Guest Post – Things to do in Costa Teguise
This winter I decided to take some time out to travel around the Canary Islands which is a great, and reasonably priced, place to find some winter sun. While I was in the Canary Islands my sister got in touch to say that she was booking a last minute break to Lanzarote for her and the children and would I like to join them. I jumped at the chance, as we hadn’t seen each other for ages. Lanzarote is very laid back and as such is ideal for families.
My sister had looked at various options for accommodation, intending to go for self-catering and book flights separately, but it actually worked out cheaper for her to get an all-inclusive package including flights. She chose the Ficus Apartments in Costa Teguise which are in a quiet location a few minutes outside of the main resort centre. She had transfers arranged but, as I was already on the island, I met them at the apartment. It was hugs and kisses all round and we were really looking forward to spending this time together.
Getting Around in Costa Teguise
The apartment complex was only a ten minute walk from Playa Las Cucharas, the nearest beach, which has golden sand and shelves gently into the sea. At this time of year the sea is actually warmer than the unheated pool so we did go several times. You do have to be careful though and check the warning flags; on a couple of days the yellow flag was flying which means you can swim with caution. If the green is flying it is safe to swim, but when the red is flying it is dangerous to go in.
I had looked at the option of hiring a car for the week but it was very expensive because of the school holidays. If you do want a car it is usually cheaper to book it online before you leave but, even if you wait until you arrive, it is still usually cheaper to book online via the UK.
A car would have been vital if we were planning on travelling off the beaten track. However as all the places we wanted to go to were either easy to get to by public transport, had their own special shuttle buses or were in walking distance a car would have been an unnecessary luxury on this trip.
Out and About in Costa Teguise
For organised excursions it is usually cheaper to book your tickets through a local tour company such as Last Minute Transfer or Customer Travel than your rep. Their agents are sometimes able to negotiate discounts for groups, such as one child goes free. This can depend on the season and the weather but it’s always worth asking.
We decided to take the children to Rancho Texas, near to Puerto del Carmen, which is a wildlife theme park. It is €22 for adults and €17 for children but it is a full day out and the bus to and from the resort is included.
The bus picked us up in the morning and when we arrived at the park we started off by going around the zoo area. The kids were especially fascinated by the white tiger, which they had never even heard of before. We then went to see the parrot show and it is so funny to see the tricks the birds do. I never thought I would see a parrot riding a bike!
After a snack lunch we watched the birds of prey display. They are trained to fly so close to the audience that you feel the wind from their feathers and the looks on the faces of the children were a picture. Having a huge eagle that close to you is an amazing and quite scary experience.
The park also has a ‘splash and pool zone’ where you can relax in the sun in the beautiful surroundings while the children wear themselves out. One attraction we missed was swimming with the sea lions which, although it would be a once in a lifetime experience, was an additional €40 each.
Eating Out in Costa Teguise
As we had our meals included we tended to eat at the complex but we did eat out on a couple of occasions. A five-minute walk away was Cactus Jacks Tex Mex restaurant. It is very much meat orientated and definitely not for vegetarians, but the food was good quality and value for money. All items on the children’s’ menu were just €4 each! They also had different entertainment on every night.
Within a ten to fifteen minute walk of the apartment there are three commercial centres with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants but our favourite area was Pueblo Marinero. There is a bandstand where there is live music most evenings, which is free to watch, and there are some lovely eateries. We ate in the Restaurant el Pueblo which is a lovely small place with scrubbed wooden tables and brightly coloured drinking glasses and which serves typical Canarian dishes. The owners are very friendly and we were made to feel really welcome.
We had a lovely week and I can recommend Lanzarote and in particular Costa Teguise. The resort has a very relaxed feel and you tend to not get the ‘lager louts’. Within easy reach are many restaurants with every kind of food available, and most are reasonably priced. The beaches are lovely and, if a relaxing holiday is what you’re after, this resort is ideal. It’s also a good base for exploring further afield as the public transport is regular and very cheap and there are many natural attractions on the island, which would make for a good inexpensive day out.
Katie is a rookie travel blogger who has recently returned to the UK after travelling round southern Europe for several months. You can find out more about Katie here.