La Asuncion

Santa RosaLa Asuncion is the capital of Margarita island. It is a small cozy city located in the centre of the island.It was founded in 1565 by Pedro Cervantes de Albornoz.

One of the main landmarks in La Asuncion is El Castillo de Santa Rosa. It is a fort located on a hill from where you can see the city, and the sea on the horizon. The main function of the fort was to protect the city from pirates and other enemies at the time. The fort is now open to the public as a museum from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and entry is free.

Cathedral La AsuncionOne of the oldest cathedrals in Venezuela is located in La Asuncion. It was built in 1570, and it has been used as the architectural model for other cathedrals around the country. It is open every day for mass at around 5.00 p.m.

In front of the cathedral is the Museo Nueva Cadiz which houses a permanent exbihition on the history of the city of Nueva Cadiz (currently Isla Cubagua). Nueva Cadiz was the first Spanish city ever Photoshop La Asuncionbuilt in the New World (1528). The museum is open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Down the road from the cathedral, heading towards the House of the Governor, is Senor Pacheco's photo studio. He is one of the best photographers in La Asuncion. At his shop, you will find an exhibition of beautiful and breathtaking pictures of Margarita Island and Venezuela, from a bygone era.

La Asuncion Coffee ShopThe Panaderia San Juan Bosco is another very famous attraction in La Asuncion. Here you can enjoy sweets made in an old-fashioned way such as Pan Aliñado (seasoned bread), Rosquillas (ring-shaped pastry), and Cocadas (a macaroon made with milk and coconut).

Close to the cathedral and Plaza Bolivar there is beautiful souvenir shop where you can sit, relax and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
On Saturday afternoons at 5:00 pm there is a market (Mercado de Arte) with food stands, drinks, handicraft stands and live music.