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Fuerteventura. Betancuria And Antigua

o_l_g_a_r_i • 5 minutes read • July 14th, 2016
I believe you absolutely must visit the former capital of the island - Betancuria, which is located in the central part of the 


Firstly, there are interesting views from observation decks, and secondly, it is one of the 

few "natural" green spots on the island

. There's even a bit of the greenery on the sides of the road... it looks pretty contrastive - you are driving along completely bare places without grass and flowers for miles - just rocks and the sand... And suddenly - you find yourself in an oasis.
The town was founded in 1404. It was named in honor of King of the Canary Islands Bethencourt, self-proclaimed in the early 15th century.
It's tiny.
Although, it had functioned as the capital of the island for more than 400 years.
So, we are driving.
And here are pictures taken on the way...
You can see mills pretty often there. Across the whole island.
We are going further...
Here are typical views...
We came to the first observation deck.
There are no mountains on the island, and the roads are good, but there are some winding roads on the way to Betancuria.
You can see it in this picture:
Here's another observation deck.
There is a monument to first settlers of the island on the observation deck overlooking the town.
This place wasn't chosen for the capital accidentally. Nature conditions are more favorable here than at the coast and it's further from the pirates.
But there were misfortunes in the history of the town. Once, the Berbers attacked the island, killed many of its inhabitants, destroyed the town, and took 600 people with them. Then those people were sold into slavery in North Africa.
Today, the town, in spite of such historic past, is just an idyll of peace and quiet...
The main attraction is the church-cathedral Iglesia de Santa Maria de Betancuria.
Unfortunately, it was closed.
And here are several other pictures...
In the pictures it may seem that there is not enough greenery - it is not true. When you first ride around the island and then arrive in Betancuria - this place is totally green!!!
In short, you have to see for yourself...
And we are going further...
We visited another one town - 


These "Christmas trees" are funny.
They are decorated with painted empty tins...
And here's another mill...
And another one...
Since the 1700s, these mills ground flour for the local bread (or tortillas?) - gofio.
I do not know if any of these old mills still operate (I read that there are museums in a couple of them), but we saw a lot of conventional, modern turbine towers.
And here is the local pride - their national animal.
They say, there are more of them than people on the island. And cheese made of their milk is good - the best in Spain, by the way. Why not be proud of them? :)
Author: O_L_G_A_R_I
Source: o-l-g-a-r-i.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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