Hello my dear readers! As promised last Monday, when I started my little recap of the beautiful island of Fuerteventura, I am taking you further to discover more inspiring corners of this Canary island. Last week was all about beaches and the turquoise coloured sea, today I am taking you to the island's mountainous centre and its ancient capital, Betancuria.
Fuerteventura offers more than just sublime beaches - the best spot to experience the island's history and culture is the ancient capital of Betancuria. It is located between mountain tops, covered with lush palm trees, sweet scented fig bushes and picturesque cacti and completely set up of traditional old white houses. The highlight is the cathedral of Santa Maria de Betancuria which was built in 1410 and is a great example of a fortified clerical architecture. The interior of the church is incredibly fascinating - a combination of stone and wood with the typical Spanish figurines of saints dressed in precious and colourful fabrics. Unfortunately, taking pictures was prohibited so you gotta believe my words.
Another highlight (at least to me) was the abundance of small artisan shops offering local handmade ceramics and wickerwork. As you can imagine, I couldn't leave Betancuria without taking a little vase with me - this one.
Absolutely recommended is a visit to the local aloe vera shop (plus you can order online, too). Fuerteventura is known for its excellent aloe vera quality and in the shop you will get a little insight into the production of pure aloe leaf juice and its processing into high quality cosmetic products. Unlike many other aloe vera products on the market, these contain up to 99.5 % pure aloe vera extract. While the packaging lacks some great design, the products qualities were convincing enough and I shopped myself happy.
After a good discovery tour of Betancuria I recommend a final break at - at least for me - the island's best restaurant: Casa Santa Maria. Leafy courtyards are more than inviting and so are the owners and the menu. Try the island's specialty, young goat roast. I tried it for the very first time and it was absolutely divine (sorry to all vegetarians out there). It was probably the best meat I've ever tasted.
This rounds today's trip up. I hope to see you back tomorrow!
Photography by Igor Josifovic