Arrecife in lanzarote: Arrecife Travel Guide – Expert Picks for your Vacation
A local’s guide to Arrecife, Lanzarote: volcanoes, sunsets and seafood | Canary Islands holidays
The most beautiful dining area in Arrecife, the island’s capital, is around the Charco de San Ginés lagoon. On its south side, La Puntilla serves an elegant menu on a terrace overlooking colourful fishing boats; dishes include slow-cooked pil pil cod, the island’s goat’s cheeses and papas arrugadas (the Canaries’ traditional wrinkly potatoes), paired with Lanzarote’s up-and-coming wines.
Across the water, Naia serves innovative tapas with local flavours; or try a squid-and-aioli bocata (filled roll) at Casa Ginory. Another favourite is Strava, on a narrow alley opposite Arrecife’s church, good for cheeses, cold meats and seasonal tapas. And Pastelería Lamontagne, on the road towards the beach, has been making French patisserie for almost 20 years.
Don’t miss La Casa Amarilla for a trip into the island’s rural past. This yellow-tiled building was once Lanzarote’s Cabildo (government HQ) and its exhibitions are a marvel: the historic black-and-white photos often feature women at work in the fields or carrying supplies along the steep Camino de los Gracioseros, which leads down to the coast facing the undeveloped island of La Graciosa.
Playa del Reducto, Arrecife. Photograph: robertharding/Alamy
The influence of the 20th-century architect and artist César Manrique is still felt all over the island. The Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, an 18th-century castle which Manrique remodelled in the 1970s, has displays of his paintings alongside work by other Spanish artists. Even the bathrooms have a design twist, with swirling whitewashed stairs and picture windows overlooking the ocean.
After a stroll around the Charco de San Ginés, weave along Callejón Luis Hernández Fuentes, past the 17th-century Iglesia de San Ginés, to reach the centre’s lively pedestrianised streets. Overlooking Plaza de la Constitución, the BySiroco concept boutique stocks handcrafted Portuguese ceramics, vintage vinyl, sustainable fashion and great menswear. Nearby, Naad Beauty specialises in eco-friendly cosmetics. Jaira also showcases small-scale labels, while Caracola, opposite, sells fabulous Spanish-made shoes.
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Around the corner is Queso Project, which stocks artisanal cheesemakers; Somm & Company for gourmet products, such as Janubio salt and Stratvs wines; and Algomás, a deli packed with local goodies. In neighbouring Marina Lanzarote, La Corona does amazing handmade chocolates, and a few doors away Boho Espartería has beautiful homewares, including esparto-grass lampshades from Cádiz.
In town, the golden sands of Playa del Reducto is a peaceful spot bordered by palms and with views across the Atlantic. But I recommend taking a 15-minute drive out into the lunar-like volcanic heart of the island, for a three-mile walk looping the crater of the Volcán del Cuervo near Tinajo. It was the first volcano created by the 18th-century eruptions here, and has a spectacular contrast of colours. Afterwards, pop down the road to El Chupadero in the wine-growing La Geria region for a glass of malvasía while watching the sunset.
The town’s main nightlife area is now over in Arrecife’s marina, where club-bars such as Karma and La Grulla stay open late, though it’s still a relaxed scene. Or head to Niño Salvaje for cocktails and a tapa of croquetas.
A 10-minute drive from Arrecife, my hotel, Álava Suites, has six rooms (doubles from €120 B&B) It is inspired by Lanzarote’s volcanic scenery and set among swaying Canarian gardens. Days start with breakfast by the pool. On the city seafront, the recently refurbished Arrecife Gran Hotel (doubles from €114) has a beachy feel and excellent arroces (rice dishes) and seafood at its restaurant, Alarz.
María Álava is the Lanzaroteña founder of Álava Suites and its sustainably rooted fashion offshoot, Álava Brand
Port of Arrecife – Puertos de Las Palmas
Situated in Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife (13º318’W-28º580’N), this port started life essentially as a fishing harbour. Over time, and given the extraordinary growth of the tourist industry on the island, it has become the Canaries’ third goods port.
The Port of Arrecife in Lanzarote is a veritable economic development pole for the island and will acquire even more importance over the next few years, with new plans for using the port spaces, basic enlargement projects and implementation of special development plans for its precinct. The port’s enlargement projects are associated with improvements to its infrastructure for containers, tourist cruise ships and nautical sports. In total, more than 3 kilometres of berthing line will be made available.
Lanzarote is situated at a distance of 68 nautical miles from the African continent and is in a key geostrategic position, on the route between the European, African and American continents. This location, together with its inland economic development, has set it up as a port enclave for container traffic. Every year, more than 65,000 TEUs pass through its terminal, which already boasts three gantry cranes.
In cruise ships, this port receives each year around 423,000 cruise passengers, making this the most sought-after port by tourists and the second port in the Canaries in cruise ship reception. Once the new infrastructure works are completed, its docks will have the capacity for receiving up to eight ships simultaneously and for becoming a home port.
As for its fishing activity, Lanzarote port is noteworthy for its proximity to the rich African fishing grounds and for its infrastructures. It records annual movements of 1,600 tonnes of fresh fish and 5,500 tonnes of frozen fish. It has an ice factory in place, situated on an area of 3,500 square metres, supplying the European artisan fleets that operate in the nearby African fishing grounds. Its storage capacity is for as much as 80 tonnes of ice.
This port has a plant for processing farmed fresh fish, with maximum production capacity of 12,000 tonnes of bass and bream per year, of which 95% is exported. For this purpose it has an area of 320,000 square metres and 33 cages located in waters boasting some of the highest quality in the world. In addition, situated right in the heart of the Port, it has an internationally renowned maritime-fishing training centre.
Lanzarote’s Arrecife Port provides inspection services through a Border Inspection Post and an authorized Customs Compound. These centres are managed by the Las Palmas Port Authority and the Lanzarote Chamber of Commerce.
The Marina of Arrecife Port in Lanzarote has 360 berths afloat and 72 dry-dock places. It services boats of lengths ranging from 4 metres to 60-metre superyachts. It boasts a modern leisure, restaurant and retail area, with more than 4,000 square meters of open terraces and with Charco de San Ginés as a backdrop. It also has a Sailing Club.
The port also has a boatyard for megayachts and infrastructure for reforming, repairing and maintaining large boats. It has a land area of 16,000 square metres and a hoist for boats of up to 820 tonnes. It also has a painting facility in place for boats of up to 60 meters in length.
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The Cadiz Arrecife ferry route connects Spain with Lanzarote. At the moment, only one company operates on this route – Naviera Armas. The ferry departs up to 1 times per week with sailing durations starting from 27 hours.
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Guide to Cadiz
Cadiz is a port city located in the southwest of Spain, the capital of the province of Cadiz. The city has been home to the Spanish Navy since the 18th century and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in southwestern Europe. Visitors to the city can enjoy amazing views of the city and many historical sites throughout the city. The city has been known since antiquity from different angles, including El Populo, La Viña and Santa Maria. nine0005
One of the city’s most famous sights is the cathedral, which was built on the site of an old cathedral completed in 1260 and burnt down in 1596. Construction of the current cathedral, which is largely built in the Baroque style, was started in 1776 and took 116 years to complete.
The port is used for fishing, sailing, commercial and passenger traffic and has a ship repair facility. Within the basin of Cadiz is Reina Victoria Quay, 220 meters long and 10 meters deep, and serves freight and passenger traffic. From the port you can catch a ferry to Arrecife, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. nine0005
Guide to Arrecife
The city of Arrecife is located on the island of Lanzarote, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.