Isla de Fuerteventura Tourist Traps

  • The Corralejo train ride just sucked!
    The Corralejo train ride just sucked!
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  • watch out for the man in the british food shop

    by steve640 Written May 17, 2012

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    stayed at costa tropical, AWFUL resort, there is a man who runs a british food style shop selling iceland foods and all common foods. watch him carefully and keep track of what you spend as he tried to charge over 25 euros for under 15 euros worth of food. if we werent penny pinching i would not have recognised. when i caught him out his mood suddenly changed from happy and chatty to grumpy and rude in the click of a finger. WATCH HIM.
    also the resorts in antigua are nearly 50% dearer than caleta, but its a long trek across a desert to get to it. worth the trek if you are self catering

    Unique Suggestions: get the map from the reception and if you need to spend, go to the town/supermarket

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    Train tour

    by clueless83 Written Feb 18, 2012

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    While having a wander about Corralejo you might spot one of those little road trains that will take you on a tour of the town.... DON'T BOTHER!!!!!!

    The staff weren't particularly friendly (they weren't rude as such but they weren't what I'd call "tourist friendly") and the tour is just a completely load of rubbish..... much like the town.

    You'll go down the road and then some waiter will appear and try to tempt you with a bite of something from his restaurant, following that you will take a short trip around the dirty backstreets of Corralejo. As you pass by the seafront you'll get a glimpse of Lanzarote and you'll just wish you were there.

    Unique Suggestions: Avoid Corralejo. If you are in Corralejo, don't get the train, just spend the money on ice cream.

    The Corralejo train ride just sucked!
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    The 'Free' Blanket Trips

    by Princess-Kitten Updated Jun 19, 2008

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    The idea: A certain blanket-making company (Pal) take various tourists for a 1/2 day's sightseeing before a 45 minute presentation of their woollen health products. Free refreshments provided. The whole family is welcome.

    The reality: The rep on our coach took us to 3 very nice photogenic spots, but we were there at each for only 10 minutes - not long enough to stretch your or your children's legs and wait for the crowd to get out of the way for a decent photo! The rep - who had lived on Fuerteventura for years - was full of misinformation (all very freely available on the 'net!) and gave us details of things we'd either missed that year or were taking place at leas a month
    after we'd all have left!

    After the third visit we were taken to a cafe where we had to buy our own tea/coffee and snack. (Knowing that free refreshments were to be provided I didn't eat anything...) 'Guests' were also instructed where to withdraw cash from a local cashpoint. My inner alarm bell started ringing here...

    At the posh (closed) restaurant it was made clear to me and another mum that our young children (two and four years old) were not welcome and we were forced to wait outside in a carpark next to a road, with no shade. We weren't even offered a glass of water or a seat inside! The man doing the presentation complained loudly about the children making some noise downstairs, angering us mums and our husbands.

    As for the free refreshments - well it consisted of a single glass of cheapo buck's fizz. I had to help my toddler drink full-strength orange juice in a wine glass! No water and not a single thing to eat.

    On the way back the rep started trying to sell us suncreams and after-sun on the coach and practically told us we HAD to give the driver a tip! I did give him 5 Euros and completely blanked her, but that was more to ram home how angry I was with her!

    Oh yes, and it's not just half a day - we left at 8am and weren't back til nearly 3pm!

    Unique Suggestions: DON'T take young children (unless they'll sit COMPLETELY still and COMPLETELY silent for an hour!)

    DON'T take the word of the so-called knowledgable reps as gospel - do your own research on the history, flora and fauna of the island.

    Take snacks or a packed lunch, suncream and water/drinks.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a bus or taxi (very cheap) or hire a car/bike or even a quad bike and go for a tour under your own steam. Take a good camera!

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    Be aware when calling overseas!!

    by Birsen Updated May 26, 2008

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    Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson!

    Fun Alternatives: A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates.

    I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and wekends, or 6 cents at daytime. It is also so easy to use, i have been using it for 4 months now. highly recommended!!!

    I've used it to call the US, UK, France, Italy and some other places where i have friends. I think they have more than 60 countries, so chances are yours will be listed.

    When you dial the number,902 99 53 01, and then get the operator, just press 1, and 00 plus your country code and your friends number. Beleive is worh it! I think you can use it form a mobile phone also with rates around 20 cents a minute or something like that.

    if you want details or list of countries the page is www.iCallCheap.com in English and www.TelefonoBarato.com in Spanish. just check it out, you'll thank me :)

    Typical Spanish phone booth...be aware!
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    Beware When Buying Goods

    by ak47uk Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    Be careful when buying cameras,radios,cd players etc, make sure you do your research on the prices that you pay at home. A good idea is to check recent prices on the internet. In the electrical shops they are masters of getting you to buy something which seems like a good price. Make sure you have checked the price at home and converted your currency into euros before you buy. Another scam that they use is that if you pay for the goods by credit card they tell you that you wont find the charge on your bill untill 3 months later, this is total crap as the bill is charged electronically and you will get the bill within a week.

    Unique Suggestions: Make your mind up when you go into the shop on how much you want to pay for the goods and dont let them get you to pay for anything else that you dont need which they say you do. Do your research, check prices, shop around and be strong when bargaining.

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    Good prices - but resist

    by cadja Written Jul 2, 2004

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    There are lots of stores along Main Street selling cheap technical advices. The MD-player, digital camera, videocamera or mobile may seem incredibly priceworthy, but beware. Many things are of crappy standard, even if the brand is familiar. And DO look in the carton, it may be filled with something else....

    IF you still want to save a few bucks from purchasing at home, DON'T forget to ask for an international warranty! Not all of them have it, and if they don't - don't buy! Without the warranty you'll need to go all the way back to the store to complain once the camera stops working some months later.

    Unique Suggestions: If you do wish to buy technical stuff, take the boat over to Lanzarote and Puerto del Carmen. Those stores are more serious.

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    Aquarium in Tarajalejo

    by bijo69 Written Jun 25, 2004

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    The aquarium is in a poor state... All the glass is scratched or dirty and the water is pretty murky. So don't expect to see much. The entrance fee of 4,50 Euro is way too much for this!

    Fun Alternatives: There a little aquarium at Fuerteventura airport, ground level. This one is much nicer and for free!!!

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    Dont buy the phone cards

    by Russ60 Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    The phone cards that the travel reps try to sell to you are a waste of money, we bought one it cost 6 euros. the problem is that when your card gets below a certain amount, you can no longer call abroad as there is a minimum connection fee so you may waste more than 1 euro.
    The best thing to do in Corralejo is to use the phones at the Where Abouts internet cafe. They charge a lot less for dialing abroad saving you a lot of money.

    Unique Suggestions: DONT BUY PHONE CARDS.
    The Internet Cafe is situated by the Apartments Hoplaco down the main street in Corralejo.
    There is a sign outside saying Apartamentos Hoplaco just go under the sign and down the path on your left.

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    Dont buy the phone cards

    by Russ60 Written Jan 10, 2004

    The phone cards that the travel reps try to sell to you are a wsate of money we bought one it cost 6euros, the problem is that when your card gets below a certain amount, you can no longer call abroad as there is a minimuim connection fee.
    The best thing to do in Corralejo is to use the phones at the Where Abouts internet cafe. They charge a lot less for dialing abroad saving you a lot of money.

    Unique Suggestions: DONT BUY PHONE CARDS

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    Boat trips - check the numbers !

    by jamesandsarah2002 Written Jul 19, 2003

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    We went on a boat trip which was 1/2 full.
    (We found out afterwards) but,

    The boat was'nt very big and would have been cramped if full of 20 people so check your trip numbers before you give up your euros - you may find yourself cramped on a boat !. (We paid for a platimum cruse)

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