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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

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Parque Islas Canarias S/N, Arrecife, Lanzarote
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Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion ...

4.4/5Excellent! (839 reviews)

"I had visited this hotel before and found it excellent. On this occasion I believe because of the Coronavirus situation that the hotel management should have cancelled my booking and returned my money,via Expedia the agent I booked through. On the day we travelled the hotel's website was still showing ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2020

Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa
Hotel Lancelot
Hotel Lancelot
3 out of 5
Mancomunidad Av 9, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is CA $99 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Arrecife, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion ...

4.3/5Excellent! (713 reviews)

"Great service and help Good food and location, the team at the front desk were super helpful and always willing ti give good piece of advice"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2020

Hotel Lancelot
Hostal San Gines
Hostal San Gines
2.5 out of 5
Calle Molino 9, Arrecife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The price is CA $60 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated near the beach, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of Tourist Information Office and Sports City of Lanzarote. Playa del Castillo de San Gabriel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (54 reviews)

"Comfortable room, but we had noisy neighbors."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2019

Hostal San Gines
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Vacation Rentals in Arrecife

Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
Apartamentos Luxury Marabo Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Manolo Millares 121, Arrecife, Canary Islands
The price is CA $117 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

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! (191 reviews)

"Lovely clean spacious apartment.A good base for exploring Lanzerote -wish it had a pool"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

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Apartamentos Islamar
Apartamentos Islamar
2 out of 5
Avenida Rafael González, 15, Arrecife, Lanzarote
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Nestled on the beach, this Arrecife apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of El Reducto Beach and Sports City of Lanzarote. Lanzarote Educacion a Distancia ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (86 reviews)
Long weekend in Arrecife

"Lovely little apartment in an ideal situation with outside balcony and the bonus of a sun terrace on the roof with good views!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 10, 2020

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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 apartment building 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 ...

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 Oct. 26, 2020

La Concha Boutique Apartments
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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It is central for everywhere and great bus service to all parts of Lanzerote

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