Arrecife (city) – located on the central east coast of Lanzarote, Arrecife is the island’s main city, and has been its capital since 1852. Since the 1500s, Its harbor has acted as a port of call for ships in transit from Spain to the Americas. The city’s name derives from the Spanish word for “reef” and refers to the volcanic rock formations that lie out to sea and protect the picturesque harbor. Arrecife started life as a small fishing village way back in the 15th century until it grew into its current status as the island’s capital. Today, half of Lanzarote’s local population resides at Arrecife, and is well known as a haven for shoppers. With streets lined with boutiques, high-end retail outlets selling designer labels and bargains galore, many people visit Arrecife for its endless shopping possibilities. Look out for the long pedestrian road called Calle Léon y Castillo and a large shopping center.
Arrecife also has its own beach, Playa del Reducto, with golden sand and tepid, tranquil waters. A lovely promenade runs all the way from this area to the city’s second beach, Playa del Cable, which is 1.25 miles (2 km.) further west.