Top 15 Things to Do in Areppa (Spain)

Arrecife is a resort on the south coast of Lanzarote, with easy access to Lanzarote’s stunning volcanic beaches and landscapes.

It is impossible to talk about Arsifa and Lanzarote without mentioning Cesar Manrique, the architect and artist who designed most of the island’s top attractions in the 70s and 80s.

Each has its own logo or motif, like the fire devil in Timnapaya or the cactus in the Jardín de Cactus.

Manrique also fought to keep tower streets away from the island, and so also to thank Lanzarote’s famous tourist architecture.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Arsifa:

1. Playa del Reducto

Playa del Reducto

The representative Playa del Reducto has two arches of golden sand that are interrupted by a small rocky spur.

The water is smooth most days, and great for bathing, though you may need to pay attention to the rocks on the sea floor.

On the beach the sand is kept completely clean, deck chairs and umbrellas can be rented, and there is a refreshing lack of peddlers of the kind you get at other tourist destinations.

There is also a promenade that continues around Punta del Cantito at the western end of the beach, where it enters a small park with benches near the wall.

2. Castillo de San Jose

Castillo de San Jose

The 18th century eruptions in Timnafaia destroyed Lanzarote, and subsequent decades brought hunger and poverty to the island.

This fortress, built in the 1970s under the command of Carlos III, was built in part to protect Areppa from pirates, but also as a project of public works to bring work to Lanzarote.

The castle is on the rise with far-reaching views of the harbor and ocean.

In the 1970s, the interior was renovated by Manrique, who set up a modern art exhibition, with works by 20th-century luminaries like Anthony Tapiz and Joan Miró.

3. Aeronautical Museum

Aeronautical Museum

This museum at Lanzarote Airport is housed in what was actually the terminal building until 1970. It is a charming Art Deco structure, but you can see how it could have been a bit small for mass tourism.

If you are inspired by aviation, you will love the exhibitions, which cover the first days of manned flight when Lanzarote had a stopover for the first trans-Atlantic pioneers.

Room Eight contains vintage machines and diary books from the years when tourism came seriously, while room nine was the original airport control tower with a 180-degree view of the old runway.

4. Charco de San Ginés

El Cherco de San Jeans

Another project of the indefatigable Cesar Manrique was to breathe new life into this lagoon near the center of Arespa.

It has turned what was an old and rusty fishing district into a pedestrian district, with a pedestrian bridge over the water and plenty of places to sit and watch the boats come in while you enjoy a cold beer.

The restaurants are cheaper and perhaps more authentic canaries than in places like Puerto del Carmen, and all around you can see the charming sight of old fishing boats in the water and blue and white fishing near the promenade.

If you stop on Saturdays you can browse the stalls in the craft market.

5. Cesar Manrika Foundation

Cesar Manrika Foundation

A few miles beyond the northern outskirts of Arsifa is Cesar Manrique’s former home and studio, which opened to visitors after his death in 1992. It is built on a lava flow and what is cool is the way it adapts to the volcanic rock, using a bubble like a swimming pool and a rest area.

The museum is exactly the place to visit to find out more about Manrica’s great designs for Lanzarote, and there are also works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró collected by the designer.

6. Timenfia National Park

Timenfaia National Park

Lanzarote has a desert climate, so this national park has a landscape that looks pretty much as it did when it was hit by a huge volcanic event in the 1930s.

More than 100 volcanoes erupted here and lava still flowed until the 1920s.

In case you haven’t guessed yet, the visitor center has also been designed by Manrique and has a restaurant that cooks meat in geothermal heat.

It is seriously warming a few meters below the ground, where temperatures are hot up to 600 degrees Celsius. So it’s not surprising that you can not go where you want in the park, but the coach tour shows you the main sites and has an informative interpretation.

7. Rancho Texas

Reptilarium of Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park

This is an all-day attraction that combines a water park and a zoo, and hosts some great live demonstrations.

One of the pleasures of the crowd is when the birds of prey get their daily exercise, and condors, hawks, eagles and eagles rage just inches above the heads of the crowd.

Mammoths in the Rancho Texas include cougars, white tigers, seals and American bison.

Rancho Texas also hosts Wild West evenings on themes, with horseback rides and pony rides for children and Texas-style barbecues serving cowboy dishes like grilled chicken, ribs and jacketed potatoes.

8. Cueva de los Verdes

Cuba de los Verdes

This royal cave is relatively young, only 3,000 years old.

It is a lava tube, caused by hot lava flowing under a cooled layer and draining from it, leaving an outer membrane like the roof of the cave.

The pipeline continues for a total of 7.5 kilometers, of which 1.5 are below the ocean, and there are permanent openings in the ceiling through which shafts of daylight illuminate the cave floor.

The tour will only take an hour, and the guides speak Spanish and English.

One of the best parts is an underground concert hall, which can seat 500 people, with a season of music performances from April to December.

9. Mirador del Rio

Mirador del Rio

Cesar Manrique also had a hand in shaping this perspective towards the far north of Lanzarote.

You are on a steep edge here, almost 500 meters above the ocean with the whole island of La Graciosa in front of you.

Look east and west and you will see the walls of the dark cliffs curling down in an endless direction towards the water.

Manrica’s space-time viewing gallery is almost completely camouflaged by volcanic rock, and if the wind is spreading too much outside, you can appreciate the view from the timelessly stylish bar.

10. Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen

In less than 15 minutes you will be in the main tourist center of Lanzarote.

You can make the day trip to try some other beaches, like Playa Chica, a bay with volcanic walls on each side, creating lagoon-like waters.

The marina in Puerto del Carmen is your starting point for all kinds of cruises: the Canary Islands are on the migration route of many whale species, while dolphins are in this water for most of the year.

At night you can paint the town red with the widest selection of bars, restaurants and clubs on the island.

11. Diving

Diving in Puerto del Carmen

Another reason to go to Puerto del Carmen is to the PADI accredited dive centers at the resort, which help you experience the best dive site in Lanzarote.

The conditions for underwater exploration can hardly be better: the water temperatures never sink below 19 degrees, there is excellent water diving and all kinds of wildlife and rock formations that can be seen.

The most spectacular is the dramatic descent a short way from Playa Chica, which offers a habitat for fish, deep sea shrimp and orange coral.

Snatching the Cliff Wall is a network of caves and has a shipwreck at its base.

12. Playa de Famara

Playa de Famara

On the beach of Lazarota in front of the wind, the shoreline is shattered by strong Atlantic waves, and the best place to see this raw beauty is in Playa de Famara.

It is an epic-scale beach, with a huge mountain range to the east, and a huge bowl of sand and gravel battered by waves that break a long way out, forming long strips of white water that travel all the way to the beach.

This is the perfect arena for experienced surfers and kite surfers to examine themselves.

For all of us it is a luxurious location for photography and strengthening walks.

13. Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden

Another of Manrica’s projects was to turn this old quarry into a wonderful cactus garden, where the plants are like living sculptures.

There is a path that follows the contours of the terraces of the quarry, passing by flower beds planted in cacti of all shapes and sizes, from tall saguaros to strong golden barrels, all thriving in the desert climate of Lanzarote.

You can see Manrica’s cactus design motif everywhere, and the garden features a bar designed by the architect where your entrance ticket gives one free drink.

14. Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise

The next resort from Arrecife is just a ten minute drive away.

And there are a few reasons to make the short trip: Costa Teguise has an 18-hole golf course, in case you’ve never played out of black sand traps or at the foot of a volcano.

Las Cucharas on the beach of the resort is also a beach with a blue flag, and like the nearby Playa del Jablio, it is protected from strong currents by two breakwaters and the natural curve of the beach.

But it does not stop the consistent winds from the shore, which is fine for windsurfers and kite surfers who consider Las Cocharras as one of the best water sports venues in the area.

15. Los Harvidros

Los Harvidros

You can include this natural monument on your trip to Timnafaia, as it is a few miles down the coast.

Los Hervideros is a group of volcanic cliffs with strange patterned faces, caused by rapid solidification of lava and erosion by water and winds.

This left them with hundreds of cavities and funnels.

Many days the ocean here is wild, and the name of these cliffs in English is “The Uncles,” which describes exactly what it looks like when the waves crash on the cliffs and water flows through the holes.

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