Costa Teguise Holiday Resort

Introduction

Costa Teguise is on the southeastern coast of Lanzarote just to the north of the capital, Arrecife. It’s just a short 15-minute drive from the airport.

The island’s historic capital Teguise is only a 15-minute drive away. Teguise is full of quiet cobbled streets and historic buildings, except on Sundays when the town is taken over by the large Sunday Market.

Note that Costa Teguise and Teguise are two different places.

Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife is very close and is a fascinating place to explore. The town is a jumble of architectural styles and buildings, busy shopping streets and a wide variety of restaurants.

Costa Teguise was initially developed as an upmarket alternative to Puerto del Carmen.

When the resort was first built it was patronised by the rich and famous including King Hussein of Jordan and many wealthy Spanish residents. Today the resort has developed into a wonderful destination where you can enjoy a holiday in beautiful surroundings. The weather is fantastic all year round and there are a number of sandy beaches stretching for about 5 km along the town’s shoreline.

Just outside the resort’s centre is a waterpark for smaller children which is full of slides and pools and is great for a family day out.

Costa Teguise also has an 18-hole (par 72) golf course just northwest of the resort. The course has a shop, driving range, bar and restaurant.

Seafront Promenade

A very pleasant promenade runs the length of the seafront, this is home to lots of excellent seafood restaurants and bars.

The seafront promenade is one of the best ways to explore the resort as it stretches out along the coastline. If you start in the east at the Mai Tai restaurant and head west, walking along the promenade will take you past all the main beaches. It finishes at Las Maretas Palace which was originally built for King Hussein of Jordan and is now used by visiting dignitaries such as the King of Spain.

View of Playa de las Cucharas from promenade near Calle la Goleta
View of Playa de las Cucharas from promenade near Calle la Goleta

Cesar Manrique

Costa Teguise is Lanzarote’s third largest resort and was purpose-built from scratch starting in the late 1970s. Before the resort was built this area was just lava fields and salt pans. When the town was first built, Cesar Manrique was the consultant. If you are not familiar with the name, Cesar was an artist, born in the Canary Islands, who created most of Lanzarote’s art, culture and tourism centres. These include the Jameos del Agua, the Mirador del Río, the Cactus Garden, the Monument to Farm Workers and the Restaurant El Diablo at the Montañas de Fuego Visitor Centre.

In Costa Teguise, Cesar Manrique designed the gardens and pool at the Gran Melia Salinas Hotel. This has a central atrium, water gardens, three courtyards of restaurants and lots of tropical plants. The hotel was a sensation when it was first opened and it is still one of Lanzarote’s top hotels. He also designed the Pueblo Marinero. This is a lively square lined with bars and restaurants, complete with a bandstand which hosts live music every night.

Beaches in Costa Teguise

Playa Los Charcos & Baja De Los Charcos

The Playa los Charcos is the most easterly beach. The playa is protected at each end by a rock wall which means the sea here is usually calm. You can walk out onto the walls for a nice view of the entire bay. The beach here is very popular with families and stand-up paddleboarders. The calm waters also make it ideal for children and non-swimmers. The bay is dominated by two large luxury hotels, one of which offers refreshments. The Mai Tai hotel pool bar is open to non-residents.

The beach itself is made of fine, beige sand and falls flat into the sea. There are a few straw umbrellas if you need some shade.

A group of stray cats live in a small rocky outcrop near the beach, if you come across one they like to be fed with fresh fish!

If you are driving to this beach there is a good-sized car park with access straight onto the beach.

The Baja de los Charcos is the small beach area at the western end between the Playa los Charcos and the Playa de las Cucharas.

Playa de las Cucharas

Centrally located, Playa de las Cucharas is the largest beach in Costa Teguise and it’s most famous for windsurfing. The scenic beach has a large strip of golden sand and beautiful clear turquoise water. It is popular with families with children who of course like to play in the sand. Swimmers also come here to have fun in the waves. However, if this is your thing please be aware that the currents are quite strong and you should check the sea reports for weather conditions.

The beach has a blue flag, awarded for safety and cleanliness. Close to the beach are plenty of facilities including cafes, restaurants, showers, toilets and sun loungers.

El Jablillo

This is another sandy beach with calm, turquoise waters overlooked by the 4-star Hotel, Grand Teguise Playa Resort. The beach is totally surrounded by a rock wall which forms a protected swimming area which is also great for snorkelling.

Playa Bastian

Playa Bastian has a mixture of sand and rocks and lacks the facilities of the other beaches. However, it is much quieter than the resort’s other beaches.

Shopping in Costa Teguise

Like most purpose-built resorts Coast Teguise has plenty of shops aimed at the tourist sector. Here you’ll find plenty of electrical stores, jewellers and general gift shops.

If you are self-catering, there are plenty of small supermarkets around the resort. These generally stock a good selection of international produce.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Puerto del Carmen is the nightlife hub of Lanzarote and if want somewhere to go clubbing then you should head there. Costa Teguise is quieter but still has a few venues around the Pueblo Marinero area which is where you’ll find most of the bars and restaurants.

When it comes to eating out Costa Teguise scores highly with lots of great restaurants around the Playa Bastian area.

Location and Getting Around

Costa Teguise is well served by public transport, with regular buses to Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Calero and Caleta de Famara, most other places can be reached by changing buses in Arrecife. Taxis are also readily available. If you want to explore some of the Island’s attractions further afield, you might want to consider renting a car. There are several car hire companies in the resort, check TravelSupermarket for the best deals.

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