The culture of Fuerteventura is very similar to that of southern Spain, though the island certainly has its own quirks. The population is overwhelmingly Catholic, and all Catholic holidays are observed, especially Christmas, with the 6th of January being more important that the 25th of December. Similar to southern Spaniards, Canary Island natives eat their main meal during a siesta between 1 and 4 p.m., and then have a smaller meal late in the evening, often after nine o’clock. They also keep very late hours on weekend nights, with parties usually not starting until midnight on Saturdays. In fact, you are only likely to find Northern Europeans in discos and bars before 1 a.m.

Every major town in Fuerteventura holds some kind of Carnival celebration in February or March, as well as smaller fiestas throughout the year. To see the cultural landmarks of the island, start off in Betancuria. Though the bustling port of Puerto del Rosario is the island’s capital, it is primarily an economic hub. Betancuria, on the other hand, is home to the Santa María cathedral and the Museums of Religious Art and Archaeology and Ethnography. This city also hosts the annual Pilgrimage of Peña in honor of the island’s patron saint on the third Saturday in September. Notable cultural attractions in other towns include the eco-museum of La Alcogida in the village of Tefia, just south of La Oliva.