Teguise is a municipality in the central part of the island of Lanzarote. It is located north of Arrecife and south of Haría. The seat of the municipality is the town of Villa de Teguise. The municipality also comprises a number of neighbouring islands including Graciosa, Alegranza, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Montaña Clara.
Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarote until 1852, has become one of the main tourist and cultural centres on the island. Teguise offers its visitors an excellent museum for its great artistic wealth, beautifully arranged in a single space tinged with an extraordinary medieval flavour. The artist and architect César Manrique was born in this area. In the very centre of the town you can find some examples of the most important historic buildings on the island, such as the Palace of Spínola or the convents of Santo Domingo and San Francisco. And very close by, next to the extinct volcano of Guanapay, stands the Castle of Santa Bárbara, restored and converted into the Museum of the Emigrant.
The Villa de Teguise becomes the main attraction every Sunday from 9h to 14h as it hosts the largest outdoor flea market on the island where you can find all kinds of goods at reasonable prices. Crafts, textiles, art, decorations, curiosities, food. It’s the perfect place to buy your gifts and souvenirs to take back home. If you would like to discover other markets in Lanzarote, we would recommend you checking this list of local weekly markets in Lanzarote.
If you don’t like busy markets, you can visit Teguise on any other day, maybe not a Monday as this tends to be the standard day off, and you will find a charming place to wander around with some really interesting and individual shops. Teguise was declared a village of historic and artistic heritage in the 80’s by the Spanish government.
We would highly recommend you visiting el Castillo de Santa Barbara (The Fortress of Santa Barbara). As well as offering the most incredible views of the island, also houses the excellent Museum of Emigration; which details the patterns of mass exodus forced upon Lanzarote’s inhabitants over the years, by factors such as volcanic eruptions and general economic hardship.