La Casa Museo Unamuno is located in Puerto del Rosario, in the old Fuerteventura Hotel, which housed D. Miguel de Unamuno during his exile on the Island. In this house you can contemplate the space and objects that were familiar to Unamuno, as well as photographic images and texts arising from his pen, showing the close relationship the writer established with Fuerteventura.
In the capital from Fuerteventura, next to the church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario is the Home Museum Unamuno. This home museum has a double interest for being visited: on the one hand, the building itself, example of furniture and architecture from Fuerteventura from the end of the 19th century; and one the other hand, the possibility of knowing how the distinguished D. Miguel de Unamuno lived on Fuerteventura, when in February 1924 he was banished to this island by the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera. During exile he lived in that house, at that time inn of the site.
*The Building: The Home Museum alredy existed in 1877 and is an architectural complex around a courtyard. It reproduces the typical housing of a middle-class and agrarian aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century on the island. In 1924 it was used as an inn with the name of “Hotel Fuerteventura”, managed by Paco Medina, Unamuno’s innkeeper. Later it was used as a private house until 1995, when it was reconverted into a museum.
*Don Miguel de Unamuno: Don Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo, (Bilbao 1864 – Salamanca 1936), Spanish writer and philosopher, is considered by many people as the most outstanding thinker of modern time and member of the Generation of 1898. During his banishment Unamuno got to Know the island and its inhabitants, with whom he conversed every day: “at the door of Mr. Castañeyra… has got the wise professor and artist writer has got his social gathering…
” (Diario El Tribuno). The landscape of Fuerteventura remained in his memory as is reflected in from some of his writings. In July 1924 he escaped from Fuerteventura inside a brig; two days later he arrived to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from where he embarked to his exile in Paris.
“Deserted is this solemn and beloved land of the isolated Fuerteventura, one of so-called Fortunate Islands. It has at the same time fortune and beauty in its noble and tough poverty. Naked land, skinny, lean, only bones; land which raises the spirit” (Miguel de Unamuno. La aulaga majorera, 1924, Bueos Aires).