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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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The city is a short (10 min) bus ride from the airport.

By ship[edit]

  • 2 Arrecife. Trasmediterranea, Naviera Armas

By bus[edit]

  • Arrecife buses. the island's bus network is unsurprisingly centred on the capital. There are two main bus stations:
    • 3 Estación de Guaguas. the main bus station for the city.
    • 4 Intercambiador de Guaguas. many routes also stop at the Interchange station near the beach (Playa del Reducto).

Get around[edit]

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.





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