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Caleta de Fuste is a purpose-built resort that lies on the eastern coast of Fuerteventura. It is part of the municipality of Antigua and a popular tourist destination in Spain. Furteventura is one of the Canary Islands located off the coast of North Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Best time to travel Because of its location close to North Africa, Caleta de Fuste is characterized by a hot desert climate. In general, summer is extremely dry summer and winter is very mild. This year-round tourist destination experiences at least six hours of sunshine per day. Visitors to Caleta de Fuste usually prefer the summer season. The summer temperature highs range from 77°F to 81°F. Even during winter, temperatures seldom sink below 55°F.

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Subregions Visitors can reach several other towns and beaches from Caleta de Fuste by a short drive, for example Puerto del Rosario, Morro Jable and Corralejo. Even though Morro Jable is situated in the south on the Jandía peninsula, it takes only about an hour to go there. Jandía is famous for the largest beaches as well as the highest mountain range on Fuerteventura. From Puerto del Rosario, visitors can take ferries to other Canary Islands such as Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. A submarine trip to Playa Blanca beach in Lanzarote is especially intersting. Tourists get to see the underwater world including pilot whales and dolphins.

Infrastructure

The main beach of Caleta de Fuste is man-made and consists of imported golden sand. Its leeward position makes it safe for families with children to bathe in the Atlantic Ocean. The resort encompasses two modern 18-hole golf courses – Fuerteventura Golf Resort and Las Salinas Golf Club. There are more than 30 holiday complexes, which offer tourists apartments with self-catering facilities. In addition, there are also two 5-star hotels and a casino.

Country and People

Country and People

History

The earliest inhabitants of the island of Fuerteventura were the so-called ‘Mahos’ from North Africa. Phoenicians settled on the island during the 11th century BC. In 1404, Frenchmen Gadifer de la Salle and Jean de Béthencourt conquered it for the Castilian king, establishing Betancuria, which remained its capital till 1859. Persistent pirate attacks led to the erection of various fortifications, among them the El Castillo in Caleta de Fuste built in 1743. El Castillo is a so-called Martello tower and located in the town’s harbor.

Landscape

The landscape of Caleta de Fuste is dominated by the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which are popular for sailing, scuba exploration, diving and windsurfing. The coastline on the Atlantic Ocean is generally rocky, with occasional sandy bays. Caleta de Fuste has a long, tree-lined main street where the most bars and restaurants are located. Another striking feature of the landscape are the salt pans of Las Salinas. It takes visitors about an hour to walk to Las Salinas where they can witness the salt production that used to be a major economic sector on Fuerteventura.

Getting around

Getting around

Arriving

Fuerteventura Airport serves the entire island and is located about five miles north of Caleta de Fuste. Transfer from Fuerteventura Airport to the resort takes about ten minutes. Transfer by public bus is reliable and affordable, since the resort lies on the main road (FV-2) which connects it to the capital, Puerto del Rosario. Buses number 3, 10 and 16 all stop at the bus station near the main roundabout of Caleta de Fuste. Tickets are only about €1.40. For a private taxi transfer visitors can expect to pay between €12.00 and €15.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Shopping

Caleta de Fuste is home to various supermarkets that cater to the needs of tourists. Padilla Spar, the nearest large supermarket, lies to the south of the resort in the Atlantico Shopping Center. It takes about 25 minutes to walk there. Tourists can also spend a day shopping at Puerto del Rosario, the nearby capital of Fuerteventura or take advantage of duty free shopping at Rubicon Market on Lanzarote. In addition, there is also a street market for leather goods and jewelry at the car park of Montecastillo Centre every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Nightlife

The atmosphere in Caleta de Fuste is peaceful and relaxed at night and most entertainment options are geared towards families. Most hotels, for example, provide their patrons with various kinds of in-house entertainment. Tourists can also visit Yelmo Cinema at the Atlantico Shopping Center. Yelmo Cinema shows both Spanish films as well as Hollywood productions. Besides, the center includes an arcade and a bowling alley. The bars on the main street often offer karaoke and are usually open until 2am.