An aboriginal sacred place

The beautiful mountain of Tindaya has turned 18.7 million years old. This is the estimate from the scientists who have studied this beautiful and solitary enclave of Fuerteventura, also known as Montaña de Las Brujas.

The Mountain of Tindaya reminds of an Egyptian pyramid, thanks to both its form and its supposed magical powers. This mountain rises 400 meters into the sky, and from the top you can observe the arid plains of Esquinzo, so characteristic for the island of Fuerteventura.

Besides its high archaeological value, the Montaña de Tindaya has left many legends in the oral tradition of the majoreros – the locals of Fuerteventura. The Cueva del Bailadero de las Brujas is the main scene of one of these myths.

Also known as the Cave of the Witches, it begins at the foot of the Mountain of Tindaya. It is said that esoteric rituals were performed in this cave and that it was the place where the witches went dancing at midnight.

Witchcraft aside, what is certain is that this cave, also known as Cueva de la Señora, was used for centuries by the ancient inhabitants of the island for different activities. The proof in the form of a large variety of skeletal and ceramic remains has been found in the surroundings of the cave.

In the 70s of the twentieth century, some cracks in the stone were discovered on the top of Tindaya. They had the form of feet engraved by ancient inhabitants of the island, the aborigines, known as majos. These figures are known as podomorphs and it is incredible that these remains are still preserved in the stone from before the 15th century. Without a doubt, it is a magical luck.

Except for the nearby town of Esquinzo, where you can find restaurants and shops, the Montaña de Tindaya is enveloped in a halo of mystery and solitude. But there is a winding road that will take you find out the secrets that are hidden in the colors of the mountain.

R: Stela Sabater