Overview of Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste, also known as ‘El Castillo’, is situated on a sheltered cove on Fuerteventura island. Boasting beautiful golden beaches, Caleta is a popular holiday resort that is suitable for the whole family. With a wide range of hotels, restaurants and activities, there is something that appeals to everyone. The El Castillo castle is the main attraction of the town, a definite must see whilst visiting the area. Less than 10km away from Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura, this resort town is handy for those arriving by planes, ferries or buses. As a family friendly resort, Caleta de Fuste boasts shallow waters and various activities for the kids, yet has peaceful and relaxing scenery for those who aren’t feeling quite so adventurous!

History

During the 18th century, Caleta de Fuste was one of the most important export harbours in Fuerteventura. The bay was prone to pirates attempting to steal goods. As a result, El Castillo (in the form of a Martello tower) is built for protection of the bay and the harbour.

Today, Caleta de Fuste is primarily a place for tourists to come on holiday.

Culture

There are only around 3,800 local residents in Caleta de Fuste. However, with daily influx of tourists into this sun-kissed resort, it feels busier and livelier than the statistics would indicate. As it is such a highly built up area for tourism, there's very little Canarian culture to be found in Caleta de Fuste. Some local restaurants offering Canarian cuisine can still be discovered, however. For a more authentic cultural experience, head to nearby town of Antigua or Betancuria.

Ecomony

Caleta de Fuste was once the largest ports in Fuerteventura employing numerous dock labourers such as ship loaders. As time passes, its economy has evolved to being one of the main tourist resorts of the island, bustling with hotels, shops, golf courses, and restaurants.

How to get there

By Bus:
The number 03 Tiadhe bus goes from Puerto del Rosario, the capital, to Las Salinas, and stops in Caleta de Fuste (also known as El Castillo) on the way. The bus runs every half an hour from 07:00 until 23:00, and from Puerto del Rosario you can get any connecting bus to/from other towns around the Fuerteventuraisland. Journey to Caleta de Fuste costs €1.30.

By Car:
From Corralejo, take FV-1 followed by FV-2. Journey takes about 50 minutes (48km).
From Puerto del Rosario or Airport, follow FV-2, journey takes about 17 minutes and a little less if driving from the airport.
Caleta de Fuste can also be reached via FV-2 from southern towns the likes of Morro Jable and Costa Calma.