Caleta de Fuste and surroundings
This holiday resort, elegant, rich and manicured, is reminiscent of southern California, especially in the area of the immense tourist resort Barceló, located opposite the main beach main beach.
Caleta is often called El Castillo (especially in road signs) because of the squat 18th century Martello tower century that stands in the harbour.
The town is close to the airport and, if you are travelling with children in tow, its wide arched beach and shallow waters are an shallow waters are an ideal choice.
If, however, you prefer a more authentic atmosphere, this is not the place for you: it is yet another resort in Fuerteventura for tourists.
It is, however, a quiet place, which offers good hotels and restaurants.
What to see and do
Museo de la Sal MUSEUM (Salt Museum; Las Salinas; whole/children €5/free; h10am-6pm Tue-Sat). Just south of Caleta, this museum offers audiovisual displays illustrating the history of salt and showing how it is extracted from the sea. It is perched on the ocean, right next to the still active salt pans.
Deep Blue DIVING
(www.deep-blue-diving.com; diving for beginners €23, open water course €390). This long-established operator is conveniently located next to the harbour and offers courses, diving for already qualified divers (from €30), children’s courses (€45) and snorkelling trips (€20).
Fuerte Fun Center WINDSURF
(www.fuerte-surf.com; Playa de Caleta de Fuste; equipment €25/60/220 per hour/day/week; h10am-5pm Sun-Fri)- On the far side of the beach, this reliable centre offers beach, this reliable centre offers four-hour beginners’ courses for €90, including rental of windsurfing equipment.
It also rents stand-up paddleboards (€15/40 per hour/day).
Oceanarium Explorer BOAT TRIPS
(Puerto Castillo marina). This centre organises a wide range of family-friendly activities, including half-day fishing trips (from €70), kayak and jet ski hire (from €6 per hour), sea lion watching and boat excursions (full/children €40/20) which, with a bit of luck, will allow you to see dolphins and whales.
Fuerteventura Golf Club
(www.fuerteventuragolfclub.com; Carretera de Jandía; 18 holes €75). Covering an area of no less than 1.5 square kilometres, this club offers high quality services, including a specialised shop and the constant presence of a PGA member.
Including a specialised shop and the constant presence of a PGA member.
Caleta Cycles BICYCLE
(Hotel Los Geranios; guided tours €30-50) This British-run centre not only rents bikes (one day €10), but also organises guided tours.
Balneario Thalasso SPA
(www.barcelo.com; Calle Savila 2; spa circuit €25, 1 h massage from €60). The glass building with the huge ‘Thalasso’ sign, located behind the beach, certainly does not go unnoticed. It offers a range of treatments – try the ‘total aloe’ (€99), which combines peeling, wrap and massage with the island’s own aloe, or relax in the whirlpools and the various pools of the spa.
Discounts are offered to guests who reside at the Barceló.
Playa del Castillo BEACHES
In front of the resort stretches a beach of white sand, with a volleyball net and the possibility of going for walks on the back of camel (30 min walk for 2 people €12). It is ideal for families, but cannot the charm of the undulating dunes and the and endless stretches of sand of Corralejo and Jandía.