Lately, I am musing about Arrecife, an undiscovered place on Lanzarote. As a writer I love to discover new places to write (about). For a writer it is important to find a place which is inspiring enough. I love to write in cafe’s and at home . But sometimes it is better to go elsewhere to work on the manuscript.
Arrecife – An undiscovered place on Lanzarote
Last year, my husband and I spend our holiday on the beautiful island of Lanzarote. We made a daytrip to Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. We visited this place earlier, but now I was more impressed by this city. It’s a capital but not so overwhelming. It is more intimate, smaller and there is plenty to discover (in my opinion :))
We took the bus from Playa Blanca and within an hour we arrived at Arrecife and walked along the empty beach and admired the only high building of the island, the Gran Hotel. I have the idea to spend some time at this hotel. This hotel has a Spa and the beach is in front of the hotel… for a few days…that must be awesome, but I digress.
We strolled the shopping street and at the end of the street, there was no longer so much to see. But I was curious, so I walked to the corner of this street and then I was pleasantly surprised by this discovering.
A lagune surrounded by many cafe’s and restaurants, called Charco de San Ginés. I was really surprised to discover such a beautiful place in this city. In one way of another, I did not expect to find such a lovely place. I called my husband and we walked along this lagoon. What a beautiful view. Fishing boats were floating on the clear blue water. The view on the white houses of the city centre. A lovely and serene place which is bordered by car-free promenades. It is a wonderful place to stroll, enjoy a drink, dream away seeing the picturesque cityscape or to flan!
La Caja de Tapas
We looked for a nice café to enjoy a drink and lunch. We choose “La Caja de Tapas” with a wonderful lagune view. What we didn’t knew is that this one of the best restaurants which such a friendly staff. The promenade along this lagune, the Avenida Cesar Manrique, has a variety of cafés, terraces and restaurants on the palms. It it hard to make a choice where to eat! We choose for La Caja de Tapas and that was a very good choice, because this restaurant is one of the best in the line.
Later I realized that the owner had worked as a interior designer after decades, deciding to turn it over. She started a dining room where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch. I choose the homemade gnocchi, my husband for the burger, which was served in a wooden “auction box” in mini format (hence the name La Caja de Tapas) with piece of newspaper. In each ‘caja’ they served another dish. It’s all in the details! This lunch is one that I will not forget for a long time! And the next time, I will definitely visit it again!
Address: La Caja de Tapas, Charco de San Ginés, Arrecife (Lanzarote)
Strolling along the lagune
After lunch (we spend two hours for lunch and enjoying the view) the sky was cloudy but that didn’t spoil the fun. We strolled along the lagune, admired the views and the (sometimes very old) boats, which was pitching along with the waves.
Arrecife has a special place in my heart. It is a place, where I could rent a little apartment, overlooking this lagune, to work on my book for a while. This place is just perfect to relax after a busy time and to recharge. The serenity and beauty has stolen my heart and I hope I can spend some more time here the next time.
What to do and to see in Arrecife?
Castillo de San Gabriel
For the coast of Lanzarote you’ll find the Castillo de San Gabriel. This castle was built in the sixteenth century as a defense fortress against the pirates who regularly defied Arrecife. Today, the building serves as a museum and it is a beautiful viewpoint on the city.
Calle Leon y Castillo
The shopping street is Calle Leon y Castillo and is car-free. Be aware of the siesta times!
Playa del Reducto
A beach is nearly five hundred meters long and is bordered by a walk promenade. On the beach itself you will not find beach bars, but anyone who crosses the street can enjoy a snack and a drink there.
Mercado Turístico y Artesanal
Around Plaza de Las Palmas there is a weekly market, which contains daily fresh produce such as vegetables, fruit, fish and meat products. You’ll also find handicraft products, local products, ceramics, painting and souvenirs. The market is held from 9 am to 2 pm.
Church of San Ginés
A church which is devoted to the patron saint of the island of Lanzarote. The original church was built in 1574.
Parque Islas Canarias
Parque Islas Canarias is a modern city park landscaped by the water in Arrecife with mainly footpaths and benches.
Castillo de San José
Castillo de San Jose was built in the eighteenth century on a cliff at the port of Arrecife. From the fort, you have a beautiful view of this busiest port of Lanzarote. At the Castillo de San José there is a museum today; The International Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo – MIAC). The small museum offers a varied mix of modern paintings, sculptures and other art objects.
Have you ever been in Arrecife? (and not only at the airport :))