Tour of Antigua

Tour of Antigua

Fuerteventura is an appealing tourist destination appreciated world-over for its beaches with their golden sand and clear, turquoise water, in addition to its gastronomy and cultural heritage. Starting out from the port in Puerto del Rosario, in the centre of the island is the municipality of Antigua. After the Castilian conquest, Antigua was an important hamlet. Its main tourist area is Caleta de Fuste. Other very popular places are the Church of the Virgin of Antigua, El Carmen Salt Flats and the aboriginal village of Atalayita.

 

The ancient culture of Fuerteventura cheese

A 22-kilometre drive towards the centre from Puerto del Rosario will take us to Antigua in about 26 minutes, where the Fuerteventura Cheese Museum is located, with a surface area of over 500 square metres with exhibitions and information in several languages on the farming and cheese culture of Fuerteventura, and also the natural characteristics of the island, its fauna and its flora. The museum also looks in depth at the Fuerteventura goat, which has been the singular breed for production since aboriginal times.

 

An entire island within an old mill

After visiting the Fuerteventura Cheese Museum, we recommend going to the Antigua Mill, a historic and cultural centre with an exhibition of work by Fuerteventura craftsmen, next to the FV-20 road. Here we can see the history of the autochthonous country folk, their crafts and a big "gofio" flour mill with all of its mechanics still intact. The centre has gardens with autochthonous plants, several species of cactus and palm trees, and it is topped off with a crafts shop, a conference room, audiovisuals and rooms dedicated to painting and archaeology.