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Top Choice Gallery in Arrecife

Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo

Converted in 1994 by the Fundación César Manrique into a sleek, contemporary art museum and restaurant, the Castillo de San José was built in the 18th century to deal with pirates and provide unemployed locals with …
Top Choice Canarian in Arrecife

Lilium

In a suitably stylish new home in the revamped Marina, Lilium continues to wow with decadent dishes like confit duck leg with fig sauce or grilled scallops with banana, coconut, caviar and lime. Traditional Canarian…
Museum in Arrecife

Museo de Historia de Arrecife

Located on a little islet just off the seafront promenade, this small museum is based in the 16th-century Castillo de San Gabriel. Exhibits include information on the island's geology, flora and fauna as well as pre…
Beach in Arrecife

Playa del Reducto

If you fancy a dip, the city’s main beach, Playa del Reducto, is lovely: an arc of pristine pale golden sand fringed with lofty palm trees and a promenade. It's safe for children, reasonably clean and, generally, su…
Mediterranean in Arrecife

Que Muac

Situated in the Castillo de San José, this is one of Arrecife’s most upscale dining experiences, though the food, which includes dishes like shoulder of lamb stuffed with nuts, is not quite as spectacular as the set…
Bar in Arrecife

Star City

You can’t miss this looming green skyscraper that, unsurprisingly, was built before Manrique returned to the island and initiated strict building guidelines. Like it or loathe it, there’s no avoiding the fact that t…
Tapas in Arrecife

El Barrilito

The terrace overlooking a busy road isn't as inviting as those of the ocean-facing restaurants, but this place is great for a little local flavour. There's a wide range of tapas – try the dates wrapped in bacon – as…
Lagoon in Arrecife

Charco de San Ginés

This attractive small lake with its colourful boats and resident seagulls could have been as overwrought as picture-perfect Portofino. Instead, the buildings and restaurants here are a beguiling combo of mildly down…
Club in Arrecife

Kopas Disco

Arrecife's most stylish club attracts a well-heeled crowd who come to hear local DJs and occasional live bands. Adjoining the club is Kopas Lounge, with sleek white furniture and an expansive selection of gin.
Italian in Arrecife

Domus Pompeii

The owner of this trattoria is from Pompeii, so expect faux-Roman surroundings and delicious thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas, plus homemade pasta with simple, fresh sauces. The complimentary limoncello liqueur is a nic…