Charco de San Ginés


Fringed by homes and restaurants in a beguiling combination of mildly down at heel and freshly whitewashed (with blue trim), the attractive natural San Ginés saltwater lake just east of the city centre is one of Arrecife's main hubs.

It's filled with colourful boats and resident seagulls, and perfect for a snack or drink at any time of day.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Arrecife attractions

1. Iglesia de San Ginés

0.11 MILES

Dating from 1665 and featuring Tuscan-style columns, a neoclassical tower and a 17th-century statue of the island’s patron saint, this triple-nave church…

2. Casa Amarilla

0.17 MILES

This handsome mustard-yellow, tile-walled 1920s building was once the headquarters of Lanzarote's Cabildo; it now hosts rotating exhibitions.

3. Museo Arqueológico de Lanzarote

0.19 MILES

Tucked into the repurposed mansion of 20th-century lanzaroteño doctor and architect Fermín Rodríguez Bethencourt and his wife Manuela García Parrilla,…

5. Castillo de San Gabriel

0.33 MILES

On a little islet just off the seafront promenade, reached via the 18th-century Puente de las Bolas or a more recent Franco-era bridge, the 16th-century…

6. Biblioteca Universitaria Municipal

0.35 MILES

In the green-shuttered former Parador building, right on the seafront, this university library conceals four wonderful early César Manrique murals,…

7. Playa del Reducto

0.68 MILES

If you fancy a dip, the city’s main beach is lovely: an arc of pristine pale-gold sand fringed with lofty palm trees and a promenade. It's safe for…