Local feasts: Fuerteventura
Almost 100 local festivals (87, actually) are held in Fuerteventura throughout the year, from Carnival in February to the Kite Festival in La Oliva in November. Enjoying their genuine colours and flavours, and their joyful atmosphere, is one of the best ways of exploring the island’s culture.
Major events in Fuerteventura
- Carnival in Fuerteventura: Fuerteventura does not fall short of Tenerife when it comes to Carnival celebrations. Every village on the island celebrates in style. In Morro Jable, for instance, merrymaking goes on for several weeks. Although, on the whole, the island is quiet, Carnival is an adrenaline-boosting injection of energy.
- Day of the Canary Islands: This holiday is deeply felt across Fuerteventura. It is held on 30 May, with folk celebrations and taifas dancing in the capital, Puerto del Rosario, and food tasting, art exhibitions, concerts and many other activities in the rest of the villages.
- Saint John’s Eve: This magical night (23 June) associated with fire and the sea is celebrated across the island, especially in Ajuy, Cofete and Pozo Negro. Bonfires, dancing and music to pass the summer solstice – the shortest night of the year.
- Feast of El Carmen: The Patroness of sailors, Our Lady of El Carmen is honoured in Morro Jable, on the southern tip of Fuerteventura. Religious procession and folk traditions get mixed with family activities in a joyful atmosphere brimming with sea flavours.
- Good Journey Festival: The most genuine folk festival in Fuerteventura is held in the fishing village of El Cotillo in late August (around the 20th). The village gets all dressed up, and there is a programme packed with activities, from fish catching in the river Cotillo to a mass water party.
- Procession of Our Lady of the Rock: The Patroness of Fuerteventura, Virgen de la Peña, is honoured in Betancuria, on the Mal Paso gorge. Her feast is held on the third Saturday of September, gathering pilgrims from all over Fuerteventura to make their offerings to Virgin Mary.
- Feast of El Rosario: October is the month of big celebrations in the capital of Fuerteventura. Puerto del Rosario gets all dressed up and for some days the streets witness all kinds of activities: folk dancing, traditional Canary sports, concerts by top-level artists and more. An ideal setting for family fun.
- Kite Festival in La Oliva: Held on El Burro beach in Corralejo since 1987, the Kite Festival is one of the most striking events in the Canaries. For three days, tourists from all over the world join the local population on the sand to fly kites in a thousand different shapes and colours. The show draws people of all ages, but it is children that love it the most.