The most important locations on Fuerteventura Centre: Caleta de Fuste, Ajuy, Antigua, Tefia, Los Molinos, Betancuria, Puerto del Rosario

The most important locations on Fuerteventura Centre: Caleta de Fuste, Ajuy, Antigua, Tefia, Los Molinos, Betancuria, Puerto del Rosario

The centre of Fuerteventura has economically two major areas: the capital and the recently built tourism and golf centre Castillo or Caleta de Fuste. The centre of Fuerteventura is very diverse in geography, history and economic activity. The most important villages/towns are:

Caleta de Fuste, Ajuy, Antigua, Tefia, Los Molinos, Betancuria, Puerto del Rosario

Puerto del Rosario: evolved from an ancient mooring spot in 1426 to take in water and food for the journey to the actual capital of Fuerteventura. Puerto del Rosario is not affected by mass tourism. Once a week the Cruise ship AÏDA docks in the harbour and streets in Puerto become somewhat livelier. There are 4 main streets for shopping, a couple of museums and some nice bars and restaurants.

Caleta de Fuste (or Castillo): Once an ancient port with an 18th century tower to protect it, it became a recently man-made tourist village with a family beach and plenty of bars and restaurants. There are a vast amount of golf and sport facilities.

Betancuria: once the capital of Fuerteventura, it is now a dormant village with some nice places to visit: an archaeological museum, the oldest church of the island "Santa Maria", the remnants of the Franciscan monastery "Convento de Buenaventura" and some good restaurants and shops.

Vega de Rio Palmas: small village from where you can walk to the dam and the “Ermita Virgen de la Peña”, a tiny chapel in the middle of the gorge.

Antigua: a village with a restored plaza in front of the church and an interesting exhibition “Pueblo Majorero” about the local culture. Next to it is the “Molino de Antigua”, the biggest windmill of Fuerteventura and a cheese museum.

Ajuy: once called “Puerto de la Peña” and once the most important harbour of the island where even Jean de Bethencourt came to shore. At that time the goods were unloaded from the ships and transported to the capital, Betancuria. The beach has the name “Playa de los Muertos” (Beach of the Dead) due to the regular slaughter by pirates. The caves up north of the village can be visited via the path along the shore. From there you have a view over the old mooring bay. The path also gives you a spectacular impression about the geographic history of Fuerteventura: when you look at the cliffs you see several horizontal layers of different colours, beige, black and some greenish white with some rounded solitary black pebbles. They are testimonies of ancient beaches and volcanic eruptions and they continue for miles in both directions. The fossilised snails that you can find in the chalky layer have been dated to be 5 million years old! When you walk further north for about 3 miles, you will encounter “Peña Horadada” or the “Rocky Gate”. Ajuy also has a small private museum that overlooks the black beach. Ajuy has some good fish restaurants and gives you unforgettable impressions at sunset.

Vega de Tetir: ancient agricultural area that has kept its original l ayout and atmosphere. There some typical restaurants around the church.

Tefia: small village where the agricultural museum “La Alcogida” is located. It also is a location for celestial observation.

Los Molinos: this tiny village on the Fuerteventura west coast gives you an idea about how Fuerteventura looked like in the 60'ies. Depending on the tides and the season, you can walk in some caves at the south side of the village. There are 2 restaurants.

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