Practical Tip: Authentic Crafts

Throughout Europe, government-endorsed arts-and-crafts shops equal a hike in prices and are places to avoid for euro economisers. In Fuerteventura, however, they have the equation right: the artisans determine the prices and receive 100% of the profits.

The government’s role is solely to verify the authenticity of the craft in question, which is, unfortunately, quite important these days, given the prolific sale of Chinese-imported lacework and other similar goods. Look for the distinctive stamp of guarantee, with its green border for creative handicrafts and brown border for traditional handicrafts. All the labels should be numbered and contain the details of the artisan. Look for the shops in the Molino de Antigua, Betancuria, Puerto del Rosario and, yes, even at the airport.