Arrecife – Our kind of City
Arrecife is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city full of culture and history located slightly east of central Lanzarote. The name derives from the Spanish for reef and refers to the volcanic rock formations that lie out to sea and protect the picturesque harbour.
Arrecife started life as a small fishing village way back in the 15th Century until it grew, eventually becoming the island’s capital in 1852. Today, it is well known for its cultural and sporting events, from traditional Tapas festivals to beach volleyball tournaments, you name it and Arrecife celebrates it in style!
It is well known as a haven for shoppers. With streets lined with boutiques, high-end retail outlets selling designer labels and bargains galore, many people visit Arrecife for its endless shopping possibilities. Look out for the long pedestrian road called Calle Léon y Castillo.
If you are looking to take in some culture then there are lots of options in Arrecife;
Castillo de San Gabriel, History Museum -. The impressive drawbridge is called the “Puente de las bolas” and was constructed in 1599 by engineer Leonardo Torriani as part of the city’s defence against pirate attacks. The name refers to the balls resting on top of the pillars.
Castillo de San José, International Museum of Contemporary Art (MIAC) – situated overlooking the industrial port, there is a bar and restaurant which you can visit separately as well as the art exhibitions. This 18th century castle is also often used for entertainment as a concert hall.
City Markets; La Recova market is hidden away in the centre, accessed by small passageways. There is a selection of artisan craft shops together with a fresh food market on the weekdays and a second hand market on a Saturday.
Saturday morning street Market in the main high street of Leon y Castillo / Calle Real. This market is a mix of many different stalls and is a hubbub of excitement.
Don’t forget to visit;
El Charco de San Ginés is a beautiful sea water lagoon just off the city centre. Here you will find small boats moored and lively tapas bars.
Parque Temático – situated at the far end of the Playa Reducto Beach and close to Arrecife Sands. This is a large walk way promenade with skateboard ramp, children’s play park, exercise equipment, sculptures and gardens.
Arrecife Marina. The newest place to visit in Arrecife is the Marina Lanzarote with Ibiza style cocktail lounge and food market where you can buy fresh seafood, vegetables and Iberico meats but where you can also sample some fabulous street food and wines from around the world.
Arrecife also has its own beach, Playa del Reducto, with golden sand and tepid, tranquil waters. A lovely promenade runs all the way from this area to the city’s second beach, Playa del Cable, which is 1.25 miles (2 kilometres) further west.
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