Costa Teguise is the main tourist resort that is north of Arrecife.
You enter on the Avenida dcl Mar (about 14km/8 miles from the airport, 6km/4 miles from the capital), a broad road lined with squat palm trees and flanked by hotels and apartment blocks.
The main street, Avenida dc las Islas Canarias, parallel to the coast, is lined with commercial centres, small supermarkets, several clinics and a plethora of car-hire outlets.
Manrique designed the Pueblo Marinero at the southern end of the resort, and this is the most appealing part of the development. Low, whitewashed houses with blue or green balconies are clustered in narrow streets around a small square, and it does genuinely resemble a fishing village — which is what Pueblo Marinero means.
Later construction, running down to the beach, was taken over by other, less purist hands! A clutch of restaurants and bars here offer fish and chips, hamburgers and pizza, and many have English names – including The Sunburnt Arms.
Round the rocky headland there’s a small beach, Playa del jablillo, with a view of the desalination plant just outside Arrecife.
Running northwards, the Playa de las Cucharas and Playa de los Charcos merge. The former has the better beach, a long stretch of golden imported sand superimposed on the natural volcanic black, and a stretch that is popular with windsurfers, as the winds on this coast are often strong. There is sand on Playa de los Charcos, too, but here there are black rocks to clamber over between sand and sea.
A landscaped promenade runs the length of the beaches, with a scattering of cafés and restaurants, and passes the smart Hotel Meiiá Salinas, designed by Manrique, which in the 1970s became the first to be built here.
CostaTeguise as a base for exploring the island, has its advantages, as it is very convenient for visiting the cultural sites and villages in the north and centre of Lanzarote.Share