Arrecife is Lanzarote's capital and a vibrant cosmopolitan city.
About 40% of Lanzarote's population lives in Arrecife, so it is more of a busy, functional city than a picturesque fantasy resort. Nevertheless it has a lovely beach and seafront, and with buses to everywhere on the island, makes a fine base for exploration.
- 1 Arrecife Airport (ACE IATA), Apartado de Correos 86 (5 km west, via LZ-2), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The island's only airport.
The city is a short (10 min) bus ride from the airport.
- 2 Arrecife. Trasmediterranea, Naviera Armas
- Arrecife buses. the island's bus network is unsurprisingly centred on the capital. There are two main bus stations:
Arrecife is quite small and almost anywhere of tourist interest is within walking distance.
Beyond that, regular bus services exist; see info under "Get in", above.
If you like a bit of history, then Arrecife is the place.
- 1 Castillo de San Gabriel. Historic fort guarding the harbour, now containing the local history museum.
- 2 El Charco de San Gines. A charming seawater lagoon in the middle of the city.
- 3 Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Castillo de San José. Contemporary art museum in another seafront castle.
- 4 Parque Jose Ramirez Cerda. Seafront park.
- 5 Parque Islas Canarias. Seafront park.
- 1 Playa del Reducto. an urban beach popular with families, which holds a Blue Flag tag. Sunloungers, shades etc available for rent and lined with bars, restaurants and hotels.
- 2 Playa del Cable. Another beach but a contrast from Playa del Reducto - this one is quiet, isolated and a great place to have a beach to yourself.
If you like shopping, then Arrecife is the place to buy designer wear at low prices. Arrecife Market is another place to bargain hunt.