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Costa Teguise is part of the municipality of Teguise, located in the south-eastern part of Lanzarote. It is ideally located, being only a 15 minutes’ drive from Arrecife Airport. Nearby, you can visit the older settlements of Hariaand Arrieta, two villages full of character and history. Teguise, the island’s historic capital is also close by and well worth visiting, being 13 km away to the north-west. Lanzarote’s cosmopolitan capital of Arrecife can be found only 9 km to the south-west of Costa Teguise.
A little history of Costa Teguise
Costa Teguise is a purpose-built resort, with its construction beginning in the early 1980’s as a result of the increasing popularity of the island. Although some tourists believe it lacks character in comparison to other earlier-built communities, Costa Teguise is flourishing and it has now become the third largest resort on Lanzarote. Its construction has been overseen by Cesar Manrique, who was very careful with preserving the island’s volcanic ecosystem.
Costa Teguise can be described as a sun-lover’s paradise – with as many as five main beaches to choose from, all these golden-sand shorelines are united by a seafront esplanade, guaranteed to meet the needs of every holidaymaker.
Las Cucharas beach is the most popular one in the resort, as its strong winds make it ideal for windsurfers. Being around a kilometre long, the beach has easy access, plenty of amenities such as loungers, sunshades and toilets as well as restaurants, bars and parking within walking distance.
If you are traveling with children, then a more wind-sheltered alternative is Playa Bastian. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, zocos and palm trees, this beach offers plenty of facilities too, making it a popular spot for families. The water here is crystal-clear, but be careful when getting in though, as there are quite a few rocks lining the shore.
Playa Jablillo is definitely the swimmers’ favourite – surrounded by a natural barricade of volcanic rocks, this small ‘U’-shaped beach appears to have its own nature-created pool. It’s located in front of Teguise Playa Hotel and unlike the previously mentioned beaches, it does not have as many amenities. You won’t find any toilets or restaurants in its near vicinity, but there are loungers and sunshades available.
If you’re looking for a quiet spot, take a walk from Playa Cucharas, past Gran Melia Salinas Hotel, and you will find Los Charcos Beach. Although it’s the most exposed beach in Costa Teguise and has no facilities, it has easy access to the water and you can enjoy sunbathing in a quiet and relaxed environment.
Similar to Jablillo, Playa Ancla is surrounded by volcanic rocks, making it perfect for swimming. As it is located a bit further from the centre of Costa Teguise, this secluded oasis is the locals’ number one choice. Be aware though, no facilities here either!
Where to eat and drink
There are many bars, pubs and restaurants available in Costa Teguise, either close to the beach or in the town plazas. Here, you will some of the best rated restaurants in Lanzarote, with many receiving certificates of excellence from review websites such as TripAdvisor. As you can expect, a large variety of food is available, from traditional Spanish, Chinese to Italian cuisines, with vegetarian or gluten-free alternatives offered almost in every place. Some of the best restaurants according to travelers are Restaurante el Navarro, La Gula Gastrobar and Pizzeataly.
Other things to see and do
Costa Teguise is home to the only waterpark on Lanzarote, easily accessible by car or bus. The entry is around £20 for adults and £14 for children and it’s open year round. If you’re a local, the prices are slightly lower.There are many fun rides and activities for children as well as bars and lounges for adults. You’ll find they also have an Adventure Park,Paintball and organised children’s birthday parties too.
Thrill-seekers will be glad to hear there are quite a few windsurfing schools in Costa Teguise, along the beaches of Las Cucharas and Jablillo. You can join regardless of being a beginner or an expert, as they have staff to fit all requirements.
If you enjoy playing golf, you’ll be pleased to find out Costa Teguise has the oldest Golf Club on the island. Being built in 1978 by a UK-based company, the golf club is located at the base of a volcano, overseeing an eye-catching 18 hole course.
There is some sightseeing to do in Costa Teguise too - there is King Juan Carlos’ house, La Mareta, which was offered to him by King Hussein of Jordan and where you will often see members of the royal family enjoying the sun. There is also the fishing village Pueblo Marinero, created by the artist Cesar Manrique and which represents a collection of typical Canarian buildings.