Spanish for reef and the town gets the name because the harbour is formed by
a series of reefs and small islands. It became the capital of Lanzarote in
the 18th century, taking over the role from Teguise. The
population is currently somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000.
If I am brutally
honest, I do not much care for Arrecife. That may be because I am not a city
lover or shopper. It has a long promenade which is dominated by one of the
few high rise and probably ugliest buildings on the island; the Grand Hotel.
This was closed for years after a fire but instead of pulling it down, it
was allowed to be rebuilt/repaired.
Many of the shops
close for the siesta between about 1.00pm and 5.00pm, which is not conducive
to when I might want to shop!
The Charco de
San Ginés de Arrecife is an inland salt-water lagoon fringed with white
fishermen’s houses and is quite attractive.
There are the
Castles of San Jose, housing the international Museum of Modern Art, and San
Gabriel where the Archaeological Museum is based.
The port is
popular with cruise ships.
Unless you had
seriously run out of things to do or, in the unlikely event of bad weather
you were desperate, I would visit other places first – sorry Arrecife!
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