Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote since the second half of the 19th century becoming the administrative and commercial centre of the island. It has always had a maritime atmosphere, a historical role as a strategic defense place and a city aimed at developing commercial and commercial relations.
Arrecife has evolved from a small fishing port into the home for about half of the island’s population. Known today as the commercial centre of the island, with tourism and agriculture being solid foundations for continued economic growth, Arrecife has managed to expand while staying true to its traditional Canarian roots.
Arrecife originally means 'reef' in Spanish, and the city takes its name from the fact that the coast is covered in small reefs and islets which form an impressive sea front. The reefs were historically important as they were used as cover against pirate attacks, which were common in Arrecife until the late 18th century. Castillo de San Gabriel and Castillo de San José constructed to fence the attacks.
The town excrete a relaxed atmosphere in which to shop, eat and explore. The pleasant promenade traces along the sandy beach of Playa del Reducto, excellent for a morning or evening stroll.