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Ecomuseo La Alcogida
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

For me this was one of the highlights of our trip. We had driven many miles and seen numarous derelict old properties. Spending half a day here made me realise just why Folk were so keen to get away. The site is many artifacts in the situation in which they were used - a real insightinto how Folk and animals lived. Even the trees amongst the building were food providers.

If you drive beyond the car park and bear left at the windmill you will reach a very moving Memorial.

Visited January 2013
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“Fuerteventura away from the fantastic beaches - experience the hard life of the island's past”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

If you can tear yourself away from Fuerteventura's world-beating beaches (a hard task, I know!) and want to see something of what the island was like before the first tourist jet landed in 1968, then the open air museum 'la Alcogida' at Tefia in the middle of the island should be high on your 'to see' list.

It's a hamlet of original, restored farmhouses, furnished and equipped to the 19th/early 20th century with old furniture and domestic and agricultural equipment and even chickens and goats, donkeys and - really - camels (these were used as pack animals on the island.

You really get a stark impression of life on the edge not so very long ago, people surviving on goats milk, potatoes, tomatoes and onions and in fear of the next famine when the winter rains fail (hundreds died of famine in Fuerte as late as 1930s).

As well as the animals, the historic buildings are populated by people in traditional dress demonstrating historic craft skills (cloth weaving, palm straw weaving, metalwork etc) and you can buy the pieces/souvenirs produced on the spot.

Allow a good couple of hours to walk round the half-dozen restored farmsteads and see the audiovisual display and don't forget a hat and water - it's HOT here in the interior most of the year!

Loos and a cafe/bar are at the entrance from the car park.

Visited November 2011
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“An hour well spent”
Reviewed September 10, 2011

If you read all the guides you pick up you will find this museum in the book but with vwrylittle info. It is in the village of tefia and is open to 9am to 6pm. It is a collection of 7 houses of which consist a farm with working mill pulled by donkey, goats and chickens. Also a collection of houses where crafts people are working and you can buy the crafts, there was lace, linen, clay, woodwork, and metal work also cheese making.

There is a guide you can take around with you, and it costs 5 euros. It was very interesting and the kids enjoyed it. We went later on in the day and were the only ones there. There is also a place to eat your own food and a shop. It is bumpy under foot so what the little ones. I would recommend if you fancy a change from the beach.

Visited September 2011
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