Nothing will quite prepare you for Teguise market, the first time you visit. A marketing man would suggest that Lanzarote is punching well above its weight with Teguise market, and indeed, if it were to have to survive on our small population, the market would wither and die. And that's exactly why it's aimed fairly and squarely at the 1.6 million tourists who visit the island every year.
Getting there is easy - scheduled buses run from all the resorts and from Arrecife, and there are a huge number of special buses laid on for the trip every Sunday, and you can buy tickets from your accommodation or tour representative.
Going by car is straightforward - Teguise is in the centre of the island and signposted from everywhere. Anybody who owns a field within 2 miles of Teguise becomes a car park owner on a Sunday, and well outside of town, they will start to beckon you into their fields to park for a very reasonable couple of Euros. I would suggest you ignore the first few though, unless you fancy a long walk. Keep your nerve and you'll end up parking much closer to the action.
The market itself radiates out from the square and plaza, and utilizes all the streets in the town. There are literally hundreds of stalls, selling a huge variety of items from fake Rolex watches to Lanzarote football shirts, from stunning lace table cloths to local arts and crafts. There are stalls selling plants and local produce, beautifully handmade leather goods, toys, glass, and even stunning silver and gold jewellery.
In the main square, you'll find a huge number of food stalls selling good old English breakfasts, hamburgers, savory and sweet crepes and even doner kebabs. Here you'll also find a fresh orange juice stall and a couple of beer stalls, as well as a local wine merchant who offers free tastings.
Around the market, you'll come across artists drawing caricatures and plenty of musicians, playing pan pipes, jazz and Spanish guitar.
Most of the normal shops, bars and restaurants open on a Sunday as well, so you'll find shoe shops, the greengrocer, the hunting shop and plenty of places to stop for a cold beer or two.
The market runs from 0930 until around 1400, and you'll need that time to take it all in. It does get very crowded, so use the church tower as an orientation point, and perhaps agree a meeting place in advance in case you get split up.
Teguise market is one of Lanzarote's "Must do's" but you should also visit the town on a non market day, and you'll be amazed at the tranquility and peace, and you'll be properly able to enjoy the lovely cobbled streets and some of the best architecture on the island.
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