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ArrecifeSpain

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
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 on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (822 reviews)

"Just a lovely place to stay with friendly and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
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 5.3 mi (8.5 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (179 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
Hotel Diamar & Business Center
Hotel Diamar & Business Center
3 out of 5
Avda. Fred Olsen nº 8, Arrecife, Lanzarote

Offering direct access to the beach, this Arrecife hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia ...

4.1/5Very Good! (541 reviews)

"Only stayed one night so didn’t really send much time in the hotel. Room was large and very clean. Breakfast was ok with enough choices. Would return"…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Hotel Diamar & Business Center

Popular things to do in Arrecife

El Reducto Beach
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El Reducto Beach

4/5(26 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, El Reducto Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Arrecife. Visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its restaurants.

San Gabriel Castle
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San Gabriel Castle

You can find out about the history of Arrecife when you stop by San Gabriel Castle. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Timanfaya National Park
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Timanfaya National Park

4.5/5(246 reviews)

Explore the otherworldly terrain of this volcanic park, with rugged lava flows, resilient wildlife species and a restaurant serving meals heated by volcanic gases.

Puerto del Carmen Beach
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Puerto del Carmen Beach

4/5(344 reviews)

Learn how to windsurf, dive among underwater volcanic rocks or simply enjoy the tropical environment of this pristine beach. 

Pocillos Beach
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Pocillos Beach

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Pocillos Beach, a popular beach in Tias. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

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 activities in Arrecife

Volcanoes Natural Park trekking tour
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Volcanoes Natural Park trekking tour

80% of travellers recommend
£38
Per adult
Luxury Catamaran Cruise to the Papagayo Beaches
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Luxury Catamaran Cruise to the Papagayo Beaches

£56
Per adult
Guided Tour of the Los Volcanes Nature Reserve
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Guided Tour of the Los Volcanes Nature Reserve

96% of travellers recommend
£44
Per adult
North Fuerteventura on 4WD off-road vehicles from Lanzarote
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North Fuerteventura on 4WD off-road vehicles from Lanzarote

£92
Per adult
Guided Walking Tour of Volcán de la Corona & Famara Cliffs
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Guided Walking Tour of Volcán de la Corona & Famara Cliffs

100% of travellers recommend
£44
Per adult
Discover the South of Lanzarote Full-Day Tour
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Discover the South of Lanzarote Full-Day Tour

£50
Per adult

Reviews of Arrecife

4.2

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 41.935483870967744%
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4 - Good 41.935483870967744%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.67741935483871%
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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.)