Casillas del Ángel is a village of just over 500 inhabitants, the center of the island of Fuerteventura. The locality, independent since 1812, has been linked in 1926 to the town of Puerto de Cabras, today Puerto del Rosario. The population, once specialized in the breeding and cultivation of the potato, now works mainly in the service sector. Near the church of Saint Anne, you can still see old farmhouses with clay-colored walls; some are in good condition and still inhabited.
The place name Casillas del Ángel (“Small houses of the Angel”) comes from the name of the Chapel of the Guardian Angel (Ermita del Ángel de la Guarda) who was the first place of worship in the village founded in the seventeenth century. This chapel is in the cemetery of the locality.
The Church of St. Anne was built in 1781 in order to become, in 1790, the parish church of the Parroquia de Santa Ana. Its massive façade and bell tower - in black basalt stones from volcanoes of the north of the island - in stark contrast with the whiteness of its walls.
Inside are a beautiful statue of Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary child, statues of St. Francis and St. Dominic, an altarpiece and polychrome wooden pulpit, and a table of the "Last Judgment."
St. Anne celebrations take place on July 26 at Casillas del Angel.
One can discover local crafts at Taller de Artesania held by doña Catalina Mendez. In the studio working a loom on which are made blankets, bags and shawls. In one corner pile fiber fins that are used to make molds for cheese, brooms, baskets and hats. The craft workshop is located west of the village, just before the gas station.