Let’s face it, most brits LOVE Spain. For some British tourists, it is even like their second home. Also, it is the number one destination to visit due it’s nearby location (on a global scale of course!), integration with British culture and great value for money. However, Spain is not limited to the mainland or touristy destinations such as Benidorm and the Costa del sol. However, there are a group of small, peaceful and sunny islands that are also a part of Spain. These are the Canary Islands. Twelve years ago I was reluctant to visit one of these islands when a winter sun family holiday was booked. Which of course, was booked to Lanzarote and specifically, the tiny resort of Costa Teguise.
In fact, I was reluctant to visit any tourist destination in Spain due to what the Costa del sol is notoriously known for – AKA the Costa del crime (Research this term and you’ll see what I am talking about!). Also, the second thing that I thought of was the hit ITV show Benidorm and thought, “Hell no sister!”. I wanted to experience new cultures as opposed to landing in Britain aboard. The thought of endless fish and chip shops, east end gangsters, cheesy karaoke bars and pints of beer left baking in a hot climate made me cringe! Visiting Lanzarote was also my first time flying after 12 years!
Then, the beauty of this volcanic island captivated me. Fast forward to 2019, I have another holiday booked for this summer which will be my ninth (yes ninth!) visit. Throughout those visits I have stayed at various resorts. But none of them kept me coming back quite like Costa Teguise! Want to know why? Here are some reasons!
1. For The Crystal Clear Waters
In Lanzarote, beaches have their own names and characteristics, to which I will get to later! There are some beaches that are too rough to swim in and some beach coves that are tranquil, smooth and crystal clear. One of the beaches being Playa del Jablillo (Playa means beach in Spanish). The crystal clear beach coves have tons of marine life and fish due to the beach being protected from harsh currents.
The fish and sea animals view places like this as a safe haven! Also, you don’t even have to be a strong swimmer or take up professional scuba diving classes to see the marine life (although the option is open and there is a diving centre nearby!). Now, I will just let the videos do the talking! Moreover, if you are looking for beaches to snorkel at, I suggest using the map below to look out for coves and enclosed beaches because that’s where the fishies are at!
Top Tip: Bring some bread with you. Surprisingly the fish love eating this! it is absolute fun feeding the fish – you will not regret it!
2. There are Less Crowds & Tourists
Forget conveyor belt tourism. Forget the holiday rat race! This is a secluded volcanic island with a tiny population of 148,468. Yes, the tourism industry has boomed and is doing very well in Lanzarote. The number of tourists have also obviously increased since my first visit. But, it is pretty damn peaceful in contrast to a lot of Spanish and worldwide holiday destinations. So forget having to secure sun loungers and fight for a spot on the beach with other holiday makers!
3. It is Full of Friendly Locals
The locals generally keep themselves to themselves around here. But do expect a nice conversation, the occasional free shot and drink on the house if you are sitting at a local cafe or bar. The people here are very laid back, friendly and always ready to greet you with a smile!
4. Cafes & Cocktails in Costa Teguise are Ridiculously Cheap
The drinks are very cheap here. They also do not skim down on the alcohol neither! Oh, unless you have booked all inclusive to stay in a very generic 3* hotel that serves a ton of guests. However, the local bars outside of the hotels around here don’t. Cocktails cost around €5-€7 and even better, beer costs around €1-€2.
Snacks and lunch are also an absolute bargain. You can grab a range of snacks such as burgers, hot dogs and Canarian dishes for under €10. Furthermore this is why I prefer going half board whilst staying in Costa Teguise, since food and drinks here are such great value for money!
5. There are Many Stunning Beaches, for Many Different Things!
Instagrammable & Perfect for Beach Photography – Playa Bastian
Great for Lunch & Cocktails by the Beach – Playa de las Chucharas
Crystal Clear & Brilliant for Snorkelling – Playa del Jablillo
6. Costa Teguise Has the Right Balance of Culture & British Home Comforts
You can easily access creature comforts like a nice full english fry up at the greasy spoon or to watch the next football game with a pint in a local bar. If that is your cup of tea of course! – pun seriously intended. The beauty of this place is that it is also surrounded by many tapas bars and restaurants that serve locally sourced Canarian dishes. You can experience the culture and have some British treats at the same time here. There is simply no need for choosing or compromising! You can enjoy the best of both worlds!
7. It is Not too Hot and Not too cold!
Due to the fact that it does get hot around summer time, averaging at 24° to 28° it does not feel stuffy or stifling. This is due to the island being so small! Not only that, since Costa Teguise is located right near many beaches, you often get a nice breeze with the sun. However, do not let the cool breeze fool you! It is very easy to get sunburnt as you do not feel the heat as much. So, always use sunscreen!
8. Everything is Within Walking Distance
Costa Teguise is a small resort. This makes it super convenient for local shops, beaches, cafes and restaurants. However, the beauty of this resort is, despite the fact I have shown various beaches that vastly differ, they are all within walking distance from one another! This resort does not feel monotonous and has great character to it. As you can see, the beaches, cafes and restaurants mentioned in this post are pretty close together.
Not a walking person? Well you can hire electric scooters in Costa Teguise! The hiring shops aren’t hard to miss as there are many scooters on display in the streets. Also, you can also stop and ask fellow tourists as you are extremely likely going to see people zooming by! It seems to be a trend here now, particularly on the sea path.
Final Points & Points of Interest Information
Lanzarote truly is beautiful. Also, visiting Lanzarote contradicts the “land-so-grotty” joke what a lot of people pull about this island. Yes, Costa Teguise is an aesthetically pleasing, peaceful and convenient resort and I cannot recommend it any more! Also, if you enjoy snorkelling, the perfect balance between British and Spanish culture and tranquility then Costa Teguise is the ideal destination for you! So, I hope that you have enjoyed this post and will consider visiting Costa Teguise one day in the future. Here are the places mentioned in this post listed below in chronological in accordance to the map:
Address: Av. los Cocederos, 0, 35508 Costa Teguise, Las Palmas, Spain
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Address: Playa Bastián, 35508, Spain
Playa del Jablillo
Address: Playa del Jablillo, 35508, Spain
Address: Calle las Conchas, 1A, 35508 Costa Teguise, Las Palmas, Spain
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 1:00am (Closes at 12:00am on Sundays)
Address: 35508 Costa Teguise, Las Palmas, Spain
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm
Playa de las Chucharas
Address: Playa de las Cucharas, 35508, Spain