Why choose a cruise to Arrecife?

At first glance, Arrecife appears a modern port town with a lively, atmospheric marina. But wander through its backstreets and you’ll discover striking black-and-white churches, tree-lined boulevards and cobbled squares lined with restaurants and boutiques.

An Arrecife cruise is an ideal holiday for beach lovers. Unlike some other Canary Islands, Lanzarote boasts some stunning golden-sand beaches, including one within city limits. Travel 20 minutes down the coast to reach Puerto del Carmen, one of the island’s best-loved beach resorts.

Puerto del Carmen

A guide to Arrecife’s hotspots

Enjoy a wander around Charco de San Ginés, a fishing lagoon lovingly restored by the island’s beloved architect, César Manrique. The lake is now surrounded by a chic pedestrianised quarter, with a footbridge spanning the water. The restaurants and bars that line the lagoon serve authentic Canarian specialities, and offer striking sunset views. You’ll find a local craft market there on Saturdays, too.

Those interested in architecture will appreciate a visit to the César Manrique Foundation, located a couple of miles from the city centre. It was built on a lava field and the volcanic formations have been used to make a natural swimming pool and a relaxation zone. Inside you’ll find works of modern art by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

If you’ve taken an Arrecife cruise for the beaches, a good place to start is Playa del Reducto, one of the world’s best city beaches. Two inviting curves of golden sand lead down to glimmering turquoise waters. Enjoy a refreshing swim after a full day of sightseeing.

One of the hotspots of Lanzarote ­– literally ­– is the volcanic area of Timanfaya National Park, a half-hour drive from Arrecife. Travel through an otherworldly lunarscape of twisted lava formations and rust-red covered volcanic peaks. You can even visit a nearby restaurant that uses the geothermal heat to cook their food.

Timanfaya National Park

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Arrecife

The best time to visit Arrecife

During July and August, temperatures average 25°C, often rising higher. The skies are cloudless and you’ll be guaranteed a sun-kissed summer holiday.

Arrecife has year-round sunshine, which makes it an amazing winter holiday destination, too. Enjoy Christmas on the beach, when the weather averages 18°C.

Did you know?

· The wine of Lanzarote has a unique fresh, aromatic style, thanks to its grapes being grown in volcanic soil

· There is only one high-rise building in Lanzarote ­– the Gran Hotel, in Arrecife

· Arrecife is a city of festivals, from February’s carnival to Corpus Christi Day, when locals design patterns of multicoloured salts