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Why Visit Arrecife?

Arrecife is the capital city of Lanzarote, located on the east of the island. Once a small fishing village, it became the capital in 1843 after a population boom at the end of the sixteenth century. The city is undoubtedly the cultural and historical centre of Lanzarote and is the ideal holiday destination for those who want to discover more about the charming island.

As Arrecife is Lanzarote’s capital, it is full of interesting sites and fun attractions that ensure an entertaining holiday for the entire family. A popular attraction with parents and couples alike is a visit to the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo, one of the biggest art collections in all of the Canaries. Families with children will love a visit to nearby Aquapark Costa Teguise, Lanzarote’s largest waterpark.

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As the largest city on the island it has plenty for tourists to enjoy, no matter your age, interest or hobbies! Arrecife truly is the perfect holiday hotspot in Lanzarote for everyone.

Flights from Cork, Shannon, Knock and Dublin operate year round, with the flight time from Dublin to Lanzarote airport being approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes.

To learn more about things to do in Arrecife, the best time to go and local info see here.

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Things to do in Arrecife


  • Take a short drive to Muelle de Los Marmoles port to see the Telamon shipwreck
  • Have a meal on the top floor of the Arrecife Gran Hotel, the tallest building in Lanzarote
  • See the marine life of Lanzarote up-close during a scuba diving excursion
  • Get a rare opportunity to see an active volcano with a visit to Timanfaya park


Arrecife is the perfect place to experience authentic traditional Canarian nightlife. You will be spoiled with numerous bars to choose from when deciding where to enjoy some tasty beverages.

Dining Out

In Arrecife, you will find some of the best Spanish cuisine on the entire island. Be sure to visit a seafood restaurant during your visit, as they are a speciality of the city.

For Families 

Children and parents will love a trip to Aquapark Costa Teguise, the largest waterpark in Lanzarote with a variety of waterslides and attractions on offer.


El Reducto beach is widely considered the best beach in Arrecife. It is in the heart of the capital, which boasts a kilometre of golden sand coupled with a trendy boardwalk.


Centro Comercial El Mercadillo is a quaint shopping centre with a number of shops selling a variety of goods. For a more authentic shopping experience head to the Arrecife Handicraft Market, which takes place every Saturday morning.


Carnival is the most celebrated festival on the island, taking place in the months of February or March every year. Be sure to dress colourfully and partake in the celebrations if you visit Arrecife during this festive time!

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Best Time to Go

Lanzarote is unique in the fact that it experiences warm sunny weather year-round, making it the perfect holiday destination to visit for a winter sun break. However, to experience its peak season we recommend visiting in the summer, when temperatures average in the low thirties, making it the perfect summer holiday destination!

Local Info


Euro is the currency used in Arrecife and throughout the entire island of Lanzarote.

Time Zone 

There is no time difference between Lanzarote and Ireland.

Getting around 

It is only a short 15 minute drive from the airport to Arrecife. There are plenty of places in the resort town to rent bikes and cars if you would like to explore more of the island!