The capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario sits around a charming harbour and features fabulous beaches, a pretty little old quarter and plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. A pristine seafront promenade links the harbour with the main beach, the 1-kilometre-long Playa Blanca, which has long golden sands. There is a clutch of cultural attractions, including the Juan Ismael contemporary arts centre and the former home of Miguel Unamuno, one of the most celebrated Spanish writers, and its Carnival celebrations in spring are among the best in the Canary Islands. Further afield, you can visit charming villages with whitewashed windmills or have a browse around the delightful craft market in Tetir.
Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura, overlooks a vast harbour, and has a pretty historic quarter piled around its port. There several excellent beaches in the area, including a popular little beach in the city centre, plus the wonderful Playa Blanca beach situated just over a mile south of the harbour. It's one of the best places on the island for shopping, and its cultural attractions include a fantastic contemporary arts centre and the former home of one of Spain’s most prestigious writers, Miguel Unamuno. There is a handful of sleepy villages inland to explore, many still featuring whitewashed windmills. One of the best is Tetir, which has a fantastic crafts market.
Puerto del Rosario has a great choice of cafés, bars and restaurants, and you’ll find something to suit most tastes and budgets. There are lots of atmospheric places for you to tuck into the delicious local specialities, which include the luscious Canarian tomatoes, bursting with flavour, and the island’s famous queso Majorero, a goat cheese that comes in lots of different varieties. You’ll find the famous papas arrugudas (‘wrinkly potatoes’) on virtually every menu. These are served with mojo sauce – the red mojo is a little spicy, while the green version is flavoured with herbs. Don’t miss out on the fantastically fresh seafood, particularly the octopus, which is a big local favourite.
Families will find plenty to do in Puerto del Rosario. The most central beach is small, but well equipped and rarely gets too crowded. There is also the lovely golden stretch of sand at the Playa Blanca, which is backed by sand dunes and is appealingly rustic. It also has a play area for younger kids. There are plenty of shops and cafés to keep older kids entertained, plus a karting track that will get their adrenaline pumping! Children might also enjoy a visit to the La Alcogida Eco-Museum, located near the little village of Tefia. It has some traditional Canarian dwellings where you can see artisans demonstrate their crafts, as well as farm animals that are content to be petted and pose for photos.
Action & Adventure
Surfing and kite-surfing are among the most popular activities on the island of Fuerteventura and you’ll find lots of surfing schools that run courses, rent out equipment and organise excursions. Inland, there are some stunning volcanic landscapes to explore within a 30-minute drive. The Betancuria nature reserve is a protected area that contains one of the island’s only ravines, and has several wonderful walking routes. You could also climb the ‘magic mountain’ of Tindaya that was considered sacred by the island’s earliest inhabitants and remains a place of pilgrimage even today. Although only 400 metres high, it still offers some spectacular views from the top.
There’s a very pleasant little beach in the centre of town called the Playa del Pozo or the Playa Chica (‘Small Beach’). This sandy beach has shallow waters and good facilities, plus several cafés and bars within a short walk. The biggest beach in Puerto del Rosario is the Playa Blanca, which means ‘White Beach’, and is located about a mile or so south of the harbour. This lovely, long sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and has few buildings overlooking it, which adds to its charm. It boasts some essential facilities, including a few sunbeds and parasols for rent, plus showers and a kid’s play area.
Fuerteventura is not a big party destination, and most visitors here are content to simply soak up the gorgeous landscapes and the relaxed island vibe. Still, if you want to enjoy a few drinks and perhaps hit the dance floor, then Puerto del Rosario has a decent choice of bars and clubs to keep you happily entertained for most of the night. Most of them are concentrated around the harbour area and in the narrow streets of the old town, but note that they cater mainly to locals. This means that they keep Spanish hours, so don’t think about showing up much before midnight!
Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura, is one of the most authentic towns on the island. It’s a great spot to soak up the slow pace of Canarian life, but also has plenty of shops, bars and cafés (mainly geared to locals) to make your holiday fun and hassle-free. You can soak up the sun on one of the beaches – the Playa Blanca, backed by sand dunes, is particularly lovely – and then enjoy a long, languid seafood lunch near the harbour. There are lots of charming villages nearby, including Tetir, which has a wonderful crafts market, and the pretty fishing village of Puerto Lajas.
Puerto del Rosario is home to two of the island’s most important cultural attractions: the Juan Ismael Centre for Contemporary Arts and the former home of the great Spanish writer Miguel Unamuno. The Juan Ismael Centre has displays of outstanding Canarian and Spanish art, while Unamuno’s home has been preserved and still contains its original books and furnishings. Also worth a visit are the interesting Hornos de Cal – limestone ovens, where limestone was extracted in what was once one of the most prominent industries on the island. There’s always something going on in Puerto del Rosario, from the popular carnival celebrations in spring to the city’s traditional festival held in late September in honour of its patron saint.