Are you dreaming of making a holiday in the Canaries? So do not hesitate: just choose Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, and surely you will not regret (click here to book a ferry).
In fact, this welcoming city will surprise you with its fascinating cliffs and amazing scenarios (the name Arrecife means precisely “the cliff”), white houses and clear sea.
Coming from Spain by sea, Lanzarote is the first island in the Canaries that you meet; its capital, Arrecife, is located on the east coast. You will be amazed by the high and jagged cliffs and small islands. The fishing village has become a tourist destination and it is full of seaside resort, but without losing its original charm.
From the cultural point of view, there are plenty of places to visit, such as the San José Castle, with its International Museum of Contemporary Art. There we arrive, safely on foot, starting from Avenida del Mar and along the waterfront.
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La Casa Amarillo (yellow house) is located on Calle Leon y Castillo and also hosts various exhibitions.
La Casa de Los Arroyo is a beautiful colonial style building; It hosts the Scientific Cultural Center Blas Cabrera, important physical born in Arrecife.
A very characteristic district is San Gines; San Gines is the patron saint of the town and is celebrated in the month of August. He has dedicated the Parroquia Matriz de San Gines, 1665, in Baroque style.
The Lagoon of El Charco de San Gines is a natural harbor. The whole neighborhood has been upgraded, featuring bars, restaurants and the theater, everything is well blended with the fishermen’s houses.
For shopping there is Calle Real, also called Calle Castillo y Leon. Instead for the nightlife we move on Calle José Antonio or Avenida Fred Olsen, with plenty of bars, clubs or pool halls.
If you want to walk in the shade of large tropical trees and the beautiful fountains murmur, just go to the Parque de la Marina where there is also the Kiosco de la Musica.
Just opposite the city there are some islands such as that of San Gabriel, with its fortress. The San Gabriel Castillo houses the Museum of History. It is connected to the coast by the Puente Nuevo de Piedra, a driveway, and the Puente de Las Bolas, a pedestrian way. The view from the Castillo is exceptional: you can admire the vast expanse of the sea but also the entire city.
The nearest beach to the city center, reachable on foot, is the Playa de El Reducto, long more than 500 meters. It is a bay with beach and parking.
A few kilometers away, there is the Playa de Matagorda, a beautiful sandy beach with clear, cold water (do not forget that we are on the Atlantic, so the sea water is colder than the Mediterranean).
It’s worth a few kilometers away (roughly 11) to visit the Cactus Garden that is located in the town of Teguise. This spectacular botanical garden that includes many species of cacti is the work of the famous architect Cesar Manrique; at the entrance there is also a windmill.
A 5 km from Arrecife, in Taro de Tahiche, is precisely the foundation dedicated to Cesar Manrique with some of his works such as paintings, sculptures and architectural designs.
Therefore, no doubt that, if you go on holiday in Arrecife, you will be able to relax, to see so many beautiful things, but also to appreciate the wonderful hospitality of the entire city.