The Alcogida is an ecomuseum that invites the visitors to take a walk through the more traditional side of Fuerteventura, recreating the conditions of life that the inhabitants of the island had almost until the end of the 20th century.
It was the arrival of tourism which marked the decline of a production system based on farms. The majoreros lived from the Earth and its products, livestock and a lot of seafood from a generous sea that embraced them from everywhere.
Even beyond the 70s of the last century, the Islanders of this area dwelled in a type of house very peculiar, raised in stone, with roof gable and limed every year with the arrival of the good weather.
It is a laudable attempt to preserve, for future generations, the origins of so many men and women of Fuerteventura. To do this, the ecomuseo La Alcogida recreates a village of the time, composed of eight traditional buildings that represent the homes of the most humble and simple folks up to the hamlets of the more wealthy families.
The curious who come to the Museum will have access to the interior of the buildings, where all kinds of majorero customs are shown such as games, crafts, furniture, professions, diverse items…
Of course, the museum complex has a souvenir shop in which pieces of popular crafts of Fuerteventura are available after contemplating the fate of the most typical animals of the zone: majoreros donkeys, camels, goats… All in a beautifully preserved environment in the village of Tefia, very close to the municipality of Puerto del Rosario.
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