Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Like Puerto Del Carmen, Costa Teguise located to the east of Lanazrote is also a touristic center. The town of Costa Teguise is home to tourists and less locals. Here you will find the most diverse holiday accommodations. From simple apartments to 5 star hotels. There are numerous restaurants, cafe’s, pubs and shopping as well as car rentals along the beach promenade and throughout the town. Especially in the area of ​​the Avenida de las Islas Canarias. In addition, you have four sandy beaches of natural origin. Playa de los Charcos, Playa de las Cucharas, Playa del Jablillo and Playa Bastián. All are maintained regularly for touristic needs. For every type of water sports you will find the ideal conditions. Windsurfers find particularly good conditions at Playa de las Cucharas. If you do not want to spend the day in the sun, you can visit the largest aquarium in the Canary Islands. Above Costa Teguise there is also a beautiful 18-hole golf course. A very special experience to visit this green oasis. The decision to either watch the ball or enjoy the fantastic view sometimes is quite difficult.

The resort, which was planned by César Manrique, also has an “old” village square. Although the square is artificially laid out, the largest gum tree on the island is here and the atmosphere is really idyllic in the Pueble Marinero. On Friday evening there is a small edition of the market of Teguise.

The Costa Teguise tourist center, about ten kilometers northeast of the island’s capital, Arrecife, was acquired by the Spanish industrial company Unión Explosivos Riotinto at the end of the 1960s. Then, the building of the new town began from the beginning of the 1970s to bring tourism in the municipality of Teguise.

César Manrique, the well-known lanzarote architect and environmentalist, was instrumental in the planning and execution, as well as in the garden and swimming pool facilities of the island’s first five-star hotel, Melia Salinas. The houses of the new holiday resort were built in lanzarotenian, white style with green or brown windows. The number of floors was limited to a maximum of two storeys. In some places the image has changed today by the construction of slightly higher, 3 and 4-star hotels.

From Costa Teguise there is especially to Arrecife and to Puerto del Carmen (during the day every twenty minutes) as well as to Teguise and also to Caleta de Famara (several times daily) a very good public bus connections.

Playa de La Garita Beach

Playa de La Garita Beach in Arrieta, Lanzarote

On the outskirts of Arrieta, in the north-east of Lanzarote lies the Playa La Garita, a light-brown sand beach, about 800 meters long, mainly frequented by locals.
This beach is managed by the municipality of Haria. It is also easy to reach for people with disabilities, it offers public shower, toilets, daily emptied trash bins and children’s play ground equipment. On windy days you can also see some windsurfers here.

At the southern end of the beach, where there are larger areas with smaller and larger stones, people who are particularly interested and looking for quiet space find a place to listen to the relaxing sea noise.
In the neighborhood, at the south end of the beach, is also a football field located, which sometimes is used by local youths.

Directly above the lively part of Playa de la Garita beach towards the village you find the typical spanish beach bar Chiringuito and another restaurant.
In both restaurants you can enjoy your meal with a beautiful view of the sea. A small fitness course invites you to burn the calories of the delicious food.

The bus route from Arrecife to arrieta stops in about 400 meters.

The sea is usually very quiet, the entrance into the water flat and otherwise there is hardly any danger and therefore this beach is not guarded. For emergencies there is a first aid station directly next door.


Teguise, Lanzarote

Approaching from LZ 30, the former capital of the island, Teguise is easy to find. In 1852 Teguise had to give up its title with a heavy heart to Arrecife. However Teguise is a small town with a lot of charm and ambiance, winding streets and historic buildings. Parking is easy.

One should definitely visit Teguise twice: once during the week when Teguise shows it’s quiet and contemplative side, and on a Sunday when the town comes alive. Colouful and flamboyant weekend markets attract the crowds. Market sellers and artisans present their wares – haggling is the order of the day for kitsch, junk and hand-made crafts.

Throw yourself into the fray and be inspired by the vitality and the spirit of the town. The market closes at 2pm, but keep your eyes peeled when you stroll through the lanes of Teguise. In certain backyards there’s live music to be found.

Since the 90s, the church hall of the former monastery “Convento de Santo Domingo” is a venue for art exhibitions, entry is free. “Plaza de la Constitución” has several attractions. Built in the 15th century, the gothic style church “San Miguel” is eye catching and one of the oldest religious buildings on the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, the doors to the inner part of church, where the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe are closed to most visitors.

Opposite the church is the 18th-century “Palacio Spínola” which now houses a spinola museum. Spinola is a guitar-like instrument played in the Canary Islands, having its origins in Teguise. Even if you’re not interested in the history or construction methods of the spinola, the Palacio is worth a visit. The beautiful courtyard and interiors are a prime example of 18th century Canarian architecture. To the left of the Palacio is “La Cilla”, a small house. In this former tithed building, farmers had to give a part of their grain harvest as taxes. How fitting that today a bank now occupies this historic building.

Wander through the winding alley ways and discover a myriad of surprises: workshops where ancient handy crafts are produced, galleries with interesting works of art and presentations, cozy cafes with small, beautiful courtyards and earthy pubs. Next to the ancient theater of Teguise is the restored “Palacio Marqués de Herrera y Rojas”, now home to the Restaurant “Palacio del Marqués”. Prices for tapas and wine are definitely on the heavy side. Ordering less than a whole bottle of wine, will more than likely incur a derogatory reaction.

Leaving the town towards Haría is “Castillo Santa Barbara.” Either follow the signposted footpath and walk up the hill, or drive in the comfort of your car. Views over Teguise are fantastic . In the past the Castillo served as an observation post for the Lanzaroteños. Oncoming attacks by pirates could easily be seen and population warned. Interestingly this historic building is now a pirate museum.

On the outskirts of Teguise is what looks like a Pet cemetery. Works od art have been created from old broken toys, mannequins and other junk item. Museo Mara Mao” is a freaky and wacky cabinet of curiosities. Good that tastes differ and art remains a matter of taste.

The Market in Teguise is every Sunday in the whole town. There are many stands for clothes, accessories and food.


Haría, Lanzarote

The town of Haría is the capital of the municipality of the same name on Lanzarote.
Haria lies surrounded by Volcanos, in the north of Lanzarote, in the “Valley of the Thousand Palms” and there is no other place on the whole island where canary palms grow in such a variety.

It is said that whenever a girl was born in Haría, a new palm tree grew.

Haría - Haria Lanzarote MarketHaría was often exposed to invasions and pirate attacks throughout his history. In the most devastating of 1586, almost the entire palms were burnt down. The neoclassical buildings at the Plaza de la Constitución date the 19th century, when Haría was temporarily the seat of a constituent assembly. Especially in the 1950s, when during the Franco era many inhabitants moved their homeland in Haría towards South America, Haría suffered under a land run. To this day some of the houses are empty.

Center of the village of Haría is the long, shaded Plaza León y Castillo with laurel and eucalyptus trees. At the eastern end of the square stands the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, reconstructed in 1956 after a heavy storm. Near the Plaza de la Constitución lies the Taller Municipal de Artesania handicraft center, where traditional embroidery, baskets and cloaks are made.
Around the ecclesiastical holiday of San Juan (June 24 to 27 June) colorful salt mats with different motifs are laid out on the streets. This happens during the day and one can observe the people at work before the next day a procession with St. Juan destroys these salt pictures.

In the cemetery of Haría you will find the grave of the artist and conservationist of the island, César Manrique, who moved to a farmhouse, which he rebuilt in 1988, and on 25 September 1992 in his old age Of 73 years he died after an car accident.

Haría is one of the seven municipalities of Lanzarote, with a total population of 4,755 (1 January 2015) on a total area of ​​106,58 km².
The address of the municipal administration is: Plaza de la Constitución, 1, 35520 – Haría,

Website: www.ayuntamientodeharia.com

Haría is know as the valley of thousand Palms, the Saturday Handcraft-Market is a good destination for a trip. César Manrique lived here the rest years of his life, you can visit his house (Museum) every day.

Mirador del Rio

Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote

The street LZ 202 provides a direct link to the northern most point of Lanzarote, Mirador del Rio. If approaching from Cueva de los Verdes or Jameos del Agua, a short detour along the coast is recommended. Take LZ 1 towards Órzola and enjoy the beautiful coastal route. Just before Órzola is the beach – Charca de la Novia, gently sloping and sandy, perfect for families with small children. In the shallow water they can safely run around. The contrast between the white sand, the black lava rocks and the bright turquoise blue of the water, is astounding.

From the small town Órzola, Mirador del Rio is signposted and easy to find. Without the signs posts and parked cars, it would be easy to the miss this work of art. Merged with nature – natural rock formations, Manrique yet again created harmony and balance. At the heart of Mirador del Rio is a large hall, flooded with light through enormous windows. There is also a small cafe. Like a magnet, one finds oneself attracted to the light – the windows, where  a spectacular view over the neighboring island of La Graciosa awaits – a perfect place to sit at a table enjoy a coffee and the breathtaking views.

From the terrace one has an even better view of “La Graciosa” and also of the salt fields of El Río. As if on a silver platter, the island with 700 inhabitants presents itself. Just two kilometers from Lanzarote and a 20 minutes crossing from Órzola, the village of Caleta de Sebo, one of the two inhabited villages on La Graciosa is visible.

Gaze a little further into the distance, you’ll see 3 more islands, all uninhabited – Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste and Alegranza.
On the upper floor of the Mirador lies the souvenir shop, light-filled and beautifully designed.

Is it possible to receive a discount, if you buy a ticket for more than one sightseeing object on Lanzarote. Which sights are included and which combinations are possible are described to you at the entrance to Mirador del Rio.

MON-SUN 10am-5:45pm

In Summer (July-September) until 6:45pm

Vino y mas, Puerto del Carmen

Vino y mas or just Vino+ in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Vino y mas (Vino+) is a very creative spanish tapas bar at the end of the Avenida de las Playas in Puerto del Carmen. The tapas bar is family-owned and -managed. You will definitively meet one or more persons of the family when you are there to buy something or to enjoy wine and tapas.

In the shop of Vino+ they offer fabulous wines from Lanzarote, from the spanish mainland and other wine regions of the world. You can, moreover, buy delicious cheese, fresh meat and other gourmet food.

At the tables inside the bar and outside on the big terrace in the nice patio you can enjoy bottles and glasses of famous Lanzarote Malvasia white wines. You will be served with a menu of special spanish tapas that have got different touches of spices driven by the influence of selected worldwide regions. The menu is offered to you in spanish, english and german. According to the permanent dishes you can get some exquisite tapas of day. All dishes are freshly prepared for you. Enjoy on Lanzarote tapas, wine and more.

Sometimes at the weekends your dinner will be accompanied with beautiful acoustic canary live music.

MON-SUN 12pm-1am

Calle Cenobio, 35510 Tías, Spain

 +34 928 51 69 59



Tías, Lanzarote

In Spanish Tias means aunts. The town was given the name by the former governor of Gran Canaria, Don Alfonso Fajardo, who named the place to honour his aunts. Formerly called The Tias of Fajardo after Doña Francisca and Doña Hernán Fajardo.

Tias has around 5,500 residents, is today the main town of the Municipio de Tias and the authorities and the police headquarters are based here. Many long term or permanent holidaymakers have made the town their new home. But more and more short stay holidaymakers are enjoying their holidays in the many available apartments and fincas, away from the hustle and bustle. There are plenty of beautiful little shops and some typical Spanish tapas bars and restaurants. You can visit the two churches “Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria” and “San Antonio”.  If you are in Tias on a Saturday morning, then is visiting the market, where local produce and products from the island are offered, is a must. Exhibitions take place in the small church of La Ermita on a regular basis.

When you are on holidays on Lanzarote and you are hungry in Tías you should not miss to visit the tapas bar “La Ermita“.

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park – The Fire Mountains of Lanzarote

The Fire Mountains of Lanzarote clarify like no other place on the island as Lanzarote has emerged and how the flora and fauna has shaped of this Canary Island. The volcanic craters all over Lanzarote show the force that is hidden under the surface of the earth and that formed the island. The area of the Timanfaya National Park, which is also known as the Fire Mountains or Montañas del Fuego, is the most recent example of this powerful natural phenomenon. In the 1730s there were several volcanic eruptions in this area, which lasted for almost six years and were documented in detail by the pastor of Yaiza. These were not the last volcanic eruptions on Lanzarote, but the most devastating. Fertile soil, villages and farmyards were buried under the lava. Where formerly people lived, hundreds of new volcanoes arose after these heavy volcanic eruptions on Lanzarote. These got the Spanish name Montañas del Fuego – in English: Fire mountains. In 1974 the Timanfanya National Park was established and is still an attraction for travellers, holidaymakers and locals.

How enormous the heat below the surface of the Fire Mountains is still today will be shown to several times during a tour through the parc. Openings in the ground can be used by skilled employees of the Timanfaya National Park to light hay bales. Elsewhere, water is poured from a bucket into a hole in the earth and immediately boiling water rises in the air at an enormous rate. A big barbecue over a hole in the ground is also impressive, as it can be seen the national parc restaurant “El Diablo”. The ascending heat is able to fry a variety of meat in a very natural way. You can then enjoy the barbecue in the restaurant. “El Diablo” was designed by César Manrique and forms the center of the national park Timanfaya. A nice panoramic view is offered to over the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote. But you should miss to do a tour in one of the air-conditioned buses through the Fire Mountains of the National Park Timanfaya. During the tour through the hills, the history of this impressive landscape is brought to you in English, Spanish and German. Even if the consequences for the people of Lanzarote at the time of the eruptions are hardly imaginable. It is also difficult to understand that over 100 different plant species are found in this barren landscape.

Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote is easily accessible by car. This can be parked in the center at the tourist information and the restaurant “El Diabolo”.

We recommend to sit on the right side during the bus tour because from this side you will a direct view to most of the picture spots of Timanfaya National Park.

El Diablo is a restaurant located in the Timanfaya National Park and built in 1970 by César Manrique. This circular building has been carefully fitted in the countryside and consists almost entirely of lava and glass. A great attraction is the “volcanic vent grill”; dishes are grilled here at about 400°C over a hole in the ground by natural geothermal. The great heat, which can also be found in the “Fire Mountains”, is demonstrated with other spectacular performances.

MON-SUN 9am-5:45pm

In summer months until 7pm

Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote

In 1968, César Manrique designed his first object: “Jameos del Agua”.

The “cave-in areas” belong to the same system of lava tunnel as “Cueva de los Verdes“, which was created by the eruption of Montaña Corona. The tunnel was formed when top lava flows were already cooled down and bottom lava flows went further. At two points in the tunnel collapse Manrique staged this natural beauty skillfully with plants, light and music. When Manrique returned from America in the end of the 60s this area was very dirty.
If you climb in the Jameo “Chico”, you will get into a restaurant with natural light, from where you will have great view over the subterranean salt lake. The toilets are very worth seeing! Tiny blind albino crabs are living in this lake although they normally only live in the deep sea, where there is no light. It is believed that the crabs came up due to a seaquake. Back on the surface you can reach the „Jameo Grande “, a magnificent pool area designed by Manrique. At the end of this artificial lagoon it goes underground again: you will get into the “Auditorio de los Jameos”; which is an underground concert hall for 500 people, where regular performances are held.

Do not get into the water. It is absolutely not allowed!

SUN-FRI 10am-6:30pm

SAT 10am-10pm

La Ermita

Tapas Bar La Ermita in Tías on Lanzarote

La Ermita, meeting point for many residents and an absolute highlight in terms of quality and ambience. Don’t spend your holidays without visiting the Ermita. Best is to plan a visit for the start of your holidays, you will have a chance for a second visit in that way. Selection of dishes at the bar, a small menu is also available. Excellent service and very good value for money. Tables available without booking until 7.30 pm, for later times is prior booking essential to avoid disappointment. This applies not only to weekends but also during the week.

Don’t forget to try the pastry with goats cheese, spinach, iberian ham and honey.

Best beer to ask for: 1906 – very nice for beer lovers

Open wines all very good.

Closed on sundays.

Check out in May if open, normally going on holiday two weeks in May.

MON-FRI 2pm-midnight
SUN closed

 Avenida Central 63, 35572 Tías, Las Palmas, Canary Islands

 +34 928 52 40 76