Lanzarote – The Ultimate Guide – Essentials

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There is a lot to see and do in Lanzarote as well as something for everyone. Architecture, Volcanoes, Wine Tasting, Local Culture, History, Beaches, Sports plus lots more besides. Here is some essential information which covers markets, medical, banking and more.

Agricultural Market Costa Teguise

In Pueblo Marinero, every Tuesday from 9am until 2pm
Agricultural products, organic fruit and vegetables.
Honey and homemade jams, cheese and local wines homemade pastries and liqueurs.

Craft Promenade Costa Teguise

In Pueblo Marinero, every Wednesday from 6pm until 10pm
Authentic Lanzarote handicraft market
Sold directly by the craftsmen and craftswomen.

Market of Costa Teguise

In Pueblo Marinero every Friday from 5pm until 10pm
In this market you can find local handcrafts and other souvenirs.
Great night life ambience in the Costa Teguise town center.

Market at La Villa Teguise

Located in the historical center of La Villa Teguise which is almost 600 years old.
Enjoy the biggest Market in Europe (more than 400 stalls)
Here you can find just about anything, clothes, local and international handicrafts, agricultural and livestock products, typical local cuisine, gifts.
Exhibitions of traditional folklore music and dance, as well as a variety of museums.

Teguise Market Tips

  • There is one cash machines in Teguise available on Sunday.
  • Take lots of change.
  • Toilets are located in the food market.
  • Restaurants, Bars and Cafe’s charge €1 to use the loo but buy a drink etc and it’s free.
  • Loris tapas bar is awesome!
  • Take a camera.
  • There’s street entertainment too!
  • Be outside the Church at 11am for the music.
  • The convent of Saint Francisco is a museum €3 entrance.
  • The Spinola house is the Timple museum €3 (Timple is the traditional small guitar)
  • If it rains shelter in the church or a bar.
  • There are farm animals near the old windmill. Usually a camel, goats, chickens plus a surprise!
  • the pirate museum is at the top of the volcano too.
  • Museum is 18th century, some steep steps.
  • Toilets are behind the castle.
  • Teguise now has free wi-fi around the village.

Haria Market – Saturday

In total contrast to Teguise, Haria stages a laid back, small-scale market every Saturday morning, with twenty to thirty stalls set up in the shade of the town’s beautiful tree-lined main square.

Haria has traditionally attracted individuals in search of a more alternative lifestyle and the goods on sale here often reflect that.

The accent is on hand produced art and craft items as well as limited amounts of locally grown fruit and veg, as well as fresh produce such as goat’s cheese.

There are a number of good bars and restaurants in the square where you can just sit and drink in the atmosphere.

Whilst serious shoppers will find Haria less engaging than Teguise Market, those who want nothing more than a relaxed browse in a more atmospheric environment should head here.

Haria Market

Arrecife Market – Saturday

Arrecife Market is staged in the old quarter of the capital city – in and around El Charco and the Church de San Gines – and is an entertaining place to spend the morning. With stalls selling arts and crafts as well as food and drink and much more besides.

There’s usually plenty of entertainment on offer too in the form of local folklore groups.  Parking can be tricky in the capital so head for the rough ground by El Charco where you can leave your car for a couple of euros

Other Markets

Marina Rubicon – Playa Blanca

Every Wednesday and Saturday from 09.00 to 14.00 in the atmospheric surroundings of the Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca.  Around 30 stalls mostly selling clothing and general souvenirs.

Artisan Market – Mancha Blanca

Every Sunday from 09.00 to 14.00, with the accent on local arts and crafts and organically grown produce.

Traditional Market – Uga

Small twice weekly market from 09.00 to 14.00 every Saturday and Sunday in the pretty little village of Uga, close to Yaiza and the volcanic region.

Weekly Events

Every Tuesday

9pm Jameos Nights, Dinner and Music in Jameos del Aqua.
9am – 2pm Farmers Market, Pueblo Marinero, Costa Teguise.
10am – 2pm Art and Souvenir Market, Puerto Calero.
Susi and Gopar, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas.

Every Wednesday

9-2pm: Market, Playa Blanca,
Marina Rubicón
6-10pm: Craft and Souvenir
Market, Costa Teguise,
Pueblo Marinero
5pm – 7pm: Sun Rockers
Tea Party, Sun Park Living,
Playa Blanca
8:30pm: Canarian Folk Music,

Every Thursday

10pm: Mauricio & Angy,
Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas
Cinema In Original Version The Agricultural Market Tahíche is a reality since Thursday October 18th 2014, the result of the initiative by the Department of Municipal Markets of the City of Teguise.
Craft Market at Marina Arrecife Every Thursday from 10am till 3 pm

Tahiche Market
The food market usually has more than fifteen stalls selling all kinds of products related to the primary, such as fruits, vegetables, gravies, cheeses, artisan breads, pastries, and many industry products. The shopping area is open every Thursday between 9:00 am and 14:00 pm together with the sociocultural center in Santiago’s Plaza Mayor CSC.

Don´t forget:
Every Thursday the cinemas
in Deiland (Playa Honda) and
Atlantida (Arrecife) show films
in their original language, with
Spanish subtitles, giving you the
chance to see US and British films
often before they arrive in the UK.

Gopar Live Band, Arrecife,
Gran Hotel – Doblon Bar

Every Friday

10-2pm: Art and Souvenir
Market, Puerto Calero
10-2pm: Social Fridays / Expat
Community. Sun Park Living
10-2pm: Market, Puerto del
Carmen, Plaza El Varadero (old
Town)
5-10pm: Market, Costa Teguise,
Pueblo Marinero
9pm: Cuban Music, Teguise,
El Patio Creperie
10pm: Jam Sessions,
Teguise, Bar La Galeria
New! Summer concerts:
Live Concerts with different
groups (call 928-826789 to
confirm) Costa Teguise,
Terraza Zen (Campo de Golf)

Every Saturday

9-2pm: Market, Playa Blanca,
Marina Rubicón
9-2pm: Market, Arrecife,
Plaza Iglesia de San Ginés
9-2.30pm: Market, Haría, Plaza
10-2pm: Traditional Market, Uga
10-2pm: Market at La Recova,
Tias, Plaza Anfiteatro El Pavón
8:30pm: Flamenco, Puerto del
Carmen, Café La Ola
9pm: Jameos Nights,
Dinner and live music.
Jameos del Agua
10pm: Cuban Music,
Playa Blanca,
Cuatro Lunas

Every Sunday

9-2pm: Market, Teguise
9-2pm: Farmer’s Market,
Mancha Blanca
10-2pm: Original PALS
Car Boot Sale,
Lanzarote A Caballo.
10-2pm: Market, Uga
3-5pm: Jazz session
at The Crafty Cow (PDC)
with Los Hunos featuring
Collie Farrell
Catholic Mass
Costa Sal, Matagorda,
First Sunday of the
Month at 4pm.
Other Sundays at 5pm

Banking

I think it’s important to write an article about the various methods of exchanging money into Euros and how to use the various cash machines correctly. Yep! I know we all know how to use a cash machine, Well maybe at home but in Lanzarote you can very easily fall foul of these pesky machines.

I hate being negative but I want you to enjoy every minute of Lanzarote and avoid any scams, so I’ll tell it as it is.

At first everything thing is familiar, you just selected your chosen language and correctly entered how many Euros you would like and lo and behold the machine throws you a question you don’t get at home. “Do you want to be charged in Euros or Sterling” well that’s the catch as no machine is going to be commission free, it may say you’re not going to be charged for the transaction, which is technically true, your just going to get a poor rate of exchange so the company who owns the machine makes a profit.

What do you do? Which do you choose? Well advice from Martin Lewis, who of course is the money expert is you take the Euro option and at least then it’s your bank that will give you the rate and not the machine. Don’t forget to remove your card.

All over the resorts you will find shops offering money exchange and over the years thousands of people have used these services, however a word of warning! Not all money exchange shops are the same and not all of them are going to give you the best experience.

What do I mean by that?

Some rates are only for exchanging large amounts of money or credit cards, some only take travellers cheques and some use slight of hand to whip €50 back when they’ve just counted it in front of you and then place it in an envelope, it must be right you saw them count it didn’t you? Always, Always count the money yourself in front of the staff member before you leave the store. Also when using a credit card to obtain Euros check your transactions after, no-one likes a card being cloned.

There is no longer any bank or hotel in Lanzarote that will cash travellers cheques.(I’m yet to be corrected on this)

Prepaid Credit Cards are a great idea only make sure you have set it up correctly and can access it online as they cause no end of problems, from not working at all to not being accepted in shops, restaurants and any other business because your name isn’t on it. You must show I.D when paying by card so if your card say something like ” A Traveller” and it’s not your name it’s useless. However these cards are an excellent way of budgeting and the majority of cash machines will dispense cash with them, normally if a cash machine won’t accept it, it’s because you haven’t selected the correct account option. Usually it’s a credit card transaction even though it is prepaid.

When paying by card for anything, once again always take the charge in Euros then your bank calculates the exchange rate not the person selling you the goods.

Medical

Disclaimer: I’m not medically qualified and therefore unable to offer medical advice. The information in this post is from my experience in Lanzarote between Dec 2014 and April 2015.

Need a Doctor, Dentist etc. Then this post is for you.

The majority of medical services on Lanzarote are private, so say hello to a Doctor and you’re going to get a bill. Update: The Canarian government has already stated that due to Brexit they will be charging tourists for all medical treatment. This means you must have travel insurance otherwise you will be paying for all medical bills out-of-pocket.

In Costa Teguise there is a Centro Salus (medical centre) here you can use your European Health Insurance card, which must be in date. They will require your passport too. Depending on what you require this service is free until Brexit takes place. However do not count on the medical staff speaking your language, most do but this is a local clinic.

Centro Salus is only open during the week. When closed you have to go to Arrecife General Hospital (see Arrecife General Hospital)

Arrecife General Hospital
This is the islands main hospital and can be very busy. They will require your European Health Insurance card and passport.

Puerto Del Carmen
Centro Salus is situated adjacent to the Biosfera shopping centre, post office and in front of the police station. You need your European Health Insurance card and passport.

Playa Blanca
Centro Salus is situated close to the bus station. It is the smallest of all the medical centres and can be very busy. You will need your European Health Insurance card and passport.

In Lanzarote you dial 112 for the emergency services.

This is a massive subject and too complicated to do it justice, so only the very basics of what I currently know is in this post.

Did you know it is illegal to travel without adequate holiday insurance.

As an out-patient in Lanzarote you will pay for all consultations and medical. You would normally then claim from your travel insurance company.

Always let your insurance company know if you intend to use or actually use private medical. The insurance company will then advise you on their process and procedures.

You will need to take Passport, means of payment and you holiday insurance certificate and documents. A good idea is to take your flight ticket so they can inform your tour operator.

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