La Oliva, Fuerteventura

La Oliva is the administrative centre for the Municipality of the same name, which includes Corralejo and El Cotillo. The name La Oliva (The Olive) comes from the Olive Trees that once grew here.

The 18th Century church of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria features a collection of paintings by Juan de Miranda as well as some interesting decorative features in it's interior. The Bell Tower, which is made from black Basalt contrasts with the white-washed exterior of the rest of the building.

The nearby Casa de los Colonoles is the most noteworthy building in La Oliva. This building was home to a militia (los Colonoles) who ruthlessly controlled the island from La Oliva during the 18th and 19th Centuries. The building had been decaying for many years, but has now been restored. It was opened to the public in 2006 by the King and Queen of Spain.

The nearby Casa Mané Art Gallery exhibits Canarian Art and includes it's own a permanent collection.

Map of La Oliva, Fuerteventura
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La Oliva, Fuerteventura