Feb 102013

Continuing with the carnivals took place today the festival of the achipencos. Similar to the arretrancos, although much more autochthonous, in this event the participants are thrown into the sea with handmade rafts decorated as carnival floats. The goal is to get from the Port to Playa Chica, something not everyone gets.
We have made several albums because there are many pictures!

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See also:
Carnival 2013: Arretrancos (photos)
Carnival 2013: Achipencos (video)

Feb 032013

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Launching the 2013 carnival, was celebrated yesterday in Puerto del Rosario the contest of “arretrancos” which herein refers to the race of unconventional carts, without motors, that are launched down the slopes of the town. This is not about race, but rather they are combined with the floats, and participants are thrown at relatively low speed and in turn, will compete in costume and originality. They were preceded by a local murga (band of carnival musicians).

See also:
Carnival 2013: Achipencos (photos)
Carnival 2013: Achipencos (video)

Feb 022013

AIDAsol january beach


In the last days of January some tourists who take a trip ashore from the AIDAsol were bathing in Playa Chica, Puerto del Rosario.

Thanks to the works that were made some years ago for channeling wastewater to the treatment plant that is located north, this beach is perfectly clean, and is an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy the sea without leaving the city. Right in front of the beach there are bars and periodically there is a handicrafts market.

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Jan 272013

aidasol y aidacara

A couple of days ago in Puerto del Rosario came across these two cruise ships Aida: the immense AIDAsol and the smaller AIDAcara.

The AIDAsol is a regular visitor to Fuerteventura, 252m long, 71,300 tonnage and capacity for 2174 passengers. The AIDAcara measures 193.3m in length, tonnage 38,532 and can accommodate 1,186 passengers.

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May 202012

Puerto Lajas beach

This morning we were in Puerto Lajas, a village a few miles to the north of Puerto del Rosario. Despite its name there are no port infrastructure, it is a beautiful beach of pebbles, clean, familiar and uncrowded.

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Apr 252012

Puerto del Rosario redefines the concept of “tourist”:

This afternoon I went to draw to the promenade, where it widens and forms a square in front of the fountain, which comes to be the “0 km” of the capital, right where the Tourist Office. Unfortunately I have met with the truck of “drainage and treatment” (Saneamiento y Depuración) that was cleaning/unclogging/emptying or whatever they do there, and giving off a sickening smell of sewerage, disgusting. And the truck with the engine running permanently, making excessive noise (needed to run their machines, I guess). I tried to hold out for a while, but it was impossible. How can one draw, or perform any artistic task, with the noise of a truck near the ear and the fetid smell of a cesspool? How can you enjoy a walk? How tourists will want to walk here?

The urban planning of the city leaves much to be desired. And assuming that have the top of the sewer at that location is an unavoidable drawback (and not a bad decision or an economic response without long-term approach) they could find other ways and times to perform such maintenance, which I know is a recurring, not casual.