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Arrecife

Travel Guide
Papagayo Beach showing rugged coastline, general coastal views and a sandy beach

A superb exploring destination, this coastal capital offers exciting artisanal markets, tropical beaches, a pirate-filled history and tapas bars by a lagoon.

Sample the relaxed pace of Arrecife, Lanzarote's attractive coastal capital. The 50,000 local residents never seem to rush. Join them in enjoying life's daily pleasures, from desayuno (breakfast) treats to beach tapas.

Begin your day on Arrecife's central thoroughfare, known as Calle Leon y Castillo or Calle Real. Have a hot chocolate served with churros, a sugar-dusted pastry, and explore the many duty-free shops.

For more shopping, visit La Recova Market’s cluster of stalls offering varied artisanal goods. On Saturday, scope out vintage bargains at La Recova's market for second-hand goods.

Arrecife's history is plagued by piracy. Raids by Berber pirates and British privateers were commonplace in the 17th and 18th centuries. Delve into this past as you visit San Gabriel Fort, built after a raid by famed pirate Morato Arraez.

Another battlement, Fort San Jose, offers delightful views of Arrecife's main port, Muelle de los Marmoles, from its on-site restaurant. Within this impressive structure, enjoy innovative pieces at the International Museum of Contemporary Art.

Relax on the gorgeous shoreline, which has a tropical feel with white sand and palm trees. Tan, read or swim at Playa del Reducto, the main beach. Rise early to see the action at nearby Calle Liebre, the fish market, and buy swordfish or sama, a local delicacy.

Let the kids run loose at Parque Tematico, a park with play equipment, skating ramps and manicured gardens. Watch an art film at the Atlantida cinema complex.

Watch model sail boat racing at Charco de San Gines, Arrecife's Lagoon. Admire Iglesia de San Ginés (Church of St. Genesius) or enjoy tapas at bars around the lagoon promenade.

Arrecife is located next to the international airport on Lanzarote's east coast. Get around town by rented car, but be wary of parking regulations as police aren't afraid to tow. After sunset, take a romantic stroll under warm streetlights of the San Gines promenade.

Apartamentos Islamar
Apartamentos Islamar
2 out of 5
Avenida Rafael González, 15, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is $65 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University ...
4.4/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
"Nice friendly reception (though not too conversant in English). Really nice touch of a pair of welcome cava on first day and a whole bottle during christmas day! Spacious and well equipped pantry in apartment with nice balcony where you can chill and even wash items to dry. Apartment had abit of ..."

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Apartamentos Islamar
Hotel Lancelot
Hotel Lancelot
3 out of 5
Mancomunidad Av 9, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is $88 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion ...
4.3/5Excellent! (710 reviews)
Perfect Relaxation away from Virus worries
"Fantastic top floor suite with space aplenty and to die for views. Perfect spot to get away from worrying about the virus and just chill in the sun. Thanks 🙏 Perfect"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

Hotel Lancelot
Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Parque Islas Canarias S/N, Arrecife, Lanzarote
Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion ...
4.4/5Excellent! (836 reviews)
"I had visited this hotel before and found it excellent. On this occasion I believe because of the Coronavirus situation that the hotel management should have cancelled my booking and returned my money,via Expedia the agent I booked through. On the day we travelled the hotel's website was still showing ..."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Apartamentos Islamar
Apartamentos Islamar
2 out of 5
Avenida Rafael González, 15, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is $65 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University ...
4.4/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
"Nice friendly reception (though not too conversant in English). Really nice touch of a pair of welcome cava on first day and a whole bottle during christmas day! Spacious and well equipped pantry in apartment with nice balcony where you can chill and even wash items to dry. Apartment had abit of ..."

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Apartamentos Islamar
Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Manolo Millares 121, Arrecife, Canary Islands
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Reducto Beach and San Gabriel Castle. Cesar Manrique Foundation is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (185 reviews)
Not my idea of "Luxury"
"t was rather an ignominious start: their email on the morning of our arrival provided me with the code for entry, but the code was wrong. I had to call from my cell phone (at international rates) to get the correct code. Also, we had asked to be as high as possible, and had been given a 4th floor ..."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
Flower Beach Lanzarote
Flower Beach Lanzarote
3.5 out of 5
Call Jose Maria Gil s/n, Arrecife, Lanzarote
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Playa de la Concha and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sports City of Lanzarote. Deiland Shopping ...
Flower Beach Lanzarote
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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