Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Arrecife, the islands capital, provides all the amenities expected of a city, with the added bonus of a sandy beach.
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Mr A Wilkinson, Heywood
|17th Sep 2017|
|Double Or Twin|
More a business type attraction than tourist. The seafront was spotless.
Mr D Mcpherson, Birkenhead
|14th Sep 2017|
|Arrecife Gran Hotel|
|Double Or Twin - Sea View|
|Bed & Breakfast|
It's very quiet but was perfect for what we were looking for. There could be some livelier bars or even a beach bar but the lively resorts are a short taxi ride away.
Mr C Dolphy, Gloucester
|7th May 2017|
|Double Or Twin - Patio View - No Balcony/Terrace|
|Bed & Breakfast|
Good beach, clear water shopping just down the road, busses cheap and regular to various spots to do other things than just laze on the beach. All in all a good central base for trips out and about by car, bike or motorcycle hire.
Mrs J Cannon , Liverpool
|23rd Mar 2017|
|Miramar Hotel Lanzarote|
|Standard Room - Sea View|
Arrecife is a great location, plenty of museums and historical things to see. Also a great base as public transport links are great, so easy to get to touristy places.
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A pleasant promenade runs along the seafront from the picturesque inland lagoon, known as El Charco, past the main shopping areas to the wide sands of Playa del Reducto. If you continue to walk along the coastal path, out of the city, you will come to the quiet beach at El Cable.
At El Charco you can stroll around the lagoon, which harbours small boats, stopping for lunch in one of the water-side cafes.
Things to Do
Historic sights of interest are the attractive 17th century Church of San Gines, near the Artisan Market, the 18th century Castillo de San Jose and the 16th century Castillo de San Gabriel. The Castillo de San Jose, located between the lagoon and the ferry port, houses the International Museum of Contemporary Art as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy an evening meal overlooking the Bay of Naos. The Castillo de San Gabriel houses a history museum and is located on a small island which can be reached via a cobblestone walkway or the Puente de la Bolas (bridge), both of which lead out from the promenade.
The Fiesta de San Gines, celebrating the patron saint, takes place over several days in August and features sporting and cultural events around El Charco lagoon as well as a spectacular firework display on the beach. Another colourful event is the Corpus Christi fiesta, held in June and, of course, there is an annual Carnival.
Out and About
Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote and being home to around half of the island's residents is perfect for experiencing everyday life in a modern working town.
Between the lagoon and the international branded shops on the Calle Real, you can browse the stalls at the Artisan Market. The market is held each morning (except Sunday) and is a great place for buying fresh local produce and handicrafts. There is a further market, on Wednesdays, at the Parque Jose Ramirez Cerda.
Strolling south from the lagoon and along the promenade you will find a children's playground and the Jose Ramirez Cerda Park where you will see the bandstand, housing the tourist information office; large lawned gardens and finally, the long, sweeping golden sands of Playa del Reducto beach.
Places of interest just outside of Arrecife which you might like to visit include the splendid gardens and art gallery at the Cesar Manrique Foundation in Tahiche (9km). At the Timanfaya National Park (30km) you can take a guided coach tour or camel safari through the volcanic landscapes and enjoy panoramic views.
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