Tetir: the village, the church and its market

Tetir: the village, the church and its market

The village of Tetir is located a few kilometers from the capital of Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario.
If you take the FV-10 between Puerto del Rosario and Tetir, more or less at Los Estancos you can still see the old buildings of the previous airport of the island, later replaced by the current one at El Matorral.
Despite being built on a vast plain, cars had to be stopped at every arrival and departure of flights.

History of Tetir

The palm trees and the typical white houses suggest Tetir as a village whose past was prosperous and rich.
Until 1834 Tetir was an independent municipality but on December 30 of the same year the Municipality of Puerto Cabras (now Puerto del Rosario) was born, with the consequent shift of all the main administrative activities towards it.
From 1860, then, Puerto Cabras also managed to become the new capital of Fuerteventura in place of Betancuria.
Today Tetir has about 800 inhabitants and various small shops.

The church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán

The church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán began to be built around 1750 and its construction was completed at the end of the 19th century.
In 1777, the church obtained the rank of parish.
From that moment, the new priest would assist the neighboring villages of Guisgey, La Matilla and El Time, later joined by La Asomada, Los Estancos and Puerto Cabras.
The church has two entrances, one on the side, and the other at the foot of the temple.
Around 1883 the tower and bell tower were built.

The market of Tetir

The Vega de Tetir market is held quarterly on the second Sunday of the month in the Plaza Pública from 10:00 to 14:00.
It is an unmissable appointment to spend a day with friends and family enjoying the culture, gastronomy and traditions of the island of Fuerteventura.
You can also find a large representation of gastronomic products made in Fuerteventura, such as artisan gofio, oil and products related to goat’s milk, such as cheeses, liqueurs, jellies, etc.

The White Carnival of Tetir

As we told you in the article dedicated to Carnivals, Tetir will also close the carnival season with a very special Carnival of the day.
It is a white Carnival in which everyone dresses in this color and the celebrations last for a whole day.
Specifically, for 2023, it will be April 1st

Cover photo credit: Frank Vincentz, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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