Holidays from the Island

Fuerteventura currently counts approximately 80.000 habitants and is the oldest island of the Canary Archipelago.
It is a pacific island with numerous hidden and isolated places. The extensive beaches and turquoise coloured ocean being an ideal holiday place for all who are seeking silence, relaxation, sun and sand. With a distance of about 100 km to Cabo Juby (Western Sahara) it is the Canary Island lying closest to the African continent. As with all the other islands of the Canary Archipelago it has its origin in the volcanic activity on the floor of the ocean thousands of years ago.

The native inhabitants of the Canary Islands are called guanches and are specified majoreros on Fuerteventura. The name "majorero” is derivated from the word "majo" which denominated a certain kind of leather shoes worn by the aboriginal people of Fuerteventura. The Spanish expression "Es una persona maja" refers to a nice, sympathetic person. People say that its origin lies in Fuerteventura where the offspring of the native inhabitants is still called majoreros and known as very kind and pleasant people.

Formerly Fuerteventura was divided into two parts – the North and the South – which were separated from each other by a wall (La Pared) reaching from the east to the west coast. The people of the two parts were in steady argument with each other. Furthermore we know that every woman could have three husbands with which she would live together in polygamic manner in caves or housing partially built underground.

The habitants of Fuerteventura are considered to be very spiritual people. In former times they used to conduct their rituals and ceremonies on the top of the mountains. An example is the Montana de Tindaya on the peak of which were found tombs and religious symbols being a sign for its sanctity. Typical foods consumed by the guanches on a daily basis were fish, seafood, goat meat, cheese, milk and gofio (toasted wheat or maize flour).

Today Fuerteventura is habited by people of over 30 different nationalities. Despite its cosmopolitan character, a high value is set on the conservation and care of the traditions by the natives.

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