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THE INFAMOUS VILLA WINTER

THE INFAMOUS VILLA WINTER IN FUERTEVENTURA – EXPOSED PART 1 By Luisa M Follano How much do you really know about this infamous house and are the conspiracy theories actually true? Villa Winter is a villa situated near the village Cofete, on the peninsula Jandía in the southwestern part of the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. The villa was realised by …

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CANARIAN GAMES

FUN & GAMES CANARIAN STYLE An article by Bernie Power with The Voice Well as the theme this month’s magazine is fun and games, we decided to take a peek into the past and look at the things that used to entertain the people in days gone by. Aside from the usual music and dancing, most Canarian pastimes were sport …

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FUERTEVENTURAS SUPER WOMAN

THE SUPER WOMAN OF FUERTEVENTURA An Article By Bernie Power with The Voice Considering the hardships that have been experienced by the people of the island there are many names that can be ascribed the title “Super heroes”.   From the farmers who worked tirelessly to contain what little water was available to feed their families, to the mothers who sent …

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THIRSTY FUERTE – THE DROUGHTS

THIRSTY FUERTE An article by Bernie Power with The Voice Fuerteventura´s proximity to the African coast has meant that it has been blasted by hot winds and deprived of rainfall for many years. Around 2000 years ago, when the first settlers landed, they chose to stay in the fertile areas around the valleys. These areas once had fresh water rivers …

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ISLANDS OF FIRE

ISLANDS OF FIRE An article by Bernie Power with The Voice Fuerteventura is an island of elements, and the one responsible for its conception is fire. We live on a group of islands formed by volcanoes, and the evidence of that is still very clear. The peaceful mountains you see today were once alive and spewing acidic gas, ash, molten …

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AJUY – MARINE MAYHEM

 MARINE MAYHEM By Bernie Power with The Voice Photo by Still Light Photography  The waters around the Island have a colourful and violent past, everything from passing Galleon Trains that bought wealth from the Americas to clandestine Nazi Navy operations. Whilst you enjoy a relaxing dip, think back, as only even as recent as fifty years ago, things were much …

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THE WINDMILLS OF FUERTEVENTURA

THE WINDMILLS OF FUERTEVENTURA An Article by Bernie Power with The Voice Photo by Simon Waldram Fuerteventura is a product of all the natural elements. An island born by fire, surrounded by water, adorned with seemingly barren earth, and enveloped by fast moving and powerful air. Air which fuelled an industry.  The name Fuerteventura was first mentioned in 1339 on a map by …

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ROMERIA – VIRGEN DE LA PENA

Our Lady of the Rock The Romeria of the Virgen de la Peña. By Bernie Power with The Voice Photos by Still Light Photography  September is on us and it is a very busy time for the locals. This time of year they prepare to undertake the long walk known as the Romeria or the Pilgrimage to the small church …

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FUERTEVENTURA’S FIRST TOURISTS

FUERTE’S FIRST TOURISTS An Article By Bernie Power with The Voice Our island is now full of tourists, and there are hotels and resorts that cater for all tastes and ages, but it has taken us 40 years to get here! We were slow starters on the tourism front, due to many political and social reasons.  After the war, the …

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THE TRIBUTE OF BLOOD

Photo by Still Light Photography

THE TRIBUTE OF BLOOD An article by Bernie Power with The Voice Fuerteventura I was waiting at the bus stop to leave Corralejo the other day, when a man stopped and asked me what the word Gua Gua, pronounced “WaWa” meant that was written on the road. He was English but spoke Spanish too as he lives in Gerona. He …

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