El Cotillo roads – Street of Shame

We’ve been in El Cotillo few times in the past and we always love to come back thanks to the white sand on the beach in the contrast with the black rocks. Quite windy? Always! Really nice part of the island? Definitely!

Anyway, I was always wandering what is the strange (and very well done) roads with the cut-off lamp posts between the north of El Cotillo and the Tostón Lighthouse (Faro de Tostón).

It took a while but I managed to get the answers from a friend of a friend.

The Street of Shame (Calle de la verguenza)

 

What happened was many years ago (around year 2000), a particular Local Mayor who quite liked the idea of `brown envelopes` unveiled his master plan to turn El Cotillo into massive tourist resort building 6 mega hotels with over 600 beds.

Apparently his brother was supplying the lights and the main contractor in all of this was his cousin. They was trying to build this without proper legalization and right in the middle of protected nature park. They ignored everything and everyone.

The locals were up in arms and fought them every step of the way, but not before they managed to put the roads and street lights in place. Anyway, one night the locals went out armed with tools and chopped quite a lot of the street lights down and left. The “death” lampposts  can still be seen today, lying at the side of the road.

This was the last drop and the mayor realised his loss and gave up. The roads to nowhere are to stay for now and ironically remind everyone that Fuerteventura was that time an “Island without law – corruption only” (Isla sin ley – solo corrupcion).

Isla sin ley solo corupcion - (Lawless Island - Corruption only)

That’s one Fuerteventura’s mystery solved, much more to go! Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to visit El Cotillo to enjoy the white sand (or great waves for surfing) and check out the strange roads.

 

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XXVIII International Kite Festival Fuerteventura 2015

Kite professionals and fans around the world will meet from 5th to 8th November 2015 at the 28 edition of the International Kite Festival held at the Dunes of Corralejo Natural Park. This Kite Festival began in 1987 thanks to the initiative of a group of amateur kite flyers, who selflessly promoted a meeting that brings together every year audience of tourists and kite enthusiasts. The festival is visited by regional and international kite flyers mostly from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain. They will paint with colours the sky of Corralejo and El Cotillo beach at a festival, that after more than a quarter of a century, has extensive national projection internationally and a significant impact on the media.

The festival is organized by the Department of Tourism of the City of La Oliva and will begin 5th November 2015.

Throughout the days of the event, incredible massive kites can be seen flying over the beaches of Fuerteventura, making the Corralejo Nature Reserve an even more spectacular sight. This is a good opportunity to discover this space for the first time, or to revisit its immense sand dunes, radiant sun with its views over the Isla de Lobos Nature Reserve in the background.

Last year the mayor of La Oliva, Claudia Morales, and the Councillor for Tourism, Marcelino Umpiérrez, presented the twenty-seventh edition, together with the organizers of the event, and Claudio Jacinto Rodriguez Azzali, who announced that school township will also have an important role during the event.

The program will start on Thursday 5th November on playa de la Concha (El Cotillo), with a display of acrobatic flight and static kites, although the inaugural flight will be one day later on Friday at Playa del Burro next to the great dunes of Corralejo National Park.

Numerous free kites are handed out so that kids and adults can participate, don’t be shy and grab one!
Date: From 5th November to 8th November.

November 5th in El Cotillo

From 6th to 8th November at the “Playa del Burro”,  Corralejo.

And here is one stunning video of the Fuerteventura Kite Festival 2014:

After seeing the whole video, don’t you want just book the fly tickets for at least the weekend? Hope to see you there!

Tourist Information Offices

The main tourist information office in Fuerteventura is the one in the capital of the island, Puerto del Rosario. However, Fuerteventura is dotted with other offices strategically located in the main tourist hotspots of the island (airport, resorts).

Puerto del Rosario Tourist Board

Address: 1, Almirante Lallermand, 35600, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 530 844

Fax: 0034 928 851 695

Email: info@fuerteventuraturismo.com

Website: www.fuerteventuraturismo.com

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 15pm

 

Puerto del Rosario Tourist Information Office

Address: Avda. Reyes de Espana, 35600, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 618 527 668

Fax: 0034 928 850 277

Email: turismo@puertodelrosario.org

Website: www.turismo-puertodelrosario.org

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 15pm and 17pm to 19pm; on Saturdays and holidays, 10am to 13pm.

 

FUE (Airport) Tourist Information Office

Address: Fuerteventura Airport/Arrivals, 35610, El Matorral, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 860 604

Fax: 0034 928 543 655

Email: aeropuerto@fuerteventuraturismo.com

Website: www.fuerteventuraturismo.com

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 21pm

 

Corralejo Tourist Information Office

Address: 2, Avda. Maritima, 35660, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 866 235

Fax: 0034 928 866 186

Email: info@corralejograndesplayas.com

Website: www.corralejograndesplayas.com

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 18pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8am to 15pm.

 

Puerto del Corralejo Tourist Information Office

Address: Recinto Portuario de Corralejo, 35660, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 537 183

Fax: 0034 928 537 183

Email: muelle@corralejograndesplayas.com

Website: www.corralejograndesplayas.com

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 15pm

 

El Cotillo Tourist Information Office

Address: Castillo de El Toston, Paseo de Rico Roque, 35650, El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 609 207 967

Email: info@corralejograndesplayas.com

Website: www.corralejograndesplayas.com

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 15pm; Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 14pm.

 

Caleta de Fuste Tourist Information Office

Address: 10, Juan Ramon Soto Morales, 35610, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 163 286

Fax: 0034 928 163 611

Email: turismo@ayto-antigua.es

Website: www.caletadefuste.es

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 14pm

 

Betancuria Tourist Information Office

Address: 6, Juan de Bethancourth, 35631, Betancuria, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 878 092

Fax: 0034 928 878 233

Email: aytobetancuria@yahoo.es

Website: www.aytobetancuria.org

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 14pm

 

Gran Tarajal Tourist Information Office

Address: C/Nicaragua, 35620, Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 162 723

Fax: 0034 928 162 984

Email: turismo@ayuntamientotuineje.com

Website: www.ayuntamientotuineje.com

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 15pm

 

Morro Jable Tourist Information Office

Address: local 88, Avda. El Saladar, C.C. Cosmo, Solana Matorral, 35620, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 540 776

Fax: 0034 928 545 044

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 15pm

 

Costa Calma Tourist Information Office

Address: Ctra. Gral FV.2, 35627, Costa Calma, Fuerteventura, Spain

Telephone: 0034 928 875 079

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 15pm

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