Top things to do

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 Middle Eastern in Arrecife

Café Nizar

The Syrian owner-cum-chef serves Middle Eastern fare that is deliciously authentic. Try the meze of seven dishes (€15), which includes hummus, moutabel (spicy aubergine dip) and tabouleh. More substantial meaty dish…
Top Choice Modern Canarian in Arrecife


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…
Carnival in Arrecife


Celebrated with gusto throughout the island, but particularly in Arrecife, Carnaval festivities kick off the week before Ash Wednesday.
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 pueblo village. In Arrecife, the streets surrounding the Iglesia de San Ginés are home to the most revelry.
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…
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…
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

Bar Andalucía

Open since 1960, this side-street bar oozes charm with its Andalucian tiles, paintings for sale and straight-from-Seville tapas, such as stuffed peppers and sirloin cooked in sherry. There's a good wine list too.