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Friday, 26 February 2010

Ryanair announces new flights from Prestwick to Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Ryanair has announced extra flights to its sunshine routes from Prestwick and a new route to Fuerteventura starting next month.Chief executive for Prestwick airport, Iain Cochrane said: “This is more excellent news for the airport. As well as these welcome extras, we have new Ryanair routes starting to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and Ibiza next month, plus summer flights to Jersey and Turkey with other airlines.”

This is yet more good news for the tourist industry on Fuerteventura and for property owners looking for more connections back to the UK. It will also help the real estate market on the island by providing more connections between Fuerteventura and the UK which is an important consideration for potential purchasers.

The extra flights from Prestwick will go to Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Carcassonne.

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Monday, 15 February 2010

It’s Carnival Time in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

In many Roman Catholic countries the weeks leading up to Lent become Carnival time. It is a time when locals forget about the stresses and strains of everyday life and how much their real Estate is worth or not and dress up in often outrageous costumes to go out onto the streets and party well into the night.

Fuerteventura, second largest Island in the Canary Islands, Spain is no exception to this and the Carnival season starts in mid-February in the capital Puerto del Rosario, moving on to other towns and villages around Fuerteventura and the other Islands of Tenerife , Lanzarote and Gran canaria.

The main event in each location is the grand parade with many floats representing local businesses, marching bands, and of course the Carnival Queen – or queens, as you will often see not one, but two or even three queens – an adult, a junior and possibly a drag queen.

The majority of locals – men, women and children – join in with the festivities wearing fancy dress costumes made especially for the occasion. Men become women for the evening and all are a sight to behold, with tourists who know of the tradition also taking part.

So what is happening and where? Below are details of the events in the main towns but there will also be activities in the smaller towns and villages:

Puerto del Rosario

• The first, smaller parade takes place on 17th February at 8 pm. The parade represents “the birth of the sardine”, the sardine being the symbol of Carnival in the Canary Islands.
• On Saturday 27th February is the grand parade. This is traditionally the largest and most spectacular parade on the island, starting at around 5pm.
• On 6th March is the final parade “the burial of the sardine” when a huge papier mache model of the sardine is burned (cremated).

Caleta de Fuste

• In Caleta this year the grand parade takes place on February 20th. The theme for 2010 is the 1960’s so you can expect to see once again the fashions of this exciting era.


• The grand parade this year starts at around 5pm on Saturday 13th March. The theme of the carnival is The Jungle and there is a wealth of material for sale in every imaginable animal print in fabric shops in the old town. No doubt there will be many Tarzans, Janes (probably predominantly male) and “animals” galore on the streets of Corralejo.

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Holland Park Village Overlooking the Coast in Canary Islands

Holland Park or Parque hollandes is a small residential village overlooking the Eastern coastline of Fuerteventura and the little fishing cove of El Jablito. This quiet village actually has its own commercial centre with a variety of local and foreign themed bars and restaurants as well as a large supermarket. The position of the village allows easy access to Corralejo and the capital Puerto Rosario and the sandy beach in Jablito is in walking distance. For sale and recently reduced is this detached villa with 4 bedrooms, private parking and its own private swimming pool. This is a truely exceptional opportunity at a remarkable price and would make either a comfortable residential home or offer a solid return on capital if rented out.
For more information contact info@goldacre-estates or call us on 0034 928 535044.

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Thursday, 11 February 2010

Running Your Own Business in the Sun

Running your own business in the sun is an idea countless people dream about. Early or semi-retirement appeals to all of us but how can we achieve this and increase our quality of life? For many the answer lies in opening a bar or restaurant in a location that offers better all year weather, easy access to simple pleasures like beaches and the sea, easy going clients and easier going work hours. Small independant eateries are particularly popular start ups as they offer lower running costs and a balance between quality lifestyle and the need to earn a profit. There are two most common options for most to explore , either buying an existing business with licences and clients in place or to negotiate new rental contracts and apply for the required licences. In both cases there exists a variety of documentation to examine to ensure a clean transfer to achieved. When setting up a business abroad it pays to speak to those who work there already and take advice from your estate agent as to the suitability of the project. Goldacre Estates has a number of local businesses for 'trespasso' as well as freehold sale and are always on hand to explain in depth the processes and requirements you will need to run your business as well as all aspects of living and working in the Canary Islands. Pictured above is one example of a small eatery with 32 covers located right next to the beach in the town centre close to touristic hotels - always a good source of clients. The location is idyllic and a quick break from serving customers will have you wondering whether to stroll along the beach or take a dip in the sea! For more information about this and other business opportunities contact or call 0034 928 535044.

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

New Year Opportunities in the Fuerteventura and Canary Island Property Market

New Year New Opportunities

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2010.

So what’s the story so far this year ?

Predictions on Sterling vs the Euro are targeted by reports from the major currency houses to reach 1.20 ( sometime this year, but no one has put a date yet on when this magical figure will be reached ), I have to say we have had a positive opening and we are currently seeing 1.15 so far this month.

What about Property ?

My view for the market is that we will see a steady increase in sales volumes through 2010, so good news for those that are selling their properties.

There is a lot of talk surrounding the Greek economy and the national debt in the international press right now, I have recently visited our offices in Greece and the local real estate market ( greek residential ) remains buoyant and it is anticipated that 2010 will see a significant rise in the International buyers particularly in areas such as Crete, Corfu and Zakynthos.

Easy jet have just announced a number of new routes to Greece in 2010 with prices starting from only 41 GBP further details can be found on

Fuerteventura seems to have resolved the issue of the lack of flights over the winter with Ryanair returning to its services for the Island and Easy Jet now running its regular services to Stanstead and other UK airports, in fact I traveled to Stanstead recently with Easyjet and you could not have found a better flight.

Good luck, happy hunting and wherever your search may you find your DREAM HOME we are there to assist you.

If you have a flight only GoldAcre Estates can assist you in finding your perfect accommodation to stay during your search for your Dream Home.

Please remember any comments that you may have on how we can improve our newsletter are always welcome write to me directly

John Goldacre

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Friday, 5 February 2010

School's Out: 9 cheap deals for childless travellers from Skyscanner

School holidays are a notoriously expensive time to travel.

In the world of supply and demand, airlines and accommodation suppliers push up their prices during the holidays, forcing parents to cough up, or stay home.

But for those not tied to the national curriculum, there are great deals to be found either side of the vacation period.

Flight comparison site Skyscanner ( introduces some bargain breaks for the childless traveller.

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands – from £162
Save: over £250
You won’t have any problems finding your very own place in the sun on Fuerteventura. This laid back Canary Island boasts over 125 miles of beach and is located at the same latitude as parts of Florida and Mexico with the mercury rising as high as 23C, even during winter. Stake a place on the sand at Jandia, a huge natural beach that extends some 20km along the shoreline. There are also plenty of dunes and lagoons to explore and all just a four hour flight from the UK. Travel outside of the half term holiday and you’ll pay less than half the price for your flight. Find cheap flights to Fuerteventura

Geneva, Switzerland – from £39
Save: over £200

With snow in abundance in the Alps, a last minute ski trip is a great option right now. Geneva is an ideal landing point for winter sport lovers offering the choice of over 100 ski resorts within two hours’ drive. One of the closest is Lelex, a small resort served by 13 ski lifts, ideal for beginners. At the other end of the scale there’s Morzine, part of Les Portes Du Soleil, a huge interlinked ski area offering some 650 different pistes, served by over 200 ski lifts. Travel the week after half term and you’ll get flights for less than a quarter of the cost during the holiday. Find cheap flights to Gevena

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – from £318
Save: over £150

With almost guaranteed sunshine and plenty of beach space, Egypt has long been a hit with families. So evade the child invasion by travelling the week before half term and save yourself more than £150. That also means you’ll have much more mullah for spending on dive adventures in the Red Sea, desert quad bike treks, and of course, après sand activities. Find cheap flights to Sharm El Sheikh

Orlando, Florida – from £440
Save: over £500

With the Harry Potter hype reaching magical proportions, Orlando is set to become even more popular, as muggles from all over the world head for Harry’s homeland to enjoy the delights of his ‘Wizarding World’, which is due for completion in spring. For now, you can beat both the Harry Potter and half term crowds and enjoy Orladno’s alternative attractions instead; go gator spotting in the Everglades with an airboat adventure, treat yourself to a little luxury shopping at Tiffany & Co, Cartier, or Jimmy Choo at The Mall at Millenia, then taste the local vintage at the Lakeridge Winery. Find cheap flights to Orlando

Dubai, UAE – from £347
Save: over £50

With all its modern child-friendly attractions, Dubai has drawn an increasingly large portion of the family holiday market. Be sure to avoid all that, and the costs that go with it, by travelling the week before half term. That means you’ll have more to spend in the chic shopping centres, on a champagne brunch or on some cheap nuggets at the Gold Souk. Get your haggling hat on if you want to bag some bargain bullion though, and watch out for fool’s gold! Find cheap flights to Dubai

Jamaica – from £431
Save: over £200

Jamaica has the beaches, the relaxing atmosphere and the cocktails to make all your winter blues disappear. There are hotels to suit all tastes and price ranges, but one of the best is the ‘Breezes Runaway Bay Resort and Golf Club’ where you can have a round on the course before enjoying a round at the bar. You can also swim with dolphins, go river rafting, or visit the Bob Marley Museum. Head to this Caribbean country the week before school’s out and you’ll save over £200 on the flight. Find cheap flights to Jamaica

Marrakech, Morocco – from £160
Save: over £300

Marrakech’s close proximity to the UK has meant it’s become a rising star for those seeking somewhere exotic, yet only a short flight away. In the heart of the old city is Djemaa el-Fna, a busy square with a carnival-style atmosphere with entertainers, performers and delicious Moroccan food from local stalls. Adventurous travellers can even head out of the city to Oukaimeden in the Atlas Mountains for some African skiing. Go the week before the kids come out to play, and you’ll save over £300 on your flights. Find cheap flights to Marrakech

Paphos, Cyprus – from £109
Save: over £150

It may be at the cooler end of the temperature spectrum, but it´s still possible to enjoy days on the beach here during the winter months. Unlike other resorts on the island such as Ayia Napa, Paphos is open for business all year round and there are no less than eleven blue flag beaches in this region, making it an ideal base for exploring gems such as Konnos Bay, Cape Greco or nearby Coral Bay. Head off before half term and save more than £150 on your flight. Find cheap flights to Paphos

Luqa, Malta – from £114
Save: over £100

This small Mediterranean Island is fast becoming a popular spot with families due to its child-friendly attitude, year-round good weather and good value. Go the week before half term and you’ll be able to enjoy Malta’s distinct Mediterranean cuisine, intriguing architecture and interesting history that make it a great place for childless travellers too. The fact that you’ll save over £100 by travelling before the holiday helps sweeten the deal. Find cheap flights to Malta

Prices are for return flights and include all mandatory taxes, based on Saturday to Saturday, or Sunday to Sunday departure/return. Departures are from London airports, other options may be available. Prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change. Please check for for the most up to date information.

About Skyscanner
Skyscanner is a leading travel search site based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Skyscanner provides instant online comparison on flight prices for over 67,000 routes on over 600 airlines, as well as car hire, hotel and holiday price comparison. With Skyscanner, users can browse without having to enter specific dates or even destinations, and Skyscanner is available in 20 different languages including French, German and Spanish.

Tel: +44 (0)131 252 5353

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Thursday, 4 February 2010

Ryanair announces new route to Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Ryanair has announced a new route to Fuerteventura from East Midlands airpot in the UK. The new service will begin on the 3rd of May 2010 and bookings will be available on line from today at Ryanair

In the same announcement Ryanair said it will also fly to Treviso, Venice from the same airport from the 5th of May.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said, "Ryanair continues to develop great new routes so that passengers can beat the recession by flying at Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges to exciting destinations all over Europe."

The flights will also be good news for British owners of Fuerteventura property on the island and the islands expatriots.

Source Ryanair

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