1. Enjoy family time on protected beaches
The large breakwaters that shelter the man-made beaches in Caleta de Fuste offer calm waters – perfect for families with small children. Sunloungers, umbrellas and even Balinese beds can all be hired for the day. Playa la Guirra features a beach bar and cafe surrounded by water on a tiny islet accessible via a small footbridge. The larger El Castillo Beach (Caleta de Fuste beach) has disabled access ramps, showers, and toilets along with football and volleyball areas.
2. Visit the Salt Museum and Las Salinas del Carmen (Salt pans)
Did you know?
The word Salary is derived from the latin word salarium. Roman soldiers were, at one point, partly paid in salt (salis), hence the term, salarium (Salary).
Along with the restored and working salt pans at Las Salinas del Carmen, there is an on-site Salt Museum. The museum explains the process of extracting sea salt, the uses of salt and the historical and cultural importance of salt through the ages. Visitors can even purchase salt produced on-site at the Salinas del Carmen. If you’ve worked up an appetite, why not stay in Las Salinas village and enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants?
3. Marine-related excursions and activities
Explore Fuerteventura’s underwater world in a submarine (semi-submerged), set sail on a catamaran, try your luck on an inflatable activity course, flyboarding (think Superman over water), or test your angling skills with some sport fishing. There’s also a scuba diving school located in the Marina, offering first-time taster dives, snorkelling trips and night dives as well as professional training. If you prefer a more tranquil above-the-water experience, you can also hire aquatic bikes and kayaks, or relax and enjoy a coffee or cocktail overlooking the picturesque marina and beach.
Caleta de Fuste has two superb 18 hole golf courses – practically next to each other. Golfing enthusiasts can even stay at an on-site hotel, which offers special rates for those who stay-and-play. The Fuerteventura Golf Club opened in 2002 and hosted the Spanish Open in 2004 while the nearby Salinas de Antigua Golf Club opened some years later. For more details on golfing in Fuerteventura, click here.
5. Walk to the top of ‘Chipmunk Mountain’
Take a walk to the top of Montaña Blanca, known locally as Chipmunk Mountain. It only takes around 45 minutes to walk to the top, but you’ll be rewarded with great views across Caleta de Fuste, the airport and Puerto del Rosario. If you’re lucky you might get to see (and feed) the ‘chipmunks’, (actually Barbary Squirrels), a non-indigenous and rather invasive species unwittingly introduced to the island a few decades ago.
Other activities in the area: enjoy the coastal walk to Nuevo Horizonte (also known as Costa de Antigua), visit the municipal capital of Antigua (10 minutes’ away by car), try your luck at the local casino, watch a movie at the local cinema, get chatting (there is a big expat community here) or head to the nearby capital of Puerto del Rosario.