Puerto del Rosario, with 40,000 inhabitants, is a young municipality and home to a dynamic and peaceful capital, a meeting point for Majoreros and visitors. Puerto del Rosario is the island’s administrative capital, centre for connectivity, a cultural reference and has day and night entertainment.
Sun and Beaches
A modern sea promenade crosses the city, going through the marina and the city beach of Playa Chica, with white sand and accessible to everyone that wants to enjoy a swim in the heart of the capital. The bay of Puerto del Rosario welcomes cruise ships every week and because of this acquires the look of a city that is full of life. At the end of the promenade we find Playa Blanca, which with a length of nearly a kilometre of golden sand and clear waters, makes it an ideal spot to practice water sports (surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing,…), or to spend the day relaxing with your family.
The municipality of Puerto del Rosario has other beaches, such as Puerto Lajas, small with black sand and Los Molinos, with pebbles and dark sand, which still conserve the charm of fishing villages of times gone by.
Leisure and complementary offer
To stroll through culture, Puerto del Rosario offers a Sculpture park made up by more than one hundred sculptures scattered throughout the city.
To go shopping in the city is a pleasant alternative, as it has many open spaces, such as the pedestrian street Primero de Mayo, or the streets León y Castillo and Virgen de la Peña nearby.
A large shopping centre with shops of the most well known brands and a commercial area in the neighbourhood of El Charco complete the range of shopping in Puerto del Rosario.
The gastronomic offering is likewise as vast and varied. Endless open air cafés that make the most of the island’s weather, bars, restaurants and cafeterias are available the length and breadth of the municipality, to taste typical, national or international food at the best price. Other reasons to visit Puerto del Rosario are its number of bars and pubs, open till dawn, which convert the capital into Fuerteventura’s night entertainment centre.
Culture and traditions
The Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church, dating to 1824 is the capital’s historic centre.
Beside it, Unamuno House Museum, where the famous writer lived during his exile in Fuerteventura, can be visited in the mornings from Monday to Friday, and it is where we can see all the tools the writer used during his Majorera stay..
A little further to the east we find the Island Auditorium which has capacity for more than 500 people and has a vast permanent programming of theatre, music and dance.
The Casa de la Cultura, next to the Auditorium, is home to paintings, sculptures and photograph exhibitions of artists from all over.
Once in the El Charco neighbourhood we find the Juan Ismael Art Centre, a centre for dynamic and lively art that is home to all types of exhibitions, but also workshops, seminars, courses, conferences…
Inside it has an authentic creative and traditional Majorera craft shop, with a seal of quality that is guaranteed by the island government.
Along the maritime avenue we find the Lime Kilns that date from 1940, they are all over the island of Fuerteventura.
From Monday to Friday, centrally located in the city we find the Municipal Market open from 9.00 to 14.00.
Each Saturday morning, on the upper floor of Guaguas Station we find the Biosphere Farmers Market, where we can find a wide range of fresh produce from the land and sea, marketed directly by the producers of the island’s primary sector.
Coinciding with the arrival of a cruise ship to the quay of Puerto del Rosario, the Cruisers Market is set up on the sea promenade, with crafts and souvenirs.
The second Sunday in the months of March, June, September and December host the Traditional Craft Market, found in the town of Tetir, which has an exhibition and sales of typical crafts from Fuerteventura.
All areas in Puerto del Rosario’s municipality have their own popular celebrations. Thus processions, dances and other traditions take place in all the corners throughout the year, exhibitions of the culture and tradition that has survived until now. Carnival is another of the year’s events with the greatest number of followers, not only among local public but also visitors.
Events and Congresses
The capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario, welcomes the Palacio Insular de Congresos, which will open its doors shortly, in an outstanding position facing the sea.