Apart from tourism, goat farming is Fuerteventura’s second largest source of income. In fact, there are more goats than people on the island …
Majorero is goat cheese from Fuerteventura. The name majorero dates back to the era of the island’s first inhabitants, the Guanche. The word ‘majoreros’ is used to refer to Fuerteventura’s native inhabitants.
Majorero cheese comes in three varieties, depending on the finishing of the outer layer – oil, pimenta (a genus of plants that includes allspice) or gofio (see below).
The island has several cheese dairies where you can see how cheese is made. They also offer cheese tastings. Some of these dairies are:
- La Pastora, in La Pared
- Granja La Villa, close to Betancuria (www.granjalavilla.com)
- Finca Pepe, close to Betancuria (www.fincapepe.com/en/)