El Cotillo, Fuerteventura - Why I was wrong about Fuerteventura

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  1. Hi, I have a question. I just got a hunch that I should go to Fuerteventura and following this hunch I found your blog 🙂 Thanks for writing it! My question is: I love lush green places just like your husband does, and with that info, do you have any tips for me? The question behind the question for me is that I’m really looking for places to go to in the (Dutch) winter to not wither like a plant that wasn’t supposed to be out all winter. In other words: I don’t like winter, please save me 🙂 To add to the challenge I’d like to find a place, or places, that I can travel without plane. To make it sustainable. I’d love to find this home away from home. And since you’ve been around and your husband has the same taste as I do, perhaps you know just a place! And perhaps you don’t, and that would be fine too 🙂 Thanks for even reading this! Warm regards, Bart

    1. I agree with you there – not liking winter! Neither do I! Fuerteventura is a beautiful place if you can look past the touristy places. It’s not lusciously green though. From my experience, there aren’t a lot of very green places you can visit in Europe during the winter. We adore the Greek Island of Corfu but it’s not warm during the winter. I have heard Madeira is beautiful. Or perhaps somewhere further south like Cyprus. We visited Cyprus last year and it was very nice.

  2. Ive been coming to this wonderful island since 1986, ive also been all over the world but keep coming back to the canaries yes i have other places that i adore, cape verde, louisiana, ko samui, the gambia but for me fuerteventura keeps coming out on top. `ive bought a small place here now and have never looked back. its friendly and has its problems just as all places do but …… its fu**%g heaven !!! looking forward to st patricks day xxxx

    1. It’s great when you find somewhere you fall in love with and can return to time and time again to the point where it becomes a second home.

  3. The pictures you’ve shared are so beautiful! I’m glad to hear that this trip had changed your perspective—that’s the magic of traveling, right? Thank you for sharing, I’ll be adding Fuerteventura on my travel bucket list!

  4. Oooh, you so got me with the beginning! I used to think the same about some “friends” from high school. They just went to Spain to lay on the beach, and my view on Spain wasn’t positive at all. A year after finishing high should, I went to Spain and discovered an amazing country with amazing people. I ended up returning and lived there for almost two year, falling more in love. Thus, the puzzle about my former friends became even bigger for me; why go somewhere to just do nothing and not explore?

    Thanks for sharing your experience! And for the beautiful pictures 🙂

    1. That’s a great story! I was so convinced I’d hate Fuerteventura, even to the point where I was annoyed that my sister had moved there and not somewhere more interesting. As it happens, it’s beautiful. Taught me a lesson for sure!

  5. I have the same feelings about travel too! While I love a little R&R by the pool, I definitely need to get out and explore! I would love to visit the Canary Islands one day!!

    1. I know everyone’s different, but personally I love seeing the people and the culture that built a place!

  6. I felt the same way about most ‘resort’ places until I actually started going. I don’t know how it never occurred to me that the resorts are just a tiny part of a place! Love seeing the little hidden away parts now! Fab post – lovely pics!

    1. Exactly! There’s a danger that we become travel snobs and avoid the ‘touristy’ places in favour of more authentic experiences, but as someone already commented, these places often became popular for a reason!

  7. Perfect post! I felt exactly the same about the Canary Islands until I went to Lanzarote – there is quite a lot to do if you search for it – the volcanic scenery is so strange, but beautiful in its own way, there are lots of places to walk or cycle along the coast, and there are quite a lot of watersport activities to do as well! The perfect sun doesn’t hurt either! Although they definitely aren’t on the TOP of my list, they certainly can be a lovely respite from British weather, and a fun, chilled holiday!

    1. Absolutely. I agree with you when you say it’s not top of my list but like you said, great for some winter sun when we Brits need it most ha! Thanks for your comment. I’ll be sure to check out Lanzarote soon too!

  8. I can completely relate to this (and I’m glad you’ve changed my mind about another Spanish island!). Ibiza is the same for me. Went there for a girls getaway – sun, sea, sangria – and was blown away by Ibiza old town. Most people don’t realise it’s a UNESCO world heritage site and it’s absolutely lovely. There’s two sides to every place 🙂

    1. I’ve heard that about Ibiza. It’s a shame it’s got a bad rep for only being a party island, but my grandparents always loved going to Ibiza and it’s safe to say they weren’t going for the clubs ha!

  9. I think travel and travel information has changed so much and so rapidly that people now have the ability to ‘think outside of the resort’ – which is great! Thanks for sharing, must be nice having a place to hop over to that you enjoy 🙂

    1. Thanks! I was pleasantly surprised. And I know my sister is going to love my admitting I was wrong! ha!

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