Sunny Canaries


LA OLIVA 


Casa de los Coroneles 

The best example of the military style in the north of the island is the “Colonels house” (“La Casa de Los Coroneles”) in La Oliva ) After the conquest of the island for the Crown of Castile by Jean de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle, Fuerteventura was later sold to the house of Arias y Saavedra. It was during this period that La Oliva took on a very important role, with the establishment of the figure of the Land Lord by Philip II and that of the commanding officer, the Colonel, who took charge of the defence of the island when the Lord was absent. The military government had several high-ranking officers in charge until the Colonel 

assumed the role of Lord of the island, with the gradual acquisition of responsibilities as well as land, due to the frequent absences of the Lord, the post came to have a hereditary nature. The post of Colonel was created in the early 1700’s and the colonel and his family moved from the historical capital of Betancuria to La Oliva, which became the new capital 

This civic-military house was built in the second half of the XV11 century by the Cabrera Béthencourt family and further elaborated upon by their descendents particularly Agustín Cabrera Béthencourt Dumpiérrez (1743-1828), the 5th island Coronel. Its large facade is embellished by many wooden balconies carved in Baroque style and is flanked by two imposing towers. This fortress-home with its military stamp gave to the people the desired appearance of “Power”  for the Coronles mission was to administrate with an iron hand the island of Fuerteventura from the house. The coroneles enjoyed absolute power in the island and saw themselves as superior God-like beings.

This apart the house does have its ownbeauty and atmosphere; once restoration has been completed it will be open to the public who will be able to enjoy its historical aspects and splendour. It is said to have 365 window and door openings, has a large interior patio and many interesting outbuildings. 

 

                          


La Cilla Museum of Grain 

This houses an exhibition devoted to farming and exhibits old traditional farming implements and the history of farming, once the main economic activity on the island.

Open Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 9.30-17.30 (Closed on Mondays and Saturdays)

                          




TEFIA

La Alcogida Eco Museum.

Alcogida means land dedicated to rain water collection and La Alcogida is also the name of a small community in the south of Tefia in the north east of the island. This area has been chosen as the site most representative of the traditional domestic architecture of Fuerteventura and, after careful restoration, dedicated as an eco-museum.

The Island Council have restored the houses, enclosures and walls of the small community “La Alcogida” using the original methods and styles of building. What you can see today is an authentic piece of the past restored to its original state.

For those interested in history the community will be of great appeal, for not only can it be seen how the majorero agricultural system worked, but there are also fascinating insights into the past daily life of the island  people. The traditional arts and crafts are being kept alive by classes and demonstrations can be watched when you visit the community.

To enhance your walk into the past the eco museum provide you with a “magic wand,” (a playback device with information recorded on it) so as you can listen to a commentary in your own language.

At each point of interest there are posts with numbers on, you just have to key in the relevant number on the “magic wand” and listen

For those interested in history this community will be of great appeal, for not only can it be seen how the Majorero agricultural system worked, but there are also fascinating insights into the past daily life of the island  people. The traditional arts and crafts are being kept alive by classes and demonstrations can be watched when you visit the community. The Island Council have restored the houses, enclosures and walls of this small community using the original methods and styles of building. What you can see today is an authentic piece of the past restored to its original state.

                       


PUERTO DEL ROSARIO

Unamuno’s House

Located in Puerto del Rosario in the former Hotel Fuerteventura, it is a 19th century house where the exiled writer Miguel de Unamuno lived . The Rector (and lecturer) of the University of Salamanca arrived to stay in March 1924 when he was exiled from Spain for the crime of having criticized the Spanish political situation. Casa Museo Unamuno  is a fine reproduction of the atmosphere of the house in the 1920´s when he stayed there. Donated furniture and photographs of the people in his life on the island help to put the great Spanish philosopher into human context.


Sculpture park

Taking a walk around the capital can suprise you as there is much art many roundabout, paths and squares have sculptures and the harbour has resently been reconstructed leaving it looking fresh and modern.

An open aire exposition with more than 50 sculptures from a variety of artists. 


SALINAS DEL CARMEN

The Salt Museum of Fuerteventura 

The salt museum is situated at Las Salinas de El Carmen, a few kilometres south from Caleta de Fuste. It was built in 1910 and restored by the Cabildo (Canarian Government) whose vision it was to create a meeting point of the natural environment (including a great diversity of micro organisms and migratory birds) and the culture generated by the production of Salt, so necessary for human life. Las Salinas form a part of the history of the island and in its preservation demonstrates respect for the cultural past of the islanders. At Las Salinas you can contemplate a unique landscape of earth, water, sun and wind shaped both by nature and human hand at the meeting point of the earth and the ocean. You can also observe the diverse animal and bird life that can be found living permanently or pausing during their migratory journeys. In the museums interior you can see exhibits demonstrating the formation and history of salt, its eco system and its cultural and practical aspects. 

Once you have visited the exhibits you can walk around outside and observe the different processes that were traditionally used to obtain the salt.


LA AMPUYENTA

Doctor Mena’s House.

This house has been restored and decorated with typical items from a comfortable country house including some of the doctors personal

belongings. 

The houses considerable dimensions contrast sharply with the more modest homes that surround it.


ANTIGUA

Molino de Antigua Craft Centre.

This art and craft center is set in beautiful gardens that include many types of cactus and palm trees. Adjoining the gardens is a three storey windmill complete with the traditional machinery that

was used to work it. Exhibitions of paintings and archaeology can be seen and sometimes a film of the island is shown. There are refreshment facilities and a craft shop. 


TISCAMANITA

The Milling Center at Tiscamanita.

This center provides visitors with information about the different milling implements used on the island throughout its history. It is housed in a traditional building and has a historical context, there is a windmill nearby which was used to make the past staple of the islanders- gofio (toasted milled cereals) 

Open Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 9.30-17.30 (Closed on Mondays and Saturdays)


BETANCURIA

Betancuria Museum.

An old tradional building that has been restored and converted into a museum devoted partly to archaeological materials, paleontological items and ethnographic objects.

Built in the geographical center of the island, the massif called the macizo de Betancuria and devised by the celebrated Cesar Manrique. In this center the incredible landscape of the central north area of the island can be admired from a perspective difficult to find in other places on the island.

 Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10.00-17.00 and Sundays from 11.00-14.00



Mirador Morro Velosa





ATALAYITA

Centro de Interpretación del Yacimiento Arqueológico de la Atalayita

The village of Atalayita is situated in Valle de Pozo Negro. it ocupys a surface of 1.200 m2.The village is an archaeological site whose origins go back to the people indigenouse to Fuerteventura, the Mahos. The “Centro de Interpretation de la Atalayita” has been created to house remnants and preserve the area of La Atalayita. It is located inside the prote of Malpaís Grande (Great Bad Lands) which borders south with the natural monument de Cuchillos de Vigán. Situated in the valley of Pozo Negro in a zone of common land belonging to the Costa de Antigua, these areas have been declared by the government as of great value due to their geology, fauna and flora and also of great cultural value as they hold remnants of the islands past shepherding tradition. 

The area covers around 45,000 m2 and paths have been laid out so as you can see the remains of 115 of the original inhabitants stone houses.  Made from stones without mortar; the houses are very small, mostly round or elliptical with low, vaulted ceilings and were used as a shelters against the wind. 

This area has been used historically for shepherding activities, it was common land used for grazing animals away from the cultivated areas. Periodically the animals were rounded up, counted, marked and some selected for sacrifice. The Interpretation Centre contains many archaeological finds from the area such as aboriginal pottery and ornamentation. 

After the conquest the area was also used for shepherds who would stay several months whilst his animals grazed and needing shelter, would make a small stone shelter or use the aboriginal houses, adapting them for their use. The area was used in this way until the 2nd half of the 20th Century, then tomato cultivation was introduced then later, tourism.

In the Interpretation Centre you will find information in 3 languages including English.



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