Last year I listed 10 things that I hoped to do before my big 40th birthday in 2021, number 10 being ‘welcome in the new year holidaying in another country.’
It’s been well and truly ticked! Read the other other 9 here!
The Christmas build up for me is off the charts stress wise. With official light switch on events to host across Merseyside and pantomime to appear in, on top of the shopping, wrapping, grotto visits, the list goes on. So this year I bit the bullet and booked our flights to Fuerteventura.
The truth is it was touch and go as prices go through the roof around New Year but after about a week of searching the internet every night we found a great deal and caught a 4 hour flight from Manchester Airport on New Year’s Eve.
For 7 nights all inclusive we paid around £460 pp including flights! The flight times were awful and the hotel wasn’t great, which explains why we got a cheaper deal than most, but the resort was fantastic. The ale and ice creams were free and the food was spot on.
We stayed in Caleta de Fuste a resort town on Fuerteventura, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. We spent the Easter school holidays here two years ago staying at the fabulous Barcello Resort and loved it then too. This time around the weather was still fantastic, although chilly in the evening, the bars and restaurants are still bustling and the entertainment is enough to keep you out till late.
We had a total ball. Here are our highlights and recommendations if you fancy getting festive in Fuerteventura yourself.
- Winter sunshine wins! Its just good for your soul isn’t it? The average temperature was around 20°C (68°F) . Beach weather everyday whist everyone you know freezes at home.
- The restaurants are amazing. I would make sure that you book a table in advance with the popular places. Our favourite is ’15’ if you like a good steak, lamb, fish and massive desserts. Their Tiramisu is to die for! To explain the restaurant name, the top 15 meals, in order, make up the menu. End of the week, they check, last one is replaced, menu altered. Top 15, again.
- The Free Party! New Year’s Eve kicks off with musical groups and DJ’s at the Caleta Plaza, starting at 11pm. Enjoy the tremendous firework display at midnight but don’t forget a coat!
- The Beach is fabulous and offers tons of excursions. If you are into water sports or swimming with sea lions click here.
- Everything is on your doorstep or a short walk from your hotel. There is even a free train if you literally want to go from your hotel to the beach without walking at all.
For us this won’t be the last time we let the new year in abroad we loved every minute! Now back to work to pay for the next adventure x