Visit Puerto del Rosario
VISIT PUERTO DEL ROSARIO
Catch the bus or take your car to Puerto del Rosario the island's capital, which has a population of 40,000. Generally Puerto del Rosario is not regarded as a tourist city
as there aren't any notable buildings, but it is a place where you can spend half a day experiencing somewhere with a Spanish feel.
Car parking is free in all areas, except for those spaces marked out in blue where a small parking charge is payable at a meter for parking in the morning up until 3pm.
The No.3 or No.16 bus from Caleta de Fuste will take you to into Puerto del Rosario. There are four stops - near the hospital/football ground, outside the Las Rotundas Shopping Center, next to the Plaza del Paz in the centre, and then at the bus station.
All the shops, restaurants and bars are open till late, and you can stroll around (some close for siesta). There is a wide selection of bars which are cheaper than in the tourist resorts on the island. Menu del Dia (Menu of the Day) are advertised, and you can get a 3 course meal for around 8-10€. Tapas are also served.
Visit the Las Rotondas Shopping Centre - a wide range of shops - it's open until 10pm, Monday to Saturday. Here you will find national chain stores like H&M, C&A, Intersport, Zara, Encuentro. See http://lasrotondascentrocomercial.com/eng/
There is an interesting statue trail around the city. A map is available from the Tourism Office on the seafront walk.
Cruise ships visit the port in Puerto del Rosario regularly during the Autumn, Winter and Spring season.
There is a small beach - Playa Chica, which is popular with locals. In January 2017 a scheme began to extend the beach, which was awarded Blue Flag status in 2016. About a 25 minute walk to the south there is another beach, called Playa Blanca which is popular with surfing beginners.
The main shopping streets are Calle Leon y Castillo, Calle Virgen de la Pena and Calle Juan de Bethancourt, where you will find an interesting mix of local shops.
On the outskirts of Puerto del Rosario, off the FV-20 road to Antigua (about 12km from the centre) there is a Lidl supermarket, the only one on the island. On the opposite side of the road is the Risco Prieto industrial estate where there are many warehouse type shops selling a range of goods. Most notable are Electron, Ideal, Don Bruco.
Union Puerto are the local football team who play at the Los Pozos ground, on the southern edge of the capital. They play in Group 12 of the Spanish 3rd Division. They generally play at home on alternate Sundays at midday, against teams from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and the other team from Fuerteventura in that Division, CD Cotillo. Entrance is 5€ for adults and free for children.
The Carnival events are being held over the period 16 Feb - 6 March 2017. The main carnival parade is on Saturday 4 March at 5.30. It's the biggest on the island, and takes about 3 hours to pass by. It's a loud, colorful and fun occasion. The theme for Carnival is Los Cuentos (Fairy Tales).
The Fiesta in Puerto del Rosario is held in October to celebrate the local patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Events are held around the local public holiday of October 7th.