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Exploring The Resort Of Costa Teguise


Playa Cucharas, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

View of Playa Cucharas in Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise is the close coastal relation to the former island capital of Teguise and is an entirely man made creation, in contrast to say Puerto del Carmen, which was formerly a small fishing village called La Tiñosa before being revamped for tourism.

Development of the resort started in earnest in the 1980´s and the initial plan was to create a more upmarket destination along the coastline to Puerto del Carmen.  In order to achieve this the development was anchored by the five star Gran Melia Salinas hotel, part of the prestigious Melia Hotel Group, which sits just off the main beach of Playa Cucharas.  Along with the creation of the Pueblo Marinero, still the organic heart of the resort, which is essentially a recreation of a traditional Canarian fishing village.

For a period this strategy proved very effective – and Costa Teguise began to attract affluent tourists from the Scandinavian countries and Germany in their droves.  A golf course was created just outside the resort (called Costa Teguise Golf, which is still operating today) and even King Hussein of Jordan piled in as an investor, funding the building of the Las Maretas Palace, which he has since donated to the Spanish crown.

Today the resort separates neatly into two halves.  There´s the original and main section, focused around Playa Cucharas.  And the more recent development which has grown up around the beach at Playa Bastian.  Both zones offer a wide selection of accommodation options as well as an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants.

Beaches are of course the principal attraction for most tourists and Costa Teguise certainly doesn’t disappoint.  There are five main beaches in total, running from the Sands Beach development through to El Ancla on route to the capital of Arrecife. Most of these are united by a pleasant seafront promenade which has been improved considerably in recent years.  And all bar El Ancla offer the usual facilities and amenities such as sun loungers and umbrellas.

There´s also a very good selection of restaurants in Costa Teguise (you can read more about these on our Eating Out Page) and these include some must visit establishments such as Oscars and El Navarro.  There are also plenty of cheaper options available in the form of tapas bars which are dotted around the resort.

As well as offering golf Costa Teguise is also home to Lanzarote´s only water park and the island´s only Aquarium.  So the resort is a good choice if you are visiting Lanzarote with children as there is plenty to keep them occupied.  Windsurfing is also particularly popular and you can learn this for yourself at the main beach at Playa Cucharas.

Costa Teguise is also located close to some of the best loved attractions on the island, such as the Cactus Garden and the Jameos del Agua, both of which were developed by the well known local artist César Manrique.

We offer a selection of accommodation in Costa Teguise for rent and if you would like any further information about this destination please feel welcome to contact us.

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