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FUERTEVENTURA TURTLES

FUERTE TURTLES  An Article by Hannah Mackay with The Voice As our theme in the magazine is Super Heroes this month, we had to include some of the most fascinating creatures that live on our doorstep. Okay so they aren´t the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety, but they are pretty super in their own right. Turtles OLD MEN OF THE SEA …

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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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THE BEARDED FIREWORM

THE BEARDED FIREWORM (Hermodice carunculata) An article with Hannah Mackay with The Voice   Hermodice carunculata is commonly known as The Bearded Fireworm and is a great looking little creature. It is actually a type of Bristleworm from the fireworm family Amphinomidae. It is a very slow creature and generally not a threat to humans unless it is touched!  The …

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INTO THE ABYSS – COASTAL AREAS

An article by Hannah Mackay with The Voice Photo by Simon Waldram with The Voice The Canary islands are situated approximately 70 nautical miles west of the Sahara and belong to submarine volcanoes of the Canarian  Archipelagos.  These Archipelagos along with the Archipelagos of the Azores, form the bio-geographic unit called the Macaronesia (from the Greek word Makaros meaning happy or fortunate …

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FUERTEVENTURA THE OLDEST CANARY ISLAND

THE OLDEST CANARY ISLAND An article by Bernie Power with The Voice Fuerteventura Fuerteventura is 20 million years old so far, and is the most eroded of all the Canary archipelago. We are nearly flat compared to the other, newer, islands as we are millions of years older. So flat in fact, that the Romans who visited named the place …

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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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