Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Costa Teguise, Lanzarote’s windy “city”.
Moving to Costa Teguise: How to extend a Lanzarote holiday
Moving to Costa Teguise: Ups
For many visitors, Costa Teguise is a firm favourite for those who return year after year. As a result, the beaches, gardens and public areas are kept immaculately clean. There is an excellent variety of restaurants and bars, some of the latter with live entertainment. You’ll have Playas Bastían, Cucharas, and Jablillo on your doorstep, along with an excellent golf course. There is also a regular bus service which not only covers the town but has good connections to other parts of Lanzarote. There are some great walking routes in and around Costa Teguise, taking you from the beaches to up a volcano (dormant) in less than an hour.
Moving to Costa Teguise: Downs
The eastern Canary Islands can get quite windy. Good for windsurfing championships, not always so good for sunbathing – although that can offer a respite for those who struggle in the Lanzarote sun. The outskirts are home to a couple of half-built complexes that have been lying unfinished for more than a decade.
Moving to Costa Teguise: Ins and outs
With its central location, Costa Teguise is handy for the airport which is a mere 10 minutes away by car. It’s an even shorter, 5-minute drive to capital Arrecife with everything a capital city has to offer. Within 15 minutes you can be enjoying the beautifully wild north coast of Arrieta or the more touristy Puerto de Carmen if heading slightly south.
Moving to Costa Teguise: Education
You’ll find the island’s only bilingual school in Costa Teguise. Colegio Arenas Internacional educates students from six months young all the way up to 18 years old. Further afield, in Puerto del Carmen, you’ll discover the British School of Lanzarote.
Shop until you drop…
Coronas Newsagent & Bookshop on Avenida del Mar, sells UK newspapers and magazines, along with the latest titles from Britain’s leading authors and retro sweets. There are a couple of supermarkets in the centre of town and a new Euro Spar on Avenida de Las Palmeras, but if you want something more substantial, there’s a Lidl for grocery shopping when heading towards Arrecife and another Euro Spar in the capital itself. Mercadona has now reached the island and the nearest is in Valterra, Arrecife. (Thanks to Adam Simmons for the extra supermarket info).
The majority of properties to buy in Costa Teguise are apartments located within developments which tend to include a swimming pool. You can live in the thick of the action, or base yourself a little further out.
There are one-bedroom apartments from €65,000, but you’ll need to shell out closer to €250,000 for anything with three bedrooms or more.
Trusted Estate Agent
Sue Cox has been selling property on the Island of Lanzarote since 2008, and we have known her since that time. This family run Estate Agency offers properties for sale in the Canary Islands with a special focus on the island of Lanzarote.
Their portfolio of sale properties includes apartments, villas, rural houses, land and commercial premises along with fantastic business opportunities. If you are thinking of buying or selling in Lanzarote they would love to speak to you.
In Praise Of:
“We relocated here 16 years ago now and, though there have been many changes and improvements to Costa Teguise, it has retained its charm and tranquil nature. The area is an ideal location for families, couples and the retired as it has the feel of a village, with many different nationalities living and working alongside each other creating a safe community feel. There are a wide variety of cuisines with restaurants and bars spread throughout the resort, giving Costa Teguise a cosmopolitan feel.” Judith Howe (The British Cafe)
“Costa Teguise? It boasts the best location by far on island. There’s no need for a car as everything is within comfortable walking distance in town, including an amazing water park.” Mark Holden (Lanzarote Gossip)
- Are you an expat living in Costa Teguise? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He’s travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.