The town of Betancuria was founded in 1405 and was the first capital of Fuerteventura. The town enjoys a fantastic location and offers attractive views of the hilly terrain and winding river below. In the town are several beaituful buildings and churches worth visting including the church of Iglesia de Santa Maria de Betancuria and the convent of San Buenaventura. The Casa Museo Arquebiologico has some interesting artefacts including fertility idols and farming tools that reflect the earliest history of the island, before recreational visitors arrived as the final conquering force. There are various shops and stalls here that sell some of the best handcrafts and local produce on Fuerteventura.