Costa Teguise is found on the southern coast of Lanzarote, about four miles away from the island capital, Arrecife
. This purpose built holiday resort has been developed from bare fields within the last 3 decades. It was originally meant to be a luxury holiday resort, which often saw visitors such as King Hussein of Jordan, but has in more recent times developed into a family friendly town. The usually strong sea breezes which often cross the island mean that Costa Teguise
is also a top destination for windsurfers.
Costa Teguise has 4 beautiful fine sand beaches. The biggest of these, measuring around 600 yards in length, is Playa las Cucharas. Every July the Professional Windsurfers Association Cup is staged there, although the strong winds usually abate enough during the winter season making this beach much more suitable for families. Playa Los Charcos is a smaller beach, about 150 yards long, with white sand and crystal clear seawater. Playa Bastian and Playa Jablillo are a couple of quite small and sheltered beaches, although the latter can get very busy as it is overlooked by a large hotel complex.
Nearby to Costa Teguise is the only water park to be found on Lanzarote , with all the usual kiddie slides, water chutes and tubes, although most of the rides are targeted toward the smaller children. Also closeby to the resort is Costa Teguise Golf. This quality 18 hole course was the first one to be constructed on Lanzarote and is set within palms and cacti near the side of an ancient extinct volcano. Costa Teguise Golf
is suitable for golfers of all abilities and is kept very in good condition all the year round. There are some great vistas of the Atlantic Ocean from its lush green fairways.
The town has quite a good nightlife during the main holiday season, most of which is concentrated around the Plaza Pueblo Marinero which has several popular bars and pubs. Most of the restaurants in Costa Teguise are targeted towards English families and are quite typical. There are a few excellent exceptions though, especialy the La Graciosa Restaurant in the luxury Salinas Hotel, not forgeting the La Taberna del Pueblo Marinero and the El Pescador which both serve good local cuisine.
If you require a more memorable dining experience try taking a short drive outside Costa Teguise to the wonderful Lagomar restaurant. This has a very spectacular setting, as it is built into real caves on the lip of a cliff. Lagomar was originally the home of Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, but was later converted into a fine restaurant, bar and nightclub about 25 years ago. The legend goes, that Omar lost the villa after gambling it away during a hand of Bridge.
A few more miles inland is the historic Lanzarote town of Teguise, more notable for its colonial type architecture. It is also home to many good Spanish restaurants, art galleries and bustling bars, as well as an assortment of antique and local craft shops. The largest street market on Lanzarote
is also held there every Sunday. It is usually a very colourful place, sometimes with street entertainers to keep the visitors in high spirits. Overlooking Teguise is the impressive Castle of Santa Barbara, offering lovely vistas of the surrounding area. A local museum dedicated to the emigration of Lanzarote islanders throughout the past is situated within the castle. There is a regular and fairly reliable bus service from Costa Teguise to the town.