The municipality is rich in expressions of Fuerteventura folklore.
This was always maintained in the parrandas (songs) of patron saint festivals, social gatherings and the songs of the grain sowing and harvesting seasons. The stories and legends are laden with magical references, especially around Tindaya. Traditions related to religions live on, such as Rancho de Ánimas en Navidad in the town of La Oliva.
One day in August, a torch-lit procession bears the Virgen del Buen Viaje at dusk from El Cotillo hermitage to El Roque.
As in all of the Canary Islands, the summer solstice is lit up by San Juan bonfires, especially in Vallebrón, where the San Juan Bautista y Nuestra Señora de Gracia celebration is held on 24 June. Corralejo celebrates its fiestas del Carmen in July by decorating the small boats and “falúas” that transport the virgin across the sea.
The Virgen del Buen Viaje, in El Cotillo, is carried in procession by the fishermen, and during the local celebrations use of banned fishing techniques is allowed such as trammel nets, that is to say three layers of netting tied together in which fish become trapped. The fish is then spit roast with locals and foreigners taking part, and parrandas are sung spontaneously.
In summer Tindaya celebrates Nuestra Sra. de la Caridad, El Roque San Martín de Porres, Villaverde San Roque, and La Caldereta Los Dolores, while Lajares celebrates San Antonio.
La Oliva celebrates Nuestra Sra. de la Candelaria in February. In October, the avocation of the Virgen del Rosario is commemorated.
The winter festival par excellence is the participatory and colourful La Oliva Carnival, which is held in March each year. During these days Corralejo becomes the shop window for the imagination and happiness of its residents.
Canary Island wrestling, tradition and strength.
Canary Island wrestling is the native sport of the Islands, with deep-seated popular roots. Teams from La Oliva participate in the official competitions both at island and at regional level. Moreover, fights or luchadas are on the programme in the patron saint’s day fiestas of several villages; these fights are generally friendlies, and they have always been very popular.