A laid back resort that still knows how to pack a punch, Costa Caleta – also known as Caleta de Fuste or El Castillo – on Fuerteventura’s east coast is a favourite family destination.
The resort is built around a large, horseshoe-shaped beach of sun-kissed sand that slopes gently towards the Atlantic. The golden sand beach, family-friendly amusements and a huge choice of beachside restaurants and bars mean the kids will be entertained while adults can sit back and relax in the Spanish sun.
Due to the position of Fuerteventura in the Atlantic, Costa Caleta experiences different weather from other resorts of the Canary archipelago.
As with the rest of the island, the resort is somewhat cooler than other Canary destinations, which makes it popular with visitors who want to escape the harsh summer heat. As it is a coastal resort, slight winds here make Costa Caleta a popular spot for windsurfing and other water sports.
The resort’s unique climatic conditions make it a great year-round destination, with favourable temperatures during even the colder months and winter averages between 17°C and 21°C.
There is only one beach in Costa Caleta, a man-made beach which spoils visitors with its imported golden sand from the Sahara Desert. This 1 km stretch of sand has a few pebbly patches but is otherwise a luxuriously sheltered part of the coast, set in a horseshoe-shaped bay. On the gently sloping sand, there’s a play area for the kids and also plenty of water sports for those looking for an adrenaline rush.
As one of the island’s most popular resorts, Costa Caleta is also home to a hidden collection of lagoon-like bays for sun worshippers looking for a little more privacy.
As well as lazy days on the beach, Costa Caleta knows how to keep the family entertained. For lovers of golf, the community is located within easy reach of two courses – Las Salinas Golf Club and Fuerteventura Golf Resort, the latter of which has hosted the Spanish Open. The mini-golf course is always a popular choice with kids and big kids alike.
For more excitement, venture towards Chipmunk Mountain where you can feed tame chipmunks.
Nearby is the Atlantico shopping centre, which boasts a multi-screen cinema and bowling facilities for families travelling here with kids.
For more adventurous visitors looking to stretch their legs, Costa Caleta offers access to Fuerteventura’s famous network of towering hills, which are perfect for hiking.
If you want to see more of Fuerteventura, hop on an excursion to explore the rest of the beautiful National Park of Dunas de Corralejo where visitors can see neighbouring Lanzarote from the banks of soft white sand.
Since Costa Caleta is a purpose-built holiday resort, the main selection of restaurants and bars are situated around the main street. Smells of delicious fresh food waft from the restaurants onto the main street and the bars complement a nice evening atmosphere. Local cuisine is beautifully simple, with fish and other varieties of seafood forming the mainstay of most menus. Favourites here include sancocho, a kind of fish stew, and locally sourced mussels.
Although it’s not the liveliest of resorts, Costa Caleta doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, and after a day on the beach or by the poolside, visitors can take advantage of the resort’s favourable nightlife. There is a healthy mix of bars to suit a variety of tastes in drinks, décor and music, from the Heroes Sports Bar & Diner to the Luna Blue Lounge Bar.
It is also nearby to the capital of Puerto del Rosario which stays busy until late in the evening.