Costa Teguise is a man-made resort, created during the 1980’s to provide the visitors with an alternative to Puerto del Carmen. The resort is the gateway to Lanzarote’s northern towns and villages, and is situated in the municipality of Teguise, where the famous Sunday market takes place.
Costa Teguise consists of a central town, flanked on both sides by golden sandy beaches. To the north you’ll find Playa Las Cucharas, a huge beach in a sheltered gently sloping bay, and to the south the Playa Jablillo, which is small, but almost completely enclosed. Further along to the south, there’s another larger beach, Playa Bastian, which features a barbecue area for anyone to use for a family get together.
It has always been known as a family friendly resort, and the entertainment, bars and restaurants are always happy to welcome children. There’s a huge variety of eateries, with several excellent authentic tapas bars, many international restaurants, and a smattering of places offering Asian and Indian cuisine. Live music plays at several venues, including Pueblo Marinero, which is a central square in the town, surrounded by bars. There’s also a local craft market in the square on Friday evenings – a great way to kick off any weekend.
For shoppers, Costa Teguise makes the most of Lanzarote’s duty free status, with a wide range of shops selling perfumes, tobacco, alcohol and electrical goods, and there are many interesting clothes shops in the commercial centres.
The King of Spain has a holiday home in Costa Teguise, complete with helipad, and members of The Royal Family and visiting politicians stay there often.
The accommodation in the resort consists of larger self-catering complexes interspersed with 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, offering various tariffs, including all inclusive. Because of the shape of Costa Teguise, most of the accommodation is no more than a short walk away from the town centre, often along one of the beautiful beach promenades.
Although many families come to Costa Teguise to spend their time in total relaxation, the resort also attracts sports people. It’s the best place on the island for windsurfing, as there is a wonderful wave break a few hundred metres off shore, and the PWA World Tour events have been held there several times. There are also several dive schools in town, and new divers will get their first experience at Playa Jablillo, before heading further up the coast for some more challenging dives.
The island’s first Golf Course is in the resort – it’s an 18 hole course and is described as pretty challenging, with palm tree lined fairways that aren’t forgiving to errant drives!
Costa Teguise is also home to Lanzarote’s International Marathon, which takes place every year in November, and attracts a huge field of professional and amateur athletes and para athletes, who can compete over 10KM, half marathon and full, 42KM marathon distances.
For the kids (both old and young!) there is an aquapark, complete with towering slides and rapid pools, and next door an outdoor laser quest park with some interesting obstacles. They will also enjoy The Canaries largest aquarium, with local species including sharks, and the indoor bowling alley in the town centre.
There are plenty of options for outdoor activities, with tracks leading from the resort that are great for trail running or mountain biking, and road cyclists can enjoy tackling all or part of the fearsome Ironman bike route.
Like all Canarian towns, carnival is a magic time, taking place in March each year. It’s a weeklong celebration culminating in a procession of carnival floats through the town, followed by an all night party. At Christmas, there is another procession when The Three Kings ride through town mounted on camels on the 5th January, distributing sweets and presents for the children.
It’s well worth taking the bus or driving out from Costa Teguise to the nearby capital of Arrecife, where the shopping is excellent and there is another fabulous beach. And going in the other direction, the resort offers easy access to the many attractions in the north of the island – The Cactus Gardens, The Mirador del Rio, The Jameos del Agua and The Valley of a Thousand Palms. A little further on to the tip of the island at Orzola, there are ferries which run to the smaller island of La Graciosa, which was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It’s well worth a day trip – it’s one of the few inhabited islands left on the planet with no tarmac roads.