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Costa Teguise Attractions

The Aquarium Lanzarote in Costa Teguise is the currently the largest marine aquarium anywhere in the Canary Islands. With a magnificent 33 aquariums containing in excess of 1 million liters of water, visitors can see hundreds of marine species on display including tiger fish and colourful clown fish.

The Aquarium also features 3 encounter pools, where under supervision, adults and children are able to touch and hold some species such as starfish and sea cucumbers.

One of the most impressive displays in the Aquarium is without doubt, the 400,000 litre shark tank, where visitors can get "close up and personal" to the sharks via an underwater glass tunnel.

For the ultimate adrenalin rush, after a short tuition in an adjacent pool, visitors have the opportunity to also dive in this tank in the company of a 2m cat shark, 1.5m stingray, bamboo sharks, groupers, grey mullets and bream.

Contact details for more information are:
Lanzarote Aquarium
Avda. de Las Acacias, s/n.
Shopping Centre El Trebol
Costa Teguise
Telehone: +34 928 590 069
Fax: +34 928 826 861
Web: www.aquariumlanzarote.com

The Costa Teguise Aquapark, on the outskirts of the resort, is always a popular attraction. The park is open each day from 10:00am to 6:00 pm and features the usual selection of high speed slides for teens and adults, along with the slower flumes for younger children. Admission to the Aquapark costs around 22.50€ for adults and 12€ for children, and their contact details are:
Costa Teguise Aquapark
Avda de Teguise, 315
Costa Teguise
Telephone: +34 928 592 128
Fax: +34 928 827 290

As already briefly mentioned as part of our general introduction pages, the original old town of Villa de Teguise, some 9 miles inland from the coastal development, was once the ancient capital of Lanzarote, and it is here that you will find some of the best examples of classic Canarian architecture and buildings, some of which date back to the first half of the 16th Century.

The Spinola Palace in Teguise is one such building that was originally built by Snr. Jose Feo Peraza between 1730 and 1780. For most of the 18th Century this magnificent house served as the residence for the Governor of Lanzarote, and after years of neglect was subsequently restored to its former glory by the Canarian artist Cesar Manrique, prior to it being opened again to the public during the 1970's.

Possibly one of the most striking architectural features of Villa de Teguise is the 16th Century parish church of "Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe" on the San Miguel Plaza. Over the last 500 years the church has quite bizarrely been almost destroyed by fire on a number of occasions, the last fire occurring in 1909 when the entire parish archives of the town were also destroyed.

High above the old town of Villa de Teguise sit the grand Castle of Santa Barbara, however, what most visitors may not be aware of it that Mount Guanapay on which it is built is actually an extinct volcano.

The 'Castillo de Santa Barbara', as it is known locally, was originally built by Snr. Sancho de Herrera in the early 16th Century as a watch tower to protect the island from invading Moorish pirates. Over a period of some 100 years or so the original watch tower was extended with further turrets and moats, into the structure you see today. During the early 1960's a group of enthusiasts known as the "Friends of the Castles" embarked upon the project to restore the now almost derelict shell of the castle to it former stature. In all the restoration took almost 2 decades to complete, and today the castle, along with the Museum of Emigration inside, is open to the public most mornings throughout the year from 10:00am. Contact details are:
Santa Barbara Castle
Montana de Guanapay
Villa de Teguise
Telephone: +34 928 845 001

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