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Costa Teguise is located on Lanzarote´s south eastern shore – just ten to fifteen minutes drive from the airport - and enjoys an open and spacious feel thanks to its many wide boulevards.
The resort is the brainchild of the island born artist and architect Cesar Manrique who, during the 1970´s, sought to create a coastal cousin to the former island capital of Teguise, which lies some 6km inland.
Key to this creation was the construction of the Gran Melia Salinas Hotel. Owned by Spain´s prestigious Sol Melia Group the establishment was the first five star hotel on the island and was designed to anchor the entire development and place Costa Teguise firmly on the map.
The other main pillar of this all new holiday destination was the Pueblo Marinero. With its whitewashed little cottages and pretty squares, it is essentially Manrique´s re-interpretation of a classic Canarian fishing village. Today, the Pueblo Marinero is still very popular with tourists and stages weekly markets on Thursdays and Fridays.
Nearby is the main beach of Playa Cucharas which is just one of five main beaches in Costa Teguise. These beaches are all now united by a seafront promenade stretching from Playa de los Charcos at the northern end of the resort through to Playa Ancla in the south.
Since its evolution in the 1970´s Costa Teguise has enjoyed mixed fortunes. At first it was viewed as an upmarket alternative to Lanzarote´s only other main resort at that time – Puerto del Carmen – and attracted lots of monied German and Scandinavian tourists in the process. But as Playa Blanca began to evolve down in the south of the island – with its superior microclimate, the appeal of Costa Teguise began to fade a little.
Today, it is very much the island’s third resort but remains an ideal base for anyone planning to explore Lanzaropte´s many cultural attractions, the bulk of which are located within fifteen minutes of Costa Teguise. And the resort still has much to recommend it, boasting some very good quality restaurants, an excellent range of accommodation and a relaxed pace of life. There is also an annual music festival – Costa Musica – which is staged every September and which attracts thousands of young revelers.
For more information about Costa Teguise visit the Lanzarote Guidebook website at: www.lanzaroteguidebook.com/costa-teguise