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Dear Reader, it is with proud and gratefulness that I present to you this issue Nr. 34, our 10-year anniversary issue!
Since April 2007 till now, the magazine “Spirit of Fuerteventura™” has faced many changes and challenges, and has become to what it is today with the help and feedback of customers and readers. I sincerely thank you all for this support.
As you will notice in this issue, we included even more articles to make the magazine even more interesting. This issue is set up to be a reference to some interesting spots on and topics about Fuerteventura, within some obvious practical limitations. The magazine will run for an entire year, till end of March 2018. Detailed touristic and practical information about Fuerteventura will continue to be published in our magazine “Info-Fuerteventura™”, edition “North” and “South”, that is printed every 6 months. The same and real-time info on Fuerteventura is provided in our latest development: the free application in 8 languages “TOP 10 Fuerteventura™”.
I hope that you will welcome our initiative and enjoy this anniversary issue.
Spirit of Fuerteventura: history & future.
At the 10-year anniversary of our magazine “Spirit of Fuerteventura™”, we found it a good moment to evaluate the content and presentation of this magazine, keeping an eye to all that we have achieved so far:
Speculation about the first population on Fuerteventura.
It is well documented and common knowledge that the Majos (or Maxos) were inhabiting Fuerteventura when the Europeans were setting foot on Fuerteventura, between the 14th and 15th century AD. But there are data – although scarcely – that indicate that the first population of Fuerteventura began a lot earlier, and even potentially by the Phoenicians during their search for purple dye. This article does not claim to be a scientific document about the first settlers on Fuerteventura, but merely an entertaining collage of available data, personal interpretation and some fiction.
Medicinal plants have been used since the origin of man to treat any type of disease. They contain active principles that are responsible for their healing power. Each plant has more than one property, which serves to treat several mismatches at the same time.
Can an intact immune system also protect against major diseases?
The immune system, from the Latin “immunis” (i.e. untouched), is a highly complex system that plays a prominent role in our actually highly industrialised world, due to our exposure to massive amounts of synthetic chemicals since the industrial revolution.
The marine turtles visit the Canary Islands on their migration from the US coasts to Africa. Although they visit these islands all year, the peak is in the summer.
The Timple is a little guitar with 5 strings and is regarded to be the most representative musical instrument of the folklore in the Canaries.
Enjoy Fuerteventura in the best possible way!
Due to the outstanding wind-conditions, the beach “Playa Sotavento” is the paradise for windsurf and kitesurf enthusiasts and therefore since 32 consecutive years the ideal venue of the famous World Cup - this year from 21.07.-05.08.2017.
Coffee roasting Shop and Bistro.
For those who would like to learn about something tasty during their vacation, there is the possibility to visit the coffee roasting shop "Kapè". Here, coffee beans, coming from the best coffee growing countries (9) from Central and South America, Africa, India and Asia are roasted in front of you. Get some interesting facts about their origin and history, and about roasting times and temperatures of these green-brown beauties.
Cabracadabra is a joint project of two craftsmen with one painting on silk and the other creating jewellery. Both have joined their experience and passion about their activity in one space and make unique pieces of art – all hand-made. Their production is based on in-house design and they make to order and do repairs.
Fuerteventura offers the best conditions for the cultivation of Aloe Vera with supreme quality of the end product. But it takes time.
It requires at least 4 years of irrigation before the plants starts to produce its valuable components in sufficient amounts.
You can learn more about high-quality Aloe Vera products in the Aloe Vera Info Centre. And they offer the best prices, directly from producer.
In the shop you can try out all products before purchase and acquire detailed info about them, without the obligation to buy.
Fuerteventura – the “Oldie” amongst the Canary Islands.
The first steps in the creation of Fuerteventura have been made some 250 million years ago, however its rise above the water surface dates from about 23 million years ago, which makes it the oldest island of the Canaries. Here is its story with the then occurring general geologic and climate conditions on our planet. The duration of the geologic periods have been rounded to accommodate reading. At the end of each period you will get suggestions to visit remnants of the described locations and geologic events.
WARNING: Please do NOT collect any fossil, stone or whatever geologic / archaeological element from any site! Not only is it highly disrespectful to the history of Fuerteventura, but additionally, the penalties are horrendous, including imprisonment. If you find anything which seems to be of scientific value, leave it where you found it and call the local authorities: Tel.: 928 862 328 (Cabildo of Fuerteventura), Guardia Civil: 928 851 100 (SEPRONA), Environmental Agency: 928 852 106 (Agentes de Medio Ambiente) or the police (Policia Local) – please do NOT call the emergency number!
The island of San Borondón is probably the most intriguing one to all inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Its legend is part of the local culture and the quest for it is a never-ending story, even today with all the technology available.
For ages, the island was called in many tales, ballads, poems and folkloric songs “the mysterious one, the lost one, the unreachable one”. Based on those persistent rumours, many expeditions were initiated from the 15th till the 18th century – the most known was in 1721 under Juan de Mur y Aguirre, an admiral – and many naval maps were drawn.
A hands-on holiday guide with a lot of info about Fuerteventura. We have pictures and videos about places to visit, most sport activities, family fun, excursions and what to do on Fuerteventura.
When you circle above Fuerteventura to prepare for landing and when you only focus on the land below you, you will see a completely barren area with no visible vegetation and you might think that you’re about to land on Mars. And when you are transferred from the airport to your hotel the views you capture from your bus seat may confirm your first impression and raise the inevitable question “Is this a holiday destination?”
The North of Fuerteventura was the first area on Fuerteventura to be developed for tourism in the early 60'ties. Ideal surfing conditions, splendid beaches and an existing infrastructure - although primitive at that time - were the decisive elements. The North of Fuerteventura is home to the following important villages:
Corralejo, El Cotillo, Lajares, Villaverde, La Oliva, Tindaya.
Corralejo: ancient fishing village with a modernised town centre. There is one main street with a handful of short side streets that contain the majority of Shops. Worthwhile visiting for Restaurants and Bars are the music square, Calle La Iglesia, Muelle Chico, Paseo Maritimo (all 3 in the old town), Shopping Centre La Menara and surroundings (Centre of town) and Shopping Centres El Campanario and Palmeral.
The centre of Fuerteventura has economically two major areas: the capital and the recently built tourism and golf centre Castillo or Caleta de Fuste. The centre of Fuerteventura is very diverse in geography, history and economic activity. The most important villages/towns are:
Puerto del Rosario, Caleta de Fuste, Betancuria, Antigua, Ajuy.
Puerto del Rosario: evolved from an ancient mooring spot in 1426 to take in water and food for the journey to the actual capital of Fuerteventura. Puerto del Rosario is not affected by mass tourism. Once a week the Cruise ship AÏDA docks in the harbour and streets in Puerto become somewhat livelier. There are 4 main streets for shopping, a couple of museums and some nice bars and restaurants.
The South of Fuerteventura was the last area to be developed as a tourist area on the island as there was a need to create an infrastructure first. Nowadays, it represents the most important tourist area of Fuerteventura with sandy beaches, optimal surfing conditions and plenty of recreational and nightlife possibilities. The most important villages are:
Costa Calma, Jandia, Morro Jable, Pajara, Gran Tarajal, Cofete.
Costa Calma: once a barren area, this place has been transformed into a little oasis with user-friendly accommodation. They recently built a new promenade along the main street that joins the 2 roundabouts. Miles of white sandy beaches invite old and young to enjoy beach-time at full. But here, at “Playa Barca”, is also a hot spot for windsurfers due to unique geographical conditions that provide stronger winds than in the surrounding areas. No wonder that the international surf centre “Rene Egli” is located here. You can walk on the beach for miles. This is beach holiday at its best.