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Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo

Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo

Converted into an art gallery in 1976, on César Manrique's wish, the well-preserved 18th-century Castillo de San José houses one of the Canaries' major contemporary art collections. Aside from a couple of early...

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Lilium

In Arrecife's swish marina, minimalist-chic Lilium wows with innovative dishes like confit duck leg with fig sauce or grilled scallops with banana, coconut and lime, crafted by El Bulli–trained chef Orlando...

Museum in Arrecife

Castillo de San Gabriel

Castillo de San Gabriel

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 Castillo de San Gabriel was originally built to fend off...

Museum in Arrecife

Museo Arqueológico de Lanzarote

Tucked into the repurposed mansion of 20th-century lanzaroteño doctor and architect Fermín Rodríguez Bethencourt and his wife Manuela García Parrilla, Lanzarote's 2018-opened archaeology museum romps through the...

International in Arrecife

Tabla

From the ambitious British team behind Teguise sensation La Cantina, this stylishly contemporary bar-restaurant with dangling lamps and roadside tables under beachy umbrellas specialises in throwing creative...

Mediterranean in Arrecife

Qué Muac

Within the 18th-century Manrique-redesigned Castillo de San José, this is one of Arrecife’s most upscale dining experiences, though it's more about the magical setting than the food, which includes imaginative...

Tapas in Arrecife

El Almacén

On the site of the legendary Bar Pablo Ruiz Picasso, an arty Manrique-founded hangout within a set of 19th-century homes, this colourful contemporary spot serves up creative tapas such as platters of Canarian...

Seafood in Arrecife

Cala

The latest venture from prize-winning Catalan chef Luis León, elegantly relaxed Cala breathes creative flair into Canarian cuisine amid distressed-wood walls, moody lighting, circular mirrors and tables adorned...

Canarian in Arrecife

Naia

Vases of fresh flowers and rustic-modern interiors combine with original recipes rooted in local cooking at this cheerfully informal gastrobar with terrace tables gazing out on the Charco de San Ginés. From a...

Microbrewery in Arrecife

Nao

You'll spot Nao's handful of hugely popular artisan beers all over the island – Capitán APA, Marine blonde ale, malvasía-grape-based Maresía. Sample them at the source in this little blue-doored brewpub tucked...

Tapas in Arrecife

Bar Andalucía

Bowls of glistening tomatoes and a leg of jamón set the scene at this side-street tapas bar, going strong since 1960 and oozing charm with its Andalusian tiles, creeping vines, artisan olive oils for sale and...

Bar in Arrecife

Star City

It's impossible to miss this looming green skyscraper, which, unsurprisingly, was built before César Manrique introduced strict building guidelines. Like it or loathe it, the turquoise-styled, glassed-in...

Canarian in Arrecife

Strava

All your favourite Canarian flavours are prepared with fresh seasonal produce and a touch of creative flair at this stylishly cosy little restaurant, popular with both lanzaroteños and visitors – Padrón peppers,...

Tapas in Arrecife

La Tentación

Huddled into an alley hosting several excellent tapas bars, opposite the Iglesia de San Ginés, La Tentación is a cosy hangout for island wines, fresh juices, salty tortilla, papas arrugadas and tasty...

Lagoon in Arrecife

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...

Cultural Centre in Arrecife

Centro de Innovación Cultural El Almacén

Occupying a duo of 19th-century townhouses, this cultural centre was remodelled into an arts hub by César Manrique in 1973, then revamped once more in 2016. Exhibitions change every couple of months and there are...

Canarian in Arrecife

Casa Victor

A cheap-and-cheerful, home-style local favourite just back from the seafront, for morning bocadillos, tortilla tapas and coffee, as well as a popular €9 lunchtime menú of, say, vegetable stew, mixed salad,...

Italian in Arrecife

Domus Pompei

The owner of this cosy trattoria is from Pompeii, so expect faux-Roman surroundings and delicious thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas, plus homemade pasta coated in simple, fresh sauces like pesto, four cheeses, vongole...

Religious in Arrecife

Día de San Ginés

The day of the island’s patron saint is celebrated with a major fiesta in even the smallest village, and celebrations build up over two weeks beforehand. In Arrecife, the streets surrounding the Iglesia de San...

Library in Arrecife

Biblioteca Universitaria Municipal

In the green-shuttered former Parador building, right on the seafront, this university library conceals four wonderful early César Manrique murals, including the stormily evocative El viento. Visitors are free to...