The long walls of Fuerteventura
The long walls of Fuerteventura

The long walls of Fuerteventura

If you’ve been traveling in Fuerteventura and you’ve gone out to explore the wildest landscapes on the island, you’ll have run into very characteristic stone walls in the middle of unpopulated areas. Do you know what they are and what they are for? Will they continue to be used today? We tell you!

These walls were built largely with volcanic rocks grouped on top of each other. Surely you already know the traditional majorera house, which also used to be built with this type of stones.

In the aboriginal towns of Fuerteventura, it is common to find circles or corrals near the traditional houses. Well, nothing else, they were used as corrals, catteries and bulls for goats and camels. In the aboriginal town of La Atalayita we find this type of walls, which our ancestors continued to use in historical times. The large number of these spaces that we find in La Atalayita demonstrates the great pastoral use of the area.

However, you will not only find these types of stone walls. There are others that cross the island and call attention for being unusually long. This different type of wall was used by the lords to delimit their lands. In addition, these lands were used mainly for cultivation, so the construction of long walls around it prevented the passage of livestock.

Currently belong to the Cultural Heritage of the island, and many of them are in a state of conservation. Less than a year ago, rehabilitation work was carried out on the walls of Tuineje, to recover and embellish the spaces of traditional architecture. The purpose is to provide the island with a greater attraction for tourists and neighbors.

Do you know any more use of these walls? Share it with us!

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