Culture in Fuerteventura and in the Canary Islands in general is essentially Spanish culture with a little influence from Latin America. There are however several aspects to local culture that are unique to the Islands.
The traditional folk music of the Canary Islands, Folklore, can be heard at the major festivals and at other special events. At the big Fiestas there are often groups representing their respective Islands – each of which have their own traditional costumes. A less formal type of Folklore music can heard at several bars and bodegas (usually away from the main resorts) where Locals get together for impromptu “sessions”.
Lucha Canaria is a type of wrestling – somewhat reminiscent of Sumo – that is popular in the Islands. It is a team sport with individuals taking turns in individual bouts. The Bouts starts with the participants gripping each other’s shorts, the object of the game being to push your opponent onto the ground.
Eating and Drinking habits
As in southern Spain, there is a Siesta between One and Four in the afternoon when locals will take their main meal of the day. Spanish people then eat a smaller meal in the late evening – often after Nine o’Clock at night.
Spanish people like to go out late and a typical Saturday night out might not kick off until about Midnight. Northern Europeans are often the only ones only people in Discos or Disco Bars before 1AM.
The Spanish like to dress well and although the Locals of Fuerteventura are a little more relaxed than their cousins from the Peninsula (Mainland Spain), they are still better turned out better than most tourists. Groups of Spanish Tourists can easily be spotted as they take their evening stroll due to their immaculate dress.
Spain is an overwhelmingly Catholic country, although your average Spaniard probably follows a liberal interpretation of the religion and Mass attendances are continually declining.
That said, all of the major Catholic calendar events are observed, Christmas is of special importance with the 6th of January being the most important day (rather than the 25th).