Arrecife has been the capital of the island of Lanzarote since 1852. The city owes its name to the rock reef (‘Arrecife’ is Spanish for ‘reef’) which covers the beach located in the city. The city also gives its name to the nearby Arrecife Airport.
Lanzarote-born artist and architect César Manrique designed and landscaped most of the island, except Arrecife, which developed before his time. Consequently, the capital is the only place where you will find buildings over the height of the tallest palm tree and is home to around 50,000 people.
With streets lined with boutiques, high-end retail outlets selling designer labels and bargains galore, many people visit Arrecife for its shopping possibilities. Look out for the long pedestrian road called Calle Léon y Castillo and a large shopping centre.
In addition to its role as tourist shopping centre, Arrecife, is also of interest for the coastline itself, with its variety of islets and reefs which have arisen out of the lava flows along the coast, alternating with defensive castles built for protection against corsair-such as the Castillo de San José, now converted into an International Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Castillo de San Grabriel, linked to the capital by Puente las Bolas bridge.
Finally, one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions is the Charco de San Gines, a lagoon of natural seawater surrounded by beautiful white fishermen’s cottages.
Arrecife also has its own beach, Playa del Reducto, with golden sand and tepid, tranquil waters. A lovely promenade runs all the way from this area to the city’s second beach, Playa del Cable, which is 1.25 miles (2 kilometres) further west.
Our 3 bedroom luxury beachfront apartment with panoramic sea views Arrecife Sands is set on Playa del Reducto. This apartment is ideal for families or a couple looking for extra space and breathtaking sea views. Booking this accommodation includes private VIP chauffeur airport transfers, less than 10 minutes from Arrecife Airport.