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Elegance & adrenaline with the New Jolly Prince 38 Sport Cabin

Imagine taking a sip from a glass of prosecco and enjoying some fresh summer fruits while surrounded by beautiful crystal clear waters in which you can take a swim to refresh yourself.

Or imagine being able to visit Lanzarote’s Playa del Papagayo arriving directly by sea at a cruising speed of 40 knots that will make your journey fast and exciting and then snorkeling while observing the coast’s beautiful seabed populated by a myriad of colorful fish. 

All this is possible simply by booking a private excursion with Fuertecharter!

Prince 38 Sport Cabin is undoubtedly one of the most elegant semi-rigid boats you can find in the port of Corralejo, but what makes it so special compared to other boats?

Its main features are the three Yamaha 300 V6 engines which allows us to reach a speed of 50 knots without stability problems.

Thanks to its very deep “V” hull, it can hold high cruising speeds even on rough seas.

The cabin excels in elegance and ergonomics.

In fact, Prince 38 SC offers a state of the art cruise.

We notice this when we look at the cabin which, thanks to an electrically operated table, that has three different position options: a sunbathing area, a dining area , as well as a more peaceful and relaxing area.

The three sofas are comfortable and safe in navigation thanks to high protective backrests.

All deck surfaces are lined with teak wood.

The bow is spacious, comfortable and offers seating for those who want to enjoy high speed with the ‘wind blowing in their face’.

The surrounding handrail and a passageway give us the freedom to move around safely whilst cruising.

Below deck there is a spacious cabin with a double bed and a separate bathroom with shower and various cabinets where you can store your things without the risk of them flying overboard!

These are just a few of the technical details of this incredible boat, but beyond that the New Jolly Prince 38 SC is a complete package to give you a unique and unforgettable experience.

This boat can perfectly accommodate up to 12 people.

The tour with Prince 38 SC offers the opportunity to visit the caves on the Lobos Island that would be unreachable otherwise.

And that’s not IT!

It’s possible to organise an unforgettable trip to Lanzarote, as well as a visit to La Graciosa Island.

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, graduation or a hen/bachelorette party, this is the perfect present.

So, are you ready to come and join us to experience an emotionally fulfilling adventure?
Such moments full of emotion and adrenaline that will be unforgettalbe saling the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

We’re waiting for you!

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Let’s discover together the marine fauna of Fuerteventura!

What is one of the biggest dreams of children?
Without a doubt, seeing dolphins!
Seeing them swimming freely in the unspoilt ocean is an experience that adults will never forget.



But how can you experience this unique and exciting adventure?
It’s easy! You can just buy a ticket for an excursion with Fuertecharter!





The tour starts by embarking from the port of Corralejo, and is designed for everyone to have fun, both adults and children.


The best sailing area for whale watching is the channel between Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and the island of Lobos.

 Most of the time we find them to the northwest of the island of Lobos, a couple of miles off the coast, with the Papagayo Beach of Lanzarote and the Great Beaches of Corralejo as a frame. Other times they can be found in Lanzarote, in the area in front of Playa Quemada, Puerto del Carmen or Puerto Calero; sometimes they can be found along the east coast of Fuerteventura, in front of the wonderful natural park of the Corralejo Dunes, at the foot of Montaña Rojas, known for its special red peak.

These unspoilt areas are home to many marine animals, such as dolphins, whales, pilot whales and sea turtles.

In fact, in the Canary Islands waters, you can spot 28 of the 87 types of cetaceans that exist in the world!
This certifies the high quality of the waters surrounding Fuerteventura.

It will be very easy to find a group of dolphins playing around the catamaran you are sailing on.


Seeing them is an incredible experience, but spotting a whale is truly a breathtaking moment.
 These majestic aquatic mammals swim in the waters around Fuerteventura between spring and summer.

There are many others that live in the depths in search of squid to hunt, and these cetaceans can reach up to 20 metres in length, but as we have said, they prefer to stay close to the seabed where they can remain undisturbed.

So which cetaceans can you spot on an excursion with Fuertecharter?


Bottlenose Dolphin: it is very common to see this dolphin in the Canary Islands, it measures between 2 and 4 metres, looks quite portly and likes to travel in groups, they have a lot of fun chasing our boat or swimming around!


Pilot Whale: Although it is called a whale, it actually belongs to the dolphin family and is also known as the Calderón Tropical, another common mammal in the Canary Islands. It can measure up to 5 metres in length.

Common dolphin: a very slender cetacean. It is characteristically coloured, with a dark grey dorsal area and a white ventral area; laterally it has light grey areas from head to tail. It measures up to 2.4 m in length.

Striped dolphin: The striped dolphin is similar in size and shape to several other dolphins that inhabit the same waters, however, their colouring makes them easy to distinguish in the sea. The underside or belly is white or pink. There are one or two dark blue bands running from the eye to the caudal fin.

Hammerhead shark: The most striking feature of all hammerhead shark species is the particular T-shaped head, with the eyes and nostrils located at the ends of the head, thanks to the side-to-side head movement as it swims, it can see everything around it and even behind it.

Sunfish: The body is flattened laterally and when the dorsal and ventral fins are extended, the fish is as long as it is tall.

Exocoetidae or Flying fish: Its most striking feature is the size of its unusually large pectoral fins, which allow it to fly and glide for distances of more than 50 metres.

Sperm whale: The largest toothed animal in existence, males can grow up to 20.5 metres long and weigh more than 50 tonnes.

Loggerhead turtle: known as Caretta Caretta, one of the smallest turtles in the ocean and can measure up to 120cm, it does not like to live too deep.

And if you don’t look enough, you can also see other aquatic animals such as the spotted dolphin, the rough-toothed dolphin, the black and grey pilot whale, the humpback whale and the Bryde’s whale. 

In addition, many birds can be sighted during our excursion. A very special one is the so-called Cory’s Shearwater, a type of bird that spends days without touching land in search of food. It plays an important role in the search for dolphins as it flies just above the school of bait and therefore helps us to find them.



And the experience doesn’t end here, because on this excursion we will also take you to relax in front of the island of Lobos, where you can sunbathe on our boat or do water activities such as snorkelling, sup or kayaking, and we will serve you a delicious paella, accompanied with drinks and fresh wine.

During the whole excursion we will take a multitude of free photos that you will be able to download on our website, to remember this magnificent experience forever!

What are you waiting for to book?
Get on board and live this dream adventure with us!

La Graciosa: A Treasure in the Atlantic Ocean

La Graciosa is the eighth island of the Canary Islands. Its population counts 700 people. It has 29 square kilometers of beautiful untouched beaches, turquoise waters, and a striking volcanic landscape.

 It is one of the few places in Europe without asphalted roads. This makes it a truly virgin island, and free from mass tourism, since the only way to get there is by the sea.

Where to moor in La Graciosa?

The only port available in La Graciosa is La Caleta del Sebo, located at the gateway to the island. Caleta de Sebo is the island capital and one of the only two towns that we can find on this little paradise. The other town is Pedro Barba.

Beaches

The beauty of its exotic and lonely beaches, captivates to a point of relaxation that is not easily achieved elsewhere. The most surprising beaches in La Graciosa that we recommend visiting are:

  • La Cocina. This is also known as Cala de Montaña Amarilla. From La Caleta de Sebo there are about 6 km of route.
  • La Francesa. A beach with spectacular, transparent and very calm waters. The high tide is perfect for snorkeling.
  • Playa del Salado. Along with La Francesa and La Cocina, it is a beach in the south coast where the water is very calm.
  • Las Conchas. It´s a beach located in the north of the island, with views of the islet of Montaña Clara. This coast can have a little stronger swell, for this reason, it is sometimes not available for a bath for several days.
  • La Laja. Located in the Caleta de Sebo town. It’s a very quiet beach,  surrounded by typical canarian white houses. It’s perfect for families with children.
  • Playa del Ámbar. This beach is located in the north of the island near the town Pedro Barba, it is exposed to the north wind. Therefore, its waters can be dangerous due to the waves and the strong currents.

Where to eat?

All the restaurants are found in Caleta de Sebo. They have wonderful views of Risco de Famara and are located on the first line of the sea.

You will be able to taste the typical Spanish meals with its classic fresh local fish, but also you will find some fast food places.

What can you do in La Graciosa?

La Graciosa has many activities to offer.

  • Bicycle rides. The “all terrain” bike rides are the best option on the island and all the routes are very well sign-posted. There are several places where you can rent a bike in Caleta del Sebo.
  • Boat travel. If you have a boat you can sail around its coast and appreciate Montaña Clara, Alegranza, Roque del Infierno, Montaña Amarilla and Playa de la Cocina.
  • Diving. The Chinijo archipelago has the greatest marine diversity of all the Canary Islands. Among fauna and flora there are up to 774 recognized species. You can also find caves and tunnels that will allow you to discover the underwater rock formations that come from volcanic eruptions.
  • Trekking. As La Graciosa is a small island, you can explore it by foot. The trails lead us to untouched beaches and spectacular viewpoints. Remember to bring enough water and food with you, as there are no shops or beach bars along the island. You can only find them in the two main towns.

Live the best experience in La Graciosa

If you did not know about this spectacular paradise, it is the time to check it out. La Graciosa will offer you a unique, unforgettable moments. Look no further! It is the best vacation plan! Enjoy all that this treasure of the ocean can offer you. You will live the best experience.

Welcome to Fuerteventura!

Fuerteventura is a paradise for “wind and wave” water sports. The oldest island of Canarian archipelago stands out for its great beaches with crystal water, wonderful natural parks with routes for hiking and its amazing underwater world.

The kindness and smiles of its habitants are one of the characteristics of the Majorera culture, known also for the production of the best goat cheeses in the world. 

A good climate on the island during all year and its warm waters make it a perfect and unique touristic destination. It is the eternal spring island, where the temperature is perfect throughout the year.

Fuerteventura is a privileged destination with its painteresque Fishermans villages, infinite deserts and spectacular landscapes.

We therefore present you the essence of Fuerteventura and the places that you cannot miss during your stay.

Fuerteventura: Corralejo- What to see? 

If you arrive in Fuerteventura with a boat, we recommend anchoring in the Port of Corralejo: a very dynamic town, known for its great beaches, sports and good atmosphere, both during the day and at night.

You can walk through its streets or by the sea enjoying its flavors and contemplating the views. Just 5 km from the town are the famous Corralejo Dunes, where you can enjoy this immense natural landscape.

The old town has a great selection of restaurants, where at night you can enjoy live music, sitting comfortably in one of them.  Between the places that are worth visiting are:

  • Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park 
  • Burro Beach 
  • Moro Beach
  • Old Town of Corralejo
  • Popcorn Beach (Sunset Beach)
  • Volcano Route

• Off road on north shore

Beaches in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is well known for its beaches. Each one of them is unique. In the north of the island, we can highlight:

Popcorn Beach (Sunset Beach in Corralejo)

This wonderful beach, instead of sand, has fossils of white algae that look like popcorn. If you are going to visit this beach, we ask you to be satisfied with just looking and touching this wonder, and do not take it with you as a souvenir; as this brings unwanted consequences to the natural environment.

Grandes Playas of Corralejo

It has beaches that are almost 3.5 kilometers long, creating a group known as Grandes Playas. Among them, we can highlight:

Flag Beach. Perfect place to practice kitesurfing.

• La Entubadera. Beach for surfing.

Bajo Negro beach. Beach located behind the hotels. It is well sheltered from the wind and waves; perfect to enjoy a day with the family.

Cotillo

If we move to the east coast of the island, we have another very cozy town called Cotillo. There we can find:

Lakes of Cotillo. Lagoons that form at high tide. Unlike other beaches, the se ones are generally very quiet.

  • Piedra Playa. An impressive beach to which we descend from a Cliff.

Sotavento

This amazing beach is known as the windsurf paradise and it  is one of the most famous beach worldwide to practice this sport. It is  here where the World Cup of windsurf and kitesurf are celebrated.

Cofete

 

For many it is the most beautiful beach on the island. It is located in the extreme south, on the Jandía peninsula. Getting there requires a bit of determination, but the effort will be rewarded by the nature which is so wild that it leaves you speechless. The sandy area, framed by majestic mountains, stretches as far as the eye can see and has a totally unspoiled and uncontaminated appearance. A paradisiacal and impressive beach that you can’t miss.

Gastronomy

Fuerteventura is a place of fishing tradition; it is the place where the richest fresh fish is obtained. The best known are viejas, breams, cabrillas, groupers, octopus or moray eel.

On the other hand, majorero goat meats are very popular and, of course, cheeses and yogurts made with goat’s milk.

These cheeses are one of the most valued products of Canarian gastronomy. Since 1996 it has a designation of origin.

Walking trails

Fuerteventura is a paradise for hiking lovers. If you are staying in the north of the island, we recommend a circular route that passes next to Montaña Colorada and leads us to the crater of the Calderón Hondo Volcano. The hike is very easy and  it offers incredible views.

As you can see, Fuerteventura is a paradise, not only because of its beaches, but also because of its extensive gastronomy and wonderful routes. What are you  for waiting to visit us?

What to do in Lobos? Experience with Water Taxi

From our port, in just ten minutes, we can go to Isla de Lobos. This beautiful island is situated just 2km from Fuerteventura. Nevertheless, we are curious to know, what can be done on this islet? Are there houses? Are there hotels? We are going to discover it taking Water Taxi with Fuertecharter which let´s us visit the island on our own.

Arriving to Lobos

Why Water Taxi?

This is the only experience that gives you the freedom to discover this Islet. Isla de Lobos has its own signage to make the trails and roads, so there is no way to get lost. You can perfectly visit it in a single day.

What should you bring with you?

You can bring water, snacks, hats, sunscreen, bikini, towel, snorkel, etc. Everything you want to improve your experience. Put it in a backpack and get on our Water Taxi.

Fuerteventura seen from the Lobos Island

What is the route like?

After a short tour we will arrive at the Lobos dock, where all the boats arrrive. When we get off the boat, we already have the first impressive views and a perfect point to take a couple of outstanding photos.

The route

There we can see the east coast of Fuerteventura, with its dunes, great beaches and volcanoes in the background. The color of the water is spectacular.

We follow the path and arrive at the Isla de Lobos Interpretation Center. It is an excellent starting point for the excursion. There we can discover the history of this islet. We do not count any more so that you can discover it on your own.

From the Interpretation Center we turn left and thus we can begin the circular path that will take us to all the important points of the islet. We arrive at Playa de la Concha or La Caleta. It is a spectacular beach with white sand and completely protected by the waves.

The first stop and the next destination

Here we can stop to take a bath, before going to Montaña la Caldera. If you climb this ancient volcano, with a little more than 100 meters high, you will have spectacular views of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Next destination: The Punta Martiño Lighthouse. This lighthouse was officially inaugurated on February 7, 1905. In its creation, basalt stones were used, carried on the back of camels, in wafers and on Majorero donkeys. 

The Punta Martiño Lighthouse

Going down the east coast we pass through Lagunitas. There we can contemplate the natural values ​​of the island: saladares, jables de los hornitos, tabaibales del malpaís and the biodiversity of the vegetation.

vegetation

An unforgettable journey

Finally, we arrive at Puertito. There we find some of the most beautiful natural pools in the Canary Islands. The transparent waters of the pools invite us to discover the bottom while snorkeling. Here we can stay for a while to rest and relax, before returning to Fuerteventura.

El Puertito

The trail is very easy. In full, you will need about 4 hours to travel the entire island with all the stops. We leave you a small map so that you can see this tour of the Island.

Circular Route

The Canary Islands and its cycles as volcanic islands

The Canary Islands are volcanic islands and, unlike the islands that come from continental fragments, they have a life cycle similar to living beings’: they are born, grow, erode and eventually disappear.

This cycle of the oceanic islands is called insular ontogeny, and is defined by the following stages:

  1. Birth: it refers to the underwater formation of the island, caused by a hot spot in the oceanic crust.
  2. Growth: it refers to the sub-aerial construction and drained stage.
  3. Erosion or dismantling, due to the erosive agents of air environments.
  4. Basal plain stage, with low height habitats.
  5. Final disappearance stage.
  6. Flat-topped seamount stage.

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In the Canary Islands, as in the rest of the archipelagos that make up La Macaronesia, there is evidence of these cycles of the islands. For example, when exploring the seabed, flat top submarine ridges have been discovered around the emerged islands,  which can be called “Paleomacaronesia”, which are remnants of islands that once emerged to the surface. Thus, between the Peninsula and the Canaries  we find Lars, Anika, Nico, Last Minute, Dacia, Concepción, Amanay … that were created in the Paleogene (64-25 million years ago) by the same hot spots that 25 million years ago, in the Miocene,  made emerge the isles that we know today.

These seamounts of Paleomacaronesia are about 120-130 meters deep, which coincides with the maximum sea level fall in the ice age. In those periods when the sea level drops, these islands would almost emerge, forming a chain of islands, which would link the current Macaronesia with the African and European continents.

On the other hand, in some areas such as Southwest of the island of El Hierro,  peaked summit seamounts have been found, which is the characteristic that proves that they have never emerged nor been subjected to erosion. This applies, for example, to the seamount called “Las Hijas”, where the accumulation of material has not been yet enough for them to emerge. Should they ever emerge,the number of islands in the Canary archipelago would increase.

The following diagram may be the age of the islands and the cycle phase they are.

Excursiones Fuertecharter | Ciclos de Canarias“Las Hijas” would represent therefore the birth phase of the volcanic Canary Islands.
El Hierro, Tenerife and La Palma would represent the drained and sub-air construction phase, and they still keep volcanic activity and they can keep amassing materials and height.
La Gomera and Gran Canaria are the example of the cycle of dismantling, because in the past they were much higher than today, so erosive agents are playing their role, and the destructive processes predominate over the constructive ones.

The Mahan volcano, comprising Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and surrounding islets, would be the representative of the basal plain stage with their own habitats of low-lying areas.

In the Canary Islands we have no representation of the terminal phase of disappearance. This phase is well represented in The Savage Islands, with structures that emerge barely 30m above sea level, which predicts their future disappearance.

Amanay, Concepción and Dacia, in the Canary Islands, would be the example of phase flat-topped seamount that would emerge only when sea level came down considerably.

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Some curiosities of the island of Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands as a whole (part II)

We continue in this new post on our blog telling, tourists and residents, some curiosities on the island of Fuerteventura.


FUERTEVENTURA, THE ELDEST OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
Fuerteventura is the eldest of the Canary Islands. It originated, like the rest of the Canaries, through marine volcanic processes, which began to surface about 22 million years ago, and it is uncommon to find volcanic islands over 6 million years old, so it is a true challenge of nature.
The last volcanic eruption on the island was about 10.000 years ago, and it was the one that formed the Volcano of La Arena, in the municipality of La Oliva, with a magnificent landscape, known as “Malpaís de La Arena”.

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MAXORATA AND JANDÍA
Fuerteventura was originally made up of two separate islands, separated by a sandy isthmus that, after several volcanic episodes, grew and lformed a single island. However, throughout history these two parts continued somewhat divided. When conquerors arrived in Fuerteventura, called Erbania then, the island was divided into two kingdoms: Maxorata (north) and Jandía (south), each ruled by a warrior: Guize in the north and Ayoze in the south. When the conquerors arrived, these great warriors finally laid down their arms and surrendered, along with their men, the island becoming part of the Crown of Castile in 1476. The first capital of the island, Betancuria, is then set (up to XIX century), after the Norman conqueror Jean de Bethencourt.

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THE ADJECTIVE “MAJORERO”
At the time of the conquest (XV C.), the word “Maho” was used to refer to the Amazigh people who were on the island of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote when the conquerors arrived. There are two hypotheses of the etymology of the term: first it was thought to come from the Amazigh word “Mahu” which means “to skin, that is, to remove the skin” in relation to a type of footwear made of the skin that was used at the time. Another hypothesis, perhaps best known, assures that it comes from the word Maxorata, the Amazigh “Mahâr-at”, which means sons of the country, and that was the name that was given to what is now the northern part of Fuerteventura, to the isthmus of “La Pared”. Later on, “majorero” began to be used exclusively to refer to the people born in Fuerteventura.


“CANARY BEACH”
Its nearly 80kms of beaches turn this island into the best prepared for bathing and for water sports of all the Canary Islands. Many people from the rest of the islands come to Fuerteventura in summer to spend their holidays, due to the charm of its beaches.

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BIOSPHERE RESERVE
All the territory of Fuerteventura has been declared Biosphere Reserve since May 2009 due to its wild nature.
Despite its arid nature, this island has a rich biodiversity and is the largest representation of steppe and desert habitats in the whole archipelago, and also in the European Union, being a perfect Geo-paleontological observatory (50 sites with fossil records).
Its marine environment is undoubtedly the richest in the Canary Islands.

STARLIGHT RESERVE
On July 31st2015, the sky of Fuerteventura was definitely acredited with a certificate for the quality of its skies, becoming the third Starlight Reserve in the Canary Islands, with Tenerife and La Palma, out of the 7 existing throughout the world: Sierra Morena and Sierra Sur de Jaén (Andalusia), Montsec (Catalonia), National Park Fray Jorge (Chile)and Acadian Skies and Mi’kmaq Lands (Canada).
With this certificate, Fuerteventura is committed to protecting the quality of their night sky, also associated with cultural, scientific, astronomical, or natural values.

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FUERTEVENTURA: SEA TURTLES NEST
The coast of Fuerteventura, especially the Jandía peninsula in the south, is one of the favorite places in the world for sea turtles to nest and breed. Out of the 8 species of turtles in the world, 4 of them frequent the “majorera” coasts.


COFETE BEACH: BACKGROUND OF FAMOUS FILM SHOOTINGS
Cofete beach in the municipality of Pájara, has been chosen as setting for Hollywood blockbusters, including “The Planet of the Apes” (1968) and, more recently, the movie “Exodus” (2014), all because of its spectacular landscape.


LIGHTHOUSES IN FUERTEVENTURA
The island of Fuerteventura has 4 lighthouses: one in Cotillo, another one on the island of Lobos, one in “Punta de Jandia” and one of special beauty, the one on “La Entallada”, built on a cliff.

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Some curiosities of the island of Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands in general (part I)

If you have visited the island of Fuerteventura, if you are going to visit it soon, or if you are one of its residents, but do not know the history of this Atlantic island thoroughly, here we leave some curiosities that you”ll surely like to know about both Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands as a whole.


THE CANARY ISLANDS ARE PART OF LA MACARONESIA AND MYTHOLOGICAL ATLANTIS
La Macaronesia is the set of five of the North Atlantic archipelagos: Azores, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Savage Islands. It comes from the Greek word makárôn nêsoi, which means “happy or fortunate islands”, where it was assumed that deceased heroes of mythology would abide.
Macaronesian islands were never connected to the continent, as they are volcanic islands that emerged from marine eruptions, and according to mythology, it was thought that these islands were the summits of Atlantis (submerged continent), emerging to the surface. Atlantis, according to mythology, was the continent that Zeus sank in punishment for its inhabitants” bad behaviour.

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WPRD “CANARIAS”
These islands received its name because after the first expedition sent by the king of Mauritania to meet the ends of the ocean, beyond the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar), what they found when they reached these islands was a fierce breed of dogs (the Latin: can, canis), so the name the islands received was “Insula Canaria” (Isle of Dogs).


“EL GOFIO”
Energy food derived from some roasted and ground cereals such as wheat, rye, corn, barley … Its highly nutritious properties turned it into the staple food of this people for many years. This powder is often added to milk at breakfast, also to “el potaje canario”or kneaded , resulting into “la pellla de gofio”.

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“MAJORERO” CHEESE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN
“Majorero” goat cheese enjoys appellation of origin from the February 16th , 1996, and it can be made only with goat milk from the island or a mixture of up to 15% of Canarian sheep milk, before letting it age.
In the case of mature cheese it features the palm leaf on its bark, which is used in “empleitas” to make the mould that shapes it. The most famous ones are cured with gofio, paprika or oil, although other varieties are found.


THE SALT
In the early twentieth century, salt was one of the resources that allowed the islands to generate more revenue. The climate of the Canary Islands is ideal for the production of sea salt, which was exported all over the world, and which also was of great importance to preserve fish, when the phenomenon of freezing had not yet been discovered.


COCHINILLAWAS ALSO TRADED
The cochineal is a parasite insect of the cactus, from which a very bright red dye is obtained out of its blood , used in ancient times to dye fabrics. Until the mid-nineteenth century it was a precious commodity, as the high society’s garments were dyed with it. Eventually, much cheaper but less safe synthetic dyes were discovered.
This dye is used today as a food colouring (E-120) and in the pharmaceutical industry, and small productions are preserved on the island of Lanzarote and La Palma.

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CANARIAN WRESTLING
This sport has a long history among the Canarian population, as it has been practised in the island since these were inhabited by “los Guanches” (ancient inhabitants).
It consists of unbalancing the opponent and making them touch the ground with any part of his body other than their sole.
It is played on sand enclosures called “Terreros”.

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EL TIMPLE
Plucked string instrument, typical of the Canary Islands, of small dimensions (38-40cms) and due to its curved back, hump-like, it’s recognized as the ” resounding little Camel”.

 

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