Puerto del Rosario is a city and municipality located in the eastern part of Fuerteventura Island in Las Palmas province, Canary Islands. It has been Fuerteventura's capital since 1860. In 2013 the population of the city was 29,160 and the population of the administrative district (municipio de Puerto del Rosario) - 36,740. Puerto del Rosario's area is 290 km2.
Originally known as "Port of the Goats" (Puerto de las Cabras), Puerto del Rosario was of little political importance, living in the shadow of the ancient capital of Betancuria. It has long been a fishing settlement and benefits from a snug natural harbour. The written in 1854 "Atlantic Navigator" describes the city (then "Cabras") as "the principle port", and describes it as an "insignificant place". Although the city was little and underpopulated, with just 1,000 people in 1936, major imports and exports from the island were shipped from Puerto del Rosario.
In 1860 Puerto del Rosario become the capital of the island, taking the honour from Antigue. As it was popular for shipping goats, this is where the original name of the port came from. However, in 1957, the name "Cabras" was considered not suitable. A more attractive name was chosen and goat (Cabras) was replaced with rosary (Rosario).
There was rural to urban migration during the 1960s from farm areas and smaller villages of the island into Puerto del Rosario, so the population grew in this period. In 1976, a further population growth occurred as due to North Africa's decolonisation, the Spanish Foreign Legion made the city of Puerto del Rosario their base.
Regular ferry services are offered from Puerto del Rosario to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas with Naviera Armas. Fuerteventura Airport is close to El Matorral, 6 kilometers south of Puerto del Rosario.
Highlights: Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo, Jandia beaches
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