Arrecife Travel Guide

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The most easterly of the Canaries, Lanzarote is a dry and spectacular island which owes its eerie inland moonscape to the activity of volcanoes long since dormant. The volcanic ash and craters have now been turned to the islanders' advantage in a novel and very picturesque method of vine cultivation.

The island's capital and cruise port, Arrecife, is on the southeast coast. It has has an attractive palm-lined promenade backed by restored colonial-era buildings. From the cruise port it is a short distance to almost anywhere on the island, with the main highlights all within an hour's drive or less.


Lanzarote is famous for its strict conservation ethic and, above all, its other-worldly volcanic landscapes which have been enhanced by the inspired landscaped creations of island genius, César Manrique (1919-1992). Even a short tour of the island should allow you to take in three or four of the amazing and often surreal seven set-piece Centros de Arte, Cultura y Tusimo attractions that are his legacy.


• Arrecife's beautiful Museum of International Art in an old fortress, visible as you cruise into the port.
• Teguise, the wonderfully preserved Spanish Colonial ex-capital.
• Jameos del Agua: A spectacular César Manrique fantasy grotto, created from the natural volcanic landscape.
• The adjacent (unadorned) volcanic cave system of Los Verdes.
• A trip around the National Park of Timanfaya, an awe-inspiring landscape of volcanoes and volcanic debris which covers nearly one-third of the island.

Tourist information

Arrecife Tourist Information
Muelle de los Mármoles (Cruise Terminal), Arrecife, Lanzarote
Tel: +34 928 801 326.

Shopping introduction

Arrecife's duty-free shopping includes electrical goods, cameras, jewellery, perfume, spirits and tobacco (and, of course, the famous Canarian cigars). Teguise hosts an excellent Sunday market showcasing island crafts such as pottery, basketwork, rugs and woodcarvings.


The cuisine of the Canaries is heavily influenced by the Spanish mainland. Fish dishes are often the best choice and are traditionally served with papas arugadas (boiled wrinkly potatoes) and a green herby sauce. Drinks originating from the Canaries include ron miel (honey-rum) and wines, which thrive in the volcanic soil.

When to go

Sunshine is guaranteed daily from February through October though a little rain may fall at either end of the season and in April. Between November and January the weather is a mix of sunshine and showers with day time temperatures around 23°C (73°F).

Nearest destination

Arrecife centre.

Transfer distance

4.5km (2.7 miles).

Transfer time

15 minutes.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.