Vega de Rio PalmasVega de Rio Palmas follows the course of a palm-lined dry river bed that “flows” through this valley. Apparently this was a permanent or at least semi-permanent stream up until the 16th century although now it only takes away flood water after a sudden downpour to the nearby Dam. Further evidence, perhaps, of the desertification effects caused by centuries of overgrazing.
The two buildings of interest, the 17th Century Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña and the 18th Century Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña both refer to the patron of the Fuerteventura (and of the Canary Islands).
The painting in the hermitage depicts the finding of the Statue of this Virgin many years after it had been hidden during a Pirate Attack. The statue, which is said to have been brought to the Island by Jean de Bethencourt, can now be found in the main Church.
Every year on the 3rd Sunday of September, a procession is held in honour of the Virgen de la Peña, this is an important fiesta here and attracts people from all over the Island (and from further afield).
There is not a whole here in terms of Restaurants, however the Don Antonio Restaurant offers traditional Majorero food in a restored 17th century farmhouse.
Map of Vega de Rio Palmas