Arrecife started as a small fishing harbor which first appeared on maps in the 15th Century. It has since grown over the years and became the capital of Lanzarote.
Although Arrecife is a tourist destination with many Apartments, shops, bars it’s more commonly known for the only airport in Lanzarote. In the capital you will also find the only high rise building which is a Hotel. The reason for this is no building within Lanzarote should be higher than the tallest palm tree.
Arrecife is mainly a place where you will find the locals and ex-pats of the Island. If, as a tourist you decide to venture in to Arrecife you will find some of the best shopping on the Island. There is a large pedestrian street with wall to wall shops for you to enjoy. Arrecife also offers a lot of local history along the sea front and a large beach that is just about un-used.
One of the main reasons to visit Arrecife is for the shopping. With a large high street there are many different shops where you should find something that is for you. On a Wednesday there is also a market
held along the front.
To get to Arrecife you can use the local bus which will leave from most of the tourist resorts or if you can drive, you can vist one of the many different Lanzarote car hire shops and drive to the capital.
The Airport is actually located 5km (or 3 miles) away from Arrecife which is a common misconception by a lot of tourists. The airport is located between Arrecife and Puerto Del Carmen on the East of Lanzarote.
The Airport is now very busy, even more so on a Thursday which is the main change over day for the UK. For further information on flights to and from Lanzarote, visit Flights to Spain.
The Airport currently only has 2 terminal with an upper and lower level. On the upper level you will find departures and of course, on the lower level you will find arrivals.
Although a small airport the facilities are very good. You will find a high standard of shops within the departure lounge and with any development they are always improving the services.
There is plenty of disabled access within the airport ranging from ramps to wheel chairs which are provided by the staff within the airport. Out side there is also disabled parking and drop off / pickup points.
Outside the Airport, you will find car hire, bus stops and taxi’s which enables you to get to your destination with the minimum of fuss.
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