Acua Water Park

This is an updated information about the water-park in Corralejo, previously known as Baku Park. Baku Park wasn’t just a water park, there used to be many things to do but this part of Baku Park has been closed and the park is renamed to Acua Water Park. There is people talking about reopening the rest of the park but it still doesn’t looks like it’s going to happen in the near future. We’ll keep you up to date once/if they reopen the rest of Baku Park.

Acua Water Park is also commonly known as Corralejo water park. This is the only water park in Fuerteventura and you should definitely go there at least once. The park is not too big nor small with 4 big slides, 4 smaller slides, the wave pool that is on only on certain times and much much more. There is plenty of fun to fill one day for the whole family. If you don’t have the whole day, try to pop in after 2PM to get a reduced ticket for the afternoon. Let’s talk prices.

Acua Water Park prices

The food and drinks is quite good quality and everything is well priced considering they could charge a much more being inside the water park with no competition.

Talking about prices, you’ll be able to rent your own inflatable ring for about 5 Euro (plus 5 Euro refundable deposit) or have to wait for a free one. Sometimes the queues are almost to the bottom of the slides, sometimes (especially afternoon) you don’t have to queue at all.

Another cost to consider is the locker. Each will cost 4.50 Euro but they are big enough to use only one for the whole family.

Fancy a WiFi connection in the water park? It will cost you another 2 Euro. Shame to pay for something you usually have free at the hotel pool or in most of the restaurants in Fuerteventura.

Entrance cost:

  • Adult ticket: 25 € (20 € after 2PM)
  • Child*: 19 € (14 € after 2PM)
  • Ticket for couple of days: 38 € per adult and 29 € per child*
  • One week ticket: 85 € per adult and 60 € per child*
  • Children under 3 years: Free
  • Disabled person 5 €

*Note: Child is considered up to age of 11 years.

Pricing is the only downside of the Acua water park and that’s the reason why we have a secret tip for you. If you’re not happy to pay those entry prices, pay attention and try to get some free scratch cards with brochures in the airport from ladies giving them free to newcomers to the island as part of advertising. Usually you can “score” buy one get one free or half price for the second person.

There’s also a free bus from Caleta de Fuste, Jandia and Costa Calma if you’re not staying in Corralejo. And free parking next to the entrance if you’re coming with your car.

Free bus service to Acua Water Park

  • CALETA DE FUSTE – Mon, Tue & Fri

09:30 CENTRO COMERCIAL ATLANTICO

09:35 FUERTESOL

09:38 CALETA DORADA – (stop by the entrance, not the reception).

09:40 BARCELO FUERTEVENTURA

  • NUEVO HORIZONTE – Mon, Tue & Fri09:50 COSTA TROPICAL
  • CORRALEJO – Mon, Tue & Fri
    10:25 BUS STOP DIANA
  • JANDIA – Fridays ONLY07:45 STELLA CANARIAS07:50 FARMACIA / SHOPING COSMO07:55 BUS STOP H. BARCELÓ

    8:00 IBEROSTAR GAVIOTAS PARK

    8:00 CLUB ALDIANA

  • ESQUINZO – Fridays ONLY08:55 MAGIC LIFE08:10 BUS STOP JANDÍA PRINCES – Taxi Rank Rotonda.08:15 AMBAR BEACH

    08:20 BUS STOP PARAISO PLAYA

  • COSTA CALMA – Fridays ONLY
    08:30 MELIÁ GORRIONES08:35 H. PAJARA BEACH08:40 PARKING RELOJ MÓNICA BEACH

    08:40 H. FUERTEVENTURA PLAYA

    08:45 ROTONDA ROYAL SUITE

    08:45 COSTA CALMA BEACH

    08:45 RIO CALMA

All buses are leaving the Acua Water Park back to your hotel at 5PM, make sure you’re there on time.

For reservations of bus send e-mail to reservas@acuafunpark.com or call 0034 928 537034 before 6PM the previous day.

Opening hours:

March, April and May:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 am – 5.30 pm

June, July and August: Every day 10 am – 6 pm

September, October and November:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 am – 5.30 pm

The park is closing down in December and reopening in March again.

The first day in 2016 – 18. March and the last day of 2016 – 11. December.

Acua Water Park Market

The excitement of visiting Acua Water Park is furthermore enhanced by the hosting of the so-called Mercadillo de Corralejo, twice a week, in the immediate proximity of Acua Water Park, a market of no little importance for the shopping picture of Corralejo. The entrance is about 100 yards (90 meters) past Acua Water Park going to the town.

The market is held every Monday and Friday between 09:00 and 14:00.

A really good range of stalls with many people selling wood carvings, paintings, hand made jewelery and replica bags and belts, T-shirts, cup hats, etc. If you love haggling as much as I do you simply can’t ignore this market.

 

Name: Acua Water Park

Address: Avda. Nuestra Señora del Carmen, 41, Corralejo, 35660, La Oliva

Telephone: 0034 928 537 034

Fax: 0034 928 537 807

Email: info@acuafunpark.com

Website: www.acuawaterpark.com

Latitude: 28° 43′ 34.5801″N
Longitude: 13° 52′ 17.6507″W

Fuerteventura Baku Park on the map

 

The bottom line is Acua Water Park is an ideal place where you can spend high quality time in the company of your family and friends, experiencing at the same time, the amazing magic of Fuerteventura.

Last tip: Go on the top of the highest slide and take a look around. You’ll be able to see massive part of the island, almost the whole Corralejo and even mountains of the neighbor island – Lanzarote.

 

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Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste (Caleta), one of the major tourist towns on the island and the biggest community in the municipality of Antigua. The whole area is full of tourists getting a tan on about half mile long Caleta bay, shopping in many shops or enjoying a meal or cold drink in numerous restaurants.

A gentle pace of life, a huge sandy beach with calm seas, you can see Caleta was designed for couples and families.

Caleta lies about 10kms south of the airport and has been built around a large bay which protects the beach from the sea making for very safe bathing even for the little ones.

The sea laps the golden, gently sloping sandy bay which is shaped like a giant horseshoe.

Caleta is a place to relax and enjoy your holiday. The town itself has shops, bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes and pockets. Whether your choice of food be Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Greek, Indian or Portuguese – whether you want a fish or steak restaurant, a tapas bar or just British food – you will find it here

Caleta de Fuste is very much a town for couples and families – less noisy, less bustling and more laid back than its larger, brasher counterpart Corralejo in the north, Caleta is the place to come for a relaxing holiday.

In the evenings, there is a choice of entertainment from live entertainment to quizzes. The town is clean, the locals friendly, there’s plenty of quiet, tree lined avenues and not a skyscraper in sight!

There is no old town of Caleta de Fuste because the town was designed as a purpose built tourist resort. There are, however, some old buildings such as the castle remaining in the town.

The beaches of Caleta de Fuste

The beaches of Caleta de Fuste can be divided into four areas – the main beach, the south beach, the harbour and north coast.

Caleta’s main beach is pale golden sand and designed to gently slope into the sea making for some of the safest bathing in Europe. You can go out some considerable distance and still be in water safe enough to stand up in so it is ideal for children. If this sounds too calm, there is an excellent choice of various water sports right in the harbour next to the beach, including windsurfing, jet skiing and diving. If you like to stay dry, right on the beach is a volleyball court and few steps of the beach you can play crazy golf, tennis or squash. There is also possibility to hire umbrella and sunbeds. The cost of 2 sunbeds and umbrella on the beach is 10 Euros.

Around the main beach of Caleta de Fuste are numerous beach cafes and bars so refreshments are never far away. Walking towards the harbour, an area of the sea has been cordoned off just for water sports.

South of Caleta de Fuste’s main beach are a number of little sandy lagoon bays. These small bays are dotted with little stone circles to give privacy and have also been designed with families in mind. These bays stretch all the way to the Atlantico shopping centre on the outskirts of the town.

These bays have been created by building lagoons using rocks excavated from the foundations of the newly opened Sheraton hotel and then importing sand for the beach. These beaches have now settled in and provide a pleasing and attractive backdrop as well as a handy place for a quick dip and a sunbathe while shopping.

The five star Sheraton hotel is now complete and work is well underway on another quality hotel n this area underlining Caleta de Fuste’s commitment to the middle and upper tourism market.

The harbour at Caleta de Fuste

North of the main beach heading towards Caleta de Fuste harbour is the area for water sports – everything from jet ski to wind surfing to scuba diving and all levels of skills are catered for. If you have never tried windsurfing before, there are special taster sessions just for novices. And if you have never been scuba diving before, you can even sign up for lessons in that!

Around the harbour area of Caleta you can relax with a drink and watch the boats coming and going or take a boat trip to go swimming with dolphins or go whale watching. A number of boat trips set off from here. There is also a floating oceanarium with a sea lion that puts on a free public performance.

Past the harbour, and the coastline changes again – rugged rocky bays where the waves crash in. This area is popular with fishermen angling for tuna which quite often appears on the menus of local restaurants the same evening!

Around this area is an attractive sea front promenade which stretches all the way to Nuevo Horizonte. It’s next to impossible walk from Caleta to Nuevo Horizonte and not to see at least a couple of chipmunks – take some nuts or fruits for them.

Entertainment in Caleta de Fuste

There’s a variety of night life in the evenings in Caleta de Fuste. Many bars lay on entertainment – everything from live acts to karaoke, quizzes and bingo.

You are welcome to use any of the hotels or large time share complexes which often have cabaret acts on and a varied entertainment programme at normal drinks prices. The Barcelo hotel, for example, has some very high quality acts (expect to pay a little more at the bar though) while the Caleta Gardens and Broncemar Beach offers variety and the Costa Caleta Hotel has some good acts on. The various shopping centres in the town have their own identity.

Castillo Centre has acts most nights – the stage is in the open air and surrounded by bars – while the Happy Centre goes for louder, more raucous music.

Late late bars can be found in the Castillo Centre and at the Montecastillo centre up Chipmunk Mountain. But there are still plenty of quiet cafes and bars where you can relax in the warm evening and just watch the world go by …

Markets in Caleta de Fuste

Market day in Caleta de Fuste is Tuesday and Saturday and the market is held on the Recinto Ferial, which is the large tarmac area between the Fuerte Sol Apartments and the main road, near the pedestrian underpass and main bus stop, right next to the roundabout taking you up to the Chipmunk Mountain. Many African goods are on sale along with clothing and dress jewellery items. The market is open between 9AM and 2PM.

There is one more market every Friday evening between 6PM and 10PM at the Plaze right opposite Barcelo Hotel main entrance. You’ll be able to find home-made products and crafts from locals.

Dining out in Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste is blessed with a large choice of restaurants so whatever your taste in food, you are bound to find something. It also has one of four top restaurants on the island honoured as being among the best in Spain. For more basic meals, our guests have left their own suggestions for recommended bars and restaurants – feel free to add yours.

The chipmunks of Caleta de Fuste

Around the rocky area of Caleta de Fuste are scores of wild chipmunks which live on the rocks. The best place to meet them is the promenade to Nuevo Horizonte. They are so tame, they will literally feed from your hand! So don’t forget to take some pistachio nuts – their favourite! Don’t bother shelling them – they like doing that themselves. And take some bread for the birds to they get jealous of all the attention the chipmunks get.

Caleta de Fuste as a holiday base

Caleta de Fuste is an ideal base for exploring the island especially if you hire a car although an excellent bus service runs north and south. Buses are punctual, clean and air conditioned and all meet at a central bus station in Puerto del Rosario so even if you have to change buses, it is not a problem.

You can reach the wild sand dunes of Corralejo in the north, visit the Isle of Lobos – a national park where no one is allowed to live – or hop on a ferry and spend a day in Lanzarote

To the south of the island lie miles and miles of beautiful golden sandy beaches and lagoons. But hiring a car is recommended even if only for a few days to reach those deserted bays and explore the timeless volcanic interior.

On the opposite side of the island you will find deserted coves, little fishing villages, cliff top walks where the Atlantic crashes wildly in below you and even the ship wreck of a giant ocean going liner (already gone). Roads are mostly straight and deserted – except the twisty mountain road to the old capital of Betancuria where the views are spectacular – and you will be hard pushed to find a traffic jam.

Around Caleta de Fuste

There are plenty of mini golf courses around Caleta de Fuste not to mention an 18 hole Championship golf course, camel rides, tennis, cycle and quad bike hire, a modern ten pin bowling complex and multi-screen cinema as well as the usual amusement arcades.

Caleta de Fuste has also expanded inland up Chipmunk Mountain – not so much a mountain but a hill – so if you fancy sampling some of the nightlife but don’t fancy the walk, then try to book an apartment nearer the town centre although half way up there is the Montecastillo Centre which boasts a number of bars and restaurants and where you can also find entertainment.

Or you can pamper yourself with a visit to the thalasotherapy centre where you will find a jacuzzi and six marine pools, bubble beds, Turkish baths and a sauna.

The Atlantico Centre at Caleta de Fuste

Just outside Caleta at the golf course roundabout lies the Atlantico Centre. This is an undercover shopping centre with boutiques, restaurants, bars and a large supermarket where it is recommended you stock up on your shopping because there is more variety and it is cheaper than the mini markets in Caleta town. In Atlantico Centre you will also find a modern ten pin bowling alley, multi-screen cinema, a large amusement arcade and all set in very attractive gardens around a lake. Around here also you will find McDonalds and Burger King and the last major five star hotel development in Caleta de Fuste.

The mini train service in Caleta de Fuste

This is a useful way to get from Caleta de Fuste up Chipmunk Mountain to the Montecastillo Centre and now even to the Atlantico Centre.

Taxis in Caleta de Fuste

Taxis in Fuerteventura are cheap. The main rank is in the car park opposite Tony Roma’s ribs restaurant. To and from the Atlanico Centre or up Chipmunk Mountain will cost a couple of Euros while to Nuevo Horizonte (Costa Antigua) will set you back about four Euros. In Caleta de Fuste, it is not possible to pre-book taxi. Instead you phone 0034 928 163004. On most days they will be there within a few minutes – on busy changeover days it is still unusual to wait more than 20 minutes.

Public transport in Caleta de Fuste

Fuerteventura is well served by public transport. The air conditioned buses are cheap and punctual. Buses stop on the main road running outside Caleta – they do not come into the town itself.

The journey into the capital Puerto del Rosario takes little over 15 minutes on the number 3 bus. From here, other buses connect and run all over the island.

Caleta de Fuste by any other name

Caleta de Fuste gets its name from “Caleta” (cove) and Fuste (a type of boat) but over the yeas has become known as other names just to confuse tourists! So if you hear it being called Caleta de Fuste, Caleta, El Castillo (because of the 17th century fortification) and most recently Costa Caleta – be aware it is the same place!

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El Cotillo roads – Street of Shame

We’ve been in El Cotillo few times in the past and we always love to come back thanks to the white sand on the beach in the contrast with the black rocks. Quite windy? Always! Really nice part of the island? Definitely!

Anyway, I was always wandering what is the strange (and very well done) roads with the cut-off lamp posts between the north of El Cotillo and the Tostón Lighthouse (Faro de Tostón).

It took a while but I managed to get the answers from a friend of a friend.

The Street of Shame (Calle de la verguenza)

 

What happened was many years ago (around year 2000), a particular Local Mayor who quite liked the idea of `brown envelopes` unveiled his master plan to turn El Cotillo into massive tourist resort building 6 mega hotels with over 600 beds.

Apparently his brother was supplying the lights and the main contractor in all of this was his cousin. They was trying to build this without proper legalization and right in the middle of protected nature park. They ignored everything and everyone.

The locals were up in arms and fought them every step of the way, but not before they managed to put the roads and street lights in place. Anyway, one night the locals went out armed with tools and chopped quite a lot of the street lights down and left. The “death” lampposts  can still be seen today, lying at the side of the road.

This was the last drop and the mayor realised his loss and gave up. The roads to nowhere are to stay for now and ironically remind everyone that Fuerteventura was that time an “Island without law – corruption only” (Isla sin ley – solo corrupcion).

Isla sin ley solo corupcion - (Lawless Island - Corruption only)

That’s one Fuerteventura’s mystery solved, much more to go! Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to visit El Cotillo to enjoy the white sand (or great waves for surfing) and check out the strange roads.

 

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