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The Gran Hotel Arrecife
Castle of San Gabriel

Coordinates: 28°57′34″N 13°32′51″W / 28.95944°N 13.5475°W / 28.95944; -13.5475

Arrecife is a city in the Canary Islands (Spain) situated in the centre-east of the island of Lanzarote of which it has been the capital since 1852. The city owes its name to the rock reef ("Arrecife"=reef in spanish) which covers the beach located in the city. The city also gives its name to the island's nearby airport.

The population is 50,785 ([1], 2003), its density is 2,235.25/km² and the area is 22.72 km². It is south of Haría, east of Tinajo and northeast of Yaiza. Arrecife is also a port town serving the other islands and also Europe and mainland Africa. Arrecife is served by the LZ1 linking it to the north, LZ2 and LZ3 and is bypassed to the northwest and west. The highway to the southern portion of the island lies to the west. The main industries are agriculture, business and tourism. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, the mountains are to the north, the hills lie to the west and farmlands dominate the rest of the municipality. The tallest building in the Canary Islands is the Gran Hotel Arrecife, which is located on the front alongside the harbour.



  • Altitude: 2m above Sea Level
    • Lowest: Atlantic Ocean
    • Centre: 30 m
  • Postal code: 35500

Historical population

Year Population Change
2001 45,549 -
2002 48,253 2,704/5.94%
2003 50,785 2,532/5.25%


  • Urbanización Playa Honda (subdivision), south.

Sites of interest

  • Playa Reducto, Arrecife's town beach.
  • Castillo de San Jose, 17th century fortification that now houses a collection of modern art.
  • Puente de Las Bolas, Bridge leading to the Castillo de San Gabriel.
  • Charco de San Ginés, A man-made lagoon used by fishermen.


Arrecife has schools, lyceums, a gymnasia, a church, beaches, a port, a post office, parks and a square (plaza), movie theatres as well as a few small shopping malls and a shopping-area main street.

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See also

North: Teguise
West: San Bartolomé
Arrecife East: Atlantic Ocean
South: Atlantic Ocean


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