Fuerteventura 2017 – Costa Calma
I just wanted to share with you a few spots and experiences in case you also consider to visit the beautiful island Fuerteventura, one of the bigger islands of the Canarias.
I only could travel the south part, cause I have been there just one week, but I will travel through all seven islands one day.
The temperature of the Canarias in general is fantastic, average 68 °F (20 °C) all year round. It’s rarely cloudy or rainy, so you have a nice, dry warmness there. November, December and January are the months with the most rainy days. Positive but also negative is the strong breeze: If you are at shores without cliffs that protect you from the sand, which is swirled up, you’ll have it everywhere. But also thanks to the wind, even if it’s actually hot you don’t really feel the heat. Of course, you need a sunblock. I used this one: Australian Gold SPF 15
My brother told me, he made very good experiences with this one and I can confirm it.
Culture and Situation
I don’t know if it’s also the case on the other islands, but Fuerteventura is full of tourists. Almost all the people there where speaking German, even if it’s a Spanish Island. Many of the inhabitants where emigrants. Fuerteventura is located near the African area, big parts of the island are uninhabited because of the dry landscape. Streets are broken and rocky, this made it difficult to ride a car trough it. Even if it’s one of the biggest, Fuerteventura isn’t really huge, you need about 4-5 hours from the north to face the south. That’s why it’s easy to travel the whole island. At the north, you can find the little island of the island: Isla de Lobos. I just read about it, but couldn’t visit it.
As I already mentioned, it’s full of tourists there, especially Germans. That’s why also the restaurants had to assimilate. If you hope to find the typically Spanish food, I have to disappoint you. There was a variety of different popular dishes, like pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches and many more. Besides, restaurants weren’t frequently attended, because people prefered eating at the hotel. If you are a fan of bars you will be in paradise, but you need to be careful, the drinks there consist mostly of alcohol.
Hotel – Costa Calma Palace
I don’t know if I will go to a hotel again or rent a holiday house, but one thing for sure, I wouldn’t go to the same hotel. We were at the Costa Calma Palace. Even if the ratings are great, it wasn’t that spectacular. The dishes were dirty, the house bar was expensive and the barkeepers had no idea how to mix cocktails. We only booked breakfast and dinner, because we were on the go during the day. The hotel food in general was not bad, but I missed the variety and after the dirty dishes, I often lost my appetite. Nevertheless not everything was bad, with the cleanliness and service of our hotel room, I was really satisfied. Now it’s up to you, if you want to stay at such an expensive hotel.
In advance, I want to make clear, that we unfortunately had two rainy days at the end of our stay in Costa Calma. However, the first days of our vacation were wonderful, mostly we walked along the beach and cliffs. Sometimes we took a few nuts with us, so we could feed some little, cute chipmunks living there. We discovered some beautiful bays and swam a little bit in there. Another day we hiked to the beach Sotavento. Of course before we decided to hike, we looked some offers up how we could reach our destination easier. However, we had to realize that renting a bike was much more expensive than renting a car, don’t ask me why, and renting a car wasn’t worth it. When we arrived it was a fantastic feeling, Sotavento is an amazing beach. We saw some people trying to let a kite fly, guess it was a training for kite-surfing. In addition, you could have a ride with a jet ski, but this would be pricey. There were no cliffs, so it was very windy and sometimes I got sand in my mouth. I guess everyone nows how this feels like. Overall, it was still a great experience and I will go there again.