The Canary Islands are a group of volcanic islands grouped together north west of Africa, known for their molten landscapes and black and white sand beaches. These include Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierra, La Gomera, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura! I’m sure you’ve heard of a few of them, a few years ago I got to visit the amazing Fuerteventura and had so many unforgettable experiences, all of which I will tell you about today!
When looking to book our accommodation, we came across the ‘Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa’ which is located in Caleta de Fuste. The pictures and reviews all looked great so we went ahead and made our booking. A few months and a 4 hour flight later, we arrived at the resort and it was just as we imagined. Upon entering, we were greeted by the incredibly polite staff who did all they could to get us settled in and make us feel welcomed. Our room was only a short walk form the stunningly beautiful reception, but allowed us to walk past the hugeeee pool area which was lit up in the evening. The room was very clean and modern, but had a nice warm feel too it. The beds were super comfy, which was really important after our busy days exploring!
We opted to stay full board which meant we had access to the Maxorata buffet restaurant, its a nice spacious area with all different types of food. If you want a good ol’ English breakfast they have a hot section, if you want more of a continental start to your day they can cater to that, or even if you just fancy a bowl of cereal – they have that too. The same goes for tea\dinner, they have such a huge selection that I often went back for seconds so that I could get a taste of all the fine cuisine they had on offer! I love food so this was a huge bonus for me. Again, the staff were lovely and helpful and did all they could to make us comfortable.
The hotel boasts 2 pools (one for adults, one for children), both of which are saltwater pools, are surrounded by pool loungers, sun shades and palm trees so you really get a feel for the tropical getaway you asked for. It also has a snack bar that provides drinks and snacks to really enhance your sunbathing experience, it also provides easy access to the beach. The hotel also offers a live entertainment venue that offers activity programmes both in the day and night for both children and adults. Its also not far from the bar which can make the evening activities that little bit more fun! Sadly we didn’t get to experience the spa (too much time spent exploring!) But judging by the pictures on the website, the treatments/facilities on offer, and the staff we had already interacted with, I’m sure it would have been a totally relaxing way to spend a few hours and soothe my poor feet.
The local area of Caleta de Fusta is a resort town made up of charming little restaurants, bars, golf courses and a coved beach next to the marina. There are plenty of places you can go to book excursions, rent cars\bikes, go for a stroll in and take in the local scenery. The beach and marina are a short walk down from the town and is host to the El Castillo harbor that offers a wide range of water-based activities, jest ski rentals and scuba classes! Buses are quite frequent so it’s not difficult to hop aboard and visit any other neighboring towns. The Nightlife didn’t disappoint either as there were a fair few bars with great atmospheres, drinks and music to keep you going if you wanted to venture out of the hotel.
As well as exploring the local area, we wanted to get out and see what the rest of the island had to offer. What better way than to hire a jeep for the week! It was perfect considering the desert-like landscape you have to get through in some areas. One of the first places we traveled to was the Oasis Wildlife Park which is in Jandia, located in the southern part of the island. The wildlife park is home to lots of different breeds of animals, but also has programmes in place to rescue and rehabilitate any animals that come to the park from a bad home, before reintroducing them back into their natural habitats. They have small farm animals like guinea pigs and horses, reptiles, marine life animals, but also big animals like elephants and giraffes, and many more! So there’s plenty to see, but also a lot to do. They various experiences that you can take part in, like feeding the giraffes, taking a walk around the lemur enclosure, going on a camel safari and many more. If you love animals and exploring beautiful areas like me, this is definitely the day out for you.
Correlejo is another town located in the north-eastern part of the island and has flourished into a lively, colourful town that is popular with tourists and water sports enthusiasts who come for kitesurfing, windsurfing, diving and fishing. As well as the waterspouts its great for days out and keeping you busy as it has tons of shops, restaurants and bars. But don’t let that fool you into thinking its just a resort town, it’s also home to the ‘Parque Natural Corralejo Dunes’, which is an unspoiled nature reserve that preserves a blanket of rolling sands that spreads over a mile inland and is bordered by the idyllic aqua blue beaches. It’s a sight to behold, one of my favorite memories was driving along the road that passes by it and feeling like I was going through a tropical desert.
We visited a lot of places in our little jeep like Lobos Island, Morro Velosa Statues, Betancurio, Playa Del Castillo and many more but also managed to fit in a boat trip to the neighboring island of Lanzarote where we got to explore even more diverse landscapes, inactive volcanoes, Aloe Vera plantations, dunes and local culture. In my overall opinion, Fuerteventura is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by many but is so deserving of praise as its a truly beautiful island, one that I would go back to in a heartbeat.