Costa Teguise, Lanzarote – The Essential Guide from Local Residents…

Enjoy our quick guide to Costa Teguise, a coastal town in the Spanish municipality of Teguise.

Nestled on the island of Lanzarote, it carries the nickname “Breezy Teguise” probably because of the four main beaches that are found in the area.

These beaches, which are said to be natural, are identified as Playa Bastián, Playa del Jablillo, Playa de las Cucharas and Playa de los Charcos.

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Castillo de Santa Barbara y San Hermenegildo, Teguise – Photo by H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons

Below we feature an expat interview with Sue Cox of ¡ESTUPENDO! who covers the Costa Teguise area.

Specifically, we asked Sue on the advantages of choosing Costa Teguise as a place to live and the value for money that you can get if you decide to stay permanently in the area.

Sue, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Costa Teguise compared to other Lanzarote towns?

ct-office-picCosta Teguise is a family resort with some lovely beaches and restaurants. It retains its Spanish culture without being too commercialised. There is a thriving expat community integrating into the Spanish way of life and it is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. Unlike Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise is relatively flat making it more accessible for the disabled.

The municipality of Teguise itself has many inland villages such as the original capital of the island, Teguise, with its weekly Sunday market through the cobbled streets. On weekdays, this historic village is quiet and serene but it certainly comes to life on a Sunday with hundreds of market stalls, street entertainers and traditional fare.

Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?

Costa Teguise appeals to both families and retired people. If you want more night life then Arrecife the Capital is just a 10-minute drive, bus ride or taxi ride away with a good selection of restaurants and night clubs. Lanzarote is not the most wheelchair-friendly island but the local authorities are addressing this making it far more accessible for the disabled now.

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Playa Las Cucharas, Costa Teguise – Photo by Michiel1972, Wikipedia/Michiel1972

What proportion of the local population are Spanish?

Difficult question as I do not know the exact figures but I would say around 60 percent.

What are your favourite things to do in the area?

The resort itself offers water sports such as wind surfing and scuba diving.

Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?

The municipality of Teguise has a vast selection of bars and restaurants catering to all tastes. In the resort itself you can find traditional Spanish cuisine in El Navarro located by the Santa Rosa holiday complex. Booking is recommended as it is always busy and the food and service is brilliant. I particularly like Mont Matre with its French style cuisine. The ladies get presented with a rose after their meal and the service and food quality is excellent. Right on the sea front at El Jablillo is Dona Lola where you can sit and look out over the ocean and enjoy the Italian/Spanish style cuisine.

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El Jablillo beach, Costa Teguise – Photo by MoveinBlue, Wikimedia Commons

Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?

Costa Teguise itself has good infrastructure with plenty of shops, local supermarkets, three chemists, a dental surgery, doctors surgery and a number of private doctor clinics. The buses are easy to use and run throughout the day roughly every 20 minutes into Arrecife and then on to the other resorts. Transport into the inlaying villages is a bit more difficult.

Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?

Tahiche is on the outskirts of Costa Teguise and is home to the Cesar Manrique foundation.

Nazaret is a little further inland with the famous Lago Mar Museum.

Villa de Teguise is the old Capital of the Island and is very popular on a Sunday for the Market which goes through the streets.

What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?

There is an international school in Costa Teguise itself, it is a tri-lingual school, The Colegio Arenas.

In Tahiche there is another International school called the British School.

I am told that both schools are extremely good. I have no first hand knowledge.

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Teguise – Photo by Artur Terlecki-Semko

Is crime an issue for expats?

Crime is very low.

Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?

Property prices are pretty stable at this time having fallen considerably during the recession. Following the recession, we have seen a slight increase in values as the market becomes more buoyant. While the British market is struggling with the exchange rate we have buyers from all over Europe keen to spend their money in Euros.

Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?

It is a good time to buy with property prices still being favourable. There are not so many repossessions coming through now and the really cheap properties which were around last year are no longer there. However things are said, there is always room for negotiation!

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Town hall and Convento de Santo Domingo, Plaza General Franco in Teguise – Photo by Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons

What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?

Each urbanisation varies considerably in Costa Teguise depending on whether you are looking to buy a holiday home or somewhere to live permanently.

How much are the typical property prices in Costa Teguise for apartments, villas etc?

Apartments start at around 80,000 euros in Costa Teguise depending on the complex and its facilities. Villas start at around 250,000 euros.

Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Costa Teguise or surrounding area?

Familiarise yourself with the location and decide where you want to be. Take into account proximity to shops and restaurants and local transport. Make sure you know how noisy or quiet the complex is or the area you like. Make sure you know what the community fees are and what they include. Listen to what the locals tell you but make your own mind up as you are the one buying. Find yourself an Agent you feel comfortable with and build a rapport. The Agents have a lot of knowledge, use it.

Sue, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.

estupendoSue Cox
¡ESTUPENDO!
Property Sales, Rentals, Commercials & Relocation
Office: Coronas Playa Hotel, Avda Del Mar, Costa Teguise 35508
Tel: (0034) 928 346 105
Mov: (0034) 608 928 550
Estupendo Costa Teguise SL – CIF B76008440
Email: sue@grupoestupendo.com
Web: www.grupoestupendo.com


Here is an interesting tourist video on Teguise.


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