You’ll feel like a local on holidays to Lajares, it’s that untouched. Aside from a couple of modern additions, this Canarian village has stuck to its age-old roots.
Lajares is a rare breed when it comes to holiday resorts. This place is in its own Canarian bubble, where everything’s tailored for residents rather than tourists – so it’s a great place to get a feel for the local way of doing things. Sure, there’s a handful of restaurants and bars, but they all stick to tradition rather than glitz or glamour. Picture stone-clad villas spread out along dusty lanes, and you’ll have a good idea what this back-to-basics village looks like.
Fuerteventura’s known for its stellar watersports scene, and Lajares is perfectly placed to cater for the influx of thrill-seekers. It’s not actually beside the beach, but its central location means that you’re only 10 minutes’ drive from a load of the top-rated sandy spots. Surfers lollop around the village between trips to the waterfront, refuelling at pavement cafés while they take a well-earned break from their wetsuits.
Despite its close proximity to Corralejo, things are still pretty traditional around here. You’ll find a pair of dimpled white windmills – known as molino and molina – on the outskirts. Flit back to the centre, and you’ll see locals flock to the Lucha Canaria to watch traditional wrestling matches. The most popular shops are chock-full with handicrafts and artisan souvenirs, and once a week, they’re all laid out at the village’s open-air market.
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