The right side of this gully is considered by geologists to be among the oldest place in the entire Canary Islands. The rocks here are made from rare marine sediments found in few other places in the world. They date back to the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the continents of America and Asia were in the process of separating. The area covers about 31.9 hectares (79 acres) and rises to 67.9 meters (223 feet). This is a protected area and visitors are advised to read the guide on Fuerteventura's protected natural sites before coming.
This is the last inhabited lighthouse on the island that was built according to the classical designs. The engineer responsible was Carlos Alcón and the project was completed in 1953. It is a single building that has a "U" shaped base and rises upwards like three great steps. It was built of stone and reinforced concrete and has been whitewashed. The brown-colored arcade that surrounds the central patio is distinctive and makes it different from the other lighthouses on the island. A dirt road 5.8 kilometers (3 miles) long that is only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles connects the lighthouse to the road for Gran Tarajal.
Located close to the coastal village of El Cotillo, Playa De La Concha is considered as one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura. This beach is known for its pristine clear water and white sand. Visitors like to scuba dive in the waters and explore the reef and the marine life around it.
This fortified mansion was built by the Cabrera Bethencourt family in the 17th Century to protect themselves and show off their power, status and wealth. The family belonged to the military aristocracy that governed the island at that time. The sandstone façade bears their coat of arms. The family's living quarters were in the upper story while the stables, carriage houses and food stores were below. Behind the main entrance, there is a spacious interior courtyard. The family's domestic staff lived in smaller dwellings nearby.
Construction on the temple - in Norman Gothic style - began in the early 15th Century, but during a pirate attack by Xaban Arráez part of the building was destroyed. Work began again in the 17th Century and lasted until the mid-20th Century. In the building, you can see traces of Gothic, Baroque and Mudéjar styles. There are three naves with Mudéjar-style ceilings, windows with arches and a tower. The main stone façade features intricately carved stonework with arches decorated in foliage motifs. The altarpiece dating from the mid-17th Century and the beautiful woodwork displayed in the ceiling and the choir stalls are outstanding. There are some ancient tombs laid on the floor of this church as well.
This area has been designated a protected site because of its rich diversity in plant life and the outstanding beauty of the landscape. The highest point of the park is the volcanic cone of the aptly named Montaña Roja, or Red Mountain. Plant, bird and animal life in this region is unique and includes species in danger of extinction. Visitors are advised to read information about protected natural sites of Fuerteventura before coming to the area. Information can be obtained at the Consejería de Política Territorial y Medio Ambiente in Puerto del Rosario.
Centro Bibliotecario Insular or CBI is one of the important libraries in town. This library has an extensive collection of books, journals, newsletters, newspapers, periodicals, magazines and other reading material. It also hosts cultural activities and book fairs on a regular basis. Call ahead for more details.
Javier Camarasa, an artist who has lived on the island for a number of years, is responsible for creating this large, vertically-standing sundial which measures three meters high and nine meters across and weighs ten tons. It has been erected in the middle of a roundabout that is constantly surrounded by the to and fro of automobiles. It is made of steel and concrete and features a huge steel and teflon weathervane consisting of four poles that measure seven meters in length. The sculpture seeks to represent and bring together the two most important natural elements that affect life on Fuerteventura - the sun and the wind.
The façade of this traditional old Canarian house gives no clues as to the treasure within. This is the house where the famous Spanish writer and thinker Miguel de Unamuno lived when he was exiled to Fuerteventura in 1924 by the dictator Primo de Rivera. The Island Council bought the property in 1983 and restored it to the way it was when Unamuno lived here. It's worth a visit, not just to see where the illustrious man of letters lived, but also to marvel at how much the island and its way of life has changed since then.
This church was built in the early 20th Century above the remains of an ancient chapel and it is dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary). It has been a parish church in its own right since 1906. The architect was an engineer of public works on the island called Ruperto González Negrín and he designed a distinctive tower for the building in honor of the Concepción Villalba family. The church once had a neoclassical altarpiece designed by Teófilo Martínez Escobar but it was destroyed in 1960 and has been replaced by one of more recent design. In 1992 the regional government of the Canary Islands officially declared this church to be a "Historic Monument." In the plaza next to the church there is a memorial statue in red sandstone by Ramón Concepción dedicated to those who died in the Spanish Civil War called the Cruz de los Caídos (Cross of the Fallen). Mass: 7.30pm Tue-Fri; 8pm Sat; 9am & 11am Sun. In summer, one hour later.
The Puerto del Rosario Nativity Scene is set up in the Plaza de la Paz every year at the beginning of December. This is a tradition that has been going for a few years now and brings together the Town Hall, local businesses and voluntary organizations who get together to present this scene from the bible in one of the town's main squares. The backdrop includes representations of well-known landscapes from the island itself with a foreground made up of biblical figures moulded out of papier maché, some of them measuring up to one and a half meters in height. Festive parades through the streets of the town are also held at this time of year.
A local artist called Francisco Ravelo who is also a teacher at the Art School (Escuela de Artes y Oficios Pancho Lasso) in Lanzarote is responsible for the gigantic sculpture that you'll find in the middle of the roundabout on the Avenida de la Constitución by the Plaza de la Paz. It represents three women joining arms to form a circle and his inspiration for the work came from a trip he made to Barcelona where he saw an exhibition of traditional Catalan Sardana dancing which involves the movement he depicts in this sculpture.