Costa Teguise(Touristic Zone)
The Mecca of Tourism on Lanzarote
This area arose almost three decades ago, Costa Teguise is one of the latest and most important resorts in the island. It is a coastal strip of four km long where there are 13.000 hotel beds, shopping centres, restaurants, bars, cafeterias and water parks.
The Golf course
There is only one golf course in the whole area which dates from 1979. It has 18 holes (par 72) and it was designed by John Harris. The course offers a wide range of services: driving range, putting green, golf lessons, restaurant, dressing rooms, trolleys, clubs and balls rental.
The area offers five beaches. From south to north we can find the following beaches: Ancla, with turquoise waters; Bastián, of golden sand beaches and almost 300 metres (984 feet) long; Jablillo, with a beautiful golden sand cove and almost 250 metres (820 feet) long; and finally Las Cucharas Beach, the biggest, 750 metres (2560 feet) long, protected by breakwaters and the small one called Los Charcos.
Scuba diving can be practised in all of them as the surrounding sea bottom offers wonderful caves and sceneries.
The Chinijo Archipelago
Close to Costa Teguise, we can find the group of small islets named La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. This archipelago has a permanent population of five hundred inhabitants and the beaches called Cocina and Los Franceses.Close to Costa Teguise, we can find the group of small islets named La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. This archipelago has a permanent population of five hundred inhabitants and the beaches called Cocina and Los Franceses.
The area is protected by the Famara crag and the Jable plains. These islets shelter some species in danger of extinction, some of them can only be found here. They are the chosen habitat for a wide range of birds and, mainly, for mating. Ancestral nests of pre-historical birds have even been discovered. Within the reserve borders, the villa of La Graciosa is located as well as the marine reserve called after it which covers an area of 70 thousand hectares around the Roque del Este.
It is, in fact, a small bay flanked by the popular crag of Famara. The area is constituted by a protected natural reserve and a small fishing villa. There is also a beach which is not suitable for swimming as some sea currents gather there and dangerous eddies appear. Even though, young surfers choose this beach.
Famara houses vestiges of aborigine settlements. The Hispanic presence dates back to 1700 which can be proved due to the dry stone enclosures used to keep the neighbouring inhabitants’ ships. In fact, some time before, Franciscan monks reached the zone during their evangelist labour.
This is the former capital of Lanzarote, very close to the coast which is worthwhile visiting, mainly its historical centre. It was one of the first urban settlements on the Canary Islands, founded in 1418 by the Norman conqueror Maciot de Bethencourt who erected the village on a aborigine hamlet.
There are many interesting buildings such as the Temple Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (16th century), the Castle of Santa Bárbara, the Palace of Spínola (18th century) and the convents of Santo Domingo (18th century) and San Francisco.