LANZAROTE: The vibrant Sunday market in Teguise: the biggest on the island – Day 2.1

The Sunday market in Teguise is one of the main attractions in Lanzarote. The village becomes so alive, and tourists and locals flock the market square. By the end of the covid-19 pandemic in March 2022, the number of visitors was still being controlled. There was a long queue going to the market itself and it was mandatory to disinfect upon entrance and to wear facemasks while shopping. Policemen and healthcare staff guard the vicinity. Nevertheless, we enjoyed looking at the various stuff like clothes, trinkets and souvenir items being sold in the market.

A roundabout in Puerto del Carmen, with busstops nearby

We planned to take the public transportation to Teguise. Carl monitored the timetables, and we were early so as not to miss the first bus. Luckily, the resort was within walking distance to C.C. Biosfera shopping mall and busstop. 30 minutes later, the bus still had not arrived. More and more people were coming – it was clear that all of us were headed to the market. There were speculations that the first bus was already full, so it had to turn around and continue without us. So, we waited for the next one… and the next one.. and the next one..

C.C. Biosfera shopping mall; View from the busstop

I remember waiting for the bus in Malaga. It also took a long time. The locals even told me that they were unsure if it was coming — “sometimes, it comes. Sometimes, no.” Meh..

Anyway, we had gotten to the point of sharing a taxi cab with other tourists. They were from Ireland. Other tourists did the same thing, and while it took a long time, we all arrived safely in Teguise. 🙂

Vibrant Teguise

Carl and I had skipped breakfast to catch the first bus, so the first thing we did in Teguise was to eat a small meal.

But first.. toast!

Then, we explored the village and checked out the interior of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe before heading towards the market. The church was built in the middle of the 16th century, and ever since has been witness to the village’s history. It has survived fires, looting and violence throughout the years.

Church of our Lady of Guadalupe
The beautiful altar
The church organ

The majority of Lanzaroteños are Catholic. Well, I’m not a stranger to the triple-G (God, gold and glory) strategy that Spain allegedly used to colonize countries and islands.

Afterwards, we were enticed to check out an Aloe Vera museum – which was basically a store selling aloe vera products. This seemed to be very popular in Lanzarote – aloe vera products. I ended up buying an aloe vera gel. It has cooling effect. I should probably use it more now since it’s summer.

Aloe Vera museum in Teguise

And now, the busy market. As mentioned in the heading, there were covid-19 restrictions and measures that were strictly observed, like disinfection, facemasks, queues.. In general, it was safe to say that the market was well-organized and controlled. We enjoyed looking at handicrafts, clothes, and other cute products in the market.

Cute stuff
I regret not buying some of this nice bookmarks/bookbands
More cute stuff!
Trinkets with volcanic stone beads
Fun symbols of Lanzarote to decorate your walls

For lunch, I had some paella (craving never gets old!) and some sangria.. pfft! While Carl enjoyed his hotdog sandwich. There were food kiosks by the market, so no stress if one gets a bit hungry from all the walking. Otherwise, cafes and restaurants were also nearby.

Helping the locals
Lively Sunday Market in Teguise

To avoid further hassles with the public transpo, we opted to take a taxi to our next destination – Arrecife. More about it in the next entry. For now, I got to go work.. 😉

What a market – until then!




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