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The architecture of Puerto del Rosario, the main port and current capital of the Fuerteventura island, is a mixture of old and new, in some places seemingly very incompatible. In this city, you will find architectural delights like the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the 19th-century house-turned-museum of Miguel de Unamuno, however the city itself has very little structure. There is also the Promenade near the marina, which was converted to an open-air gallery after the installation of its famous snail sculptures, designed by Canary Islands artist Juan Bordes.
The most famous buildings on the island, however, are a short drive away in the former capital, Betancuria, which served as Fuerteventura’s political, economic and cultural center until 1834. Here, you will find the church cathedral of Santa María, which dates back to the 1500s, when explorers first settled the island. It was built in the Norman-Gothic style, and though it underwent extensive construction in the 1700s, elements of the original still remain. Keep an eye out for the baroque reredos and Mudejar coffered ceiling, two striking elements of the building’s design.If you want to see more of the classic building style of Fuerteventura, swing by Giniginámar or Las Playitas of Tineje in the southeastern part of the island. These villages contain many examples of popular Canary Islands architecture.