The Local Action Committee of the ECO-TUR project in La Oliva met last month in order to make progress with the planning of «La Ruta del Agua», an initiative that will help create a new tourism itinerary in the municipality.
It will concentrate on the promotion and sustainable visit of the ethnographic and historical resources associated with water use, such as reservoirs, gavias (fields surrounded by earth and stone walls to gather rainwater), small ponds, fountains and natural springs.
La Oliva is the only municipality in Fuerteventura that participates in the ECO-TUR Project, a transnational network that consists of local European administrations from the Canaries, the Azores and Madeira as well as other countries such as Cape Verde, Senegal and Mauritania.
The main action of the project presented by La Oliva is the Route of Water (Ruta del Agua) that will help rehabilitate and include as tourism wealth in the municipality some historical assets linked to the use of water such as those listed above and the creation of an interpretation route of them all. In addition to the «Ruta del Agua», the project plans on carrying out other actions aimed at diversifying and promoting the tourism offer of La Oliva within ecotourism concepts, active tourism and the promotion of activities.
The Ayuntamiento presented its sincere congratulations to Francisca de León Figueroa, from Corralejo who was rewarded during the event called "Mujeres que cuentan" (Women who count), that took place last month at the Palace of Training and Congresses within the events programmed by Fuerteventura's Cabildo in honour of International Women's day.
Paca Figueroa is a reference in the folklore of the north of the island as creator of the Association called Aires de Mascona since 2006, and much before in 1976 with the beginnings of the group Dunas de Corralejo and she was also linked to the Trío Dunas or the Cuarteto Corralejo.
Singer-songwriter and cultural animator, she teaches music to children and was a pioneer with the first women's street bands. Paca stands out, especially for her business and family side. In 1964 she took over her parents' business, the Don Juan Bakery, the oldest in Corralejo, a business that has generated employment and wealth and preserved its jobs even during the worse times of the crisis.