All About Arrecife In Lanzarote
Arrecife, the capital city of Lanzarote, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city full of culture and history located slightly east of central Lanzarote. The name derives from the Spanish for reef and refers to the volcanic rock formations that lie out to sea and protect the picturesque harbour.
Arrecife started life as a small fishing village way back in the 15th Century until it grew, eventually becoming the island’s capital in 1852. Today, it is well known as a haven for shoppers! With streets lined with boutiques, high-end retail outlets selling designer labels and bargains galore, many people visit Arrecife for its endless shopping possibilities. Look out for the long pedestrian road called Calle Léon y Castillo and a large shopping centre.
If you are looking for a day out to shop, experience some culture and take in the sights and landmarks of a sophisticated metropolis before retreating back to the comfort of your hotel, then Arrecife is for you. It may be a good idea to check out the Centro Insular de Cultura El Almacén, a cultural centre filled with various exhibitions.
The strategic position of the capital means it is quick and easy to reach from any point on Lanzarote. At the northern end of the island is Haría, a small urban centre set among the hills of a fertile valley. In its coastal area we can find Cueva de los Verdes, as well as Jameos del Agua and the Mirador del Río viewpoint, these latter ones the work of Lanzarote-born architect César Manrique.Very close by is Teguise. The former capital of the island of Lanzarote possesses a significant heritage of buildings in its historic quarter, which gathers together beautiful examples of popular and noble architecture.
The mark of Manrique is present in Teguise through the Cactus Garden and the foundation which bears his name, which was also the artist's former residence.To the south are towns such as San Bartolomé, with the outstanding Casa del Mayor Guerra and Casa Ajei, Tinajo, in whose sanctuary of Mancha Blanca the island's patron, the Virgen de los Dolores, is venerated; or Yaiza, a town located in a volcanic surroundings which form landscapes of matchless beauty, such as El Golfo or Los Hervideros.All this is complemented by Lanzarote's coastline, sprinkled with beautiful beaches and major tourist centres, such as Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen.
But the greatest centre of tourist attention is, without a doubt, the Timanfaya National Park, a true showcase of the island's volcanic ecosystem. The visit includes a bus trip which covers the Route of the Volcanoes and whose starting point is the visitors' centre. The park is in turn surrounded by the Volcanoes Nature Reserve, where fields of ash and lava run down to the sea.