LOCATION: approx. 150 m from the centre of the tourist town CALETA DE FUSTE, right by the ocean, approx. 13 km from the capital of the island Puerto del Rosario, approx. 9 km from the airport in Puerto del Rosario; approx. 400 m from the bus stop.
BEACH: Playa el Castillo, public, next to the hotel, access via seaside promenade; sandy, umbrellas and sunbeds payable (approx. 10 EUR/day).
HOTEL: four-star, built in 2001, total of 462 rooms in 3 buildings; large, elegant hall, 24h reception, restaurant Maxorata with buffet meals, children's highchairs and buffet available, vegetarian dishes, Aloe bar: à la carte dishes and snacks, formal attire required (gentlemen - long trousers), Tabaiba bar, conference centre for max. 400 people, 7 elevators, money exchange, reading room; extra charges: Internet point, wireless Internet in the lobby (7 EUR/day), car rental, childcare; rooms for the handicapped available, credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners, American Express.
ROOM:standard: 2 people (1 or 2 extra beds available), approx. 28 m2, elegant and modern, individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom (bath or shower, wc; hairdryer), satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar (payable), safety deposit box (3 EUR/day), free cot for children up to 2 years old; balcony or terrace (table and chairs); superior: 2 people (1 or 2 extra beds available), elegant and comfortable, completely refurbished, standard room furnishing, special service, free wireless Internet, bathrobes, choice of pillows, free and unlimited access to water circuit in the SPA centre (treatments and massages additionally payable); sea-view, superior room on order at a charge.
SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT: 2 large swimming pools with sweet water, including 1 heated in season, 1 with hydro massage, approx. 950 m2 and approx. 550 m2, depth 1.2, paddling pool for children with sweet water and heated in season, sunbeds and umbrellas available by the pools free of charge, towels for guarantee deposit (approx. 10 EUR and approx. 2 EUR for every replacement); mini-club and playground for children (4-12 y.o.), amphitheatre, table tennis, archery, volleyball, football; extra charges: 2 tennis courts (approx. 6 EUR/h), paddle, mini-golf, games room, pool table (approx. 1 EUR/game), basketball, gym; modern SPA and thalassotherapy centre (payable: approx. 20 EUR); massages and treatments (additionally payable), Jacuzzi, sauna; sport activities and rich animation programme for children and adults; extra charges on the beach: windsurfing, diving; 2 golf courses approx. 2 km away.
ALL INCLUSIVE (at extra charge): buffet breakfast (7.30-10.30), buffet lunch (13.00-15.00) and buffet dinner (19.00-21.30) in the main restaurant; in between meals: snacks, coffee, tea, cake, ice-cream; local alcoholic drinks and soft drinks in the bar (10.00-23.00); wine, beer and soft drinks with meals in the main restaurant.
CONTACT: 0034/928547517, www.barcelo.com
Times of serving meals and the functioning of certain hotel infrastructure elements may be subject to minor changes due to the season, weather conditions, Guests' requests or force majeure, which the hotel management will not have an influence on.
Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips. Flight duration: Poland–Puerto del Rosario – approx. 5 h
Local time: GMT.
Language: Spanish; communication in English and German also possible. Islands: Puerto del Rosario.
Voltage: 220 V.
Currency: euro (EUR).
Prices in the hotel and restaurant: lunch – from 15 EUR, water – approx. 2 EUR, beer – approx. 2 EUR, wine – approx. 9 EUR; up to half the price in shops.
Transport: efficient and inexpensive (taxi, local buses).
Beaches: free entry; beach service (2 sunbeds + umbrella) – approx. 12 EUR/day.
The islands online: www.fuerteventuraturismo.com
Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.
Fuerteventura is 22 million years old, it is the oldest, longest and second-largest island of the Canarian Archipelago. Its coastline is 340 km long, of which a large part are dreamlike beaches. The sand on the beaches is blown straight from the Sahara – it is only 115 km to Africa from here! The temperature that maintains at approx. 22°C all year round, intense light, excellent conditions for windsurfing and beautiful landscapes make the island a fantastic place for holidays. Its central part is fascinating mountain landscapes, on the west it is mostly a cliff coast, the most beautiful beaches are on the east. Tourists can visit the Jandia peninsula, in the south of Fuerteventura. On its east coast there are popular holiday centres: Costa Calma and Morro Jable. Costa Calma boasts the longest beaches on the island, including the famous Playa Barca, along which high-class hotels are located. There are several shopping centers here, with restaurants and bars, colourful market are held here once a week. Amateurs of jogging and the increasingly popular Nordic walking appear on the beaches the earliest each morning, then fans of simply relaxing on the beach arrive. Costa Calma beaches are a part of Playas de Jandia stretching along the east coast of the peninsula of Jandia. Sotavento Beach – i.e. leeward, approx. 5 km long and a few hundred metres wide, which varies during the tides - this is the flagship of Fuerteventura. Thanks to favourable winds it is the site of world championships in various categories of windsurfing and a paradise for enthusiasts of this sport at all levels of proficiency. The well-known windsurfing and kitesurfing school is located here - Rene Egli.
In the south lies the large resort of Morro Jable, built around the former fishing village and port. The terrific Matorral beach of white sand is over 4 km long, a boardwalk runs along it with bars, cafés, shops and restaurants. The lighthouse divides the beach into a part for the nudists and a part for the dressed. Not far from the island's capital Puerto del Rosario and airport, is Caleta de Fuste, also called Costa Caleta, with a lovely and safe beach in a bay, with a light imported sand, recommended to families with children. There aren't any strong currents or winds here that are characteristic of Sotavento. The short transfer from the airport is also an advantage for those travelling with young children. Shops, boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants are concentrated near the small port and El Castillo - a building from the 18th century, the symbol of the town. In the area there is an 18-hole golf course. In the north of the island is Corralejo, a well-known holiday spot. You can find here the atmosphere of a former fishing village, near the port there are plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. In the centre of the village are calm beaches popular with families with children, further south beautiful beaches of fine sand stretch out and wind-sculpted dunes. Like each of the Canary islands, Fuerteventura has its typical foods and products. Connoseuirs value the terrific goat's cheeses, which are present in many varieties. The popular liqueur is ron miel, produced on the basis of rum and palm honey. Great aloe products - creams, gels, extracts – are gladly purchased due to the medicinal and cosmetic properties.
Gran Tour Fuerteventura - a visit to the town of Betancuria, the first capital of the island: visiting the Church of Santa Maria, a presentation of aloe products - the most popular product of the island. Transfer to the vantage point Mirador Morro Velosa, from where you can see the outline of Lanzarote. Tasting fine goat cheeses, lunch at a restaurant. The the route run north, passing La Oliva, through the oldest resort of Corralejo. Stopover by the famous dunes. Return via the east coast, along the way passing the most dangerous volcano of the island - Red Mountain and Salinas del Carmen - salines where salt was obtained from the ocean. Depart approx. 9.00, return approx. 18.00. Price – approx. 50 EUR.
Lanzarote island - visit in the region of La Geria, the landscape of which consists of torpid lava and volcanic ash. Transcer to the north of the island to Jameos del Agua – a cave adapted by a local artist, Cesar Manrique. Drive to the Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees. Lunch break. Ascend the Pico del Chache, the highest peak of Lanzarote, from where there is a beautiful view of the La Corona volcano. Drive along the west coast to the Timanfaya National Park - the Mountain of Fire, the greatest attractions of the island and participation in geothermal experiments. The last point of the programme is passing Salinas del Janubio and Los Hervidores on the way - a rugged coast, where lava has met with the ocean. Return at approx. 19.30. Price including lunch – approx. 80 EUR (from Costa Calma and Jandia – approx. 83 EUR).
Oasis Park - a visit to the Zoo: parrot training show, camel caravan ride (additionally payable), alligators show, snake show, sea lions show. A stroll around the Botanical Garden, where there are hundreds of species of cacti. Demonstration of birds of prey - hunting owls, falcons, and hawks. Return at approx. 17.00. Price – approx. 42 EUR.
Magic Catamaran - 4.5-hour catamaran cruise; around Jandia peninsula. Price – approx. 52 EUR.
Cruise to lobos island – approx. 5-hour cruise to Lobos island. Free time on the island (approx. 2 h) or trekking to the Lobos volcano. Price – approx. 50 EUR.
Submarine - submarine cruise from the port of Morro Jable. Descend to a depth of approx. 25 m. During the cruise you can admire the sea fauna; a diver lures and feeds all sorts of species of fish. Price - approx. 60 EUR from Jandia, approx. 65 EUR from Castillo.
Quad Safari - quad expedition, on gravel roads to the south of the island, for those who enjoy thrill. During the 3-hour expedition, a visit to the most interesting corners of the island: the settlement of Punta de Jandia and a visit to one of the smallest lighthouses in Europe. Driving license required. Price – approx. 85 EUR.
Jet ski - jet skis, water fun, freedom on the ocean, great fun and memorable experiences. The fun lasts 60 min. Price – approx. 125 EUR per scooter (1 or 2 persons).
Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.