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Arrecife
Travel Guide

Papagayo Beach which includes boating, general coastal views and a beach

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.

Hotel Lancelot
Hotel Lancelot
3 out of 5
Mancomunidad Av 9, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is £55 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion ...
4.3/5Excellent! (709 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
La Concha Boutique Apartments
La Concha Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Calle Isaac Albéniz 2, Arrecife, Las Palmas
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Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa de la Concha and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sports City of Lanzarote. Playa del Cable ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (33 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
Hotel Diamar & Business Center
Hotel Diamar & Business Center
3 out of 5
Avda. Fred Olsen nº 8, Arrecife, Lanzarote
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Arrecife hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote ...
4.1/5Very Good! (546 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
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.
La Concha Boutique Apartments
La Concha Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Calle Isaac Albéniz 2, Arrecife, Las Palmas
Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Playa de la Concha and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Sports City of Lanzarote. Playa del Cable ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (33 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
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 5.2 mi (8.4 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (185 reviews)
Not my idea of "Luxury"
"t was rather an ignominious start: their email on the morning of our arrival provided me with the code for entry, but the code was wrong. I had to call from my cell phone (at international rates) to get the correct code. Also, we had asked to be as high as possible, and had been given a 4th floor ..."

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
Apartamentos Islamar
Apartamentos Islamar
2 out of 5
Avenida Rafael González, 15, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is £54 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (87 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
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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Reviews of Arrecife

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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

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16 Dec 2019

Lovely place to visit for a holiday break

5/5 - Excellent

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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.)

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