Located along the south eastern coast of the island of Lanzarote, Costa Teguise is a resort that was purpose built for tourists. With five main beaches to explore, there are no doubts as to why visitors have been drawn to this striking coastline for decades. Just a short journey from the airport, Costa Teguise greets its visitors with white painted buildings and palm tree lined avenues across the town. All leads down to the centre of attraction: the beaches.
Costa Teguise is known for its tranquillity, but there doesn’t need to be a dull minute. Water sports such as diving, windsurfing, kite surfing and more are all readily available. The resort has even been touched by royalty. King Hussein of Jordan had a royal house here, which he gifted to Don Juan Carlos. Although it is now under public ownership, the royals can still visit whenever they wish, so you may find yourself sunbathing next to aristocracy.
With regular sunshine through the year, and rain unheard of in July, Costa Teguise has proved time and time again to be an attractive destination for those looking to unwind and enjoy themselves.
Costa Teguise’s main beach stretches a kilometre long and softly shelves into the ocean. The clean sands and the good availability of facilities, such as sun beds and parasols, to rent nearby means that Cucharas beach has been a very popular spot for families looking to maximise their beach break. Lanzarote can be known for strong winds and, with Playa Cucharas often being breezy, half of the beach’s waters are regularly dedicated to windsurfing. If you’ve worked up an appetite on the waves, then there are plenty of bars and restaurants just along the promenade.
Slightly smaller than the main beach, Playa Bastian is also more sheltered. There may be fewer facilities, but this quieter beach is certainly a good option for days when the winds pick up. Playa Bastian is defined by its darker, rockier sands. The Canary Islands are famed for these distinctive black sands, naturally created by the islands’ volcanic heritage. Barbeques are provided on the beach, so ditch the picnic and feel welcome to eat your freshly cooked culinary delights al fresco.
Although most of Costa Teguise has been built to welcome visitors, the area known as Pueblo Marinero has its roots as an old fishing village. Many of the buildings in this area were especially designed by the local prize winning architect and artist, César Manrique. Working throughout the second half of the 20th century, his work has been transformational across Lanzarote. His influence even led to Lanzarote rejecting the concrete high-rise towers popular across many other Spanish islands. Every Friday evening, Pueblo Marinero is host to a local market in the town’s square. Visit to spot a souvenir or give up the bargain hunting and simply grab some tapas in one of the surrounding restaurants.
Exploring Costa Teguise…
The César Manrique Foundation
For those inspired by César Manrique’s work in Pueblo Marinero, his hometown of Tahiche is just a short drive away. There you can find the César Manrique Foundation, celebrating his life’s work in his former home, which he also used as a studio. Built in 1968, in this astonishing building Manrique used the natural formation of five volcanic bubbles to create an unusual living room. He was also well-known for his playful wind toy designs. These complex, heavy mobiles use Lanzarote’s famous winds to light-heartedly spin and dance to entertain the island’s population.
Make a splash at Aquapark
On a hot summer’s day, there is no better way to cool down than at Lanzarote’s biggest wark park, Aquapark. Splash around in the purpose built lake, relax in the Jacuzzi or brave the water slides. If you’ve forgotten your swimming costume, there is plenty more to explore than just the water. There is also an adventure park, with high wires, zip lines and paint ball. Aquapark also has areas especially for younger children, so there is something for all of the family.
Visit a vineyard
For an adults only activity, it is worth making a trip out to one of the island’s vineyards. Wine tasting in the grape growing region of La Geria, at the base of the beautiful Timanfaya mountains, is bound to be a memorable experience. Visit the traditional bodegas to learn more about the history of wine making in Lanzarote and sample some of their home-grown wines.
Costa Teguise has plenty of choice of restaurants with a sea view. If you are looking to try a local speciality, then order a side of papas arrugadas. Known as wrinkly potatoes, these are small new potatoes cooked unpeeled in salt water. They are then dried in the pan until they achieve their distinctive wrinkly appearance. These salty potatoes are then usually covered with mojo rojo, a local spiced garlic sauce, made with chilli.
On this island, you’ll often find fish on the menu, with grilled sardines being a popular choice. However, meat lovers are sure to be satisfied by the many restaurants boasting of their mixed grills and steaks. If being on this Spanish island means you’re craving tapas, take the opportunity to sample something more unusual. Perhaps puntillas, deep fried, battered baby squid, or estofado, a meat and paprika based stew, will take your fancy.
Costa Teguise, with its sandy beaches, great restaurants and easy living, has deservedly attracted tourists since the day it was built. If you’re looking to be one of them, there isn’t a simpler way to make sure you are getting a great deal than by booking your hotel and flights together with easyJet holidays.
Save time, hassle and money and you’ll be packing your suitcase and boarding ready for the beach and cocktails in no time. If the volcanic island of Lanzarote isn’t right for you, but you are still looking for a unique Spanish resort, then try reading our destination guide on Maspalomas. This busy town is defined by its incredible sand dunes and fun filled nightlife.