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The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura

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El Cardón is a small village southwest of the island of Fuerteventura which has a little over a hundred people. The village is part of the municipality of Pájara.

Near the village is the Natural Monument of the Montaña del Cardón.

EtymologyEtymology and toponymy
The word cardón means the canarian spurge (Euphorbia canariensis), a succulent shaped candelabra.

SituationSituation

Since Pájara the FV-605 road towards the village of La Pared; halfway - about 12 km - the FV-618 road take the left towards El Cardón, 5 km.

500 m before turning on the FV-618 can stop at the neck of the parking area the Degollada del Viento; a dirt road leads in 5 minutes with a masonry tower half buried - built on the model of “casas hondas” Canarian aborigines. From this viewpoint you can see, towards the west, Jable de Vigocho and access military zone forbidden (Range: presence of unexploded ordnance); to the southwest, you can see the landscape of dunes of the isthmus of La Pared; north color ocher mountains of the Rural Park Betancuria.

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MountainNatural Monument Mountain of Cardón (Monumento Natural Montaña del Cardón)
The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. La Montaña de Cardón. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).With 691 meters, the mountain of Cardón is the highest mountain in the municipality of Pájara, with steep terrain and carved by erosion. The aborigines of the island the mountain named Tacojayra.

It is possible to climb to the top of the Cardón taking a path that goes right onto the road FV-618, just before reaching the village, near abandoned greenhouses. This path leads first to the chapel of Our Lady of Tanquito (Nuestra Señora del Tanquito), where a pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen del Tanquito held annually the first week of June. It is a popular pilgrimage where an effigy of the Virgin is carried on their backs and placed in a cave; follows a popular festival and a grilled meat meal. After the cave, an unmarked trail then climbs to the top of Cardón.

Along the way you can see on the slopes of the mountain, a bush endemic to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, named locally jorjado (Asteriscus intermedius), quite similar to jorado (Asteriscus sericeus).

The end of the climb is quite difficult, but the top of Cardón offers a beautiful view the southwest of Fuerteventura, including the Natural Monument Coralles de Las Hermosas, on the isthmus of La Pared and the almost island Jandía.

MountainThe mountain of La Tablada
The mountain of La Tablada is the second highest mountain in Pájara, with 619 meters.
The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. La Tablada Mountain. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. La Tablada Mountain. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. La Tablada Mountain. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
VillageThe hamlet of Chilegua (Aldea de Chilegua)
The hamlet of Chilegua is now uninhabited.
The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. The hamlet of Chilegua. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. The hamlet of Chilegua. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Cardón in Fuerteventura. The hamlet of Chilegua. Click to enlarge the image.

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