Dear Reader, tourist and resident, in this issue we talk about the enigmatic island of San Borondón, source of many speculations and tales. In this article we try to discover what might have been the cause for such a persistent rumour and we suggest a possible candidate that might match most of the documented properties.
In our “Beauty and Wellness” section we focus on “Nutrition and Eating Behaviours” and on the “Acid-Base Balance” in our body, a well under-estimated contributor to health.
As usual, we provide you with the agenda for some spectacular meteorite shows and the tide table.
And – last but not least – we are proud to present our newest development to promote this lovely island even more:
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.
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!
Our blood has a certain acid/base balanced level and this level in the plasma is expressed as a pH value. The normal range is 7,35 – 7,45. This difference in value might look small and thus unimportant, but our body is very sensitive to deviations of pH. Outside this narrow range of pH, proteins will denature, digested and enzymes will lose their function. Extreme deviations will even cause death.
The roasted grain – Gofio – has its origin thousands of years ago. By roasting the grain before milling, one can destroy mould and mould toxins, allowing poorly stored grain still to be used. The flavour will improve because more complex sugars are being formed through the roasting process. Furthermore the higher roasting temperatures will partly break down starch and protein compounds and thus make it more digestible.
Since a couple of years local farmers have started to grow olives with the goal to convert them into first grade olive oil. A first pressing resulted in a very high-quality oil with exceptional characteristics and an acidity level between 0,2 and 0,4%.
“An invitation to look over the fence”
Vegetarianism is a more natural life style. People eat food only of plant origin, and thus health benefits arise on all levels. Vegan people not only do not consume food of animal origin, but also do not use any by-product of animal origin like cloths, honey, fish products. They do not tolerate animal abuse, neither any kind of exploitation and they respect the environment. There are many sub groups in both identities, but for the purpose of this short article, we will stick to the two main groups.
In this article we will briefly highlight the health and wellbeing consequences of either choice. For more info, please consult your Naturopath or Therapist and specialised shops and literature.
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.