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Arrecife

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.

Top hotels in Arrecife

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Lancelot
Hotel Lancelot
3 out of 5
Mancomunidad Av 9, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is €62 per night

Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Playa del Castillo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (707 reviews)

"Great service and help Good food and location, the team at the front desk were super helpful and always willing ti give good piece of advice"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020

Hotel Lancelot
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! (191 reviews)

"Lovely clean spacious apartment.A good base for exploring Lanzerote -wish it had a pool"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
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 centre and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Playa del Castillo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (839 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 29 Mar 2020

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Arrecife

Timanfaya National Park
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Timanfaya National Park

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Puerto del Carmen Beach
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Puerto del Carmen Beach

4/5(344 reviews)

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Papagayo Beach
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Papagayo Beach

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Hidden away in a nature reserve, this rugged, wild beach is an exquisite spot to unwind, enjoy the sunshine and cool off in the glittering waters.

Top things to do in Arrecife

Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park Admission
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Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park Admission

€32
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Aquapark Water Park in Costa Teguise
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Aquapark Water Park in Costa Teguise

€24
Per adult
Build your own exclusive excursion in Lanzarote
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Build your own exclusive excursion in Lanzarote

€284
Per adult
Jet Ski Safari Ride in Puerto del Carmen
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Jet Ski Safari Ride in Puerto del Carmen

€30
Per adult
PHOTO SAFARI LANZAROTE - Sunset Photo Tour
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PHOTO SAFARI LANZAROTE - Sunset Photo Tour

€49
Per adult
Lanzarote Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Playa Blanca Hotels or Address)
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Lanzarote Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Playa Blanca Hotels or Address)

€57
Per adult

Reviews of Arrecife

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 41.935483870967744%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.935483870967744%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.67741935483871%
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2 - Disappointing 4.838709677419355%
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1 - Terrible 1.6129032258064515%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Old town nice and beach is okay. Good walking and a range of shops and bars. A little 'rough round the edges' but same as any city really.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Sandy beach and attractions such as Manrique exhibition, San Gabriel Castle.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

Quiet town but enough for a few days.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

The area has everything from beach to places to shop or eat the public transport it adequate

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

Lovely place to visit for a holiday break

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

Love the shopping in the centre, and the cafe culture & restaurants around San Gines and along the Seafront. Lovely white sandy beach with great amenities (showers, toilet block sun loungers and parasols etc.)

Teguise showing a city and a statue or sculpture

Teguise

Puerto del Carmen Beach featuring general coastal views, a sunset and a beach

Tias

Las Cucharas Beach which includes general coastal views and a sandy beach

Costa Teguise