Holidays to Costa Teguise offer up sandy beaches and a coast that's tailor-made for windsurfing. A double dose of bars and restaurants tops things off.
Back when it was built in the 1970s, Costa Teguise – on Lanzarote’s southeast coast – was like a magnet for affluent Spanish families. Things have gone from strength-to-strength, too, and today even King Carlos of Spain has a place here. Thankfully sun-seekers don’t have to wait for the royal nod to enjoy the sandy beaches, top-class windsurfing and family-friendly nightlife.
When it comes to beaches, Costa Teguise gives you five sandy ones to weigh up. They're all joined up by a lengthy promenade that's loaded with shops and restaurants. This stretch of the coast gets a bit of a breeze, but if you'd rather sunbathe without it, head for Playa Jablillo – a wind-protected, horseshoe-shaped spot. Playa Bastian's also worth a try. It's five minutes’ walk further, and comes with large stones that you can flake out behind, called zocos.
Flumes and fairways
Activity-wise, children are well catered for by the Costa Teguise Aquapark, which comes with tonnes of slides and a lake for swimming. Grown-ups, meanwhile, can work on their swing on an 18-hole golf course at the side of an old volcano. Lessons are available if you're taking things seriously, and there’s also a driving range and a pitch and putt green.
Daytrips to Arrecife
This place is within easy reach of Lanzarote's headline-grabbers – you can reach the capital, Arrecife, in just 15 minutes' drive. When you get there, a good place to start is El Charco, a lagoon that's got fishermen’s cottages and seafood restaurants for company. Among the other sights are a couple of forts that have been converted into house museums, and Calle Real, a shopping centre which has plenty of cafés for rest stops.
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