Holidays in
Arrecife

Where beach life meets nightlife

Arrecife holidays combine all the benefits of a vibrant capital city – including buzzy nightlife and cultural attractions – with glorious weather and the sun-washed beaches of Lanzarote. The best beach is to be found at Playa del Reducto, which is sheltered by a reef (Arrecife is Spanish for ‘reef’) and has pretty palm trees and fine, white sands – ideal for sunbathing and water sports such as kayak and stand-up paddle boarding. Bargain hunters will love to spend holidays to Arrecife wandering the markets, ‘churros’ in hand.

The indoor La Recova market stocks vintage clothes and homewares daily, while a large Saturday street market sells artisan goods, local produce and crafts. And for culture, there’s the International Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in the 18th-century San José castle. Or you can simply relax with a cold drink at one of the city’s many bars or cafés, before ambling down to the marina for prime people watching and gorgeous ocean views.

Your Arrecife questions, answered

Being a cosmopolitan city, you’ll find all sorts of food, from Asian and Italian to modern takes on Canarian and Catalan. Head to the historic San Ginés area for authentic tapas.

Visit shopping street Calle León y Castillo (known as Calle Real) to splurge on high-street and designer labels – and use that Canary Islands duty-free status on items such as perfume.

During the annual Carnival at the beginning of Lent, thousands of people fill the city streets with processions, parades and parties involving costumed dancers and musicians.

Best things to do in Arrecife

Get your kicks

Football fan? Head to Arrecife’s Ciudad Deportiva to discover the spirited atmosphere at a UD Lanzarote game – a nice alternative to a day at the beach.

Lounge lagoon-side

The Charco de San Ginés is a seawater lagoon in the city centre, around which you’ll find fishermen, palm trees, restaurants, bars and cafés. Enjoy some tapas with the fantastic view.

Check out the church

A whitewashed, volcanic stone building in lovely Plaza de las Palmas, the Iglesia de San Ginés is dedicated to Arrecife’s patron saint. Inside, there’s an ancient ceiling, Baroque statues and modern paintings.

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