Day 1. Arriving in Fuerteventura

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Caletta de Fusta
It was necessary to get up at 3.30 am this morning as our flight to Fuerteventura was scheduled to depart at 6.20 am.  Fortunately we managed to sleep for most of the flight so we arrived feeling refreshed.

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The hotel grounds
There was little activity in Fuerteventura Airport and we were soon waiting for a bus to take us to to Caletta de Fusta, 25 minutes drive to the south.

The landscape was totally barren and rocky.  No natural vegetation grows on the island and first impressions weren’t too good.  As it was a little too early to check in to our hotel we decided to have an early lunch.  The pedestrianised area of Caletta seemed to be filled with a collection of English bars and gift shops.  Sadly, we were unable to find a Spanish restaurant so we had to settle for the uninspiring ‘Blues Bar’  which only served English food, so we ordered two full English Breakfasts, served by an English waitress, with Heart London playing in the background!  Did we really travel so far this morning for this.  The only reminder that we were in Fuerteventura was that we were sitting outside in the warm sunshine in early December.

We walked along to our hotel for the next three nights, the Barcelo Hotel Castillo Beach Resort.  This is a large complex stretching around the Caletta bay.

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The main pool
It features suites set in beautifully tended gardens.  We were fortunate to be allocated one in a central location, but as the site stretches far into the distance, some people could face a 15 minute walk to the restaurant.     After relaxing on our sun terrace awhile, we decided it was time to explore our resort.  There are five outdoor pools plus several bars and cafes, some of which were closed at this time of year.   There was a wooden promenade boardwalk that led to a small marina and near there we saw two seals jumping in and out of the water.

After a little more sunbathing it was time for dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant.  This was attractively furnished with views over the pool and the bay.  Food was served buffet style and there were a large selection of dishes on offer.

Walking back to our room, we noticed that the temperature had dropped considerably since it had gone dark.

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Day 2. Visit to Corralejo

After enjoying a good selection of breakfast dishes we walked along to Caletta’s bus station for a bus to Corralejo in the north of the island.  To get there it was necessary to change buses in Puerto Rosario.  The journey time was one hour and ten minutes.  The landscape was barren and devoid of any vegetation but as we travelled further north the rocky wasteland gave way to large sand dunes.

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Corralejo harbour

Corralejo is a slightly larger resort than Caletta, with more shops and cafes.  At the end of the main thoroughfare was the old town, it wasn’t exactly old but more characterful than the rest of town.  We continued to the end of the jetty from where we could just make out the island of Lanzarote in the hazy distance.  Corralejo has a larger Marina, small fishing harbour and ferry services to both Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

We chose an attractive cafe for a beer, sitting in the sunshine but just as we were about to leave, the weather changed rapidly and heavy rain began to fall.  Although we tried to shelter we got soaked on our return to the bus stop, fortunately it was warm rain.

After a rest, we had a walk along the seafront before dinner.  There was a stiff breeze so it wasn’t warm enough for sunbathing or a dip in the pool.  Dinner was again good, with a different selection to last night.   Our evening ended with another short walk by the sea.

Day 3. A Day in Caletta de Fusta

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Along the seafront in Caletta

After yesterday’s rain, we woke to a warm, sunny morning with no rain clouds in sight.   To walk off our large breakfast we strolled along the seafront to its end.  Just beyond the Sheraton we came across a small shopping mall and cinema complex.  There was a long jetty to walk along and we sat on a bench awhile, it was very peaceful with only an occasional walker passing by.

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On our terrace

Returning to our suite we spent some time relaxing on our terrace.  Since arriving in Fuerteventura, it was the first time that the stiff breeze had dropped which made it feel much warmer and pleasant to relax outdoors.

We walked into the centre of Caletta for pre dinner drinks and then enjoyed our final dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.  The food has been varied and of a good standard but the cuisine at the Barcelo is best described as ‘international’ rather than ‘Spanish’.

There was a beautiful sunset to admire as we had our late evening stroll before returning to our suite to prepare for our departure tomorrow.

Day 4. Returning to the UK from Caletta de Fusta

As our flight was not scheduled to depart until 12 noon we had ample time for a leisurely breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant before checking out and walking to the small bus station.

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One of the Barcelo’s pools
The journey took just 20 minutes and the terminal building was considerably busier than when we arrived on Friday morning.  As the Canary Islands are outside the EU Customs Union we were able to buy some gin to take back home with us.  There was then enough time to have a cappuccino before boarding our return flight to the UK.

The main purpose of the weekend break was to escape the British winter for a few days and soak up some of the sun’s rays.  It was certainly much warmer than at home in northern England but with the exception of one morning there was always a stiff breeze.

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The old fort within the hotel’s grounds
The landscape can at best be described as totally barren and the only plants, flowers and lawns had been planted within the grounds of the large hotel resorts.  Personally, I did not like this ‘lunar’ type landscape whatsoever, Fuerteventura was pleasant for a weekend, but I would not wish to stay longer .  The Barcelo resort was very large and we found it to be quite pleasant for our off season break but I feel that it would be too busy for us during the high season.

If you have enjoyed reading this series of posts on Fuerteventura you may also enjoy the following Spanish posts :

Andalusia – Malaga & Seville

Barcelona

Madrid

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