Pre-booked taxis are often a little more expensive, although as with all things in life, you only get what
you pay for.
Many independent travellers will however have already pre-arranged for the collection of a hire car from one
of the numerous agencies based around the airport facility, and for those, making the short drive into
Arrecife is very straightforward.
As you leave the airport grounds take the LZ2, the Carretera de Arrecife de Yaiza, heading eastward.
As you approach Arrecife at the junction of the LZ3, Carretera de la Circunulacion, otherwise known
as the Arrecife northern ring road, continue straight on to join the Calle de Jose Antonio which will
take you straight into the centre of the city.
If needed, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where appropriate,
is available from the
link on the left hand frame of this page.
Whatever method of transport you ultimately choose for this journey, your first impression of Arrecife
will be of its busy and often crowded streets, although in all fairness over half of the islands 115,000
residents do live here, before taking in to account the large number of visitors.
The City of Arrecife, which literally translates in English as "rocky reef", was originally a small fishing
village that grew up around the banks of El Charco de San Gines from around 1400AD onwards.
The local community naming the village in recognition of the reefs that used to exist at the mouth of
the lagoon. However, the City of Arrecife didn't really begin to take shape until almost 400 years later,
when at the beginning of the 19th Century, it became the capital of Lanzarote.
Whilst driving into Arrecife may be very straightforward, actually finding somewhere to park once you
are there can be an absolute nightmare. Many of the streets are very narrow, and for the limited number
of parking spaces that are available, there still appears to be a highly competitive game of "musical chairs"
This situation has been recognised by the local authorities, leading to a regular series of purges by the
local police, resulting in the clamping and towing away of vehicles that in their opinion are illegally parked.
However, experience has shown that this situation can be avoided by simply parking on the municipal car
park, which is just opposite the
Castillo de San Gabriel,
and then walking the short distance into the centre of the city.
Many visitors to Arrecife are often quite surprised to discover that the city has it's own beach, and although it
is certainly not the best beach on Lanzarote, the El Reducto beach adjacent to the Arrecife Gran Hotel, has
nevertheless been awarded the internationally recognised blue flag for its facilities, cleanliness, and water
El Reducto is then backed by a wide traffic free promenade leading down to the somewhat smaller beach at
El Cable, some 2km west of the city centre.