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Cheese museum allows island dairies to shine 

A new cheese museum has opened on Fuerteventura and there are plans for more to follow, including one dedicated to the history of lighthouses.

The official opening of the “‘Museo del Queso de Fuerte-ventura” in an old mill was hailed as a great step forward for the island and another major attraction for visitors.

Several hundred guests were present at the inauguration, including representatives of the agricultural and tourism sector.

The museum features 500 square metres of exhibition space and beautiful gardens. There are displays of cheese and other local produce and information about the culture of Fuerteventura and its natural features, particularly the flora and fauna.

It also tells the visitor about the keeping of goats and the manufacture of goats’ cheese from centuries ago to the present day and explains the history of dairies, what tools are used and so on. All the information is available in several languages.

The new museum allows more than 50 island dairies to display their products and there is space for tastings and educational events.

Deputy Minister for agriculture for the Canaries, Alonso Arroyo said this was a great opportunity for the tourist sector whilst Cabildo president, Mario Cabrera said the more the two million visitors to the island knew about their products, the more it would open up new opportunities.

The museum will continue to expand its attractions and content and will host the island’s next Craft Fair.

The next challenges which lie ahead include a lighthouse museum ” La Entallada” and the Betancuria archaeological museum currently under construction.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm with a nominal admission fee of one euro for residents, two euros for general visitors.