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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Antigua

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Antigua (Calle Plaza, 3, 35630 Antigua) – this church, dedicated to the Virgin of Antigua and located in one of the oldest settlements in the island, was originally built during the 17th century, and went through a series of renovations over the centuries (including the introduction of a bell tower […]

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Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Peña

Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Peña (Calle Pedro Peña, 7B, 35637 Betancuria) – this 18th century church (opened in 1716) was built as a tribute to the Virgen de la Peña (patron saint of the island of Fuerteventura). Every September, locals hold a celebration for her (presided by the Bishop of the Diocese of […]

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Ermita de San Pedro de Alcántara

Ermita de San Pedro de Alcántara (La Ampuyenta, Puerto del Risario) – this chapel was built in 1681 and founded by Don Pedro Medina and his wife Doña Agustina de Bethencourt. This chapel is noted for its interior: impressive murals dedicated to the life of San Pedro de Alcántara (a Franciscan monk canonized by Pope […]

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Ecomuseo La Alcogida

Ecomuseum La Alcogida (Highway FV-207, 35611 Puerto del Rosario) – this museum, located in the north central part of the island, recaptures its rural lifestyle during the 19th century. Since this museum is housed in seven buildings, it has enough space to show 19th century life for local residents of all walks of life – […]

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Casa Museo Miguel de Unamuno

Casa Museo Miguel de Unamuno (Calle Virgen del Rosario 11, 35600 Puerto del Rosario) – this was the residence of Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno (who lived there in 1924 when he was exiled for criticizing the country’s dictator Primo de Rivera). The early 20th century was a time when the island of Fuerteventura was […]

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Casa Mané / Centro de Arte Canario

Casa Mané / Centro de Arte Canario (Calle Salvador Manrique de Lara, 35640 La Oliva) – this is reputed to be Fuerteventura’s loveliest art gallery, which exhibits and showcases contemporary Canarian art with a number of permanent exhibits (including the works of Alberto Manrique). The museum is housed in a restored 19th century villa, with […]

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Casa de los Coroneles

Casa de los Coroneles (La Oliva province) – as its name suggests, this stately house was the one-time home of the island’s governing colonel from the 18th century (Col. Melchor de Cabrera Bethencourt – a likely descendant of Fuerteventura’s original founder). The fact that this structure has windows (at a time when most local homes […]

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Betancuria

Betancuria – this town, located in the mid-west part of Fuerteventura, was founded in 1404 by the Norman knight Jean de Bethencourt (making it one of the most important colonial landmarks of the island). Those visitors who are looking for a glimpse of this town’s past (which was a former capital of the island) will […]