Arrecife port is the main port of Lanzarote Island. Arrecife literally means reef in Spanish, and the city borrows its name from rocky reefs found on the coastlines of the city. Situated on the eastern side, Arrecife is also the capital of Lanzarote, which is the fourth largest in Canary group of Islands in Spain. A majority of the population of Lanzarote resides in Arrecife justifying its status as the capital.
Arrecife cruise port also acts as port of call for the neighboring islands; hence, plan for a day or two more to explore the surrounding islands. Montaña Clara, Tenerife, Alegranza, La Graciosa, La Gomera, La Palma, Gran Canaria, El Hierro, and Fuerteventura are the surrounding islands that are easily accessible through ferries.
The biggest advantage of shopping at Arrecife is the fact that goods sold here are tax free, which substantially brings down the overall cost of purchases made here. Castillo y Leon is the main shopping area of Arrecife lined with shops selling electronic goods, cameras, alcohols, perfumes, and cigarettes at considerably lower prices. Few European designer labels can also be found here. Your shopping itinerary should invariably include Sunday market at Teguise, which gives you a unique chance to bargain with Spanish traders over souvenirs.
Things to See
Tourists alighting at Arrecife cruise terminal are greeted by two castles: Castillo de San Gabriel and Castillo de San Gabriel, both of them built to protect the city from pirates. Castillo de San Gabriel now functions as Lanzarote Museum Archaeology and Ethnography, whereas Castillo de San Gabriel is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Lagoons are aplenty in and around the island of Lanzarote, but you will be surprised to find one bang in the middle of the city. Known as El Charco de San Gines, this blue water lagoon is surrounded by fishermen’s houses that amplify its beauty. Situated closer by is I glesia de San Ginés, a church dedicated to patron saint of Arrecife.
Though most of the island is nature’s masterpiece, Cueva de los Verdes will fortify this notion further. Los Verdes is a lava tube formed due to eruption of La Corona volcano 3,000 years ago. A concert hall with a seating capacity of 500 people makes this lava tube even more special. It is believed that earlier inhabitants of Arrecife used this lave tube or cave as a hideout from pirates. National Park of Timanfaya is also one of the famous tourist hotspots. This volcanic park is home to some of the most delicate flora and faunas of earth; hence, the entry of tourists is highly regulated.
Restaurants and Bars
Lanzarote cuisines are mostly dominated by sea food and, which usually are served with boiled potatoes. The whole town is dotted with pavement cafes allowing you to lazily watch the world go by. Dominating the skyline of Arrecife is Gran Hotel. It is highly recommended to book your table in advance in its revolving restaurant to enjoy your food and picturesque bay simultaneously. Domus Pompeii, an Italian restaurant with Roman ambience, is the perfect place to enjoy Neapolitan pizzas and pastas along with some house wine. MIAC Restaurant situated right inside Castillo de San José is bound to satisfy your gastronomic and artistic desires simultaneously.