Caleta de Fuste
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Caleta de Fuste, also known as Castillo, is perfectly positioned on the east coast of the island. Caleta de Fuste is just a 5 minute taxi drive from the airport. Caleta de Fuste is one of the major tourist resorts on the island and is centred around an old fishing port, which is still used by the local fleet. The town is only 15km south of the capital of Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo is just a 35 minute car drive away.
It is a particularly friendly town and caters extremely well for families and couples alike.
This town is often referred to as a holiday village. The man made beach has been carefully constructed to avoid currents and is in the shape of a horse shoe. The golden sand has been specially imported. It shelves very gently, which ensures it is perfectly safe for children of all ages. Those wanting to be a little more adventurous can go diving, hire jet skis or learn to windsurf at the water centre on the beach. The harbour is home to many yachts, catamarans and boats which provide local trips as well as providing a beautiful backdrop in the evenings.
There have been a number of new developments towards the Golf Club on the edge of town, including a new beach and the Atlantico Commercial Centre, which boasts a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as a multi-lingual cinema, bowling alley, boutiques and supermarket. The latter offers an excellent range of fresh fish, meat and a fantastic choice of wines. The supermarket also offers a free delivery service.
There are many excellent restaurants here that cater for all culinary tastes at very good prices. Excellent steaks and fish are particularly well served, however there are also Chinese, Indian, Greek and English restaurants all within a close surrounding area. There are also a number of good supermarkets within the local area, as well as a lively Saturday morning market where you can hunt for clothes, crafts and souvenirs.
The nightlife is very varied and there are many bars offering all kinds of entertainment, ranging from live music to karaoke. If you are after more vibrant nightlife it would be worthwhile to visit Corralejo.
There is a local bus service, which runs every 30 minutes and provides air conditioned coaches for the trip. At 1 Euro (65p) it is an extremely cheap and easy way to get around. Car hire is easily available and is approximately 18 Euros (£12) per day.
This brings me onto one of the main selling points about this town, which is that everything is within walking distance, the beach, the shops and the restaurants and bars, so it is perfect for those who donít want the hassle of having to drive every day.
10 July 2007