Fuerteventura – mid point of our stay

We’ve reached the mid point of our stay at Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Corralejo, Fuerteventura & it’s a great place to relax.

The sun has been out everyday & has been about 21 degrees everyday, there are some clouds but the do pass over quite quickly. There is a steady breeze on the beach which gives you the misconception you’re not burning – don’t truth that feeling keep plying the sun cream or you will burn like I did a little!

The staff throughout the hotel are very attentive and you are greeted by smiles and buenos Dias or buenos Natchez whenever they see you. Nothing seems too much trouble for them, you want to move your sun lounger they are there moving it for you etc.

The food is excellent and plentiful. Breakfasts include cereal, breads, meats, cheeses, freshly prepared omelette. While the evening themes are varied, so far we’ve had roast meats, Tex-Mex, Japanese, fish & tonight’s is Mediterranean. At the fish evening last night I had locally caught parrot fish cooked by a young lady called Rebecca from Chesterfield who has lived on the ills an for the past 12 years. The parrot fish was nice but a little bit boney which you have to be careful of.

Most days we’ve relaxed on the beach, there is a pool complex in the heart of the hotel but the beach is good enough for us, the noise of the waves are quite hypnotic.

Yesterday we walked along the beach into Corralejo and reached the pier where the ferry leaves for Lanzarote. The walk along the beach takes longer than the road but is a little more enjoyable. We had a couple of drinks over looking the harbour then did some shopping before heading back to the hotel. Michele was left sunbathing whilst I walked the opposite direction towards Hotel Riu & the white sands at the nature reserve to watch the kite surfers. But I hadn’t reckoned on walking through a naturist reserve! Not one of the naturist was under 65 so nothing worthwhile looking at!

After rejoining Michele at the beach I caught up with a few chapters of Game of Thrones – book one. Late afternoon we went off to the hotel spa for the second day running. The pools here are quiet & well laid out with jacuzzi & water jets. There are also steam rooms & saunas which Michele & I can only tolerant for a little while as they are so hot, then it’s a quick dip in the ice pool for me, but Michele is not brave enough! Michele was shocked the other day in the sauna as one gent walked in & sat across from her stark naked – it didn’t take Michele long to get up & leave!

For the past two nights we’ve stayed in the hotel bar, not the cheapest but enjoyable all the same as they do have some entertainment on. We’ve both taken to drinking vodka & fresh orange, they are not mean with the measures as I’m sure you get a triple shot in each glass. One evenings drinks of 3 vodka & orange and 1 hot chocolate cost us €28.

I’ll leave it at that for now as it’s time for the beach after breakfast of course.

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