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Teguise and Castillo de Santa Barbara 

For my money, Teguise (not to be confused with Costa Teguise), in the island’s centre, is the nicest town on the island – or at least it is if you avoid the Sunday market - which I always have! It was the old capital of the island until 1852, before it was usurped by Arrecife. It has a tranquil charm, cobbled streets and is a lovely place just to wander about. It is designated as an Architectural Historic Site.

It has an impressive church, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe overlooking a nice square.

In Teguise is the museum at the Palacio Spinola (see below), the restored house of a wealthy nobleman. This is well worth visiting. Carved shutters cover the windows to keep it cool and the interior is a mix of rooms, passageways and patios. The admission charge is small.

Find La Bodeguita Del Medio bar in the Plaza Clavijo y Fajardo. This is a very atmospheric bar with some interesting artefacts upstairs. More to the point, you can get a very reasonable lunch and English is spoken.

Castillo de Santa Bárbara sits on Mount Guanapay, overlooking Teguise. This used to house a fascinating Emigrants Museum telling the story of mass emigration of Lanzaroteños to the Americas, between the 17th and 19th centuries. Some of it was enforced and some was from choice because of severe water shortages on Lanzarote and the destruction of farmland due to major volcanic activity. Only desalination of sea water today permits the tourism industry to thrive. I revisited in 2015, to find it is now all about various invasions of Lanzarote by all the main seafaring nations' pirates at various times.

There are great views over Teguise from the castle battlements.

Teguise church



Donkey in Teguise

Castillo de Santa Barbara

Palacio Spinola

Palacio Spinola courtyard

Palacio Spinola water filter/cooler

Palacio Spinola fireplace

Palacio Spinola

Palacio Spinola chimney


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