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Teguise – stately former capital

Teguise merges history, architecture and culture with tourism, shops, restaurants and leisure

Villa de Teguise is a historic town that served as Lanzarote’s capital for over four centuries, from the early 15th century until 1852. Its streets are steeped in the grandeur of its noble family dynasties like the Bethencourt, Herrera and Spínola. The lava cobblestones, whitewashed facades and imposing doorways of the old quarter, a listed Historic-Artistic Site, exude history and form part of the many charms that make Teguise, or ‘La Villa’ as locals call it, a must-visit for tourists.
Santa Bárbara Castle, built in the 15th century to protect islanders from pirate attacks, provides breathtaking views of Teguise from its vantage point atop the Guanapay volcano. The red stone tower of the 15th century Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church is another iconic landmark, visible from miles away. Additionally, the town features several important religious buildings, including the Santo Domingo and San Francisco convents, which host art exhibitions and concerts.

Spínola Palace dates back to the 18th century and was once home to one of Teguise’s most prominent families. This stately residence was beautifully restored and refurbished in the 1970s by Lanzarote artist César Manrique. Today, it houses the Casa-Museo del Timple, where visitors can see a permanent exhibition of this typical Canarian string instrument.
Teguise boasts a thriving commercial scene with an excellent selection of shops, boutiques, souvenirs, art, artisan crafts, bars, restaurants and artist and design studios. International names like María Cao, Mick Gonnel, Guttenberger Schultz, and Sigis Vinylism call La Villa their home, lending it a cosmopolitan vibe.
In November, Teguise hosts Saborea Lanzarote, the prestigious annual food and wine fair that attracts foodies from far and wide. But all year round, you can find a range of bars and restaurants serving everything from typical Canarian dishes to innovative signature cuisine.
Midweek, the quiet hum of life amidst these grandiose buildings is enjoyed at a gentle pace. But once a week, it becomes a pulsating rhythm when the Sunday market, or Mercadillo, takes to the streets. Stalls pop up in every nook and cranny, selling a dazzling array of goods. Once everything is packed up, the entertainment continues with live music and drinks in many of its bars.

Sponsored by: Ayuntamiento de Teguise


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