The village of Betancuria, in the heart of Fuerteventura, is a jewel of the island that dazzles all those who visit it with its history, its narrow streets full of flowers, its relaxed and lively atmosphere… We’ll show you a little more about this charming corner that was once the first capital of The Canary Islands.
First Capital of the Canary Islands
Fuerteventura, which up to that moment had been inhabited by the Mahos (name given to the island’s natives) was conquered and colonized by Juan de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle at the beginning of the XV century. In 1.404 they established the first settlement in the most protected area in the whole island, naming it after its founder. Thus, this remote and charming spot became the first capital of The Canary Islands after the conquest.
Betancuria was chosen as a settlement for military reasons, as its location amidst mountains and far from the coast made defence easier in case of attack.
Today we find a village surrounded by mountains which has survived the passage of time and keeps the charm and beauty it had 600 years ago.
Betancuria has a great historical significance, as it hosts the first monastery and the first cathedral and bishop’s see in the whole archipelago.
Santa María Church, the chapel of San Diego, the ruins of the Franciscan convent of San Buenaventura, with its huge walls without ceiling, The Archaeological museum and numerous examples of domestic architecture are witness of the historical importance this charming spot had and which turn Betancuria into a must visit setting.
Centenary culture and nature
Apart from the history surrounding it Betancuria is special for its natural charms: landscapes dotted with palm trees, protected and unique natural areas, volcanic “malpaíses”…
Betancuria is as rich in nature as in history, culture and tradition. Delight in quaint streets full of life and ancient flavours and dare to experience the open and hospitable nature of “majoreros” and their centenary culture. We’re sure you’ll love it.