Puerto del Rosario is a port city located on Fuerteventura Island's eastern part, in the Las Palmas province of Canary Islands. The city is Fuerteventura's capital since 1860. Its current population is around 37,000.
Originally known as Puerto de las Cabras (translated "Port of the Goats"), Puerto del Rosario had little political importance in the shadow of the island's ancient capital Betancuria. It was established as a fishing settlement with a natural harbour. The written in 1854 "Atlantic Navigator" describes the town (then "Cabras") as "principle port" and "insignificant place". Although small and underpopulated (population around 1000 in 1936), Puerto del Rosario is the main shipping port serving all the imports and exports from and to Fuerteventura.
In 1860, Puerto de las Cabras became the island's capital. As being 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 and was replaced with the more attractive Rosario (rosary).
During the 1960s there was rural to urban migration - from farm areas and smaller villages into Puerto del Rosario, so city's population grew in this period. In 1976, due to North Africa's decolonisation, a further population growth occurred. Then, the Spanish Foreign Legion was based in the city.
The most popular cruise tours in Puerto del Rosario are to Betancuria (small town on the island's western part) and to Playa Blanca (White Beach), which is located approx 3 km (2 ml) south of the city.
The Rotondas shopping center (in the city) and Corralejo (resort town on the island's northern tip / approx 40 min bus travel from Puerto del Rosario) are Fuerteventura's best places for shopping. Know that you have to show your passport in order to use credit cards.
Highlights: Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo, Jandia beaches
Puerto del Rosario cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Fuerteventura Island Canaries dock at Puerto del Rosario - port town on the eastern coast. The port is surrounded by the town center, which means most of the city's tourist areas and attractions are located within easy walking distance from the cruise terminal.
Regular ferry services are offered by Naviera Armas Ferries from Puerto del Rosario to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). Fuerteventura Airport is located close to El Matorral - approx 6 km ()4 ml south of Puerto del Rosario.
Via buses, the city is well connected with most parts of the island, including all its major towns.
Port Puerto del Rosario cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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