Welcome to Teguise


Maciot, the son of Jean de Béthencourt, moved here when it was a Guanche settlement and married Teguise, daughter of the one-time local chieftain. Various convents were founded and the town prospered. But with prosperity came other problems, including pirates who plundered the town several times, reaching a violent crescendo in 1618 when an armada of 5000 Algerian buccaneers overran the town, hence the ominously named Callejón de la Sangre (Blood Alley).

Teguise is completely taken over by a mammoth and very touristy Sunday-morning market, complete with burger stalls and human statues. Unless this is your thing, visit another day. There is a dearth of places to stay in town, but Teguise makes for an easy and delightful day trip, thanks to its central location.


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$43.53 Tours & Sightseeing

Northern Lanzarote Guided Day Trip with Villa de Teguise

After a pickup from Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, Puerto Calero or Arrecife meeting points, travel onward through Teguise village, the island’s ancient capital. Admire its historical architecture and hear about Teguise in the 16th century when the village is thought to have been founded. Continue to Peñas del Chach, one of the island’s highest peaks, near the cliffs of Famara on the island’s northwestern shores. Hop out of your coach for a photo, and gaze down at views of the undulating coastline set against the blue waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. With your guide, look out for the oasis of Haria, a lush little area known locally as the Valley of a Thousand Palms. Locals traditionally plant palm trees at the spot to mark the birth of a child.Visit Lagomar, one of the island's most renowned places which is a museum, art gallery, bar and restaurant. This astonishing property was conceived by Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote's greatest artist and architect. Its design was based on the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights tale, with its white stone walls integrated into the volcanic scenery and vegetation of the area. Afterwards, head to Orzola and visit LanzaAloe. Here, see acres of fragrant aloe vera plants being grown and harvested. Learn about the soothing properties of the plants and hear how the Canary Islands’ climate and terrain is well suited to aloe vera production.Follow up with a visit to Jameos del Agua, an idyllic beach cave on the coast. Complete with shops, cafes, subterranean walkways and a volcanic museum, the cave-turned-resort was designed by local artist Manrique. Enjoy some free time to explore, and then travel to your final stop, the César Manrique Foundation. Entrance to the small museum is at your own expense, but the displays are well worth the fee. See how the artist adapted five volcanic bubbles into rooms at his house, and learn all about his life’s work on the island.In the late afternoon, return to southern Lanzarote and finish your day with a drop-off at the meeting point.

$59.57 Outdoor Activities

Lanzarote Island 4x4 Jeep Tour with Playa Famara Beach Swim

Your experience starts with a pick-up at your Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. Then, Start your jeep adventure at the town of Tahiche. Discover the excursion route and climb aboard your uncovered 4x4 vehicle or van. Then, your guide drives you into Lanzarote’s striking interior, passing tranquil villages, craggy volcanic peaks and postcard-perfect bays. Heading northwest from Tahiche stop at the village of San Bartolomé, where there is the largest sweet potato (“batata”) plantation in the Canary Islands is located. Then, you will stop at the town of Nazaret to admire Lagomar, an extraordinary cluster of whitewashed houses once owned by the Hollywood actor Omar Sharif. While viewing the site’s exterior, learn how this bizarre complex of cave-like buildings, ponds and gardens was built, and how Sharif lost the property during a single, misguided game of bridge. Continue traveling through the lunar-like countryside and stop to take snaps of some of the spectacular places lining the route. Enjoy time free to explore the island’s former capital of Teguise, admiring its elegant buildings and handsome squares. Also, look round the tiny hamlets of Tinajo and Tinguaton, where whitewashed houses and palm trees lie in the shadow of mountainous Timanfaya National Park. Enjoy a break at Playa Famara, home to one of Lanzarote’s most beautiful beaches and where rustic windmills speckle the hills. Swim from the sandy bay or stroll along the water’s edge absorbing the magnificent setting. You can see the islands of La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and La Alegranza that from, with Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste, the Chinijo Archipielago, a natural beauty located off Lanzarote’s northern coast. You can enjoy a break on Famara beach, home to one of the most beautiful beaches on Lanzarote and where rustic windmills are scattered among the hills. Enjoy a swim in the sandy bay if the weather is good or enjoy a stroll along the shore to observe the magical environment. Then, continue your journey to the pretty coastal village of La Santa. From here you will reach the village of Mancha Blanca where you will visit the Visitors Centre to have an idea of how the ancient inhabitants lived with an active volcano. At the center you can enjoy a simulation of a volcano inside a cave.  After the visit to the Visitors Center you will head to La Geria through an interior track to see the malvasía (typical Lanzarote grapes) plantation. The plantation is visible at both sides of the road, covering all of La Geria. Each jeep holds a maximum of six guests. Bring a camera and, if you want to swim at Famara, don't forget your bathing suit and a towel!.

$17.18 Cultural & Theme Tours

Teguise Market and César Manrique Foundation Tour in Lanzarote

Start your experience with a pickup from meeting points in Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen or Playa Blanca. Then, board your air-conditioned coach and travel inland to the César Manrique Foundation, the former home of the 20th-century artist who inspired much of the island’s low-rise architecture, sculptures and other artistic features. Explore the avant-garde building independently and see how it’s built into a cluster of volcanic rock bubbles. Roam the cacti-dotted gardens and marvel at the five interior rooms, each encased by a volcanic bubble and all decorated with palms, fountains and pools. Then, head upstairs to the art galleries to view Manrique’s private collection of works by greats such as Picasso and Miró. Then you will head to Teguise, the pretty, old-world town that was Lanzarote’s capital until 1852. As you travel, learn about Teguise’s history and how this sleepy place takes on a new persona on Sundays when its weekly market — the largest in the Canaries — fills its cobbled streets with a multitude of stalls, artisans and  street artists. On arrival, enjoy the market as you wish. Soak up the carnival-like vibe and trawl through the stalls to browse everything from handmade crafts, pottery and embroidery to aloe products and tempting local delicacies such as wine, cheese and tapas. Pause now and then to enjoy the live music, Canarian folk dances and other street entertainments, and drop by at the pop-up museums, bars and cafes that open in the traditional houses just for market time. After about two hours of browsing and shopping, return to your coach and end your trip.  Please note: You can also choose to visit only the César Manrique Foundation (please see pricing options for details).

$9.16 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Teguise Street Market from Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen

Guided transfer service to visit at your pace a unique market that occupies all the streets and squares of the center of Teguise, the former capital of the island. During the transfer, the guide provides assistance in English, German and Spanish. Once at Teguise, you will have the chance to organize your free time to make the most of your Sunday morning. Food stalls and second hand, handicrafts, land products stop, live music in streets and in various premises, street shows, museums… a tremendous atmosphere, full of colors, to give a twist to your holidays and enjoy in a different way.

$49.26 Day Trips & Excursions

North Tour

The Northern scenery of Lanzarote will take your breath away! In the geographical center of the island, we find Monumento al Campesino, The Farmer’s Monument, made by César Manrique to honour the hard working farmers. Then we reach the beautiful oasis LagOmar, former residence of the famous actor Omar Sharif. We continue through the ancient capital of the island, Teguise, and then Los Valles, the valleys with its typical farming. At the next stop we see The Valley of the Thousand Palms, the village of Haría, the Corona Volcano and the picturesque villages on the northeastern coast. We cross the island, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the island of La Graciosa and other small islands. At the foot of the Corona Volcano we visit an Aloe Vera plantation. We visit another highlight, Jameos del Agua, César Manrique made it possible for us to take a walk in parts of this seven kilometers long lava tunnel. Finally we can visit The César Manrique Foundation*, where Cesar integrated five lava bubbles into his house. Lunch en route*. Spanish Tour Guide available on friday !

$67.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Northen Lanzarote César Manrique Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Teguise, LanzaroteBrief stop in the ancient capital city of LanzaroteDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Mirador del RioMirador del Río is a viewpoint where you could see the Archipiélago Chinijo and the "river" that separates Lanzarote from La Graciosa island.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jameos Del AguaJameos del Agua is a lava tube that comes from the Corona Volcano to the sea. When the lava reached the ocean formed this volcanic bubble.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Cueva de los VerdesThis lava tube is prepared to be safely visited and will leave you speechless.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aloe Vera museumIn this museum you could sea how the aloe vera plant is cultivated and received explanations about its properties.Duration: 1 hour

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