What is Costa Teguise like…
I heard mixed reports about the island of Lanzarote, which is a bit like marmite – you either love it or greatly dislike it! My reluctance to go there was not aided by the fact I was not a great lover of the isle of Tenerife, albeit I do enjoy the island of Majorca.
Fortunately for my family and I our travel booking was in the very quaint town of Costa Teguise. As opposed to the hustle and bustle further down the coast, at the likes of the very busy and heavily tourist populated, Puerto del Carmen.
Costa Teguise Hotels
We enjoyed our visit so much that we have returned on several occasions to the same location. Albeit instead of staying in an apartment like on the first occasion, we have regularly stayed at the 4-star BeLive Teguise Playa Hotel and 5-star Melia Salinas Hotel in Costa Teguise, which are perfectly placed for an enjoyable holiday in this Lanzarote resort. In my opinion, having visited every hotel in this area, these are the best hotels in Costa Teguise.
Location Costa Teguise
The town of Costa Teguise is situated on the eastern side of Lanzarote. This resort is in close proximity to the capital, Arrecife, and only 10 to 15 minutes drive by car from the airport. Teguise offers all types of accommodations and activities and is one of the most attractive tourist areas on the island of Lanzarote. The town and surrounding areas has an array of lodgings, beaches, and services. This is definitely one of the preferred destinations for couples wishing to chill out or families visiting the island for a nice relaxing vacation in Lanzarote.
Things to do in Costa Teguise
One of the great assets of the town of Costa Teguise is its recreational facilities which include a wide variety of water activities, water park and 18-hole golf course. For those wishing to try windsurfing there are windsurfing schools along the Cucharas Beach and Jablillo Avenue.
Sporting and cultural events in Costa Teguise have greatly increased during recent years. Qualifiers for the PWA Windsurfing World Championship at Cucharas Beach, and the Costa Music Festival are among the many events that take place here.
Karting is one of the activities that you can’t miss out on if you are visiting the island of Lanzarote. Paracraft Lanzarote offers a fun alternative in water sports for all ages. If you want to see the shoreline like a bird – try parascending, or if it’s the pure thrill of speed that you’re after, this is must for you.
There are other leisure activities on offer, such as land and sea excursions, pool, snooker, table tennis, squash, tennis, treks, and for golf enthusiasts, a round of golf at the 18-hole John Harris designed championship course is not to be missed.
Costa Teguise Beaches
A major attraction of Costa Teguise Resort is the beaches. Cucharas Beach is used by windsurf lovers. Bastian Beach is perfect for families with small children since it is easily accessible and protected from the winds. Though smaller than the other beaches, the fine white sandy beach of Jablillo is another popular destination for sun worship.
Places to go in Costa Teguise
If you are staying in Costa Teguise, you should visit the Pueblo Marinero (fishing village) which is a group of typical Canary buildings as conceived by the artist, César Manrique. Restaurants, pubs and shops, as well as a market held every Friday from 19:00 hours, can be found there.
Timanfaya National Park occupies an area of 51.07 km² and is located in the south west of the island and the entire park is of volcanic origin. Among its most well-known volcanoes are La Montaña de Fuego (Fire Mountain), la Caldera del Corazoncillo (Little Heart Cauldron) and Montaña Rajada (Cracked Mountain).
The Castillo de San José, is a fortress built between 1776 and 1779. This was commissioned by the king of Spain, Carlos III, and today houses the International Museum of Contemporary Art.
El Grifo Wine Museum, is housed in ancient bodegas that date back to 1775. These bodegas were built on top of the solidified lava issued from the volcanic eruption of that century.
Nightlife Costa Teguise
The island of Lanzarote’s nightlife is divided between the capital, Arrecife, and the surrounding tourist areas. Bars and discos in Arrecife are located on José Antonio Street. Costa Teguise is much quieter than other resorts, whereas Puerto del Carmen far greater action is along Las Playas Avenue or the old port. Islas Canarias Avenue in Costa Teguise is lined with watering holes.
Costa Teguise nightlife won’t leave you bored, but the majority of its entertainment is centred around the ‘square’, where there is live entertainment. The square is surrounded by a number of bars and restaurants, and there is a lovely ‘family’ feel to this area, where families can chill out, relax and watch the world go by. There are a small number of late bar, clubs and discos &c., to cater for the younger crowd who wish to party it up, but it is a quieter resort compared with Puerto del Carmen.
Costa Teguise Restaurants & Food
Food when dining out in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote is rather varied. While fish is the main ingredient of the majority of local dishes, meat is also of importance. Aside from fish, seafood is also a common ingredient in many parts of Lanzarote. The food is quite distinct from the Mediterranean diet and Canarians base their cooking on a rural tradition tending toward dishes that use local produce, little meat and low fat.
My favourite dishes are local tapas during the day, such as ensaladia rusa, spanish omlette, chorizo, prawns, hams, cheeses, boquerones en vinagre, &c. Whereas in an evening I much prefer to chose from a la carte menus. There is normally always a great selection of Spanish rioja red wines to accompany whatever food I select whilst dining out in Teguise.
My favourite restaurant is Restaurante El Navarro. This fine dining restaurant is lovely inside and serves delicious food where each dish is carefully thought out with matching flavours and ingredients. Reasonably priced for the surroundings, service and quality of international cuisine.
Restaurante Grill La Vaca Loca is another one of my favourite restaurants and is located on the main road near the tourist information office and exactly opposite the Spar on the corner. The premises is small with 10-12 tables, and if you are looking for a steak, this is the place to go but can be a little expensive.
If its reasonably priced pub grub at lunchtime for you and the children, Hennessey’s Irish Pub serves nice reasonably food, which is not expensive, and the staff are very friendly.
Pubs in Costa Teguise
You are spoilt for choice if you like to enjoy a nice leisurely walk and stop off at some pubs. I’ve already mentioned Hennessey’s which has regular live music, in addition to good pub grub. A short distance from there are several other of our favourite watering holes – The Dolphin; Waterfront Bar;
The Lighthouse Bar is located just off the square and is another popular watering hole, which serves good pub grub and has live music on most evenings. One of my favourite places to sit back and watch the world go by is Magma Lanzarote in the square, which serves very cheap beverages. Not far from there is probably the cheapest pub in Lanzarotte – Chispas. Chispas is nothing more than a hole in the wall with very large terrace and you need to see past the stinking attitude of those who run the place if you are just looking for some inexpensive drink for consumption outdoors on the terrace.
Weather in Costa Teguise
I have visited Teguise at several different times of the year, which normally includes three weeks over the festive period. The weather has always been fantastic, with the nice breeze off the sea soothing the heat from the sun.
Teguise enjoys all-year round warmth with hot summers and warm winters. The slight temperature differences rise or fall during spring and autumn. The average high temperature is 22°C in March and 23°C in April. From May to August, the weather is hot and dry. Temperatures slowly work their way up through the 20s to a peak of 28°C in August, which is usually the hottest month of the year.
During September and October, the temperature starts to drop very slightly by a few degrees. September is still very hot with an average temperature of 24°C which makes it a great time to plan your holiday. October is slightly cooler still with an average temperature of 22°C.
During November to February there is an average high of around 21°C and an average low of 15°C. The wind and breeze coming off the sea can often make this feel much cooler. You’ll certainly need an extra layer of clothing, especially in the evening. A westerly wind can blow and push the temperatures up into the mid 20s.
Costa Teguise Bottomline
Costa Teguise is a fantastic place to go on holiday if you and the family are looking for some warm weather, peace and tranquility at a very leisurely pace. For those of you who are looking to be more active time on holiday, there is plenty to do during the day and at night-time in Teguise. If you are looking for a more lively resort, Puerto del Carmen might be better suited to you. But be rest assured, you will not get bored in Teguise and the highly populated likes of Puerto del Carmen and Arrecefi are a short bus ride away.