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“Disgraceful scam spoils scenic coastal attraction”

Monumento Natural de Ajuy
Ranked #10 of 131 things to do in Fuerteventura
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Having visited Fuerteventura for over 20 years, today on a vist to Ajuy, we were shocked to discover that one of the most stunning scenic walks along the coast has been "apparently bought" by a group claiming to now own this historic piece of coastline. I have visited this village a number of times over the years to walk the path, look at the caves and eat in the great seafood restaurants......we won't be going back.

When you arrive to walk along the path there is little indication that anything has changed since our last visit 12 months ago....apart from a badly written sign at the foot of the cliffs which states "public road is free" . As you ascend the first part of the path and make your way around to the caves you are now confronted by a sign reading " private property" and a group of 5 men asking for payment at a makeshift entrance - when questioned I was told that a group had recently bought this part of the cliffs and introduced charges to visitors 4 weeks ago.

It would be interesting to know whether this part of the coastline has really been purchased & who from? Does this group have public liability insurance to cover their paying visitors? Why have they only bought the 'end' part of the path? Why not take payment at the start?

We did not pay the €7 each asked & when we returned to the village and questioned our waitress she told us not to pay & that it is "illegal" activity.

How is this being allowed to happen? This can only harm the good people of Ajuy who welcome visitors to their lovely fishing village. If tourists feel they are being ripped off they will stop coming, which would be a great shame.

9  Thank PlymouthArtist
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

In the past few days a company claiming to have legal title to the access to these 20 million year old caves has started to charge for access. The charge of 7.00 Euros for Adults and 3 Euros for children is an outrage and totally again'st the "Spanish National Monument" status of this area. DO NOT PAY TO VISIT THESE CAVES

10  Thank spikejde
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

When you for a day have had enough of the white sand beach, the hotels, restaurants, souvenirshops etc., then hire a car and make a trip to the west coast.
The ride inkludes some km with hairpin turns and view points - see my photos. - When you end up in Ajoy, you will meet the most wonderful black sand beach, some restaurants, and from the top of the cliffs, you will feel the power of the Atlantic wind and waves.
Take your time to walk along the cliffs. The ride is not recomended for the disabled, however much has been done to facilitatee the access to the impressive caves, which is well worth the day trip! - see more photos.

3  Thank Akko-Lisa
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

This was the best beach I have been in fuerte. Black sandy beach, great waves, lot of sun. Forget the other beaches, this was my best

1  Thank Granzi
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

worth the trip. The caves of Ajuy are on the west side of the island, a bit far for everything else but worth visiting. There are also a few restaurants right on the water front which serve the catch of the day. quite isolated area but is an interesting experience and we enjoyed thoroughly.

1  Thank LIFEJOURNEYWORLDWIDE
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