Mar 6, 2019
The last day of our holiday we rented a car to see some of the places at the west coast that is difficult to reach with local buses. We drove on the westward road towards the very touristic town at the west coast: Ajuy. In central Fuerteventura we visited a more traditional Spanish village, Vega de Rio Palmas, quite a relief compared to the rather boring and gloomy holiday resorts.
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 1:40 AM
Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years. It has evolved from the Atlantic Sea due to a volcanic eruption. The high mountains have eroded away and the island has very little rainfall, and most of it is desert. If it were not for the desalination plants, tourism would not be possible. North of Costa Calma begins the region of Fuerteventura called the Malpais, meaning the unusable and barren region. Before tourist discovered its beaches no one lived here. When we drove through it from the airport it was empty apart from the holiday resorts long the coast. Life on Fuerteventura has always been tuff. But the booming tourism industry on the island has changed thing, improved living standards and attracted a lot of immigrant to the island from which people a few decades earlier emigrated. It must be strange for the old people living on the island to experience that the sun and the lack of rain that previously was the curse of the island now is its blessing. https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/Fuerteventura-adventure
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 1:14 AM
The narrowest pat of Fuerteventura is called "Istmo de La Pared", is just about 4 km broad and covered by flat sand dunes. It is situated in the north of the Jandía peninsula. From our starting point in Costa Calma, we hiked over the Istmo de la Pared. The tour offered us wide views over sandy fields and interesting sand formations on the steep west coast. In the later history of Fuerteventura, the island was divided into two kingdoms. Jandia was in the south of the island, and Maxorata was in the north. Two of the kings were Ayoze, who ruled the south, and Guize, who ruled the north. A wall separated the two kingdoms, close to La Pared, and which actually means wall. Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary islands, first created between 30 and 70 million years ago when huge volcanic eruptions spewed lava through a hot spot between the tectonic plates of South America and Africa. The last active volcano fell silent 4 million years ago on Fuerteventura and the high mountains have long eroded away, the ancient volcanic plugs and craters still standing as jagged hills of black rock amongst wide sweeping landscapes of dry steppe. The highest point at Mt Jandia is barely 800 metres (2,600 feet) above sea level and so the moisture-laden north easterly trades pass unimpeded, creating an arid climate as on the rest of the island. http://www.petra-und-peter.de/petrasblog/2017/04/04/istmo-de-la-pared/ https://www.outdooractive.com/de/wanderung/fuerteventura/fuerteventura-istmo-de-la-pared-quer-ueber-die-insel/103478661/ https://diversionsinnaturalhistory.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/a-long-walk-to-the-cliffs/
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 1:03 AM