Wreck is probably a strong word, but this little town in the middle of one of the Canary Islands is not your usual resort town. Even myself and my friend left the trip till our last day on Fuerteventura, thinking a couple of hours is enough to explore all the main spots central island has to offer.
The drive there was interesting, as we took a less obvious route, through older and narrower roads. Up and down, with loads if twist, like a weird serpentine (as if roads couldn’t be built as a straight line), we drove through places that probably by locals are considered as major villages, but it looked more like deserted pieces of lands with few house or haciendas.
We had two main spots that we really wanted to stop at. First on the map was Tuineje. In all honesty we stayed there only to get some fresh air (some less fresh than others :P) and get changed (you would be surprised how cold it can get; well do be fair, it was middle of January! 🙂 ). I wish we wandered a bit more, but the spirits were quite low so we headed to the next point on the map, Antigua.
I was slightly confused about the name, as it seems that there is another Antigua, in the Caribbean, and it’s a very different place 😉
And there we are, Antigua. We arrived, drove up the road, and we realised we’ve just passed the sign showing we are leaving the town! Yes, the thought was: that’s it? We have to turn around! We didn’t make all the way for a two minute drive through town 😛
We left our car by a little shop that looked like a little convenience store in a quite village in the middle of nowhere in some action movie, and we went for a stroll.
Antigua might not be for everyone (my friend was glad when my camera battery died! 😀 ), but I got sucked in! I wandered, I explored, I took million photos. The atmosphere, the quiet streets, scrappy buildings, just locals. No luxury, no touristic vibe. Just streets, few empty cafes, and one surveniour shop. I could imagine that if 007 wanted a break, he could easily take a break here.
I am starting backwards with the Fuerte story. So enjoy part one – the last day on the Furteventura island – Antigua.
BTW Fuerte is a small island. If you ever visit, don’t be afraid to drive around and look for little jams, as the roads are in good conditions and the distances are so small, you can probably visit the whole place in one or two days (obviously I recommend more than that!). Also, a little advice, if wanting to see some off-road places, definitely rent a bigger, ideally a SUV or 4×4 🙂 The island is post volcanic, with very dusty mountain roads. Be sure your rented car is insured on those roads (our insurance covered only driving on the major roads).
Ps.: We drove around with a little Fiat Panda and was able to get to places thanks to PayLess Car. There’ll be more about how we rented a car that didn’t exist in my next post. For now just a big thank you to PayLess for saving our trip. I highly recommend 🙂
Tuineje & Antigua, Fuerteventura Spain, 18/01/2017