Fuerteventura curiosities, traditons and customs

Fuerteventura Carnival

Also in this island carnival is synonymous with fun and festivity. In Fuerteventura, as in the rest of the Canary Islands, the carnival and its celebrations are a must.For a whole year the population is prepared in anticipation of the feast of the joy and dance. Every city of Fuerteventura has its carnival between cultural activities, sports, music to join the final parade of great wagons..
Each wagon represents something with great imagination and inventiveness and is accompanied with music by dancers and people in celebration. During the evening of the feast, take life events more fascinating that reach the climax during the weekend.. Feast under the sky of dances, music, laughter and merriment until dawn on the day after, a show that goes on for hours and hours. In the capital of the island, Puerto del Rosario, the festivities culminate in event call Los Achipencos. During this event the wagons are transformed into life rafts and life a parade marina. Each "wagon-raft" has its own theme and the parade lasts for the entire day of Sunday, sea conditions permitting.

Where the name Fuerteventura comes from

Fuerteventura was known as "Herbania", perhaps due to the abundance of vegetation, even if it's hard to believe looking at the landscape today, and therefore more likely to believe that comes from the Berber word "bani" which means "wall".
A wall actually was and dividing the island into two kingdoms, one to the east Maxorata and one west Jandia The first appearance of the island of Fuerteventura in a map took place in the year 1339 d. C. by the cartographer Mallorquin Angelino Dulcet that individual as a "Forte Ventura".
In reality there is no certainty on the true meaning of the name and there are many variants hypothesized. However, all are in agreement on the word "Fuerte" that means strong, though with much discussion there is on the meaning of Ventura. Luck, Happiness, Wind, Adventure … ..? Everyone can choose what you prefer.

The strange story of Villa Winter

Toward the southern tip of Fuerteventura around Cofete (peninsula of Jandia), there is a villa renowned, now deserted, with an element of mystery around it, Villa Winter, adjacent to the village almost abandoned to Cofete, which presents itself as a place rather than spectral and abandoned. The villa is located under a high mountain (the highest point on the island) in an area barren.
Once the house was inhabited by a Nazi sympathizer that Gustav Winter and some tales say that during the second world war the area was frequented by submarines with the presence of underground bunkers and point landings night air. In fact evidence there is, however, the fame unedifying to this isolated place and far from everything has fed that it seems a legend. 

The big "Dia de San Buenaventura" party

The Feast of the Dia de San Buenaventura of Fuerteventura is held on July 14 at the city of Betancuria, the former capital. In 1416 it was founded in Betancuria from part of the Franciscan friars the convent dedicated to San Buenaventura, which from then on it was regarded as the patron saint of the city. The party entitled to the holy represents the most striking moment of the possible celebrations of the island. The Romería of the Feast of the Dia de San Buenaventura in Fuerteventura, which literally means 'pilgrimage, and a procession that is divided in the streets of the city, populated by inhabitants in typical costume. The sacred side of the event alongside the most pagan groups of itinerant musicians known as "Rondalla" that accompany the procession, military processions, the presence of flea markets, the day of the Feast of the Dia de San Buenaventura of Fuerteventura there are also performances of the various schools of dance and sports events like football match.

Il Gofio, an ancient specialty of Fuerteventura

This skill of the island is to the base of toasted corn and wheat flour. In the past, when the bread was a luxury and was eaten only on special occasions, the gofio represented a firm point for every meal.  Mixed with the milk is served for breakfast, mixed with the fish or meat broth and vegetables would have provided the basis for the main meal of the day, before being served once again with the milk for dinner. Today it is used to thicken soups and to give flavor to stews. Today, this tradition can be enjoyed by ordering in restaurants that offer the typical dishes of the island, the Escaldon de gofio de caldo de pescado - a stew rich with fish with gofio and vegetables.

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