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A Get Away in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

 

Who hasn’t thought of leaving everything behind for a week, a month.. or even forever? 🙂We know the lack of social interaction and working from our living room has affected all of us. Let us brighten your day, and come along to the Canary island of Fuerteventura!  We found the best places to stay, and selected our favorite restaurants so you have no excuses.  It’s time to take a breath and get to know this paradise!

 

  • Situation in Fuerteventura:

It’s important to note that although The Canary Islands are part of Spain, each island can set their own rules regarding with COVID-19. To gain entry to the island visitors need a negative PCR test less than 72 hours oldThe Airport is around 30 minutes driving from the main city of Corralejo. Car rentals are the cheapest option, as a simple cab ride can cost visitors 60€ just to reach the main city! Happily, once you’ve taken the precautions and verified the rules, you can enjoy the open restaurants and bars. 

We recommend you to stay in Corralejo which is the main city of the Island and where there is all the nightlife. Be aware however that that are still some limitations: bars are only  open until midnight and seatings are limited to a maximum of 10 per table.

 When you’re not enjoying the nightlife or grabbing a meal there are plenty of other activities to enjoy on the island. Many of the coworking spaces and gym facilities are also open, just in case you need a quiet space to catch up on emails or get a quick session in. 

 

Playa de Cofete, fuerteventura

 

  • Where to stay in Corralejo:

 

Are you a Digital nomad? Looking to escape on Romantic get away? Organizing a trip between friends?

No doubt, this island has something to please even the pickiest of travellers.  

Why not enjoy a quick stay at the beautiful Avanti hotel?  This Boutique hotel has only 15 rooms, so don’t wait too long to book! It’s location in the city center and just steps away from the beach is th perfect setting to enjoy a  peaceful and romantic time! (check out our dedicated article here) Don’t forget to book a table at their Rompeola restaurant to enjoy some delicious seafood!

Price around 140€/night. Thanks to a partnership with them you can enjoy 20€OFF/ night + a bottle of prosecco. You just need to book directly  on their website with our code FRENCHIES21.

 

Atlantis Garden  Beach,  perfect if you are a couple or alone, their appartements are clean, really well located by the beach and close to supermarket. (+ Pool & Tennis court).Price 50-60€/night

Bristol Sunset lounge, modern and well equipped apartments. Perfect to meet other digital nomads as they also offer a  Coworking  package and long stay offers. Price from 70€/night

Katis Villa

 

Feeling like renting a villa with your friends?

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Corralejo is full of beautiful, spacious villas all well located and prices reasonable to a variety of budgets. We specifically recommend:

– Villa Casa Royal by Vacanzy Collection. a large villa for a group of people (Up to 10 pers), with pool, BQQ and well located

Villa Katis,

…and many others that you can find on booking.com

Bristol Sunset Beach
  • Restaurant & Bars in Corralejo:

The city center offers a large choice of tapas restaurants with live music so get ready to dance away your stressful time back home! 😉 

– Tapas Oscar is a must try!  Not only is it the biggest tapas bar in the city, its well known for its large variety of tapas and good vibes!  The waiters are really nice and professional despite the rush. 

– Rompeolas, the Avanti’s hotel restaurant. Located directly in front of the beach, you will love their fresh seafood and the mediteranean atmosphere. 

-Tanta Luna, a cocktail bar – tapas restaurant. Our favorite one. If you want to have a unique culinary experience don’t look further, we can’t tell you more or we would ruin the surprise!

– La arroceria, even though it’s not located directly in the center of the city,  this family restaurant deserves a special shout out. They specialize in paella for all the paella lovers and it’s simply delicious!

 

Ready for a drink? Head over to La Ezquina or the Kaktus Bar for some good cocktails and chilled vibes . You won’t want to miss the Kiwi Bar for a taste of the night life and to mingle with other friendly partiers. 

Good to know: Be aware that you‘ll need to book in advance before going to the restaurants! 

 

  • What to see in Fuerteventura:

 

> North island: 

 – Corralejo has the best beaches on Fuerteventura, with fine, white sand and turquoise waters

– Corralejo Natural Park (Corralejo) is one of the essential places to visit in Fuerteventura. Be sure to stop by around sunset to grab some seriously impressive photos.

– Calderón Hondo volcano.  It will take you about an hour to complete the moderately difficult route. 

– El Cotillo, The most popular beach in Cotillo is La Concha beach, which stands out for its fine white sand horseshoe shape. With limited the waves, its the perfect seabed for snorkeling.

– Our favorite the is Playa Esquinzo,  well known from the surfers!  bring some beers, some aperitif  and enjoy a breathtaking sunset!

Sotavento beach ©Fun and Fly

 

> South Island:

 

It’s really easy to reach the south with a car within 2 hours from Corralejo. However, to really enjoy it we recommend you stay for a few days!

The innside by melia, is our number 1 recommendation without hesitation. Directly located on the Jandia Natural Park and Sotavento beach, it’s the perfect place for both Wind sport lovers, but also for the one who needs to just relax and disconnect! 

 The hotel offers a breathtaking view on both the lagoon and the Natural park. And you can enjoy  the  view directly from  their infinity pool and with one Piña colada (Obviously 😉 )

– With white, fine sand, no facilities, and no crowds, Sotavento beach ( Cossta calma)  is ideal for those who want some privacy. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Fuerteventura. 

– The René Egli kitesurf center  (located just steps from the Innside by Melia hotel) offers classes but also all the equipment required to rent! No need to bring from home or Corralejo they’ve got your back! 

– Cofete beach : A  must-see, the most beautiful beach of the island!!  It is difficult to get there and the locals recommend you drive a 4WD to make it there comfortably. Make sure you have a car that cans handle the journey or risk literally getting stuck in paradise! 😉 

© Apéros Frenchies At the Innside By Melia, Costa Calma
© Apéros Frenchies At the Innside By Melia, Costa Calma

 

copyright René Egli Kite Center

 

 

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The Peaceful Life in Avanti Lifestyle hotel, Fuerteventura

You made it to Fuerteventura. It’s now time to reconnect with the peaceful life. Forget about your stressful life back home, take a deep breath and welcome to paradise!

The AVANTI LIFESTYLE HOTEL, In Fuerteventura was one of the first on the island. Originally named the Hotel Corralejo, after a total renovation the hotel was renamed to fully emory its new Mediterranean style in 2013. This boutique hotel is one of the most unique on the island with its white and blue architecture and design, you’ll be able to enjoy the tranquillity from the moment you step inside. With spectacular ocean views, and an incredible terrace, you’ll be able to enjoy the views on both the port and the Isla Lobos. Its location next to the sea allows guests to soak up the sun and enjoy an ocean breeze from both their rooms and the rooftop!

ENJOY 20€/Off per night + a Prossecco bottle with our promocode FRENCHIES21

 

Are you looking for a cosy place to enjoy your get away in Fuerteventura? We’ve probably found THE spot.  

Intimate and nicely decorated, the Avanti Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy in total calm. From their professional and friendly staff, to the quality bedrooms and rooftop spa, they have all  the ingredients to offer you the best stay. Also, here is another good news, you won’t be woken up by a baby crying next door, as the hotel is only for Adults! 😉 

Check out the Rompeolas restaurant 

Moreover, you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal as their in house restaurant Rompeolas is just steps away and it’s also one of our recommendations that you have to try. The menu features delicious grilled octopus, white prawns, black rice, and many more sumptuous dishes you can enjoy from a seafront terrace! 

Make your own cocktails!

Although there are plenty of bars in the city where you can  enjoy some drinks  after a nice dinner (you can check out our favorite ones here), if you feel like having a nice fresh cocktail in your room they have a spectacular offer. For instance, have you ever dreamt of being your own bartender? You’ll find a shaker, premium alcohol brands, and all the ingredients required to enjoy a fresh drink from the comfort of your room. 


In conclusion, are you already looking forward to discovering this cool spot? We have good news for you! With our promo code FRENCHIES21, you can save 20€/Off per night + a Prossecco bottle to welcome you the best way! ( booking has to be done on their website!)

Have fun at Avanti Lifestyle hotel Fuerteventura! 

Ps: Don’t forget to let us know about your stay or to mention us on Instagram @aperos_frenchies ! 

 

 

 

 

Hello Fresh : Delivered ingredients for easy and delicious dinners at home!

Maintaining a social life in 2021 is getting tough. Bars, restaurants are still closed pretty much everywhere and “ Friday night fever” got transformed into “ a quiet dinner”.  Depending where you’re living, on the country you live in,  some of us are facing have a strict curfews, but either way or just and being a busy expat does not help when it comes to it’s about our grocery shopping! Worry not as we have a solution for you: It’s time to introduce you to our partner HelloFresh!

HelloFresh, offers  you a box full of fresh ingredients to easily prepare delicious meals delivered right to your doorstep!, and all delivered to your home! Each week, you can choose from an array of  16 tasty recipes developed by their culinary team.

Whether you don’t have time for If you have no time for grocery shopping , don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen,  or have kids who are picky? HelloFresh offers you different types of boxes that will meet your needs and preferences.

Also, every expat who has spent a little time abroad knows  the struggle  of  searching for the right ingredients, only to find it’s unavailable – or unrecognisable – in their adopted country. How frustrating can this be it is! 😉

 This concept is also great for anyone who has trouble following recipes, because every ingredient and spice is included premeasured.. there’s literally no way chance you can put more or less of anything in.So why not nurture your inner chef with the help of HelloFresh?Just be sure to follow the recipe – always available in English – and you’ll be impressing your friends with your Master Chef grill skills in no time.  

Hellosfresh

If you are still a bit sceptical about these mealthesethose meal kits and have some doubts reservations about the origin of where their products are coming from,  worry not,No worry,  because all the ingredients are fresh and directly from the producers .

To celebrate our new collaboration with HelloFresh, we would like to offer you a 55€ discount on your first orders (25€ on the first order, then 20€ on the second, and then 10€) 

How can you to take advantage of Apéros Frenchies x HelloFresh discount? 

Simply click on this link here: HelloFresh and add the promo code: APEROSFRENCHIES55. Make your meals selection … and you’ll receive your box within a few days!  

BON APPETIT ! 

The Dating Life of an Expat (Part I)

The dating topic is probably one of the most interesting ones when you are an expat. We all know that the realities of dating abroad are more difficult than they might seem,  and on top of that the COVID-19 situation does not help. So, if you are fully experiencing these right now, this article is for you!

In this first article we will talk about the 1st type: An expat moving abroad single and alone. This one is probably one of the most common cases!

To date or not to date, that’s the question!

You are having fun and you love your new adopted city, your friends, your work, and your lifestyle. But, at the same time, you see your friends back home getting engaged, moving together, having kids, while you just picture yourself at the bar with a bunch of friends sipping your 3rd Margarita. (ok that was before COVID but it works as well with your friends at home) 😉  You are now facing the loneliness feeling as you start wondering about your situation. And it’s a NORMAL feeling, don’t worry!

So you might start using some dating apps such as Bumble, Tinder, Hinge.. or by coming to our networking events Apéros Frenchies hoping to have a crush on someone! (Yes we know!)

And  it happens! Sometimes it comes fast, sometimes it takes time. But the struggle goes on when this person is from another country especially.. your crush doesn’t have the same “dating language”  as you… and  C’est la catastrophe

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Perhaps, we learn at school how to speak another foreign language but we don’t’ learn how to speak another foreign heart language!  And especially this lockdown situation pretty much everywhere, it doesn’t  make things easier, since restaurants and bars are closed!

How does it work? Do we have to meet for dinner or an ice cream? Do we have to play it fancy or cool? Should we invite them to our place?  

Bref, so many questions that nobody really knows how to answer but that we all ask ourselves before even trying out the relationship!  

  • After a few texts you will more or less understand  what your crush is feeling! She/He wants to meet you at her/his place but you don’t feel confident enough, just say it and offer him/her to grab a take away coffee downtown.

 

  • Another situation: you feel like inviting him/ her to your place and this other person sounds up for it. Parfait!  As a french person I would obviously advise to have some good wine in your cellar/fridge 😉  But also.. to prepare a casual nice dinner sans pretention. In case the date goes well!  For example,  try  HelloFresh :You pick in advance which menu you want to receive depending on what you like .. and they deliver  all the ingredients + recipe at your place! It’s perfect when you are in a rush or if there is a curfew! 😉  

 If you are freaking out to meet with this person alone, and you prefer to be in your comfort zone with friends, what about inviting this person for some drinks in a park with your friends, or do some hiking somewhere with them too?   Honestly possibilities are limited right now but there are still some! If it goes well,  you‘ll feel safer and better to meet in person the next time, plus you may get your friends’ approval  (which is not THE most important,  but still, it matters!)  If it goes wrong, it would be just a funny memory you’ll talk about with your friends in the future! 😉 

In conclusion, follow your instinct, go with the flow and don’t pretend to be someone you are not just because you’re afraid they don’t like you. One day they will figure it out anyway!  Good luck!