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Casa De Winter, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands


Villa Winter is situated near the village, Cofete, on the peninsula Jandía in the southwestern part of the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. The villa was realized by Gustav Winter, a German engineer born in 1893 in the Black Forest. It was completed in 1946 and has two floors, a tower in the northwestern part of the villa, and a balcony at the front.

Gustav Winter worked for Spain since 1915 and was active in different projects in Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. The villa is built in a remote part of the island with only a dust track leading to it. The history of the villa is the subject of several conspiracy theories involving Nazis.

Gustav Winter was supposed to have been one of Hitlers high ranking officers (Colonel ?).  If so, why was he living here and working on a secluded villa (Casa de Winter) during the height of Second World War?

There are supposedly hidden tunnels going into the mountains and to a secret U-Boat base. These were allegedly used to sink allied shipping in the Atlantic ocean and to transport Nazi officers to South America to escape punishment at the end of the war.


An expedition to find the secret base was again allegedly taken by a joint Austrian/Spanish party.  While trying to find that base, the yacht they were on mysteriously blew up!

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