Arrecife means reef in Spanish. The name has its roots in the abundant reefs and islets along the coast. They make many natural harbors and form an impressive seafront promenade. It is the beautiful capital of Lanzarote. This small fishing port is home to around 45,000 people, making up more than half the population of the island. The city was once called ‘The Venice of the Atlantic’, more than anything that tells you about the city’s scenic hub.
It is a peaceful town, yet you will not miss the excitement of urban life. It will keep you entertained with its bustling nightlife along with its restaurants, bars, beaches, and parks. You will almost immediately notice the Grand Hotel as soon as you arrive here. It is the tallest building in the island, dominating the skyline. You can have dinner on the top floor and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Even for your shopping sprees this friendly city has many options.
Make sure you visit these places to make your stay in Tenerife even more memorable:
Museo Aeronáutico del Aeropuerto
When you arrive at the airport, don’t miss the Museo Aeronáutico del Aeropuerto, a museum in a tiny building that used to be Lanzarote’s primary airport. This used to handle passengers between 1946 and 1970. The current terminal is just next to this airport museum. It has ten rooms loaded with information, and the entrance is free too, so why not?
Iglesia de San Gines
Next is a church called Iglesia de San Gines which is an important historical landmark named after the patron Saint of the City. In 1778, it turned into a Parish church; Initially it used to be a Hermitage. Each year on the 25th of August and Corpus Christi, it is the centre of celebration and festivals.
Pool & Bar
For a more relaxed and peaceful experience, you must visit Pool & Bar which features floor-to-ceiling windows with sea or city views. The ultimate luxurious rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, free minibars, and tablets. In some rooms, they offer separate sitting areas while suites boast private meal options, Nespresso machines and stocked minibars. Some even have whirlpool tubs with panoramic views! A few amenities include a free breakfast buffet, two restaurants, two bars and Balinese beds with an atrium-style pool. And of course there is a fitness centre and spa too with a hydrothermal pool circuit.
Charco de San Ginés
Finally the exquisite Charco de San Ginés. It is a natural seawater lagoon in the heart of Arrecife. It is so soothing surrounded by lovely white cottages. It is a beautiful, picturesque area that was redesigned by the talented architect, Cesar Manrique. You’ll always have a few boats anchored in the blue water in the background of your photographs. Take a walk along the palm trees, café’s, bridges, pretty souvenir and crafts shops and you will love every bit of it.