Official language: Spanish
Time zone: UTC+1 (summer), UTC+0 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
According to some researchers, Fuerteventura supposed to be once upon a time a part of lost civilization of Atlantis, described by Plato. Some mythical stories placed there also the garden of Hesperides.
Fuerteventura is characterized by specific microclimate of each region. At the same time on a small area can rain and the sun can shine. It is worth to witness that!
Since the mid-February till the end of March, on the whole island the carnival lasts, whereas in October there is celebrated uproariously a feast of Saint patron of Puerto del Rosario.
Puerto del Rosario is a capital of Fuerteventura, the second biggest island of the archipelago of the Canary Islands. It can be sightseen in a few days as it measures only 100 kilometres of length and 30 kilometres of width. Due to close distance to shores of Africa, climate over there is hot, cooled down by typical for this region winds. What is worth seeing there and what to taste?
Back in time Puerto del Rosario used to be named Puerto de las Cabras, which means the goats’ port. It was connected to centuries-old tradition of pasturing of goats and manufacturing of goat cheese. Even though nowadays the city is the biggest entertainment centre on the island, you can find there monuments being evidence of the old times, such as located in the centre church Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario or the town hall, in front of which a monument of goat family was erected. An interesting spot is also Casa Museo Miguel de Unamuno, a museum of the Basque novelist Miguel de Unamuno.
Most of tourists end up there not because of monuments, but lovely beaches, that nearby area doesn’t lack. One of them is Playa de Lajas, that was awarded a Blue Flag by Foundation for Environmental Eduation (FEE). It means that water there is unusually clear, and beachgoers have safe guards’ protection guaranteed. Other beaches in the neighbourhood are, among others Playa Chica, Playa Blanca, Playa de Matorral, Playa de Layas or Playa de Barlovento. In most of this places you can effortlessly do water sports, rest or eat in situated nearby restaurants or bars.
Fuerteventura’s cuisine is characterized by fresh fishes (e.g. vieja) and seafood. Traditionally it is eaten there goat meat – cabra. Make sure to try original dishes based on that meat, as well as typical Canary potatoes with sauces mojo picón (rojo and verde – red and green one). A must try are goat cheese of strong taste and dishes from gofio, which is flour with roasted seeds of barley mixed with powdered rhizome of fern, wheat or corn. It is also worth to try jam of cactus and products of aloe, that the island is famous for. Where to eat? Surely in La Jaira de Demian, Casa Tono and in El Perenquen.
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