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Santa Barbara Castle

See exhibits of Lanzarote's history of pirate attacks in this castle perched on Guanapay mountain. 

Built under King Felipe II in the 16th century, Santa Barbara Castle was Teguise's primary defense against marauding pirates and privateers. Visit today to enjoy the ancient battlements and tour the Museum of Piracy, where you'll learn about the rogues and pillagers who terrorized Lanzarote.  

Admire the imposing walls of the battlements as you approach. Although the 400-year-old castle was restored in 1989, its grand ramparts, chain-link doors and square viewing towers retain a remarkably authentic feel. As you explore the dark halls and upper battlements, imagine being a Lanzarote sentry, watching for approaching raiders or guarding prisoners in the dungeons. 

The castle once held the Emigration Museum, displaying documents, diaries and belongings of Lanzarote families that were forced to move to South America to aid new Spanish settlements. 

Today, however, the castle rooms hold the displays of Lanzarote's political history alongside the Museum of Piracy. Explore the first halls to learn about Teguise in the 16th century and see a replica model of the old township. 

In other rooms, discover exhibits of Berber pirates who plundered Teguise repeatedly in the 16th and 17th centuries, searching for treasure and slaves.

Find stories of pirate plundering, comics of historic piracy characters and replica ships farther through the museum. See depictions of Sir Francis Drake, a feared English privateer known to Lanzarote residents as El Draque (The Dragon).

After a lesson in piracy, climb to the castle towers and enjoy sweeping views of the countryside. The dwarfed houses of Teguise city stretch into the distance on one side, while the other side looks toward Lanzarote's picturesque coast. 

From the town, look toward Mount Guanapay at night to see the castle illuminated by warm spotlights.

Find Santa Barbara Castle a few minutes' drive east of Teguise. Get there via a tour bus or rent a car and use parking near the entrance. The museum is open daily and charges an entry fee. 


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C/ Tazacorte, 20 Teguise - 35507, Teguise
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Teguise, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lagomar Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Santa Barbara Castle. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Villa in Tao Lanzarote 101690
    Villa in Tao Lanzarote 101690

    Villa in Tao Lanzarote 101690

    Calle Lugar Diseminado de, Teguise, Lanzarote Canarias
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Teguise, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santa Barbara Castle and Lagomar Museum. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Villa in Famara Lanzarote 101485
      Villa in Famara Lanzarote 101485

      Villa in Famara Lanzarote 101485

      Calle Camino de las Laderas, Villas Blancas Sector 34 Famara, Teguise, Lanzarote Canarias
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Santa Barbara Castle and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lagomar Museum. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Hotel Boutique Palacio Ico £108
        Hotel Boutique Palacio Ico

        Hotel Boutique Palacio Ico

        2 Calle el Rayo, Teguise
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Santa Barbara Castle and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lagomar Museum. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Casa Harmonia
          Casa Harmonia

          Casa Harmonia

          Calle Catayfa 18, Teguise
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Teguise, this cottage is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Santa Barbara Castle and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Lagomar Museum. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Villa in Teguise Lanzarote 101471
            Villa in Teguise Lanzarote 101471

            Villa in Teguise Lanzarote 101471

            Calle Dulcinea Los Cristianos, Tao Pedregalejo, Teguise, Lanzarote Canarias
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Teguise, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Santa Barbara Castle and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lagomar Museum. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Campesino House Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Infinity Views Village £249
              Infinity Views Village

              Infinity Views Village

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Teguise, this villa is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Lagomar Museum and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Santa Barbara Castle. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Villa Los Loros
                Villa Los Loros

                Villa Los Loros

                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Teguise, this villa is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lagomar Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Santa Barbara Castle. Cesar Manrique Foundation and Costa Teguise Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).