Saint Gabriel Castle

The islands capital since the second half of the 19th century, Arrecife is the administrative and commercial centre which is home to over half the population. A marked seafaring character combines with appearance of defensive fortress and its present function as a services city devoted to commercial trade relations.

Founded on the basis of expanding overseas trade (through the port with greatest facilities and interchange of products such as salt, onions and fish) from its well-known Muelle de la Cebolla, known today as Puerto Chico or Muelle Chico, it passed in scarcely two centuries form being just a collection of small warehouses for loading and unloading merchandise in the inmeditate vicinity of the port to become main nucleus of the island. It takes its name form the collection of reefs (arrecifes), islets and small volcanic rocks which stand off its coastline and hinder access and landing.

Charco de San Ginés

Once inside the town its marine status is clearly reflected in its streets and ols quarter, in the transit and transfer of goods arriving from other ports an in the professed devotion to its admirable patron, Saint Gines.

We have, too, the presence of the curious rock formations formed by the mantles of lava in their quest for and encounter with the sea. We can note marked growth of the city as it gradually became an urban services centre - features all that define the capitals identy.

The city is host to shopping centres, numerous specialized outlets, gift shops and a number of small outlets which sell their own products and fancy goods with careful customer attention; it is thus easy to find an extensive range and great variety of products, whether of local artisan origin or imported from the most unlikely international markets, as the special status of the islands. means that imported products from any country in the world can be bought at the keenest prices.

Bandstand at the promenade

In addition to its role as tourist shopping centre, Arrecife, is also of interest for the coastline itself, with its variety of islets and reefs which have arisen out of the lava flows along the coast, alternating with defensive castles built for protection against corsair-such as the Castillo de San José, now converted into an Internation Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Castillo de San Grabriel, linked to the capital by Puente las Bolas bridge.

Finally, one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions is the Charco de San Gines, a sort of lake formed by the entrance of sea water and surrounded by small fishermens houses, beside was built the former hermitage of San Gines, which has today becomer the Church of San Gines.



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Tourist Offices in Arrecife

Arrecife – Punto de información Charco de San Ginés

Calle Juan de Quesada s/n 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas
Opening hours:09:00 a 14:00 – Cuando hay crucero.

Oficina de Información Arrecife - Casa de la Cultura Agustín de la Hoz

Av. la Marina, 7, 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas
Telephone number:+34 928 80 28 84 Ext: 1811
Opening hours:Horario: 9:00 a 14:00 – 17:00 a 21:00

Oficina de Turismo del Muelle de los Mármoles

Muelle de los Mármoles s/n - Arrecife
Telephone number:928 844 690
Opening hours:De 08:00 a 14:30, cuando hay cruceros.

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In Lanzarote there are seven municipalities. Another way to know the island is by visiting what is offered by each of them:


Spots of interest in Arrecife

Calle Real - Calle León y Castillo

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Type of place:Ocio
Localizada junto a la parte antigua de nuestra ciudad y en ella encontrará un sinfín de comercios donde realizar compras de calidad con trato humano exquisito, el cuál se ha perdido ya en muchos lugares donde impera la prisa.

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Casa de la Cultura Agustín Hoz

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Type of place:Historico
Es el perfecto ejemplo de la arquitectura residencial de la Antigua Capital. En 1989 se le dio el nombre de "Agustín de la Hoz" en homenaje al erudito de Arrecife. Hoy en día pertenece al Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Arrecife (Concejalía de Cultura) siendo el lugar perfecto para celebrar exposiciones, ponencias, coloquios, etc.

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