Slap N Tickle, Caleta De Fuste

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For my first assignment with Feurteventura News, I thought I would write about what I know: socialising! As I leafed through the most recent edition, the bar advertisements caught my eye. A lot of Caleta de Fuste’s bars choose to advertise with the paper, and it is these bars that I am most concerned with. If your bar or your favourite bar does not appear here, it is down to the luck of the draw, or the fact that they choose to advertise elsewhere, if at all.

I am hoping this will be an ongoing series, so all is not lost just yet.

I decided to have a wander around some of the bars on the island and appraise them based on my 2 hour night out. I would not be scoring or judging on specifics, as I think that would be a little too clinical. I wrote down all the names of the bars and put them into town groups, then, I pulled out 6 at random for each of the bigger towns. First up was Caleta de Fuste; a growing tourist town just south of the airport. I am sure you aware of Caleta de Fuste as it is one of the main tourist spots on the island, and some, but not all, of the bars reflect this. Rather like Corralejo in appearance, Caleta can seem a little gaudy to the outsider, but look a little deeper, as I have, and you will find some great places to eat and drink, lots to do in the daytime, a couple of super safe beaches for the kids, and lots of coffee bars and cafes too. But today we concern ourselves with one bar:

The Slap ‘n’ Tickle, Caleta de Fuste.

This bar has been run for a little over a year by four fine people; Natalie, Rhys, Paul and Michele, prior to this the bar was a store room for pool equipment, so they have done really well in making this a great place for a night out, as I found out.

I arrived at the allocated time of 8pm (a time I will use for all bars for this article, with a leaving time of 10pm) I took my place at the bar (again something I will repeat for review purposes), and was served by Natalie; a pleasant and funny woman with the dirtiest laugh you will ever hear. She served me an excellent pint and began chatting amiably about this and that, she told me about the bars recent first anniversary, and even gave me a t shirt to commemorate this fact. As Natalie was busying herself with other customers, their PR man brought in a cheerful young family of four, Rhys immediately made them feel welcome with free shots for the adults, and soft drinks for the kids. The kids immediately wandered off to the kid’s area; a part of the bar closed off by glass walls, and filled with toys, a Wendy House, a Play Station, a Black Board and some safety mat flooring. I think this is a great idea, mum and dad can get drunk (or drunk ish), knowing the kids can’t hurt themselves our each other, and that they are occupied for a while.

From my vantage point I noticed the rest of the patrons seemed a happy bunch, and some enthusiastically joined in at the tail end of the quiz. One couple desperately need to get out more as they gave ALL the correct answers for musical intro question. I got Follyfoot, and Black Beauty right, so I was feeling smug too.

Over in the corner was a group of 6 girls celebrating one of their numbers eighteenth birthday. Happy Birthday signs were dotted about the corner as were balloons and banners. Drinks were flowing freely, and the girls seemed to be having a great time. Paul later told me that they do this for birthdays of anyone staying on the complex free of charge, and there is usually at least one per week. A lovely touch and proof that something so simple can go so far in making someone’s day, and holiday, more memorable.

As the quiz ended, Paul took to the stage and handed out Karaoke books. I am not a fan of Karaoke, but this was done fairly well, Paul sang a few songs to get the crowd in the mood, and then one by one, the braver patrons, put their names down for a go. Great fun, but not if you can’t sing, but some would say the opposite is true. I would learn that later “Elvis would be in the building”, as they have acts several times per week too.

I left the bar, happy, a little before ten to the strains of the Slap n Tickle anthem “Sweet Caroline” – you had to be there…

In all a great bar, with a family and party atmosphere; lots of noise, lots of very cheap drinks, they serve very good food too at great prices up until 10pm (chips with curry sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a beer and a singsong, don’t you think?). The bar is open till “late”.

A taxi home me thinks.

Slap n Tickle Bar,

Castillo Mar,

4 Franchi Roca,

Caleta de Fuste 35610,

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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Source by Sean Redfearn