PajaraAs you drive towards Pajara , the first impressions of the town are not good, it appears to be a very ugly country town with many un-rendered (bare-block) walls and a general haphazard and non-uniform appearance. There is, however, a surprise awaiting you in the centre of the village, which is very pleasant with it's lush vegetation and pretty church.
Although the origin of the name "Pájara" is not certain, it is likely that the word comes from the word Pájara - meaning a female Bird (perhaps a female partridge) in Spanish. The town itself dates back to at least the early 17th Century.
Pajara is the administrative capital of the Municipality of the same name, which includes Costa Calma and Morro Jable.
The church of Nuestra Seńora de la Regla dates back to 1687 and is of special interest because of it's Latin-American influences (thanks to a returning emigrant?). The Retablos behind the altar are one example of this (you will need to place a coin in the machine on the right hand side as you enter to turn the lights on) and the Aztec-influenced designs on the stone doorway of the church are another.
The pavement around the Camel-driven waterwheel (between the Church and the Town Hall) is occasionally decorated with pictures made from dyed salt (much like the pictures that are made from petals elsewhere).
Across the road from the Church is the La Fonda Restaurant, which serves traditional Fuerteventura Food such as Kid and Rabbit in a traditional setting.
Map of Pajara