Costa Teguise - Northern Delight
Transfer time from airport - 15 to 20 mins approx.
Unlike Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca Costa Teguise is the only totally man made resort on the island. It was created during the 1980's - with the helping hand of local artist César Manrique - initially as a sort of upmarket alternative to Puerto del Carmen, the only other resort on the island at that time. And as a result became very popular with Germans and Scandinavians, who use to visit Lanzarote in large numbers.
Today the bulk of visitors are from the UK and they are attracted by Costa Teguise's high quality beaches, excellent amenities and proximity to most of the island's main visitor attractions. Visitors in search of winter sun should note though that both Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca offer a more favourable microclimate that that time of year.
Things To Do
Costa Teguise has always offered high quality facilities for tourists. For many years it was the only resort on the island to boast a golf course (that changed a couple of years ago with the creation of some new links in Tias) but still has the only water park and aquarium on the island.
It's also the only resort on Lanzarote where you can see the hand of Cesar Manrique at work - most evidently in the schema of the Pueblo Marinero which serves as Costa Teguise's main focal point and also in the amazing indoor gardens at the five star Gran Melia Salinas hotel, a botanical display which has since been copied by many other hotels the world over.
Manrique's main centres of art, culture and tourism are also in easy driving distance - with the Jameos del Agua, Mirador del Rio and Green Caves all around a 25 minute journey away. The historic former capital of Teguise is also just a 10 minute drive.
Beaches in Costa Teguise
All of Costa Teguise's beaches are manmade - but this doesn’t make them any less spectacular. The largest and most popular is Playa Cucharas, where tourists will find plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas for hire.
From here it is just a short walk along the seafront promenade to Playa Jablillo, a much smaller beach protected by a big breakwater of volcanic rocks which makes it perfect for bathing. And from there it's just another short stroll to Playa Bastian - which is backed by delightful gardens.
There are two other, lesser known beaches which lie off the beaten track. The best of these is Playa Ancla which can be reached by following the coastline from Playa Bastian in the direction of Arrecife, whilst the other is located outside the Sands Beach Resort.
There are a number of good quality hotels in the resort, such as the Gran Melia Salinas as well as plenty of apartment complexes. We offer a range of Costa Teguise holiday villas (=link to CT villas landing page) for rent with accommodation located across the resort.
Places To Eat in Costa Teguise
Costa Teguise is a great choice for foodies as there are some seriously good restaurants located in this resort.
El Navarro - 0034 928 592145
One of the best restaurants on the island El Navarro is family run and it's quality shines through on a consistent basis. Modern international cuisine at its best, with attentive service but in unpretentious surroundings. Booking is a must.
Oscars - 0034 928 509489
Pushing El Navarro a close second is Belgian owned Oscars - and yes they do serve waffles for desert. Assuming you have room to spare after sampling their modern European starters and main courses!
Meson La Jordana - 0034 928 590328
A little old school for some tastes - with liveried waiting staff and proper table cloths - the food here is also pretty timeless. Comprising very well executed Spanish and Canarian classics in comfortable surroundings.
A slice of French cuisine in the Playa Bastian area of Costa Teguise Montmartre attracts hordes of repeat guests - which is always a good sign - by serving classic meat and fish dishes.