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Tias, Lanzarote Destination Guide - Canary Islands Now

Tias

A little history of Tias

The town of Tias is part of the bigger municipality of Tias, dating back from from as early as 1493, when it was first mentioned in a census done by Alonso Fajardo, the Governor of Gran Canaria at the time. The town was named after the Governor’s aunts, ‘tias’ meaning ‘aunts’ in translation.

Historically, Tias has seen growth during the challenging 6 years from 1730 - 1736, when the continuous volcanic eruptions forced many farmers to relocate here, after seeing their villages destroyed by the flowing rivers of lava. Another economic boost followed with the introduction of package holidays in the 1970’s, which made the southern coast very popular with international tourists.

Where is Tias

The municipality of Tias includes the island’s most popular resort of Puerto del Carmen, as well as other smaller villages such as La Asomada, Masdache, Tegoyo, Conil and Macher. The town is located in the southern part of Lanzarote, only 6 kilometres away from the coastline (Puerto del Carmen) and 8 kilometres away from the capital’s airport. This ideal positioning makes it the perfect location for locals and expats who want to live close by to the economic hotspots of the island, in a tranquil and quiet location, away from noise of the airport and the busy resorts.

What can you do in Tias

As the town is the chair of the municipality, many companies have their offices here, making Tias a business and administrative hub - less tourist oriented, yet still beautiful to visit.

Some places of interest include a chapel dating back from the 16th century - Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, built in the patron saint’s honour, which displays a beautiful portrait of the Virgin dating from the same period. Another more modest yet interesting church worth visiting would be the San Antonio Chapel, a house of prayer built in the 20th century.

Tias benefits from many facilities such as bars and restaurants, so if you are passing through then it’s well worth giving the local cuisine a try at some of its most recommended places - La Esquina de Tias, La Ermita Tapas Bar or La Cabaňa.

As it is an important cultural centre, the Municipal Theatre is often hosting events from live concerts, plays to traditional folklore events. If you are a fan of artistic performances, we definitely think you should book a ticket!

Should you be planning a trip to Tias, the best period to visit would be in June, as the town holds its annual fiestas, starting with the San Antonio Festival for the first two weeks of the month, following up with the island-wide San Juan Festival. There will be plenty of activities both for adults and children, traditional food, processions, music, dancing and of course, a beautiful bonfire display.

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The thing that stands out most about the town is its authentic feel, which has remained untouched over the years, despite the ever-growing amount of British and Northern European citizens who’ve decided to make Tias their permanent home. The atmosphere of tranquility has been well preserved through the conscious development of the town, which has preserved the whitewashed, colonial buildings that sit harmoniously in the volcanic landscape.

If you are a sports enthusiast, you will be happy to learn the second Golf Club on Lanzarote is situated just outside Tias. Inaugurated only a few years ago, the Golf Club oversees the beautiful Puerto del Carmen and with a surface of over 6 square kilometres and 18 holes to play, it’s become a very popular, well-kept tourist attraction. The entrance fee per adult is 75€, although the total cost including clubs, balls, tees and a buggy could set you back about 150€ - 200€.

The enchanting resort of Puerto del Carmen is just a stone’s throw away - boasting three blue-flag beaches and being the islands’ capital of nightlife and heart of tourist attractions, we guarantee you will not get bored here. If you’re not already staying in Puerto del Carmen, you should definitely visit the resort, as the Old Town Harbour is a perfect representation of the island’s cultural and historic heritage.