Fits in a sunbathing session before boules and drinks at John & Maureen’s.

EL COTILLO 4, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

SUNDAY 30 JANUARY – Cool and dull all day but not wasted as we do some washing, tidy up and read a pile of old newspapers.  Rain stops boules play and we have a cold evening with the heating on.

EL COTILLO 5, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

 

MONDAY 31 JANUARY – Thankfully back to blue skies and sunshine so we sit out most of the day.  John & Terri visit mid afternoon before Steve plays boules.

EL COTILLO 6, PLAYA LOS LAGOS

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