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 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.
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 area of the large hotels in Caleta de Fuste is in the UrbanizaciónFuerteventura 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)