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  • Phill N
    338 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A random choice of location led to a wonderful day out
    This small town of Betancuria really stands out from all the other towns and villages in it's area. The local area's landscape is quite arid but this village quite a pit of vegetation and is rather green. The village is full of whitewashed houses and flowers, restaurants, facilities and a heritage museum to occupy visitors. We did not have time to do more than walk the streets and visit the museum of Sacred Art. To explore the town, ideally we should have allowed ourselves two or three more hours than what we stayed on this visit. The old church is situated on a small little square, with an elderly gentleman on the side playing 'old style' spanish guitar.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • paulspread
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic village with perks
    My daughter had been Googling places to visit and wanted to visit this more than anywhere. It had been advertised as a historic village which piqued my interest. It was a 50 minute drive from where we were staying and took us through some beautiful views. Once we had arrived, the car park was easy to find down the road. The toilets are on your left as you start to walk into the village but cost a euro for entry. It is on a hill so not very accessible but an absolutely picturesque white washed buildings. The village was very green and light. Restaurants line the entrance to the town but don’t be fooled- more are up the way and seem better quality. Main attraction was the ancient church which costs €2 entry to anyone over 12 (under 12 is free). It is a beautiful old church with plaques in both Spanish and English. It explained the history behind the town and the religious history too. The bells ring every hour too which was a pleasant surprise for us all. We were all stunned by how beautiful the inside of the church was for a small village. Take time to explore the corners of this beautiful village as it is clean, beautiful and so quiet. Quite touristy but beautiful scenery and lovely people. On the way out we drove the opposite way we entered and were met with stunning views of mountains and hills. Chipmunks on rocks too which was very cool. Worth the visit to the former capital of Fuerteventura.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • AndyCorns
    Bury, United Kingdom661 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice town
    Had a great visit walking round Betancuria when staying in Fuerteventura. A absolute beautiful place to visit which was part of our day trip. The drive up and over the mountains to reach there though was a little scary at times! Always seem to pick a tour which involves trips over mountains in a coach on a roach not really built for coaches The oldest town in the Canary Island, founded in the fifteenth century, and was once the capital of the island. Beautiful scenery, gift shops and places to eat
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 March 2024
  • Shaun L
    Clanfield, United Kingdom1,746 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old capital
    Charming quaint old capital of the island which is reached either from the north or the south on the very mountainous FV30 road which if is a heck of a drive. Stunning views both into and out of the town with some parts of the road a tight squeeze for a car versus a coach so drive carefully and keep an eye on the road ahead. Once you reach the town there is an official car park which €3 for the whole day. It did fill up quickly though both with cars and visitors so would recommend visiting early in the day. The old style buildings, pretty flowers, fountain, cobbles and church make for a lovely walk around. There are some very pretty bars and restaurants too full of local plants and flowers. Overall it’s a pretty place to spend some time but just keep your wits about you on the road.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Rantin rover
    Biggar, United Kingdom8,696 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque and historic small town
    This historic town/village is located in a mountainous part of the island, accessed via a road which has plenty of bends, some single carriage sections and steep drops. It is often possible to see quite far ahead as you drive and to prepare to give way to oncoming vehicles where appropriate. We drove the route from Corralejo down to Pajara and managed fine on the mountain section as it was fairly quiet, that said, my wife as passenger was keen on having a glass of wine over lunch at Betancuria! Alcohol not recommended for the driver of course. The town dates back to the 15th Century and was capital of the island at a time when pirates would invade, hence the location inland, up a mountain. It remained the capital until the 19th Century. It has become a tourist attraction over the years and has been gentrified to meet that demand. Catch it at a time when there are few or no tour buses and it is very picturesque. Parking is permitted in the main street however we just used the official car park at the south end of the town which is easy to find and keeps the streets clear. As we parked up we were approached by a young mannerly guy who advised that (unlike previous visits) parking charges had been introduced in the last year and we were charged €3 for a ticket which was valid for the day. We did get a ticket and I expect it was official rather than a scam. There are toilets and a foot path from the car park to the village centre. The village has a few historic places to visit, including the Santa Maria Church, however we had visited previously and didn’t venture inside on this occasion (a small charge is made). There is an agricultural museum on the main road through the village and a ruined convent a short walk away. We did get access years ago to municipal offices in town which had some history of the place but I’m unsure if that is still open to visit. It’s a nice place to have a wander and there are little shops to buy gifts and many restaurants to get refreshments if you‘re staying for lunch or dinner. We enjoyed lunch at La Taverna on this occasion in shaded gardens. Take your camera for some photos.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This historic town/village is located in a mountainous part of the island, accessed via a road which has plenty of bends, some single carriage sections and steep drops. It is often possible to see quite far ahead as you drive and to prepare to give way to oncoming vehicles where appropriate. We drove the route from Corralejo down to Pajara and managed fine on the mountain section as it was fairly quiet, that said, my wife as passenger was keen on having a glass of wine over lunch at Betancuria! Alcohol not recommended for the driver of course.

The town dates back to the 15th Century and was capital of the island at a time when pirates would invade, hence the location inland, up a mountain. It remained the capital until the 19th Century.

It has become a tourist attraction over the years and has been gentrified to meet that demand. Catch it at a time when there are few or no tour buses and it is very picturesque.

Parking is permitted in the main street however we just used the official car park at the south end of the town which is easy to find and keeps the streets clear. As we parked up we were approached by a young mannerly guy who advised that (unlike previous visits) parking charges had been introduced in the last year and we were charged €3 for a ticket which was valid for the day. We did get a ticket and I expect it was official rather than a scam. There are toilets and a foot path from the car park to the village centre.

The village has a few historic places to visit, including the Santa Maria Church, however we had visited previously and didn’t venture inside on this occasion (a small charge is made). There is an agricultural museum on the main road through the village and a ruined convent a short walk away. We did get access years ago to municipal offices in town which had some history of the place but I’m unsure if that is still open to visit.

It’s a nice place to have a wander and there are little shops to buy gifts and many restaurants to get refreshments if you‘re staying for lunch or dinner. We enjoyed lunch at La Taverna on this occasion in shaded gardens. Take your camera for some photos.
Written 28 March 2024
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Charming quaint old capital of the island which is reached either from the north or the south on the very mountainous FV30 road which if is a heck of a drive. Stunning views both into and out of the town with some parts of the road a tight squeeze for a car versus a coach so drive carefully and keep an eye on the road ahead. Once you reach the town there is an official car park which €3 for the whole day. It did fill up quickly though both with cars and visitors so would recommend visiting early in the day. The old style buildings, pretty flowers, fountain, cobbles and church make for a lovely walk around. There are some very pretty bars and restaurants too full of local plants and flowers. Overall it’s a pretty place to spend some time but just keep your wits about you on the road.
Written 17 March 2024
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AndyCorns
Bury, UK661 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Had a great visit walking round Betancuria when staying in Fuerteventura.

A absolute beautiful place to visit which was part of our day trip. The drive up and over the mountains to reach there though was a little scary at times! Always seem to pick a tour which involves trips over mountains in a coach on a roach not really built for coaches

The oldest town in the Canary Island, founded in the fifteenth century, and was once the capital of the island. Beautiful scenery, gift shops and places to eat
Written 8 March 2024
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DayTrip46684254493
95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
worth a visit. A very, very old place. Tourist of course, but for exploring the island, it was not bad. One of the places to visit.
Written 13 February 2024
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Becki T
Odense, Denmark92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This was the last stop on a longer day tour and the only regret is that we were not able to spend more time here. The city is one of the former capitals of the island, very lush and interesting, with many gems to see and explore.
Written 18 December 2023
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paulspread
Basingstoke, UK283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My daughter had been Googling places to visit and wanted to visit this more than anywhere. It had been advertised as a historic village which piqued my interest.

It was a 50 minute drive from where we were staying and took us through some beautiful views. Once we had arrived, the car park was easy to find down the road. The toilets are on your left as you start to walk into the village but cost a euro for entry.

It is on a hill so not very accessible but an absolutely picturesque white washed buildings. The village was very green and light. Restaurants line the entrance to the town but don’t be fooled- more are up the way and seem better quality.

Main attraction was the ancient church which costs €2 entry to anyone over 12 (under 12 is free). It is a beautiful old church with plaques in both Spanish and English. It explained the history behind the town and the religious history too. The bells ring every hour too which was a pleasant surprise for us all. We were all stunned by how beautiful the inside of the church was for a small village.

Take time to explore the corners of this beautiful village as it is clean, beautiful and so quiet. Quite touristy but beautiful scenery and lovely people.

On the way out we drove the opposite way we entered and were met with stunning views of mountains and hills. Chipmunks on rocks too which was very cool. Worth the visit to the former capital of Fuerteventura.
Written 10 August 2023
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Phill N
338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This small town of Betancuria really stands out from all the other towns and villages in it's area. The local area's landscape is quite arid but this village quite a pit of vegetation and is rather green. The village is full of whitewashed houses and flowers, restaurants, facilities and a heritage museum to occupy visitors. We did not have time to do more than walk the streets and visit the museum of Sacred Art.

To explore the town, ideally we should have allowed ourselves two or three more hours than what we stayed on this visit. The old church is situated on a small little square, with an elderly gentleman on the side playing 'old style' spanish guitar.
Written 6 August 2023
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Silja Dogg G
Orlando, FL21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
One of the most beautiful villages I have visited. Very nice to walk around and enjoy the hospitality of the local people. Many interesting things to visit, such as the church. Dont miss it!
Written 5 August 2023
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Beti S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The oldest town in the Canary Island. Lovely little town with nice atmosphere.Less than an hour from Corralejo. Worth visiting.
Written 4 June 2023
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Caroline J
Dartford, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful surroundings with amazing views driving to location, I loved the old goat farm I’ve been before but Isabella is always a perfect host, I’ve actually missed her beautiful cheeses, the goat farm is always a good visit
Written 27 May 2023
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