Fuerteventura is considered to be the oldest island of the Canary archipelago. It has got its name because of the specific climatic conditions, as very strong wind is blowing on the island all year round. In Spanish ‘fuerte’ means ‘strong’ and ‘el viento’ is ‘wind,’ thus, the phrase gave the name to the island.
Currently, the administrative center of the island is a picturesque town of Puerto del Rosario, which literally translates as ‘Port of Roses.’ Several centuries ago, the city had a less romantic name of Puerto de Cabras, which has translated as ‘a goat port.’ The fact is that there is the gorge close to the island’s capital, where herds of goats went to drink every day. It should be noted that goats represent a real national symbol of the island; they caused its worldwide fame.
Local farmers produce special sort of cottage cheese of goat’s milk, which is set above rubies by gourmets from foreign countries. While walking travelers will certainly notice that an unusual national symbol can be seen in the most unexpected places. You hardly can see a car without bumper sticker or airbrush with a picture of a goat. At first glance it may seem that there are more animals on the island than people themselves.
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