Arrecife

Travel Guide
Papagayo Beach showing boating, rugged coastline and general coastal views

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.

Hostal San Gines
Hostal San Gines
2.5 out of 5
Calle Molino 9, Arrecife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The price is €35 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Situated near the beach, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of Tourist Information Office, Playa del Castillo de San Gabriel and Sports City of Lanzarote. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (59 reviews)
"Perfect location, clean, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Hostal San Gines
Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Parque Islas Canarias S/N, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is €139 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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 29 Mar 2020

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
Hotel Lancelot
Hotel Lancelot
3 out of 5
Mancomunidad Av 9, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is €65 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of El Reducto Beach, Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (713 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 8 Nov 2020

Hotel Lancelot
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Apartamentos Islamar
Apartamentos Islamar
2 out of 5
Avenida Rafael González, 15, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is €60 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University. Playa del Castillo ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (91 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 28 Dec 2020

Apartamentos Islamar
La Concha Boutique Apartments
La Concha Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa de la Concha, Playa del Cable and Deiland Shopping Center. Playa de Guasimeta ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"Really nice apartment very closed to the beach. Well equipped with everything you need for your stay. Excellent cleanliness and lovely staff."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

La Concha Boutique Apartments
Casa Juana a 50 Metros Playa del Reducto Y Wifi
Casa Juana a 50 Metros Playa del Reducto Y Wifi
Calle Democracia, 28, Arrecife, CN
This family-friendly Arrecife holiday home is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of El Reducto Beach, Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Happy stay
"Extremely happy with the attention to detail and responses to questions or query, will happily book again"

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Casa Juana a 50 Metros Playa del Reducto Y Wifi
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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