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About Arrecife

The volcanic ash and craters have now been turned to the islanders’ advantage in a novel and very picturesque method of vine cultivation.

The capital and cruise port, Arrecife, is to be found on the southeast coast. It has recently been given a makeover and has an attractive palm-lined promenade backed by restored Colonial buildings. From the cruise port it is a short distance to almost anywhere on the island with the main highlights all within an hour’s drive or less.
The most easterly of the Canaries, Lanzarote, is a dry and spectacular island which owes its eerie inland moonscape to the activity of volcanoes long since dormant.

Sightseeing:

Lanzarote is famous for its strict conservation ethic and, above all, its other-worldly volcanic landscapes which have been enhanced by the inspired landscaped creations of island genius, César Manrique (1919-1992). Even a short tour of the island should allow you to take in three or four of the amazing and often surreal seven set-piece Centros de Arte, Cultura y Tusimo attractions that are his legacy.

Highlights:

• Arrecife’s beautiful Museum of International Art in an old fortress, visible as you cruise into the port.
• Teguise, the wonderfully preserved Spanish Colonial ex-capital.
• Jameos del Agua: A spectacular César Manrique fantasy grotto, created from the natural volcanic landscape.
• The adjacent (unadorned) volcanic cave system of Los Verdes.
• A trip around the National Park of Timanfaya, an awe-inspiring landscape of volcanoes and volcanic debris which covers nearly one-third of the island You can explore part of it by camels.

Tourist information:

Arrecife Tourst Information
Muelle de los Mármoles (Cruise Terminal), Arrecife, Lanzarote
Tel: 34 928 801 326.
Website: www.turismodecanarias.com

Shopping introduction:

Within a few minutes of leaving your cruise ship, you could be strolling among Arrecife’s excellent shopping area with the latest Spanish fashions and duty-free shopping, including electrical goods, cameras, jewellery, perfume, spirits and tobacco (and, of course, the famous Canarian cigars). Teguise hosts an excellent Sunday market showcasing island crafts such as: pottery, basketwork, rugs and woodcarvings.

Restaurants:

The cuisine of the Canaries is heavily influenced by the Spanish mainland. Fish dishes are often the best choice and are traditionally served with papas arugadas (boiled wrinkly potatoes) and a green herby sauce. Drinks originating from the Canaries include ron miel (honey-rum) and wines, which thrive in the volcanic soil.

When to go:

Sunshine is guaranteed daily from February through October though a little rain may fall at either end of the season and in April. Between November and January the weather is a mix of sunshine and showers with day time temperatures around 23°C (73°F).

Nearest destination:

Arrecife centre.

Transfer distance:

4.5km (2.7 miles).

Transfer time:

15 minutes.