TRIQUIVIJATE 

In the past, Triquivijate lived on agriculture. As the climate on Fuerteventura became drier and drier over time, however, many inhabitants had to give up farming and leave the village. Only the numerous ruins of old farmhouses, which were built in traditional style from dark natural stone, still remind us of the time when the people in Triquivijate lived from grain cultivation.

 

Today about 600 people live in Triquivijate. Since about 1980, more commuters have settled in Triquivijate because of its idyll and tranquility. Many foreign nationals now own houses here. Many Germans and English have renovated the abandoned farmhouses. In addition, many new houses have been built in recent years.

On the outskirts of Triquivijate there is a dilapidated estate with a large area planted with prickly pears in its neighbourhood. The prickly pear cacti from Central America were cultivated on a large scale in the Canary Islands until the end of the 19th century in order to cultivate the cochineal louse needed for dye extraction.

 

When you visit Triquivijate, you feel as if you are back in time.  Small decaying mud houses stand on the side of the road and next to them are beautiful, well-kept white houses.

 

The small church of St. San Isidro was built in 1715 and is surrounded by a battlemented wall. Right next to the church is a public picnic and barbecue area, which can be used free of charge.

 

There is a riding school in the village, along with a few restaurants, bars and a small supermarket.


Only two kilometres northeast of Triquivijate rises the summit of Rosa del Taro, which at 593 metres is the highest mountain in the east of Fuerteventura.

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