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El Torre del Tostón in El Cotillo
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€126,260 to restore the Torre del Tostón in El Cotillo.

The Cabildo has formalized the contract and the works will begin within a maximum period of one month




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The Cabildo of Fuerteventura will soon begin the consolidation and restoration works of the Torre del Tostón, located in the town of El Cotillo in the municipality of La Oliva. Once the contract has been formalised, the winning company has one month to start the work that seeks to ensure the good state of conservation of this Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC), which is an important tourist attraction for Fuerteventura.



The restoration of the Torre del Tostón is included within the actions contemplated in the Tourism Sustainability Plan in Destination 'Fuerte por Naturaleza', within the extraordinary call for tourism sustainability plans and approved at the end of 2021. This plan is developed thanks to funding from European Next Generation Funds, within the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.



According to the president of the Cabildo, Lola García, "the objective of the plan is to move towards a tourist destination with an increasingly attractive, intelligent and competitive model, with a significant investment of more than 9.1 million euros".



For her part, the Minister of Tourism, Marlene Figueroa, explains that "the plan is articulated in different axes of intervention, including the improvement of the tourist offer with new facilities and with actions as important as the one that is going to be executed in Torre del Tostón".



In the case of the Torre del Tostón rehabilitation project, the Cabildo de Fuerteventura will be in charge of carrying out the works, at the request of the City Council of La Oliva. The completion of these projects will allow these facilities to be put back into use.



The intervention in this building involves an investment of 126,260 euros, and consists of the restoration and consolidation of the exterior and entrance of the monument, which suffers the incidence of wind erosion and marine saltpeter, as it is on the seafront. In this way, actions will be carried out for the cleaning of walls and relocation of detached stone masonry, with the same original volcanic lava black stone, as well as actions to improve the stability of the structure.



Likewise, the wooden pieces of the drawbridge, entrance door, will be rehabilitated, and metal elements will be repaired and replaced to adapt them to the environment, among other actions.



Torre del Tostón



The construction of the building was commissioned in the eighteenth century. Like the rest of the defensive architecture of the Archipelago, the tower functioned as coastal protection against attacks by Berber pirates from North Africa, French and English, with the aim of defending the port of El Cotillo, which was of great importance as a natural port in the trade of orchilla, barrilla and lime.



The Torre del Tostón is 12 metres in diameter and 7.8 metres high, which translates into about 300 square metres of façade area, with an access staircase of about 20 square metres. The main entrance consists of a stone staircase by means of a wooden drawbridge. The entire structure is built with black volcanic stone masonry from a quarry near the hermitage of El Cotillo.



The interior is distributed on the first floor where the rooms that housed the soldiers were located, the ground floor where gunpowder was stored and a roof where three cannons were installed to protect the coast, as well as a cistern.

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Work begins on the rehabilitation of the Torreón del Tostón in El Cotillo.

With an execution period of four months, the works will allow the reopening of the facilities and their long-term conservation



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The Cabildo of Fuerteventura has begun the consolidation and restoration works of the Torre del Tostón, located in the town of El Cotillo (municipality of La Oliva). These works were requested by the City Council of La Oliva to ensure the good long-term conservation of this Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) and put it back into use for the enjoyment of visitors and residents. The works are carried out by the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, with an execution period of four months.



The action in Torre del Tostón involves an investment of 126,260 euros within the Tourism Sustainability Plan in Destination 'Strong by Nature', which in total amounts to more than 9.1 million euros financed with European Next Generation funds, within the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.



The works were visited today by the president of the Cabildo, Lola García, the Minister of Infrastructure, Blas Acosta, and the Minister of Tourism, Marlene Figueroa. The Minister of Territorial Planning, Nereida Calero, as well as the Councilor for Tourism, David Fajardo, and the Councilor for Economy, Juan José Rodríguez, also attended.

The objective of the Destination Tourism Sustainability Plan is to move towards an increasingly attractive, intelligent and competitive tourism model, with new facilities and projects as important as the one being carried out in Torre del Tostón.



In this way, the exterior and the entrance to the Torre del Tostón will be restored and consolidated, which suffers from the incidence of wind erosion and marine saltpeter, as it is on the seafront. If these alterations are not repaired, the deterioration of the property would be accelerated, endangering its long-term structure.



For this reason, actions will be carried out to clean and relocate depressed stones, as well as actions to improve the stability of the structure. Likewise, the wooden pieces of the drawbridge, entrance door, will be rehabilitated, and metal elements will be repaired and replaced to adapt them to the environment, among other actions.

The construction of the building was commissioned in the eighteenth century. Like the rest of the defensive architecture of the Archipelago, the tower functioned as coastal protection against attacks by Berber pirates from North Africa, French and English, with the aim of defending the port of El Cotillo, which was of great importance as a natural port in the trade of orchilla, barrilla and lime.



Today, the Torre del Tostón, owned by the municipality, houses an exhibition space and a tourist information point, facilitating the knowledge and dissemination of our history and culture.

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The refurbishment of the Tostón tower, an example of the good execution of the Sustainability Plan

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura completed the consolidation and restoration works in the town of El Cotillo

The Ministry of Tourism of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura led by Marlene Figueroa informs about the meeting scheduled for May 17 with representatives of the Secretary of State for Tourism Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of La Oliva to exchange good practices in relation to the development and execution of the Sustainability Plan "Strong by Nature" with the example of the rehabilitation of the tower of the Tostón.

For Marlene Figueroa, "this is a magnificent example of the execution of a plan whose ultimate objective is to move towards an increasingly attractive, intelligent, sustainable and competitive tourism model, and which is allowing us to enrich our tourism offer based on the recovery of historical, cultural and natural heritage, redefining uses with new facilities. the beautification of public spaces and a more efficient management of the destination".

At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17, the Deputy Director General for Tourism Development and Sustainability, Ana Muñoz Llabrés, as well as the Deputy Deputy Director for Tourism Development and Sustainability, Ilona Shekyants Kazaryan, and the Head of the Sustainable Tourism Service, are scheduled to visit the Torre del Tostón on behalf of the Secretary of State for Tourism. Irene Gonzalez Toledo. On behalf of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Minister of Tourism will attend accompanied by her Chief of Staff and the Mayor and the Councilor for Tourism of the City of La Oliva are also summoned.

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura completed the consolidation and restoration works of the Torre del Tostón in the town of El Cotillo, which have had an investment of 126,260 euros, executed entirely by the Island Corporation within the Destination Tourism Sustainability Plan (PSTD) 'Fuerte por Naturaleza', which develops various actions throughout the island and has a total budget of more than 9.1 million euros financed with European funds Next Generation, as part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

The Torre del Tostón is an eighteenth-century building declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) that houses an exhibition space and a tourist information point aimed at facilitating the knowledge and dissemination of the history and culture of Fuerteventura. The City Council of La Oliva requested urgent action to ensure its good state of conservation in the long term and to offer guarantees to remain as a space open to the public.

The work carried out in the Torre del Tostón consisted of the restoration and consolidation of the exterior and the entrance to the building, which suffered from the incidence of wind erosion and sea saltpeter, as it was on the seafront. Failure to repair these alterations would accelerate the deterioration of the property, jeopardizing its long-term structure.

Actions have been carried out to clean and relocate detached stones, as well as other actions to improve the stability of the structure as a whole. Likewise, the wooden pieces of the drawbridge, the entrance door, and the metal elements have been repaired and replaced to adapt them to the environment, among other actions.

The construction of the building was commissioned in the eighteenth century. Like the rest of the defensive architecture of the Archipelago, the tower functioned as coastal protection against attacks by Berber pirates from North Africa, French and English, with the aim of defending the port of El Cotillo, which was of great importance as a natural port in the trade of orchilla, barrilla and lime.

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