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Swim, golf or sit back and relax in a little piece of heaven on Fuerteventura

EuropeBy John Brennan
Swim, golf or sit back and relax in a little piece of heaven on Fuerteventura

The Elba Carlota hotel on Fuerteventura is the ham in a perfect sandwich. In front of the hotel is a superb sandy beach on which to while away the hours soaking up the Canarian sunshine. Behind it sits an 18-hole championship golf course that is a joy to play.

Talk about having everything on site, you can have a lovely holiday at the Elba Carlota without ever going more than a kilometre from the hotel.

The hotel is very spacious and comfortable with big rooms and the food is very good. The staff, especially those looking after the younger ones, are brilliant.

There’s not just one kids club, there are several based on different age-groups and they really keep the kids entertained and busy all day so that the adults can chill out and enjoy their own holiday sitting at either of the spacious swimming pools in the complex.

But do not miss several days at that glorious beach that lies just 50 metres away. It slopes away from you very gently, but the water never gets too deep because of a nearby-breakwater.

Frankly, it is one of the nicest, cleanest, calmest beaches I have ever sunbathed on or swum off and is one reason I’ll make a return trip to the Elba Carlota.

Above the breakwater, there is a lovely bar that does nice food and drinks and it is a lovely place for sitting, relaxing and enjoying a sundowner.

It’s a nice spot to repair to after your 18 holes across the road as well. The Fuerteventura Golf Course is a cleverly designed course that caters for holidaymakers who want an enjoyable round of golf.

But it is also a strong enough course to have hosted the Spanish Open a decade ago if you really want to risk it and play from the back tees.

There are clubs and shoes available to hire and buggies too – for coping with the heat if walking is too much for you.

To get the best out of the course we recommend you play early in the morning or take advantage of the twilight rates in early evening.

If the weather is really good,  which is 365 days a year in Fuertenventura, 18 holes can be  hard going for some people when  the sun is high in the sky.

But of course the beach and the golf won’t hold your attention for a full week or fortnight.

You will leave the hotel during your stay and when you head off to enjoy the rest of the island there will be plenty to do and enjoy.

Your first stop will be the centre  of the resort of Caleta de Fuste,  just a €4 taxi ride away from the  Elba Carlota.

Here there is a nice selection of shops and lively bars and restaurants to help you enjoy your holiday. As ever in the duty-free Canaries, the prices are very competitive, particularly on jewellery and ceramics.

That’s at night, during the day you can go by bus up the coast towards the towns of Puerto de Rosario and Corralejo.

Rosario is the capital of the  island and has plenty of shopping centres to tempt you. There are also numerous proper Spanish restaurants where you will meet  only locals, eating tapas and sipping their wine, as the town has no big hotels and no beach and so it does not have a tourist industry.

Corralejo is a bigger version of  Caleta del Fuste but in between Puerto de Rosario and Caleta de Fuste is the jewel of Fuerteventura, something you should not miss – its magnificent surfing beaches.

These beaches stretch as far as  the eye can see and consist of kilometres of golden sand facing out onto the water and the breezes that give the island its name, Fuerte-ventura, strong-winds.

Unless you are really unlucky with the weather, the winds won’t bother your holiday. Indeed, in the hot summer, they will cool you down.

But the wind makes the area a magnet for surfers from all over the world as they crest the breakers that thunder in from the coast of Africa.

And that’s one thing about Fuerteventura, it is a desert sun as the island is the closest of all the Canarian chain to the Sahara Desert.

When you are there, never venture anywhere on the island without sun cream. Even if there might be a few clouds knocking about, the sun burns its way through and can burn you if are not careful.

While out and about do sample  the Canarian wines. They are very easy to drink and offer you the chance to step back in time as, given the fact that they are grown on islands out  in the Atlantic, vines on the 

Canary Islands never succumbed  to phylloxera, the disease that killed most of the vines on the European mainland 150 years ago.
You’ll be drinking a little piece of history as you enjoy your holiday at the Elba Carlota.
 

John Brennan travelled to the Elba Carlota Beach and Convention Resort with Sunway. It has an excellent seafront location opposite the Fuerteventura golf courses

It’s adjacent to a shopping centre with restaurants and a bowling alley and is 1.2km from the centre of Caleta de Fuste.It has two large swimming pools with Jacuzzi and a children’s pool. It also has a half-board buffet restaurant and multi-sports courts facilities and a gym.

A week in the Elba Carlota on June 6 costs €969pp on a half-board basis. See Sunway.ie or phone 01-2311800.