The municipality of La Oliva is located in the north of the island of Fuerteventura and covers an area of 356.13 km2 (21.5% of the island) including the Lobos Islet.
To the south lies the municipality of Puerto del Rosario, on a line running from east to west from Buen Pobre cove, along the Vallebrón razor-back ridge to the peak of La Muda mountain, going down by way of La Mesa point to the Montaña Quemada badlands, and reaching the west coast at Jable de Janubio.
Amongst the countless attractions in the municipality, a visit to its natural spaces is a must.
- The mountain of Tindaya is an extraordinary space that is of significant archaeological and geological value.
- The natural park of Corralejo is characterized chiefly by its spectacular area of dunes.
- Isla de Lobos houses some 130 species of animals and plants, in the middle of landscape barely altered by man.
- The natural monument Malpaís de la Arena is the result of volcanic eruptions from about ten thousand years ago that gave rise to landscape of great beauty.
- Lastly, the protected landscape of Vallebrón retains the structures built by man for the agricultural exploitation of the land in the middle of a fertile valley.
The municipality is made up of the villages of La Oliva, its main town, Tindaya, Vallebrón, La Caldereta, Tostón or El Cotillo, El Roque, Los Lajares, Villaverde, Corralejo, Majanicho and Parque Holandés. Recently, the village of La Capellanía, between Villaverde and Corralejo, has been consolidated. In addition to these villages there is also Lobos Islet.
The territorial boundaries of the municipality have not experienced any significant changes throughout its history, as they were based on the ecclesiastic structuring that was carried out in the 18th century.
In 1837, the island fell under the administration of the Spanish Crown, thanks to the abolition of the señoríos or lordships. During this decade, the restructuring of Spain into municipal demarcations enabled the creation of the Town Council of La Oliva and its municipal district.
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In the footsteps of legendAn excellent guidebook to help you explore the walking routes of La Oliva. Volcanoes, beaches, history and much more.
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