In general, when we talk about Fuerteventura, quickly we imagine ourselves on holidays sunbathing at one of its spectacular beaches of fine sand and clear water, and staying in one of that luxurious villas available in the island. Without question, it is an ideal destination to enjoy some days off relaxing with nice weather at any time of the year and specially in summer. But also is one of most complete holiday destinations in our country because has lots of museums and monuments in Fuerteventura to see, and loads of activities to do.
It’s the longest of the Canary Islands and is full of culture and history. Monuments like the church of Betancuria or the statue of eight meters high of the writer Miguel de Unamuno, deserve a special mention. This statue is located in the village of Tindaya, in the volcano of the ‘Burnt Mountain’.
Also, in Betancuria and its surroundings is the monument of the ‘guanches’, that it’s impressive. These ‘guanches’ have a surprising size, and once here at this point don’t forget your phone or camera to take fun pictures.
On the North side of the island, in the county called La Oliva, there are some buildings that, if you like history, they will find them so interesting. Consists in monuments, museums and cultural centres like ‘The Artists’ villa’, ‘The Canary Art Centre’, ‘The house of the English’… All these places have been put up recently to open them to visitors, and the constructions are very near each other so you can do the full tour walking quietly.
Along these site which we have just mentioned above, in Fuerteventura there are three monuments that you must know and we are giving you more details about them next. Take a note and vistit them even if you are traveling with children. This kind of cultural trips are really amusing.
Castle ‘El Cotillo’
The castle of ‘El Cotillo’ is one of that building that everyone traveling to Fuerteventura has to visit because is truly wonderful. If you have the opportunity, between bath and bath at the beach, look for a moment to come to this point.
This fortification is the beginning of the XVII century and is located in a rugged area by the sea, so the views from this place are fantastic. The towe is circular and you can access to it by a stairs that also allow you to pass to a drawbridge with iron chains.
Such is its importance that the castle was declared Artistic Historical Monument in 1940.
The House of the Colonels
In the meanwhile, the House of the Colonels was the main of Fuerteventura. Its name is due to the Cabrera Bethencourt family, who served as Colonel of Provincial Militias.
It is not exactly known the date of its construction, but it is thougth that it was built around the second half of the XVII century, although its final push took place in the XVIII century, and in the XIX century some reforms were made.
Like the castle ‘El Cotillo’, also the House of the Colonels was declared Artistic Historical in 1979.
Mills of Fuerteventura
And if there are monuments which attract the attention of all people who is visiting Fuerteventura, these are their particular mills.
The most famous are the mill of Antigua-Ampuyenta, the mill of Antigua-Durazno and the mill of La Corte. All of them was declared Artistic Historical Monuments too.
They are typical mills that everybody can see throughout the landscape of the island and are a clear sample of the crucial role that had agriculture and grain production in Fuerteventura, because in these mills was where the beans were ground.
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