Just up the coast from Lanzarote’s capital Arrecife, Costa Teguise is a wonderful place to base yourself while enjoying this beautiful island. With lots to do, making time for some shopping in Costa Teguise will mean you’ll get to know the real Lanzarote even faster.
Costa Teguise Market
Every Sunday in La Villa de Teguise is Lanzarote’s biggest street market, and an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the island. Just nine miles from Costa Teguise, hire a car to drive north inland or catch a bus and prepare to be amazed.
With hundreds of stalls, you’ll find lots of handmade market items as well as stalls specifically for souvenirs to take home for your loved ones. If you’re looking for unique finds though, do persevere because there are lots of stalls selling locally made foods and artworks. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, visiting the Teguise market is worthwhile for the vibrant atmosphere. Head to a street café and soak it all up with locals and tourists all embracing this lazy Sunday activity.
While the main market is in Teguise village inland, there’s also a Costa Teguise market alongside the marina each Friday evening. This is the perfect place to pick up your souvenirs, and there are lots of tapas bars from which to people watch in the warmth of the Lanzarote evening.
Explore the streets like a local
Costa Teguise has lots of small shops selling shoes, beach toys and souvenirs. You’ll always be able to find a new bikini and sun cream, that’s for sure! The best way to go shopping in Costa Teguise is simply to walk and explore. With lots of winding streets and tapas bars to keep you full, you’ll always find the best boutiques by accident.
If you want to do some serious shopping, you only need to visit Arrecife just down the coast or head to Biosfera Plaza in Puerto Del Carmen a little further south. The Biosfera Plaza is a whole day trip itself and it’s an easy trip from Costa Teguise. With a rooftop terrace showing films, serving food and even having a mini-golf course, the roof of this shopping centre alone is a trip worth making.
Big brand shopping can be done at the Biosfera Plaza, the Deiland shopping centre outside Playa Honda or in the pretty winding streets of Arrecife. All are on the coast and easy to reach from Costa Teguise. So after a busy day of shopping, you can get back to your beachside hotel room and relax with your new purchases.
Tips for Costa Teguise shopping
All large shops will take card payments so it’s easy to go shopping without having to worry about having enough euros. However, in small boutiques, souvenir shops and at markets, using cash is always preferable.
In larger shops, if you pay by card the machine might ask you if you want to pay in euros or sterling. It’s generally better to pay in euros and let your card’s network do the conversion rate rather than leaving it up to the shop. Remember that your bank might charge you every time you use your card abroad, so it’s best to check with them what the fees are.
When you’re buying snacks and drinks are bars, using cash is easier than card and some bars might even be cash only. For restaurants you can usually pay by card, especially in the resort areas like Costa Teguise.
There are plenty of supermarkets to visit while you’re shopping in Costa Teguise and they can be a great place to find local foods to take home or just somewhere to get a cheap snack. Supermarkets are a fun place to get to know what the locals eat and the best brand to visit is SuperDino and HiperDino.
Stocking up with local products
The aloe vera plant grows in Lanzarote and you’ll find lots of wonderful beauty products made from it. This cooling, medicinal plant will take the heat from your skin after a long day in the sun, and has a blissful cooling affect.
Lanzarote’s most famous artist, Cesar Manrique, lived in Teguise and the museum dedicated to him there has a beautiful gift shop with plenty of stunning jewellery, art and books.
If you want to take home some local speciality foods, try a couple of jars of the local mojo sauce. If you’ve been shopping in Costa Teguise you’re sure to have come across this sauce in souvenir shops or drizzled over potatoes in tapas bars. These jars travel well and are often very pretty so you can create this classic Canarian dish at home.