This relaxed resort is a sightseers paradise.
Costa Teguise is located on the East Coast of the island, a few kilometres north of the airport at Arrecife. It was developed in the 1970s, largely under the auspices of Cesar Manrique, as an upmarket alternative to Puerto del Carmen.
It’s more laid back and a less intense than Puerto del Carmen though that’s no bad thing. It’s also the least sheltered of the island’s resorts so it can be quite windy.
The five beaches in Costa Teguise, much like the rest of the island, are beautiful and each has a character of its own. Playa Cucharas is the main and most popular beach, offering sun loungers, toilets, shops and restaurants. This is the best place for families as it offers the best all-round facilities and is the most suited to small children.
Playa Jablillo is best if you want to swim in the ocean as it’s surrounded by a volcanic barrier creating a pool that is calmer than the water at the other beaches. It’s also the most sheltered so the wind is less of a problem.
Playa Bastian is the place to be if you simply want to sunbathe. It’s surrounded by planted gardens and offers excellent facilities. There are also a number of large stones zocos that provide shelter from the wind making it perfect for year round sunbathing. The only real drawback is that access to the water is mostly over rocks so it’s not great for getting in and out of the ocean.
For a more natural experience, try heading to Playa Ancla. It’s where you’ll find most of the locals and, like Jablilla, is great for swimming. It doesn’t have anything in the way of facilities though so remember to come prepared.
Finally, Los Charcos is the perfect place to find a quiet spot to yourself. It’s the least sheltered so on a windy day it’s not a great place to be but on a still sunny day it offers a perfect quiet beach for you to enjoy in peace. Again, it’s very light on facilities so don’t count on being able to buy anything you forget to bring!
Costa Teguise is the best place to stay if you’re interested in seeing the sights of the island. It’s the closest resort to the Casa/Museo Cesar Manrique – a must see museum in Tahiche. It’s also close to the beautiful natural attractions designed by Manrique such as the Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes
Sports and Recreation
If you’ve had enough of lying on a beach and feel like being a bit more active then there are several places where you can hire a bike to get you round the island. The main sport available in Costa Teguise is, not surprisingly, windsurfing. You can get tuition from one of the many windsurfing places, mostly around Playa Cucharas.
Costa Teguise is also home to the island’s oldest golf course so you can squeeze in a quick 18 holes if the weather’s not too hot. Finally, Costa Teguise has a nearby water park so you can splash around to your heart’s content in its clear blue pools or take an exhilarating ride down one of its many water slides.
Costa Teguise has a slightly more relaxed nightlife than Puerto del Carmen. You can find anything you’re looking for, from bars, jazz clubs and cafes to offering a slightly more sedate experience to late night clubs, though Puerto del Carmen offers a much more ‘clubby’ experience. You can also find some great restaurants offering top food at reasonable prices.