Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A Britt Abroad - Volume 1 - Fuerteventua 2017

Welcome to my travel blog series, A Britt Abroad! In this first edition, I will be talking about Fuerteventura, one of my favourite places on earth.

Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's popular Canary Islands. Sitting off the north coast of Africa, the island has a consistent year round warm temperature and welcoming cool breeze. There are beautiful beaches, blue seas, great entertainment and lots of activities available.

Up until 2015, Fuerteventura and in fact, vacations abroad in general, had never really come onto my radar. I never used to go on a lot of holidays at all. I was born in Canada and did a few trips back and forth to England as a child to visit my grandparents but since I moved to England when I was a little girl, I haven't been back. The only holiday I went on as a child was to Mallorca with my mum for my 13th birthday, two weeks in Magaluf for my 19th birthday (which I don't remember) and 10 days in Las Vegas in 2013.

I wasn't a traveller. I wasn't filled with 'Wanderlust'. I was a bit of a homebody but I now think that has more to do with not having been, so not knowing what I was missing out on. My mum was a single parent so we couldn't afford to go away, most of our summers were spent on Leysdown beach. It was only in March 2015 when everything changed.

I was asked to speak at the Make It Happen conference in Marbella, Spain as part of International Women's Day about She Who Bakes, baking, mental health and everything in between. I was dreadfully excited, not just to be speaking at such an awesome event, but also to be going to Spain to do it! When it was booked there was the option to go for one night, or two. After thinking about it and speaking to Tim we decided to go for two nights, to make the most of it. Tim hadn't gone on a great deal of holidays either and they also weren't something that were that important to him.
We travelled out the night before, I spoke at the event and the following day we were due to go home when we had a few hours to ourselves, we went down the beach and dipped our toes in the warm sea.

It was sitting there that priorities changed for us both. With the sun, sea, sand, music and cocktails influencing, we had realised we needed a holiday. The day we returned we spoke to our good friend Lesley and she booked us a trip away the following month to Zante. We got hooked and now holidays are well and truly one of our joys.

Since then I've been to; Marbella, Zante, Fuerteventura, Brugges, Los Angeles, Malta, Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Benidorm, Fuerteventura...

Are you seeing a pattern? It seems we can't go too long without returning to our 'other home' Caleta De Fuste in Fuerteventura!

But why do we love it so much?

On our first holiday there back in September 2015, we divided the time in our days between lazing around the pool and chilling on the beach. The weather was beautiful and we couldn't find fault in a single thing. We found a fab Mini Golf course and one evening we discovered a place than would go on to be our favourite bar ever, Piero's Music Cafe! More about Piero's later.

We had such a fab time there that when we booked holidays for the following year, we made sure to add in another stay on the island. When we arrived the second time, we found the beach to be a construction site, with diggers and builders and almost all of the beach cordoned off. Even we were struggling to see how we could enjoy this one. Then after a little bit of research and a 10 minute walk, we found what would go on to become our 'perfect place', La Guierra Beach. A small but beautiful stretch of sand with a man-made bay perfect for swimming in.

So when we planned our 2017 holidays, I knew where I wanted to spend my birthday. We booked into a hotel called Costa Caleta and prepared ourselves for another glorious week.

A Britt Abroad - Volume 1 - Fuerteventura 2017

Touching down in Fuerteventura felt so familiar, like we had gone back home. It makes me a little emotional to be honest. The airport is only a 10 minute drive from the resort we stay in, Caleta De Fuste, so as usual we hop in a taxi for the short ride. It only costs about €10.

As we had an early flight, we checked in and was told our room wasn't quite ready yet, so we put our luggage in the little hidden lonely suitcase room and went for a stroll down to the sea. Everything was how we remembered it, with the exception of a brand new beach which they had been working on when we last visited. We walked to the other beach we had found, La Guierra, had an ice cream and admired the beautiful view from the little cafe on the rocks. We were back.

We were quickly brought back to reality however when we arrived at the hotel room. We were taken aback by the very loud, very intrusive sound of building works being done which we hadn't been warned of or informed about. Having then gone back to the hotel reception to be told there were no other rooms available as they were fully booked we were a little weary as to what the week was like. I know you don't spend a lot of time in your hotel room when you are away but these works were due to start at 8am every morning and continue until 8pm. Luckily, we were told the next morning we could move into a different room on the other side of the hotel and I am forever grateful to the staff for making this possible. Our new room was on the top floor and had a sea view, perfect!

While our days were spent at Le Guierra beach, our nights on the other hand were mostly spent at a bar called Piero's Music Cafe. Piero's is a super fun restaurant and bar that really does cater for everyone. Every night there is a main show by the Piero's Entertainers which focuses on covers of a certain genre (my favourite, for example is Boyz Again on a Saturday night which features songs from boybands throughout the ages!), there's a comedy drag show by Diva Chanel on a Friday night and then every evening at 11pm there is karaoke. It it literally my perfect bar haha! It's good fun and always busy. Special mention to Oscar who we have seen every time we have visited, he works there and is such a brilliant guy, he always puts a smile on everyones face!

Piero's Music Cafe

One of the other activities that has become a tradition for us at Fuerteventura is playing Mini Golf. Tim and I do like a game of Mini Golf and the hotel chain BarcĂ©lo has a great course. You can choose either the easy or hard course or at only €7 per person per course, you can spend a few hours and do both! This time, we did the harder course which features a windmill and several lakes for your ball to fall into if you're not careful! It's always good fun and I highly recommend it.

Another great thing about Fuerteventura are the restaurants. There are so many on the main strip and lots more hidden in streets set a little further back and one thing I have noticed is how busy they all are! This really is a thriving community. Two that we love to go to are Fado Rock Steak House and Fusion 22 Curry House.
Fado Rock Steak House is a Batman themed (yes you read that right!) restaurant on the main strip with a Batman statue to greet you at the door, black and white movie star portraits on the walls and so much cool movie memorabilia on display and after 7pm every evening you will find a queue outside the door. The good thing is that it's such a big restaurant and the staff are so efficient that you're never usually waiting for long. The menus are written in lots of languages so you know exactly what you're getting and it's incredibly good value for money. Tim ordered the mixed grill and it was big enough to feed a family, I ordered the steak cooked on the stone which is done table side for you to your exact specification. Both dishes came with chips and a side salad and really were delicious.

Fusion 22 features all of the traditional curry dishes you expect to find with a few extras. What I love about this place is the curries are served in a little candle heated dish to keep it warm. The food is so tasty and all of the staff friendly and attentive. On top of this, the vodka measurements are insane! Haha! It's always a delight to go there!

If I had to describe Fuerteventura in one word it would be; Fun. I honestly love it so much and I'm really pleased my first edition of my new travel blog series is about this place. It now has extra special memories as this holiday, it's where Tim proposed! Read more about that here.

If you have been, what did you think, where did you go? I'd love to hear your Fuerteventura stories.

Until next time,

B xo


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