Culture and Traditions

Our identity

One of the great pleasures for anyone visiting the district of Pájara is being able to enjoy some of the most important treasures on the island of Fuerteventura. A cultural goldmine that is our heritage, handed down by each of our forebears.

Native Culture

There are numerous relics of native culture to be found in every corner of the district: dry stone houses and inhabited caves; corral-like structures for goats

Other elements of archaeological and ethnographic interest are the concheros, the rock-markings and, without a doubt the most striking of them all, ‘La Pared’, a dry stone wall located on the isthmus of the same nombre. It is believed that the wall was the dividing line between the two kingdoms into which the island was divided at the time of the conquest.

Traditional Architecture

In all the villages in the Pájara district, you can visit a church or a chapel. They are all of relatively recent construction, the most important of which are: the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, in Pájara, and the chapel of San Antonio en Toto, thanks to their historical interest, which has led them to be declared ‘Bienes de Interés Cultural’.

Pájara has numerous traditional stone-walled houses. There are also country mansions with outhouses, two storeys and tiled roofs. Both kinds of house can be found all over the district and particularly in the historical quarter of the town of Pájara itself.

Among the industrial buildings there are tanneries, lime kilns and salt-fish factories.

Craftwork

The men and women of Pájara have traditionally made all of the tools they needed for their daily work.

Agriculture, fishing, livestock-keeping and the daily life of the home each required numerous utensils, which gave rise to a range of crafts using the raw materials available on the island to make an array of products such as baskets, pottery, stone-working, tanning, weaving, embroidery, openwork, carved horns or wood and many more, all of which are still practised today.

Traditions

Between the months of April and August, the fiestas in honour of the patron saint are celebrated in each village in the district. All of them are of a mixed lay and religious nature in tribute to the patron saint of the village and combine masses, processions, decoration of churches, chapels, squares and streets, with events which may be cultural, sporting or recreational in nature such as parrandas, dances, musical performances and folklore.

The most important are the fiestas in honour of the patron of the municipality: Nuestra Señora de Regla, in Pájara and Nuestra Señora Del Carmen in Morro Jable. Other very popular fiestas are those of San Juan, in Cofete and Ajuy, and the Romería or pilgrimage to Montaña de Cardón. The people of the village, dressed in traditional clothing, accompany the saint honoured in the fiesta, whether by sea or by land. These festivals are an exhibition of the deep rooted customs of the people and a unique opportunity to see first hand a fine example of our rich and varied folklore.

Various villages in the district also celebrate the Carnival towards the end of February, of which the most important is Morro Jable, where the fiesta is open to overseas visitors too. The ‘Playa de la Cebada’ cultural week in Morro Jable is a meeting point during the summer for the young people of the district.

An old custom, which has survived to the modern day, are the ‘apañadas’ or round-ups of goats from the so called coastal flocks, which are free to roam in search of pasture on the extensive communal land. Every so often, the livestock owners come together to round up the animals so as to mark the young. The dog known as bardino dog or majorero dog, which is native to Fuerteventura, is an excellent guard dog for animals or the farm.

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