Costa Teguise


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Costa Teguise
Shopping : There are a variety of shops around the resort and in the La Cucharas Shopping Complex, selling all the usual tourist tat, as well as a few electrical duty-free stores. The busy Sunday market at Teguise is well worth a visit, selling a variety of locally produced goods from pottery to tablecloths along with the inevitable 'I've been to Lanzarote' t-shirts. Restaurants : There is a good range of restaurants in Costa Teguise catering for all tastes and pockets. Recommended restaurants include the Portofino, which serves delicious Italian fare, and the Casablanca, which offers Filet Mignon, chicken dishes and good friendly service. A couple of restaurants offer good Mexican food including Habana and Tex Mex, in the La Cucharas Shopping Complex. There is also plenty of choice for those after somewhere offering a good English Breakfast and Premiership football. Many of the better restaurants are around the marketplace. La Ordana and Oscars are the best, but El Patio, El Pescador and La Pardela all serve good local cuisine. Nightlife : The nightlife in Costa Teguise is not legendary - party animals generally take a taxi to Puerto del Carmen, a larger resort ten miles (16km) to the west. But there is a nightclub and a disco, and nice bars around the marketplace to start the evening off, including Hooks and the Irish Fiddler where guests can sit outside. Legends bar provides entertainment most nights such as a hypnotist or an Abba tribute band. There is a casino in the Hotel Oasis. Activities : There is plenty of entertainment in and around Costa Teguise for all ages. Watersports, including sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving can be arranged from the beaches, while just outside the resort is an 18-hole golf course and a water park for the kids. Further afield visitors can explore the Timanfaya National Park and the ancient capital, Arrecife. Boat trips and submarine tours go from Puerto Calero, ten miles (16km) west of Costa Teguise, and camel and horse rides can be organised. Most activities can be organised through the tour operator reps, though it is sometimes cheaper to book directly.
Negatives : It is possible to get good bargains in the electrical duty-free stores, but remember that you can't take purchases back to the shop once you have left the island. Check everything works and that all batteries, cables and plugs are included; that you receive a European guarantee, not an Asian one; and that all electrical items have a CE stamp. Whilst water is safe for cleaning teeth and washing food, it is very high in mineral content and can cause bad stomachs. Bottled water should be used for drinking.