Caleta De Fuste in 1987 – 30 years ago!

Caleta de Fuste in 1987

I was going through some old VHS home videos and came across footage of a holiday in Caleta De Fuste in 1987. I had recently got my old VHS-DVD player working so I decided to download the video and put it up in Youtube.

Caleta de Fuste in 1987
The Castillo and swimming pool

Caleta de Fuste was just in its early stages of development back then. It is very different to the Caleta of today.

My ex-wife, my son (who was 3) and myself went there for a two week holiday, and it was our first ever visit to Fuerteventura. We stayed in one of only two bungalow complexes that existed at the time. It is now called Cay Beach Villas but may have been called something different then, I can’t remember.

Caleta de Fuste in 1987
The little restaurant and shopping square (no longer exists)

There was only one hotel in Caleta then which is now the Barcelo by the harbour. Next to that was the Castillo tower and a swimming pool. Then there was a little square with about two restaurants and a couple of small shops. That was it! Every night we walked across the beach to the square and asked the same question – “Are we going to eat there or there tonight?”

I have to say, it wasn’t a great holiday due to there being so little to do in the evenings. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I had hired a little Suzuki 4×4 I don’t think I would ever have come back to Fuerteventura. As we did have the car we got out and explored. Fortunately we found the dunes beaches of Corralejo so went there a number of times. We also went south and found the lovely Sotavento beach.

Caleta de Fuste in 1987
The bay – opposite is where the Atlantico shopping centre is now

I am an avid Formula one fan and while we were there the Spanish GP was on. Believe it or not, the only tv I could find in Caleta de Fuste in 1987 was in the hotel. The day before I had spoken to the manager to ask if I could watch it on their tv, which he agreed to. About 30 minutes before the start I went to the hotel to find that the manager had gone off fishing for the afternoon and had the key to the tv cabinet with him! I jumped in the car and finally found a small bar near the port in Puerto del Rosario that had the race on.

Caleta de Fuste in 1987
Chipmunk Mountain in the background with no building on it

Fuerteventura airport was just a single story building in 1987 too. I remember when we arrived the luggage carousels weren’t finished.  They brought the luggage around the front of the terminal on the little luggage “train” and we took it from there.

If you have been to Caleta in recent times you may find this video interesting:

Watch the Caleta de Fuste in 1987 video on Youtube

What is Caleta de Fuste like? | Caleta de Fuste Fuerteventura

Caleta de fuste beach

In this video I show the main areas of Caleta de Fuste, including the marina, the beaches, shops, restaurants, bars, some of the hotels and the golf courses. I also talk a bit about what Costa Caleta was like in 1987 when I first stayed there.

First I show the marina area which is one of the nicest parts of the resort I think.

Caleta de fuste marina

After that the video covers the two Caleta beaches – Castillo beach and Atlantico beach. Both beaches are completely artificial. The sand has been imported to create what I would describe as a “beach theme area” rather than a beach. They are without a doubt the worst beaches on Fuerteventura, but some people seem to love them. Each to their own I guess.

Caleta de fuste beach

I then show some of the town centre commercial areas starting with Castillo Central. Then I cover the shops in Caleta de Fuste with some of the bars and restaurants in Caleta de Fuste too. I couldn’t really show the Caleta de Fuste nightlife in this video. Another day (or night) perhaps.

Pieros Bars
Pieros Music Bar
Caleta de fuste bars
Some of the cheaper bars

There are too many hotels in Caletato cover in one video but I do show the Barcelo Fuerteventura and the Hotel Elba Carlota.

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Caleta de Fuste Hotels
Hotel Elba Carlota
Caleta De Fuste Casino

This is followed by a quick look at the Fuerteventura golf courses – first the Fuerteventura Golf Resort, which is a championship course where the Spanish Open took place in 2004. Then I show the Golf Club Salinas de Antigua which is the “public” course.

I finish the video by going to the top of Chipmunk Mountain and show some general views of the area.

Caleta from the top of Chipmunk Mountain
Caleta de Fuste from the top of Chipmunk Mountain

Where to stay in Caleta de Fuste



Villas and apartments

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Watch the Caleta de Fuste Youtube video – What is Caleta Like?

Caleta train
The little train that you can use to get around Caleta

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Fuerteventura March 2017 – Rain, Carnivals and Gold Lamé

expat in Fuerteventura

Expat In Fuerteventura Vlog March 2017 – Rain, Carnivals and Gold Lamé

This month as an expat in Fuerteventura we, hopefully, saw the last of the very odd weather we have been having which included gales, rain and even hailstones. As usual there were the daily dog walks with Oscar and Jenson – the highlight of their day. My brother and part of his family came for a week’s holiday so I picked them up from the airport and we all went out together a few times.

Expat in Fuerteventura
Waiting at the airport

This Canary Islands vlog includes:

– A sunset from the garden (of course)
– a driving timelapse leaving Fuerteventura airport after dropping off some friends
– the dogs playing in the garden
Corralejo Carnival
– nature at its best in the dry river beds
– a rockfall on our walk
– the view from our rental apartment in El Cotillo

Expat in Fuerteventura
Not a bad view

– a bush covered in snails
– early morning and breakfast in Puerto del Rosario, the capital
– rain and getting soaked on a dog walk
– washing the car
– people timelapse at the airport
– a trip to Caleta de Fuste with my brother and his family (beware of the gold lame swimming trunks) where the Caleta de Fuste beach renovation is just about finished.
– another obligatory dog walk

Watch the video in Youtube

Read last month’s Fuerteventura vlog

Los Caracolitos Restaurant – Salinas del Carmen

Los Caracolitos Restaurant

Nice places to eat in Fuerteventura
No.1: Los Caracolitos Restaurant, Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura

Los Caracolitos Restaurant, Salinas del Carmen. The first in a series of some nice places to eat in Fuerteventura. These are not necessarily the places which serve the absolute best food, although they could be, but places that, in my opinion, either have a nice atmosphere, environment and/or views.


Salinas del Carmen is easy to find as it is just a kilometre or so south of Caleta de Fuste immediately off the main coast road. Just look out for the signs to Museo las Salinas (The Salt Museum) and the village of Salinas del Carmen is right next to it.

It is primarily a fish restaurant but it does serve chicken and steak too. The prices are about average I would say and you get the great sea view thrown in for free!

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Citrus Surf Cafe in Corralejo