The flag of Betancuria is white cloth with a toothed strip in black to the swing, in the proportion of three-fourths white and black remaining quarter.

Black and white are the colors of the coat of arms of Jean de Béthencourt, Norman conqueror that gives its name to the municipality. The zig-zag stripe, apparently, is a characteristic element of the Norman family heraldry.

Approval: Order Department of the Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands on May 16, 1995 (BOC of 5 July).

Coat of arms and flag of the city of Betancuria

coat of arms

The coat of arms of Betancuria was approved by Royal Decree 2638 / 1978, of 14 October. It is a split shield. First, silver, lion gules; Second, silver, three checkered bands of gold into four orders, and gules charged each one a strip of gold; bordure gules, charged with eight blades of gold. The Bell, Royal Crown closed.

The first quarter represents Jean de Béthencourt, conqueror of Fuerteventura and who was named after the town (although, in reality, weapons of Béthencourt lion was Sabre, rather than gules); the second barracks and the bordure are taken from the arms of the lineage Saavedra, several of whose members were Lords of Fuerteventura.

Source: Simbolos de Canarias, Banderas y Escudos de las Islas

Livestock brands

For centuries the majoreros (Fuerteventura inhabitants) have logged the goats of their property with a few ‘brands’, made by courts in the ears of animals. Each owner has their own ‘brand’, which, with the passage of time, will be inherited by their children. The oldest, the original ‘brand’; while the youngest of the children will go then adding details (‘differences’) with different cuts.

Marks Majoreras goats

The ‘brands’ are one more element of the pastoral culture of the majorero village, transmitted from aboriginal times and that, from generation to generation, it has survived to the present day. A village and an island that have always lived very linked to livestock activity in general and, especially, to the goats.

For more information: the cattle brands in Fuerteventura. Francisco Navarro Artiles. III Jornadas de Estudios Lanzarote-Fuerteventura. Tomo II. PG. 320