At the beginning of May, I spent a super-relaxing week on Fuerteventura. The resort of Costa Caleta is a stone's throw from the island's airport and is a central location for exploring both ends of Fuerteventura. Our week was filled with reading, eating and generally lazing about! There was so much more we could have seen but we both fancied a bit of a rest.
THE HARBOUR AND COASTAL PATH
We made the short walk from our hotel to the harbour for lunch most days. The food itself was pretty simple, but the whole area has such a chilled out vibe. It's recently undergone a major redevelopment and now looks modern and calm. One afternoon we watched the fish and crabs for ages before heading along the coastal path.
We'd been promised wild chipmunks but didn't expect the expanse of rock pools we found. It was honestly one of my favourite days as we climbed and clambered over the volcanic rock in an attempt to spy as many tiny fish as we could. After getting our toes wet and being caught out by the waves, we eventually reached the headland with our bag of treats. The chipmunks are so used to visitors that they'll take peanuts from your hand! FYI - they're not so keen on raisins!
There is a free coach which picks up from a host of hotels all over the island and takes you to Fuerteventura's very own zoo and botanical gardens. The journey from Costa Caleta took just under an hour and we had from 10am until 6pm at Oasis Park. We were worried that we'd end up stranded and be aching to be back by the pool - how wrong we were! We didn't even make it to the botanical gardens as there was so much to see and do. The price of your entrance ticket includes the daily sea lion, parrot and birds of prey shows (the reptiles were having a day off when we visited). We saw the sea lions performance and it was really good but I would highly recommend booking one of the animal experiences.
We went for the camel safari and lemur experience. Both were incredible and I'm so glad we did it! I never imagined I'd be getting up close to month old lemur babies and being jumped on by Gypsy (the brother of Julian, apparently)! Camel fact of the day - travelling down hill is NOT as enjoyable as going up hill!
I'd love to return to Fuerteventura one day and would love to hear recommendations for places that we missed this time.
Thursday, 18 June 2015