PUERTO DEL ROSARIO
INFORMATION ON CAPITAL OF FUERTEVENTURA
PUERTO DEL ROSARIO:
The capital of Fuerteventura since 1860 Puerto del Rosario sits close to the airport and has a population of around 18,000.
Once called Puerto de Cabras (Port of the Goats) the town developed into an important port during the 19th century after taking the capital of the island from La Oliva.
The church in the centre of Puerto del Rosario is dedicated to the patron saint 'Virgin del Rosario' and it wasn't until 1956 that the town was given the more pleasant name of Puerto del Rosario (Port of the Rosary).
WHAT TO DO:
Puerto del Rosario is more of an industrial area and isn't really geared up for tourism, although many people still visit the town from the nearby resort of Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo to do some shopping especially at the large 'Las Rotundas' shopping centre.
Until recently Puerto del Rosario wasn't that attractive, but now the main street has been finished off, many of the roads resurfaced and the harbour promenade has since been rebuilt.
The harbour area is the oldest part of town and it is from here you can find all of the small alleys lined with old Canarian style houses.
There is one place worth a visit and that's the home of the former exile poet Miguel de Unamuno which is now a museum.
There is also a culture centre (Casa de la Cultura) where exhibitions, plays and concerts are held.