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Introducing Arrecife

Arrecife is a small, manageable city with a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade, an inviting sandy beach and – it has to be said – a disarming backstreet hotchpotch of sun-bleached, peeling buildings, elegant boutiques, rough bars and good (and bad) restaurants. The sights are scarce yet interesting and include a couple of castles, a fashionable cultural centre and a pretty lagoon. If anything, Arrecife’s most notable quality is that it’s a no-nonsense working town that earns its living from something other than tourism.