A friendly atmosphere, excellent sightseeing opportunities and beaches nearby. Holidays to Arrecife are ideal for those in search of a welcome dose of sunshine.
This cosmopolitan city is the capital of Lanzarote and offers plenty to see and do. Two impressive castles dominate the skyline, harking back to the days when pirate invaded the island. Meanwhile, the city’s natural harbour offers a great place to kick back and relax. Perfect for romantic getaways or taking a break with the kids.
If shopping is your thing, you’re in luck. There’s a vibrant shopping centre selling an excellent selection of goods. The Calle Leon Y Castillo offers up an endless amount of great shops too.
While nightlife isn’t as bustling as Arrecife’s party neighbours, there is still plenty to keep you occupied when the sun goes down. Seafront residences offer a laid-back alternative to neon-lit nightclubs and busy bars.
What’s more, head to Arrecife and you’ll be within distance of some of Lanzarote’s top holiday spots. Whether you’re looking to land on the Canary Island’s natural beaches or you want to enjoy family-friendly activities and attractions, Arrecife is the perfect destination.
Nearby Costa Teguise serves up sun-drenched beaches. And the wealth of great water sports including windsurfing and water-skiing are well worth exploring. If you’re in search of family-friendly attractions, you’ll find the vibrant Costa Teguise Aquapark, complete with slides and a lake for swimming. Adults can head for the nearby golf course, boasting scenic surroundings for a game or two.
Puerto Del Carmen
Located just a short drive away from Arrecifes’ centre, Puerto del Carmen is a top spot for a day trip. Beginning life as a quiet fishing village, this resort has now managed to become one of the island’s most popular nightlife haunts. As well as many nightclubs and bars to dip into, there’s also a great water sports scene and no less than three beaches to lounge around on.
Those seeking sophistication should head to Puerto Calero for the day. You’ll find stylish shopping boutiques, excellent dining spots and a picturesque harbour. You’ll have a relaxing time in this part of the island, which is a popular location for romantic getaways.
As a thriving and cosmopolitan capital, it’s no surprise that Arrecife is a great spot when it comes to shopping. There are great independent stores, stylish boutiques and the usual high-street shops to be found around the city. The surrounding areas have the odd souvenir shop or gift emporium. Head to the Calle Leon and Calle Castillo for streets lined with every high-street name imaginable. Alternatively, visit Le Recova market, located between Avenida Leon and Avenida Castillo, for authentic Canarian finds – from leather goods to handcrafted jewellery.
Embrace a laid-back nightlife
It might not compare with the nightclubs and bars of Puerto Del Carmen, but there’s enough to keep you occupied in Arrecife come sundown. Locals tend to head from the beach to the bars in the evening, or spend a few hours lingering over drinks in one of the resort’s restaurants. If you’re keen on good music, you’ll find numerous night spots to enjoy – with several clubs staying open until the early hours.
Do some sightseeing
With a considerable history, Arrecife has its fair share of great places to see on your getaway. Ancient architecture can be found throughout the city, alongside traditional restaurants. A trip to the castle is a must-visit, as is taking a stroll along Arrecife’s romantic-style bridge. For a dose of culture, dip into the Archaeology Museum located on Castillo de San Gabriel for a real delve into the city’s history.
Beaches in Arrecife
With its proximity to some of Lanzarote’s most beautiful beaches, you’ll be hard pressed not to find somewhere to enjoy the sunshine, sea and sand of the island. El Reducto is the main attraction and often known as the best beach in the area, thanks to its sugar-white sands and calm waters. Stretching over half a kilometre, this sandy spot provides the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon – whether you’re seeking a quiet setting for the kids to play, or you’re craving peace.
El Cable beach and La Concha are both situated nearby, and are much smaller. That’s not to say they aren’t popular with holidaymakers – boasting restaurants, amenities and accommodation nearby, these stretches of sand are favoured by visitors.
Cuisine in Arrecife
There’s a wealth of excellent food and drink to discover in Arrecife, and you’re likely to find something to please even the fussiest of eaters.
Traditional Canarian dishes and Spanish-style meals feature highly on menus throughout the resort, as well as an array of traditional meals – from Chinese to Mediterranean and Mexican.
When it comes to must-try Canarian dishes, papas arrugadas are a firm favourite. Salted wrinkled potatoes often served with a spicy sauce, they appear in almost every eatery around the island, and for good reason – they’re delicious.
Restaurants in Arrecife
You’ll never go hungry on holiday, with a great number of restaurants that will introduce you to Canarian cuisine or tempt your taste-buds with international dishes. Those seeking local flavours should head to the promenade where you’ll find a number of seafood restaurants serving up fresh fish, or take a stroll through the streets to find hidden away restaurants boasting authentic menus. There are tapas bars in among cobbled streets, as well as stylish terrace restaurants serving up the latest in haute cuisine.
Whether you’re looking to make the most of the Canary Island’s sunshine, or you want a scenic setting for your next getaway, Arrecife is the ideal destination. From its beautiful beaches to excellent shopping opportunities and fine dining, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do.
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