Located in the central-western part of the island of Fuerteventura, Betancuria is one of the most important colonial landmarks in the history of the Canary Islands. Founded in 1404 by the Norman knight Jean de Bethencourt, who chose an inland valley away from the sea for better defence against pirates, it reached its peak in the 18th century, thanks to its excellent cereal harvests. Now the entire local economy depends on tourism

A walk through Betancuria gives the visitor an insight into the events of the ancient history of the island of Fuerteventura. The colonial town, recognised as a historical site in 1979, offers visits to its many temples. Highlights are the churches of Santa María and La Concepción and the chapels of Santa Inés and Our Lady of La Peña, as well as the former Franciscan convent of San Buenaventura. A visit to the Museum of Sacred Art and the Fuerteventura Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum is also recommended

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