Caleta de Fuste is known as El Castillo by the Spanish because of the 18th century tower which was built to defend the island against frequent pirate attacks. Fortunately, contemporary visitors are more likely to be tourists who come for the beaches, golf courses and relaxed atmosphere. The resort is built around the natural horseshoe shaped bay, a busy harbour and the main street which is full of restaurants and bars so it’s easy to walk around. You can stroll along the long promenade that runs right by the ocean all the way from the resort centre to the Atlantico Shopping Centre. Caleta de Fuste’s central position in Fuerteventura is perfect if you wish to explore the rest of the island or try the nearby golf courses.
The centre of Caleta de Fuste has many shops for food as well as trinkets to bring home. On Tuesday and Saturday there is a street market and every Friday evening local craft makers can sell their products. If you want to cook at your villa and maybe have a BBQ or two, there are a few supermarkets in the centre. In the Atlantico Shopping Centre there are some international brands but for a bigger range, visit the capital, Punta del Rosario.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the centre of the resort but try the harbour area if you want to dine with a sea view. Alternatively, in the Atlantico Shopping Centre there is a good choice of restaurants with a range of international menus to suit all tastes and budgets. Bars range from relaxed chiringuitos (beach bars) to sports and live music bars so there is somewhere for everyone.
The main beach is Caleta de Fuste which is sheltered by the harbour making it a lovely spot for swimming and paddling. There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols to hire and cafes close by for drinks and snacks. La Guirra Beach is close to the Atlantico Shopping Centre and you can walk to it along the promenade if you are not in a hurry. The strong winds which give Fuerteventura its name mean it’s an ideal location for windsurfing and there are schools that offer lessons. You can also try sea kayaking and snorkelling.
At the Oceanarium Explorer you can swim with the sea lions, take a glass bottomed boat trip to see the fish or head out into the bay in a submarine for an adventure. Try the water inflatables course near the harbour, great fun for all the family. One of the large hotels has mini golf which is open to the public if you fancy a family tournament.
Fuerteventura's former capital, Betancuria, is around 30 minutes’ drive away in the centre of the island surrounded by hills and the unusual volcanic landscape. Salinas del Carmen, also known as the Salt Fields, is also worth a visit and is found to the south of Caleta de Fuste. For a full day out, you could try Playa de Cofete, a wild and undeveloped beach right at the southern tip of the island.
There are 2 golf courses in Caleta de Fuste, both of which are very popular and well designed. Fuerteventura Golf Club was the first 18-hole golf course built in Fuerteventura and is open year-round. It has a beautiful setting, a club house and restaurant plus many other facilities. Alternatively try Salinas de Antigua one of the best and most beloved golf courses in the Canary Islands.
The Oasis Park, on the south of the island, is a real natural paradise which combines a zoo and botanical garden. With more than 3000 animals including hippopotamuses, giraffes and over 250 different species of birds there is plenty to see. You can also enjoy the most striking flora from across the Canaries throughout various parts of the park. It also offers some interesting entertainment shows and is around 40 minutes’ drive from Caleta de Fuste.