Arrecife is the capital city of Lanzarote, the fourth-largest of the Spanish Canary Islands. The city has a population of around 60,000 and is best known for its harbour area, which is still heavily used by local fishermen today. The town?s name itself means ?reef? in Spanish, which reflects the importance of fishing on the city?s economy. Hiring a car in Arrecife is the best way to see what the city has to offer and explore its many resort areas, as well as the other towns and cultural points dotted around this beautiful island.
Arrecife is well known for its fishing industry, and the manmade harbour area is a site of interest for many visitors for its vibrant atmosphere and seafood. The Castillo de San Jos? is another popular tourist destination in the city that is both an 18th-century castle and an art gallery. Rent a car in Arrecife and you will be able to explore the rest of the island which has much to offer for those seeking culture, nature and entertainment. Literature lovers will be interested to see the small town of Tias in the southern part of the island where the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Jose Saramago lived, while fans of Doctor Who are able to visit the Timanfaya National Park in the south of the island where multiple episodes of the long-running series have been filmed. The Park is also a focus of UNESCO?s Biosphere Reserve programme which covers sites across the whole island. There are many beaches and resorts too which are easily reached by car from Arrecife such as Puerto Del Carmen in the east, Playa Blanca in the south or Costa Teguise which is located just north of Arrecife, making the city a great base for visiting the various resorts.
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-2300
Address: Aeropuerto Guacimeta, Canary Islands