April 24, 2017 0 By Lanzarote Gay Guide

The capital city of Lanzarote, Arrecife. There are some great things to visit or do in this busy port town.


Arrecife lies on the coast south of Costa Teguise and north of Puerto del Carmen and the airport.


The city dates back to the fifteenth century, where records show it was a small fishing village. Over the following centuries the town grew and became rather prosperous as a trading post between the new worlds. Arrecife took over from the ancient town of Teguise as the capital in 1852. The name Arrecife refers to the black volcanic reefs which fishermen used as a harbour to keep their boats safe.

Arrecife shoreline, and the Arrecife Gran Hotel, Lanzarote
View from Castillo de San Gabriel alongside the harbour of port town Arrecife with the tallest building in Lanzarote, the Arrecife Gran Hotel and volcanoes at the background


Between the Arrecife Gran Hotel and Hotel Diamar, Playa Reducto is well protected and usually has calm waters. A short walk along the promenade away from Arrecife are Playa del Cable and Playa Flor.


The Cultural Centre and bar Ell Almacen were created in 1974 by César Manrique, and quickly became a cultural centre for the Island.

Centro Comercial (CC) Open Mall Lanzarote – Calle León y Castillo, 156, 35500, Arrecife, Las Palmas – 5 minute walk from Arrecife Bus Station.

Lanzarote’s newest and largest open air shopping mall opened November 2022, with 35,200 m2 of shops and restaurants over four floors right in the heart of Arrecife.

Shopping? The ground floor accommodates many popular fashion stores including Levis, Zara, Sketchers, Guess, Timberland, Springfield, Sam, Etam, JD Sports, Mango, Van’s, Women’s Secret, Bomb Y Lola, Intimissimi y Uomo, Pull & Bear, and the islands first Primark (AKA Primarni).

Hungry? Many restaurants spread across the Mall, The Bun Bun Club, American Hot Dog, Iberico, Sould Bar, Ricas Arepa, Chips & Kebab, Vãlery Artisans de hoy, Helados Antiu Xixona, and McDonald’s. 

Gadgets? There’s plenty of electronic technology and mobile phone shops to choose from, Worten, Orange, Vodafone, if you need mobile repair service, Cellular Express, and have your holiday photos printed direct from your mobile at Phone House fotoprix.

Beauty? Spoil yourself with a new hair cut, beauty, facial and body therapies check out Elite peluqueros hairdressing who’ve over 20 years experience in the beauty industry. 

CC Open Mall Lanzarote is open 365 days a year – restaurant open hours 09:00 to 23:00, shopping open hours 10:00 to 22:00. Check out Lanzarote Open Mall website for full details.

Live View – Cruise Ship Dock