|Caleta de Fuste is a small seaside resort on the east coast of the island of Fuerteventura in the Canaries.|
Caleta de Fuste is part of the municipality of Antigua; but with a population of nearly 6000 inhabitants, Caleta de Fuste is more populated and larger than the capital, Antigua.
|Etymology and toponymy|
|The place name Caleta de Fuste, or Caleta de Fustes, means "bay of the fishing boat."|
Caleta de Fuste is also known as El Castillo, or El Castillo de Fuste, referring to the defense tower that overlooks the harbor. The official name of the city is Caleta de Fuste, El Castillo, rather denotes the area near the St. Bonaventure turn around the cove.
|Caleta de Fuste is located 13 km south of the capital of the island of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario, in the middle of the east coast of the island.|
Caleta de Fustes is only 7 km from the international airport of Fuerteventura, located in El Mattoral.
These two advantages make it a convenient base for visiting the rest of the island, both to the west and its historic towns of Betancuria and Antigua and north to La Oliva and Corralejo and the south to Costa Calma, Morro Jable and the almost island of Jandia.
The resort is built against the mountain Montaña Blanca de Abajo (193 m).
| The resort of Caleta de Fuste|
|Caleta de Fuste is a rather artificial beach resort without any real historical center; it developed around the turn of El Castillo with a mixture of areas of concrete bungalows and hotel areas. For the record, it is said that it is the East Germany’s secret services that had done covertly, land acquisition for the construction of resorts for officials of the GDR. Later - to promote quality tourism - an area was built on the coast south of Caleta (Urbanización Fuerteventura Golf Resort) with three hotels, two 18 hole golf courses, a shopping center and a convention center; substantial expenditures were necessary to ensure the water supply of this area.|
Caleta de Fuste is a family resort with a white sand beach - imported - the edge of his well-protected cove of the swell, and many leisure activities; Caleta also offers numerous shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
|St. Bonaventure Tower (Torre de San Buenaventura)|
|El Castillo, the so-called “castle” Caleta de Fuste, is actually a big defense tower built in the eighteenth century (1743), on the plans of the military engineer, a native of the province of León, Claudio de Lisle, to defend this part of the island against the frequent attacks of pirates who tried to seize merchant ships anchored in Caleta.|
St. Bonaventure tower is a fine example of military architecture: it is built of black stone, circular and very robust form. This is a Genoese tower type, model of the Genoese tower of Mortella Point in Corsica (the English called later this turn, Martello Tower, transcription error by name Mortella). The towers of this type are high about 12 meters, with two floors and can accommodate one officer and 25 men. Their round structure and strong and thick walls made them very resistant to cannon fire while their height made it an ideal platform for a heavy artillery piece mounted on the flat roof and able to rotate 360 degrees. Access to the fort is via a stone staircase on which a drawbridge that runs on the doorposts of the entrance, closing access and insulating the tower. Inside is a vaulted room where ammunition was stored, and a tank.
The historian of the Canary Islands - contemporary tower - José de Viera y Clavijo, described it as "a good turn, with some artillery, commanded by a sergeant." More colloquially, the tower is named “quesera” (cheese) because of its round shape.
The only other fortification in Fuerteventura is a similar tower, the Tower of Toston (Torre del Tostón) in El Cotillo northwest of the island.
The Torre de San Buenaventura is listed as of Cultural Interest (BIC).
|The tourism office||Road transport|| School board sailing Fuerte Fun Centre|
|Address: Calle Juan Ramón Soto Morales, 10 - 35610 Antigua|
Phone: 00 34 928 163 286
Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 14 pm.
|Line 3 of the company Tiadhe drove to the capital of the island, Puerto del Rosario; Rosario can make connections to the main cities of Fuerteventura.|
Timetable on the Internet: www.maxoratabus.com
|Rental and windsurfing lessons.|
Introductory course of 4 hours: 90 €. Location: 1 hour: 25 €.
Phone: 00 34 928 535 999
Site on the Web: www.fuerte-surf.com
|Weather and forecasts|
|The area of the large hotels in Caleta de Fuste is in the Urbanización Fuerteventura Golf Resort, 15 km south of the village; Hotels are nearby golf courses but 8 km from the airport which causes some noise.|
| Hotel Elba Carlota|
|Address: Carretera Jandía, km 11, E-35610 Antigua (Fuerteventura)|
Phone: 00 34 928 160 326
| Hotel Elba Sara|
|Built in 2002, the building has 266 rooms spread over 5 floors.|
Address: Carretera de Jandía km 11, E-35610 Antigua (Fuerteventura)
Phone: 00 34 928 160 020
|The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach|
|Address: Carretera FV2 km 11, E-35610 Antigua (Fuerteventura)|
Phone: 00 34 928 495 100
|Restaurant La Flor de La Antigua|
|Kitchen quite simple: good fish and grilled meats.|
The restaurant is housed in a typical Canarian house with wooden balconies.
Address: Lugar el Obispo, 43, E-35630 Antigua (Fuerteventura)
Phone: 00 34 928 878 168