2009 Holiday Locations - Costa Teguise Lanzarote - By: Roger Munns
Lanzarote's Costa Teguise is located on the eastern side of the island. Its beaches, accommodation and shopping districts help make it one of Lanzarote's most visited holiday areas. Those who enjoy water sports often flock to the Costa Teguise for diving, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and more. Sports fanatics love the resort for the golf and tennis. The Costa Teguise also offers an atmosphere of rest and relaxation that few other resorts can offer.
Many marine activities can be taken advantage of from the convenience of the Costa Teguise. Diving is one of the most popular sports offered by local schools and businesses. Diving is such a sought after sport in the Costa Teguise and the surrounding areas because of the 300-days of sunshine Lanzarote receives each year. Divers, whether looking for relaxation or adventure, will find a variety of dive opportunities to fit their mood. Crystal clear blue waters lend the perfect atmosphere to all types of diving. Below the surface of the water is a whole new world. With more than 500 different species of fish in this unique aquatic environment, you're likely to stumble upon a number of them during your visit.
The Costa Teguise has many five-star hotels to choose from. Many of the beachfront hotels offer all the luxuries you'd expect. Most hotels offer hundreds of rooms with a terrace providing ocean views. Sports fans often escape to Costa Teguise to enjoy the tennis courts, gymnasiums, pools and solarium. Many local hotels also offer in-house restaurants, bars, room service and spas. The hotels located in Costa Teguise are only a few kilometers from the Golf Club. Hotels in the area often rent for 25 Euros to more than 100 Euros per night.
One of the main cultural and tourist centers on Lanzarote is La Villa de Teguise. On Sunday mornings, the village transforms into an open air market with stalls and vendors selling anything from artifacts to homemade breads. Each stall is accompanied by groups of folk singers and dancers in native dress.
Teguise is a city full of native culture. Many times during the year, you may witness a number of cultural celebrations. Such celebrations include the dance of the devils and the Roman Saturnalias. Culture is a big part of the fascination and atmosphere of Lanzarote. March 1 begins with a carnival in Teguise and 'Danza de los Diabletes' or Dance of the Little Devils. On March 1, you will be treated to a parade complete with floats and street musicians. May 3 is the 'Day of The Cross', one of the most deeply rooted traditions in all the Canary Islands. On this day, all crosses on the islands are covered with flowers.
The last week of May is Canary Festival Week. On June 1, the young and old of the municipality create carpets of salt directly on the streets in the Corpus Christi Procession.
July 16 brings Nuestra Setora del Carmen. Here you will witness performances by the 'Esperanza Spinola' theatre group, offerings to the Virgin, street parties, artisan fairs, Canary wrestling and a folk festival.
Festivities of the Virgin of Las Nieves on August 5 is a pilgrimage from Teguise to the Hermitage of Las Nieves. Along the pilgrimage you will see floats, parties and folk groups.
December 24, like around most of the Christian nations, brings many Christmas festivities, including "Misa del Gallo" or midnight service. These services may include performances by the 'Ranchos de Pascua o Animas' with songs and dances in front of the infant Jesus, a local custom celebrated since 1580.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit Lanzarote, make 2009 the year to discover the island.
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