Buzzing capital city: As the capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife is home to the majority of the islandís population and as such you can expect an authentic Canarian experience on holidays here. Because the city is the lifeblood of the island, youíll also find that thereís a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and shops.
Excellent shopping: That leads us on nicely to our next point Ė great shopping. Being principally a city rather than a holiday resort, the size of Arrecife means it can accommodate some excellent centres, plus international designer boutiques on its main shopping street.
Activities in Arrecife
Castillo de San Jose: Built in 1799, this small cobbled castle overlooks the sea and was largely used by the military to store weapons and ammunition. It was then converted into a modern art gallery in 1974, by Cesar Manrique, the famous artist who is a native of Lanzarote. Although fairly small, the modern art museum is well worth a look on holidays to Arrecife and youíll see exhibits pictures from noteworthy names. You could also visit the classy restaurant thatís now based there too.
Castillo de San Gabriel: Just out to sea, on an islet on the edge of the coastline along Arrecife, youíll see this impressive old castle. Built in its current, final form in 1592, the castle was used for defence against pirates and invaders. Nowadays, it has a much more sedate purpose, housing a small archaeology museum with artefacts and fossils connected to Lanzaroteís past.
Iglesia de San Gines: This pretty whitewashed church has been created with a unique Canarian style. Inside, youíll see lifelike religious statues and an interesting mix of Renaissance and modern paintings for a touch of culture on holidays to Arrecife.
Beaches in Arrecife
Playa del Reducto: The main beach of Arrecife is just under 500m of golden sand and calm waters. Itís nice and convenient, as itís extremely close to the town centre and the main hotels Ė you can even see the cityís skyline as you sunbathe during your holidays here.
Playa El Cable: A small, quiet cove thatís much less busy than Playa del Reducto. Unfortunately, the waves are much bigger here too, so this beach is not ideal for children on family holidays.
Restaurants in Arrecife
Castillo de San Jose: A contemporary restaurant in a very special location, actually within the walls of Castillo de San Jose (as well as an art gallery), the largest castle in Arrecife. Enjoy a tasty traditional meal with wonderful views out to the waterfront. Highlights from the menu include: Steak in Peppercorn Sauce, Saharan Baby Octopus, and Sea Bass in Tomato Sauce. As a dining experience, this shouldnít be missed on Arrecife holidays.
Chef Nizar: This Middle-Eastern inspired restaurant features all the classic dishes from the region, like Falafel, Tabbouleh, Hummus and Lamb. In fact, the leg of lamb is so large itís perfect for two to share, making it a better value meal for those on cheap holidays to Arrecife.
Restaurante Lilium: An exciting dining experience with the creative cooking of locally-sourced ingredients. Youíd be amazed how great simple salmon or pork belly can taste in the right hands! Unusually, all dishes are available in smaller or tapas sizes to ensure youíll never overeat.
Nightlife in Arrecife
Authentic Spanish Bars: The nightlife on Arrecife holidays has a much more Canarian/Spanish flavour than the rest of Lanzarote. Bars such as Oporto, Casa Tere and Los Robles have a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which the locals mix with British and German tourists. All in all there are over a hundred bars and clubs on Arrecife holidays!
Shopping in Arrecife
Brilliant shopping streets: As with most main cities, youíll find that the shops on Arrecife holidays are grouped along commercial streets. The main shopping street in Arrecife is named Calle Leon y Castillo and itís here youíll find big-name brands like Mango and Zara, as well as some top designer boutiques. But thatís not all Ė the streets leading from the promenade also play home to the more unusual one-off and independent shops. Look for Calle Fajardo, Jose Antonio and Canalejas if youíre after original items that canít be found on holidays anywhere else.