A flavour of Fuerteventura. Alison’s Photoblog.
I’ve cooked up this photoblog for a sample taste of our recent holiday in Fuerteventura.
To celebrate Geoff's birthday in July we thought what better way to spend it than to book a holiday. So Fuerteventura it was to be on the menu. The large horseshoe shaped beach at Caleta de Fuste has a sandy man-made beach of gently sloping sand.
Glorious weather, a great hotel in a lovely location and great company make for the perfect accompaniments to any holiday. (Took me one or two attempts to get this shot on self timer balancing the pocket camera on a wall)
After a hearty breakfast we sometimes relaxed around our complex pool. It also whetted our appetite for a dip in the pool combined with a spot of sunbathing in the high temperatures. I could have fried eggs it was so baking hot as we gently simmered in the shade. We applied plenty of sun cream and oil before we became cooked lobsters in the heat and peeled.
Caleta de Fuste (also known as El Castillo and Costa Caletta) is a well developed resort and the largest community in the municipality of Antigua, Las Palmas, Spain on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
The 18th century watchtower can be seen which overlooks the harbour and colourful marina. There is a great Oceanarium in the harbour which is home to some very unusual sealife and we fed the fish on the Friday from the floating jetty.
For the more energetic there were water sports in the harbour area including scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, windsurfing and parascending. We watched the divers on the very slightly choppy sea.
I have added this photograph into the photoblog for good measure. Instead of us scaling heights to discover the resort, Geoff and myself took the easy option to allow us to ride and rest in the mini train and see the resort sights dished up before our eyes.
At night the town resort of Caleta de Fuste stirred. There was an added appetizing zest of an atmosphere in the main plaza with restaurants and good value eateries dished delicious British meals and Canarian staples to tantalise the palate. Bars poured ice cool drinks and the shopping village combined culture and modern mixed together
After our light evening meal we strolled around the resort and took in the beautiful scenery. The temperature was 27C where it apparently rarely drops below 21C in Costa Caleta and the evenings are lovely and refreshing with the breeze gently blowing from the North North East being as it is only 60 miles from Morocco on the African coast.
A wonderful windmill was positioned on the mini golf course and I took this shot through the fencing. Geoff and myself had a round of mini golf on another course and on the very last hole we were both square and then I turned the heat up and whisked up a perfect rolling shot beating Geoff by one point.
Fuerteventura is the oldest Canary Island, and was formed about 70 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity. Fuerteventura's modern landscape is a result of the weathering of the original landscape that was created by the volcanoes. The geographical position of Fuerteventura means that for many tens of thousands of years sand from the Sahara has been deposited on Fuerteventura's shores. The result of this process is 125 miles of some of the world's best beaches.
This night photo of our main hotel complex pool was a shot taken straight from my Fuji F70EXR pocket camera. I was pleased how this one turned out. Various castles were built to protect Caleta de Fuste from attack in the old days. This castle was originally built as a Martello tower by Claudio de Lisne who was a Military engineer in 1743.
This was on the hotel complex looking towards the sea on the far left and the night lights of the resort which stretched into the distance. It reflects peace and tranquillity around the pool after the busy hustle and bustle the day served.
The evening sunset silhouette provided a sweet moment to cherish. The icing on the cake for me. Just to watch the sun go down together with the palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze with a cool cocktail drink in hand makes magical memories.
The wide promenade from the harbour runs along the shore for a mile or two. We enjoyed the walk mainly during the day although it was a refreshing stroll after our evening meal and dessert too.
This was taken just after eight and the light was dimming. It was a sharp contrast compared to the day when the sunbeds were filled with happy holidaymakers. A great time to take photos.
Caleta de Fuste at night. The lights dishing up delightful opportunities for night photography. (Taken on the pocket camera again. The little Fuji F70EXR pocket camera I used as many times as my Fuji HS10 camera)
Every holiday I have the desired need to take one or two different flower photos to add a splash of colour into the mix. After a good crop I decided to place this image on to the menu of holiday shots I took in Fuerteventura.
For starters before the sun got too hot we walked along the coastal paved pathway to the neighbouring resort of Nuevo Horizonte to the North of the resort. It looked like the desert with the barren landscape.
The friendly local chipmunks cheekily greeted us as we walked along the coastal path and bobbed and popped their little heads out from the rocks. We sat patiently with our monkey nuts and plums and they fed from our hands and it provided many a photo opportunity and our patience was rewarded heartily.
Even the little rats looked cute scurrying in and out of the rocks playing hide and seek.
Geoff and myself had a great holiday in Caleta de Fuste in Fuerteventura. (This one taken on tripod with self timer) Hundreds of photos with plenty of sand, sea and sunshine.
A recipe for a wonderful time and I hope you got a little taste of our holiday.
Finally the sun goes down on another cracking good holiday.
Another travel destination has actually rolled on since this one. Our trip to Portugal last week was fabulous and hopefully my photoblog on that will follow soon, which I will cook up and compile when we get back from our next forthcoming holiday to Gran Canaria. Buzz & Woody are also jet setting with us and having fun so their sequel photoblog will be released in early Autumn.
I hope you enjoyed my flavour of Fuerteventura.
Thanks for viewing. Alison.
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