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Arrecife in Lanzarote Canary Islands
Arrecife is the Capital of Lanzarote, situated in the East of the island. the town first appeared on maps in the 15th century, then it was a small fishing harbour and its maritime roots are still reflected by the old town. Roughly half of Lanzarote's population are residents of Arrecife. Arrecife became the capital of Lanzarote at the end of the 18th century taking over from its predecessor Teguise. It is best described as a bustling, friendly and unpretentious city! The name originates from the abundance of reefs and islets that run along the coast and form a magnificent sea front promenade. The Grand Hotel dominates that skyline of Arrecife as it is the tallest building on Lanzarote!
With the city's main street Castillo y Leon hosting a wide variety of shops and nearby cafes, it is the most popular shopping area on the island and is classed as the principle commercial area.
If you fancy just relaxing at the beach, Then El Reducto is the capital's beach. It is a European Union blue flag beach with 470 metres of golden sand and a long promenade bordering it. It has toilets, fresh water showers, telephones, kiosk, bus stop and disabled access. El Cable is found 2 km from Arrecife. The beach has about 300 metres of golden sand.
There are many tourist attractions in and close by Arrecife, so if you want a sightseeing holiday then this is the place to come!! here you will find; El Charco de San Gines, which is a saltwater enclosed lagoon that is in the city centre and is surrounded by fishermen's houses, then there is La Casa de Los Arroyo which is a a patriarchal residence emblematic of Arrecife and has been declared Historical Monument which houses the "Blas Cabrera" that is a Scientific centre! Some of the other interesting attractions in Arrecife include the Castles of San Jose, home to the international Museum of Modern Art, and San Gabriel, home to the Archaeological Museum.
Also an important landmark of historical Arrecife is the Casa de la Culture Agustin de la Hoz and the 17th century Iglesia de San Gines. The Iglesia de San Gines, which is named after the patron Saint of the City, was originally a Hermitage, and in 1778 became a parish church. On Corpus Christi and on the 15th of August, every year throughout Lanzarote -mainly in Arrecife there is a focal point of festivities. Nearby is Puerto de Los Marmoles - which means -port of Marbles! Here you can get the ferry to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and other cruise liners sail from here too.
If you are looking for the non-tourist oriented places and get a taste of real Spanish nightlife, then Arrecife the capital of the island, is the place to go. Bars are open all day every day until the early hours. So if you fancy partying hard into the night you should copy the locals and have a siesta!!! Discos and nights clubs usually open around 11 pm and close when the last body has left, which is usually around 5 or 6 in the morning!! Please be aware that 'clubs' and 'nightclubs' are not the same as in England these places are brothels and strip joints, if you fancy dancing the places you should look for are 'disco's' or 'discotheques'!!
The weather in Lanzarote is warm all year round. It is by far the least mountainous of the Canary Islands and has a great deal of flat land. Due to this it is below the level of warm air and humidity. Mostly this results to a dry climate and very little rain. The average temperature in the summer is 24 degrees Celsius and in the winter still only 17 degrees Celsius!
There are plenty of places to stay here from private villas, apartments and hotels although not as many as you would find in a Holiday resort - that range from basic, somewhere to lay your head to really luxurious! In Arrecife, you should be able to find whatever you want, whether that is a basic apartment just to lay your head a night or luxurious with an abundance of facilities! They range in size from studio's or one bedroom apartments if there are just the two of you to three bedroom - normally sleeping up 8 if your taking the family or going in a big group.
There is also the private rentals, people that have bought the property for holiday homes and when they are not there rent out for your exclusive use! These are lovely, normally set in privately owned complexes, where people live! Most come with communal swimming pools too, and these are normally quieter due to this. A word of warning though these are quieter and normally better for families or older groups than the young tourists!!!
Prices range from 35 per day for a Studio in Arrecife upwards. They will do deals for the longer you have it, it becomes cheaper per day! But generally you are looking from 150 per week for a Studio rental and prices go compared to size and location.
Why not take a look at Zettagroups Hotel website - search on the Hotels link above, here you can get more information on Hotels and their availability plus price, in that area.
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