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Welcome To Our Guide To Costa Teguise

The purpose built resort of Costa Teguise is part of the municipal district of Teguise and is almost midway along the north east coast of Lanzarote, some 6 miles or 10km north of Arrecife and the island's international airport.

Making the transfer from the airport to your chosen accommodation is usually very straightforward, and should normally take no more than 15 to 20 minutes from the time of leaving the airport grounds, although for those visitors who have paid the additional supplement for a tour operators coach transfer, clearly this time will vary upon the number of prior stops made on the day.

For independent travellers there is always a multitude of taxis parked outside of the arrivals hall, although on occasions you should be prepared to wait your turn in a queue.

In theory at least these taxis should all operate on a fixed price basis, charging around 12€ for the journey into Costa Teguise, however experience has shown that this "fixed price" may vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day or night of the journey, and of course the number of passengers carried.

Also an important consideration for families with small children, is that these taxis do not as a rule carry child seats. Therefore children may have to sit on their parent's knee for the journey.

If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey. Pre-booked taxis are often a little more expensive, although as with all things in life, you only get what you pay for.

For those visitors who have pre-arranged for the collection of a hire car from one of the numerous agencies based at the airport, driving over to Costa Teguise is also very straightforward. As you leave the airport facility join the LZ2, the Carretera de Arrecife de Yaiza, heading eastward.

As you approach Arrecife take the LZ3, Carretera de la Circunulacion, which is the Arrecife northern ring road. This then leads to the LZ14, the Avda. da la Palmeras, which will take you into the centre of the resort. If needed, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate, is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page

Although being a purpose built tourist resort, considerable care has obviously gone into the planning and general layout of the town, and its wide traffic free promenade and broad tree lined avenues make getting around on foot quite easy and pleasurable. In terms of visitor popularity Costa Teguise is only second in size to Puerto del Carmen, although at only 2 miles long by 1 mile wide, most visitors do actually find the resort surprisingly compact.

What most visitors to Costa Teguise may be unaware of is that the original old town of Villa de Teguise, some 9 miles inland from the coastal development, was once the ancient capital of the island, and today still serves as the administrative centre of this part of Lanzarote.

The boundaries of the Villa de Teguise were first established in 1418 by the Maciot de Bethencourt, making this the first recognisable city in the Canary Islands. Despite both intense commercial and economic pressure that have been applied over the last 600 years, much of the historic centre of Villa de Teguise still remains, leading to the award in the mid 1980's of the status of "Conjunto Arquitectonico Historico-Artistico" which roughly translates as an architecturally historic artistic site.

A number of these finely restored buildings are open to the public, however we will be covering these in greater depth as part of our Attractions and Amenities pages.

Returning now if we may to the resort of Costa Teguise, after settling into their chosen accommodation, the first thing many visitors remark upon is that the whole area is quite windy, which makes the resort extremely popular with windsurfers and perhaps less so with sun worshipers, especially on the more cloudy days.

In all fairness on a very hot day the wind is quite refreshing, particularly when you are on the beach, although this can also disguise the intense power of the sun, and you should never forget that Lanzarote is situated on the Tropic of Cancer.

Without a shadow of doubt, one of the major attractions of Costa Teguise to visitors would be the choice of no less than three fine white sandy beaches that make up the resort. The largest is known as "Las Cucharas" which sits at the centre of the resort, however the other two "Los Charcos" and "El Jablillo", although being somewhat smaller, are certainly of an equal standard in terms of both cleanliness and facilities. As an added bonus many of the hotels in Costa Teguise do also have direct beach front access.

As with so many other resorts on the island, Costa Teguise could never really be ever described as being rowdy, although few would really dispute that it is nevertheless quite lively which is then reflected in its popularity with families as opposed to the younger 18 - 30's scene.

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