Travel Agent's ViewThe town has a good beach and attractive promenade with a large park and pretty gardens.
Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote and offers much diversity in terms of scenery, activities and atmosphere.
The town has a good beach and attractive promenade with a large park and pretty gardens. There are many typically Canarian areas, with narrow streets, cafes and an old town square complete with 17th century church.
One of the most charming areas is El Charco san Gines, a lagoon that reaches into the town, surrounded by fishermen's cottages, shops, cafes and restaurants. In contrast this leads to the busy, pedestrianised Castillo y Leon, lined with designer boutiques, souvenir shops and modern high street stores.
Arrecife is home to over half of the islands population and is very much a working town, with bustling commercial docks, fishing port and cruise liner and ferry terminal. In the evenings the seafront area takes on a totally different atmosphere and you can join in with the locals in the modern bars and late night discos.
For a meal with a view, you might choose the cliff-top Castillo San Jose, an 18th century fortress converted by Cesar Manrique to a contemporary art gallery and restaurant or maybe, the restaurant at the top of the modern Gran Hotel Arrecife, the islands tallest building.
Arrecife is approx. 6 miles/10km to Lanzarote Airport
Insider's Viewby Julie Cliffe-Jones
If you don't want to venture too far, have a stroll along the waterfront, the city enjoys a beautiful beach - Playa El Reducto
I love visiting Arrecife the capital of Lanzarote, there's a buzz about the streets. I enjoy the simplicity of taking a coffee at one of the pavement café s and watching the world go by.
The centre is easy to reach using the local bus service from all the resorts, if driving just head for the tallest building on the island, the 5 star Gran Hotel on the seafront and park underneath, its an easy landmark to find on your return.
If you don't want to venture too far, have a stroll along the waterfront, the city enjoys a beautiful beach - Playa El Reducto set with palm trees, there are two parks and two castles as well as a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants.
Every Saturday morning there is a large artesania fair with traditional art and crafts as well as lots of fresh produce stalls. Each morning except Sundays there is a small market in the Recova situated between the Ayuntamiento de Arrecife and the San Giné s church.
I like the area of El Charco de San Giné s known locally as "the puddle" this is a sea water lake with a promenade around. In a morning the locals head to Bar Ginory for breakfast of a bocadillo de pescado or mid afternoon for lunch at one of the bar restaurants for Spanish tapas.
For shopping, walk along the sea front until you reach the road stretching out to Castillo San Gabriel. Take the pedestrian street Leon y Castillo also known as Calle Real and there are individual boutique shops as well as some of the high street names here. So take your time and wander through the side streets to explore.
If it's culture you're seeking then walk over the Puente de Las Bolas drawbridge to the Islote de Los Ingleses (Island of the English), there is normally a free exhibition displayed in the Castillo San Gabriel. Slightly further along the coastline overlooking Puerto Naos the main harbour for Lanzarote is the second castle, Castillo San José . This castle was built to protect the island from pirate attacks and is now home to the Museum of International Contemporary Art (MIAC).
Arrecife is an eclectic mix of old traditions and modern cosmopolitan life and is the most populated part of Lanzarote with almost 40% of the islands population living there.
Arrecife Gran Hotel
The hotel is well located with a good range of amenities to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Boutique la Quinta Hotel
The hotel is housed in what used to be a private villa that has been transformed into a beautiful boutique
The Diamar Hotel is a good choice for business and leisure travellers due to the location and range of facilities.
The hotel offers everything you need to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable holiday in the sun.
Miramar Hotel Lanzarote
Due to the location, the Miramar Hotel Lanzarote is well suited to both business and leisure travellers.