Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura since 1835, is not necessarily a top favourite destination for tourists who choose to spend their holiday in Fuerteventura. However, Puerto del Rosario, formerly called Puerto de Cabras (Port of Goats) does stand out by certain features which directly or indirectly enhance the entire tourist platform if the island. The city has been renamed to Puerto del Rosario on 16 March 1956. Puerto del Rosario is located only 5 kilometres (three miles) north from Airport and it pertains to the namesake municipality.
According to several authors, the original village of Puerto de Cabras was established in the late eighteenth century and developed in parallel with the growth of shipping in the port, designated for export in 1713.
Night life in Puerto del Rosario has nothing spectacular, but shopping is, on the other hand, at its best in the capital of Fuerteventura. The impressive Centro Comercial Las Rotondas* (the largest venue of this kind on the island), the two Commercial areas, as well as the numerous markets held here each week. All these turn Puerto del Rosario into the most generous shopping hub of Fuerteventura.
Puerto del Rosario beaches
Puerto del Rosario does not excel in beaches either. But undoubtedly, there are several stretches of sand able to provide the necessary sunbathing basis for tourists accommodated in Puerto del Rosario. In this respect, visitors should keep in mind nudism-dedicated beaches are scarce both in the city and throughout the municipality of Puerto del Rosario. Among its beaches include the Puerto Lajas, Playa de Los Pozos and Playa Blanca, offering necessary for the practice of water sports like surfing and windsurfing.
A rather surprising presence in Puerto del Rosario is the Unamuno Museum (Casa Museo de Unamuno). The museum is an ideal occasion for all tourists interested in the life and work of Miguel de Unamuno.
While not as rich in sports opportunities as its other counterparts, Puerto del Rosario is ideal for island hopping. The capital of Fuerteventura is, actually, the place where is headquoters of Trasmediterranea and Naviera Armas. The two of the most important sea line companies in Fuerteventura. And of course, Puerto del Rosario is the most important port on the island, making possible trips to the nearby Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, as well as to the mainland Spain.
In addition, Puerto del Rosario has a tourist information office and it is also home to the tourist board of the island.
*Note: Centro Comercial Las Rotondas should be demolished. At least 32,732 square meters from the area of 47,423 square meters as as there was planning permission for the area of 14,700 square meters and nobody bothered to extend it with the plans. I personally hope no demolition will happen. Keep my fingers crossed.