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Caleta de Fuste Resort is just a little over 6 miles south of the airport. It is known as El Castillo by the Spanish because of the 18th century tower in the harbour which was built to defend the island against frequent pirate attacks. The resort is created around the original horseshoe cove bay which developed into a harbour and a beach resort ideal for families. Caleta de Fuste has one long main street consisting of low-rise buildings where the main bars and restaurants are concentrated so it’s easy to walk around. Its central location is perfect if you wish to explore the rest of the island.
Bars and restaurants
There are plenty of bars and restaurants especially around the harbour area. If you’re after something special, head to the sea via a walkway where you’ll find a restaurant called the Chiringuito, very popular with the locals and the perfect place for a romantic meal.
Local markets and shopping
The main part of Caleta de Fuste has many shops including in the Atlantico Shopping Centre which also has restaurants and a 10-pin bowling alley. You can try your haggling skills at the market in the Montecastillo Shopping Centre which is open between 09:00 to 14:00.
There is one large beach which was created by importing pale golden sand, making it perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Other beaches are towards the Atlantico Shopping Centre and were made by forming lagoons out of the solid rock, then filling with sand to make a beach. This beach is ideal if you want a quick sunbathe before doing your shopping. The harbour area of Caleta de Fuste has been recently improved with the addition of a walkway and some more beaches.
There is a mini train that can take you on a trip through Caleta de Fuste. On nearby Chipmunk Mountain you can see hundreds of little grey chipmunks that will even take nuts from your hand. At the Oceanarium Explorer you can swim with the sea lions or head out into the bay in a submarine. Try the water inflatables which are great fun for all the family.
Places of interest
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. Fuerteventura's former capital Betancuria, founded in the 15th Century and sacked by pirates in the 16th Century, lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried-up stream which flowed up until the 16th century. It is around 30 minutes’ drive away from Caleta de Fuste. Salinas del Carmen, also known as the Salt Fields, is also worth a visit and is located to the south of Caleta de Fuste. The famous Salt Museum is located here so you can learn about the history of salt, how it is extracted and its wide range of uses.
You are never short of things to do in Caleta de Fuste with a myriad of watersports from kayaking and paddleboarding to boat trips and diving, and even a submarine offering undersea excursions. There are 5 enjoyable and highly accessible trails around Caleta de Fuste such as Antigua to Tacha Blanca. All are easy to navigate using just plain sight but for a great hiking tour head to the south coast. It has secluded coves and a volcanic landscape and if you head inland, passing ravines, you will come across pretty towns, mills, chapels and traditional houses. You may then wish to carry on further to the very green mountains in the west. For the most up to date details of the trails, please visit the tourist information office.
There are 2 golf courses in Caleta de Fuste. 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.