The illustrious village of Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarote, is one of these places that at first sight take you back in time. Its cobble streets keep the charm that in the past made this place the meeting point of the islanders.
Today we have this walking route to go around the village and discover the most interesting places to know more about the Teguise. The village was declared architectural historic-artistic site in the eighties.
Teguise has lot of history. Before the arriving of the conquerors, this village was known as the Gran Aldea of Acatife. Due to its situation was declared capital of the island, because it was far away of the pirate incursions. However, it could not avoid some incursions of the pirates that sometimes ended with fire, sackings or with the destruction of the cultural heritage. On the top of the Guanapay mountain, it was built the Santa Bárbara Castle, a fortress that has panoramic views of the great part of the coast. Nowadays, this place houses the pirate museum.
But we should begin our route in the village. We will start in the Santo Domingo Monastery. Was founded in the 18th Century. They use the old structure of a church of the 17th Century to found the Saint Domingo order. The monastery got longer to the left but today this part houses the Teguise town hall. There you can see remnants of the past. And nowadays, the church has been reconverted in an exhibition and events hall.
Once we go out the monastery, we take to the left to the José Betancort street and then when we arrive to León y Castillo street we turn to the left and keep walking to the Constitución Square or lions square as is known popularly. It is due to the two lions that are situated just in front of the Spinola Palace. This place invited you to seat and enjoy the view to the Guadalupe Church. Its construction started in the 15th Century and it was the unique church of the island, so it kept lot of great treasures. This fact caused that the village were besieged several times by the pirates that arrived to the island, even they got fire the church and the village. This church was set on fire in different sieges, even one time the oversight of an altar boy caused a fire. However, the church always rose from the ashes thanks to the alms of the parishioners. It is due to the devotion of the people of Lanzarote that always went on a pilmigrate and at Christmas it was a meeting point to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
In this square we also find the Spínola Palace, a stately home of the 18th Century with a rectangular facade and with picture windows. A jewel of the canarian architecture that in the seventies was restored supervised by César Manrique. Later it was purchased by the town hall and made it the Official Resident of the Canary Islands Government. Inside of the palace highlights the big salons and its galleries. Its decorations transport us to the past. For a few years now it has housed the Timple museum. Here you can see about 55 different samples of this typical canary instrument and also some similars like the Ukelele or the Kora.
We go out the museum and turn to the left till the Maciot Bethencourt square. We continue by the Correo street and just in front we have the Historical Archive. Here is kept the history of the Teguise village, Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. It is known as the Perdomo house and the town hall restored it and equipped it with technology, offering since then different activities, and gathering and recovering the history of the island. We go out and get the Pelota street to arrive to the Árboles street, with no doubt a charmed corner of Teguise. We turn to the right in Norte street to get to the Veracruz chapel. It was built in the 17th century and the Christ that preside the chapel attracts attention of everyone because of his natural hair and his real-size body. It is said that his hair was donated by a parishioner as thanks to God for a satisfied request.
From here we take the Reina Ico square to the centre to get to the Mareta square. In the past, it was used to stock up on water, even though it was declared Historical Site in 1976, today only remain its name.
From this place, we take direction to a side of the Guadalupe church by La Sangre alley. A long history this narrow street has been witness of different massacres made by both the pirates and the Christians. If we turn to the left we have the Herrera y Rojas street, where it is situated the Marqués Palace, that in the past took up a whole block. This place gave a great economic level to the village of Teguise. It was the house of the Lanzarote Government, from the 15th to the 17th century, till the invasion of Morato Arraez, who destroyed it. Nowadays, although it has been restores it only keeps some remains of the past.
We go back a little bit and from the La Sangre alley we go straight on to the Saint Francisco Monastery. It was the first monastery established in Lanzarote in the 16th century. Today it houses the religious art museum.
And here ends our route. We recommend you to get lost in the village, discovering its narrow streets, its architecture, its shops and restaurants… You will find lot of monuments along the village dedicated to different personalities.
A route around the village of Teguise that will take you back in time.