Arrecife is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city full of culture and history. The name derives from the Spanish for reef and refers to the volcanic rock formations that lie out to the sea and protect the harbour.
Arrecife was a small fishing village in the 15th century until it grew and became the capital in 1852. Today it's well known for shopping with lots of streets and boutiques.
Arrecife has also its own beach, Playa del Reducto, with golden sand and beautiful water.
Lanzarote's most famous artist, Manrique, landscaped most of the island, except Arrecife which developed before his time. So it's the only place where you will find high buildings...
Although it's nice to visit Arrecife and feel the energy of a city (so different from our calm Playa Blanca ;-)