This town was founded in 1404 and was the first European settlement on the island.

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Great cultural value

This town is named after the colonist, Juan de Bethencourt, who established it during 1404 upon his arrival on Fuerteventura. This nomination meant the first European settlement on the island and its conquest and capture by the Crown of Castile. This is why we recommend you to get to know the town's historic centre of great cultural interest, in order to discover and understand the origin of the island. It's no wonder then that its importance also lies in the fact that it used to be the capital for over more than five centuries, making it a real historical milestone that can still be seen on the town's streets. One of the reasons that turns this town into a real must-see during your visit is that it's home to the archaeological museum named Museo Arqueológico Betancuria, where the remains of what survived the Castilian invasion can be seen that were the origins of the Majorero civilization prior to the invasion. What is this worth? It's priceless.

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