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Located in the centre of the island, Teguise was the capital of Lanzarote until Arrecife took over in 1852. The streets of its charming historic centre make it one of the main cultural and tourist hubs of the island, and walking through it is always a delight.
What to see in Teguise
- Old quarter: Declared a Historic-Artistic Architectural Site, the old quarter of Teguise is one of the oldest on the island. Its cobbled streets are the heart of the town and have been the main attraction of some of the most important chapters in the history of Lanzarote.
- Santa Bárbara Castle: Built in the mid-15th century on top of a volcano, it currently houses the pirate Museum, a perfect place to discover the pirate attacks that the island faced and all the history behind this fascinating time period.
- Casa - Museo del Timple: Located in the Spínola Palace, this museum is dedicated to the timple, a small, sonorous musical instrument that forms part of the history and culture of the archipelago.
- Callejón de la Sangre: This is one of the most important arteries in the history of Teguise. During the North African invasion of September 1569, looting, fires and kidnappings took place, which came to an end when the locals managed to stop them in the Callejón de la Sangre.
- Teguise street market: Sundays are the busiest days in Teguise, as the old town fills up with stalls and becomes one of the most popular markets in the Canary Islands. There you'll find typical Lanzarote products, handicrafts and all kinds of souvenirs.
- Famara Beach: Located 6 miles (10 km) north of the capital, Famara Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lanzarote. Spreading its blanket of golden sand next to the slopes of a steep cliff, it has a swell that makes it one of the favourite beaches for surf lovers.
In Teguise, we can find some very special places such as the Cactus Garden or the César Manrique Foundation.
How to get to Teguise
The most comfortable way to get around Lanzarote is by car, so most tourists arrive in Teguise driving their own vehicle. If you're not planning to hire a car in Lanzarote, you can also travel to Teguise by bus from the main towns on the island.
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