metres from the coast, you come across the placid
Villa de Teguise (village of Teguise), once the ancient
capital of the island. With over 500 years of history,
which the town has proudly preserved, Teguise was
(an architecturally historic artistic
site) in the 1980´s.
Today it serves as an escape from the bustle of the
city and a reminder of the glory of yesterday.
In 1418, Maciot de Bethencourt first
demarcated the town's boundaries making Teguise
the first urban centre in the Canary Islands. Its
domestic architecture can still be seen in the beautifully
restored palaces and stately homes such as the Spínola
Palace. Among the religious buildings are Ntra.
Sra. de Guadalupe church and the convents of St.
Domingo and San Francisco. And on top of Guanapay
volcano sits the old castle of Santa Bárbara.
Teguise also offers its visitors great
opportunities for shopping. Not to be missed is
the famous outdoor market held every Sunday
morning when the village turns itself into a grand
bazaar! It's a great mix of the traditional and