Arrecife attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Arrecife

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 work…
Museum in Arrecife

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 pirat…
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 isl…
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 Arr…
Cultural Centre in Arrecife

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 re…
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 po…
Beach in Arrecife

Playa del Reducto

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 children, reasonably clean and, generally, surprisingly empty, with…
Church in Arrecife

Iglesia de San Ginés

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 looms over Arrecife's prettiest plaza.
Architecture in Arrecife

Casa Amarilla

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