27 Mar Discovering Lanzarote: What to do while staying at our villas – Teguise
This week we continue sharing Lanzarote’s treasures with you. This is the seventh in our series on the sights, sounds and tastes that await when you come to stay at one of our luxury villas. Today we will visit our former capital and a historical treasure trove: Villa de Teguise.
Teguise was the first urban centre on the Canary Islands, with its boundaries being officially marked in 1418. In the 1980s that 500+ year history was recognized when Teguise was declared an architecturally historic artistic site. For you, this means that there are lots of beautiful, historic buildings to see, ranging from stately homes such as the Spínola Palace to religious buildings, including Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe church and the convents of St. Domingo and San Francisco. There is even an old pirate castle on top of a volcano: Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Those convents regularly hold artistic and cultural events, so check with us about what might be happening there while you’re here.
Just a few weeks ago Teguise celebrated its major carnival, which includes the “Danza de los Diabletes” (Dance of the Little Devils), one of the oldest customs in Teguise’s history. These devils were created when aboriginal and Christian beliefs came together with the religious practices of the Moorish and African slaves, creating the figure of the “little devil,” incarnated as a he-goat, the symbol of virility and fecundity. Today you will see these Diabletes, wearing amazing costumes and carved masks in red and black, in the carnival parade. So if you want to experience this grand festival, make arrangements now to come stay at one of our villas next March!
If you will be visiting us at another time of year, make sure to check out the Sunday Market in Teguise. On Sunday mornings, the historic cobblestone streets of the square are transformed with colorful tents, delicious smelling food and an amazing variety of wares for sale. You can wander through the vendor’s stalls filled with handbags, pottery, napkins and paintings, while munching on donuts hot from the oven and drinking freshly squeezed orange juice, or you can sit for an English style breakfast or some tapas and watch others stroll by.
So when you come to Lanzarote, make sure to visit our historic former capital Teguise. Next time we’ll tell you about what you can do and see in our current capital. If you’re ready to visit, please contact us now to make a reservation at one of our luxury villas!