Likes & Dislikes




Despite Lanzarote's small size, it has a highway and a 2 x 3-lane underground bypass road on the side of the island of Arrecife, making transportation more convenient. The main feature of the local road is that they did not interfere with the landscape with overpasses. Still, the cross traffic was routed under the highway so the traveler could enjoy the island's natural beauty undisturbed.

Generally, the roads (not only the highway) are of expressly high quality, well maintained, and you don't have to worry about potholes, pits, or cracked road surfaces. Fortunately, the traffic is not heavy, but to some extent, the big roundabouts seem pretty strange.

Local bus public transport is good, reliable, cheap, and free for residents.

On the island of Lanzarote, surface parking is not paid anywhere; partly because of this, it is not easy to find parking in the inner parts of Arrecife (especially close to the beach). The wide, boulevard-like coastal road was rebuilt a few years ago: the area previously provided for car traffic was significantly reduced, and the freed-up area was given to pedestrians, creating a broad and quite spectacular promenade so that there was also some space for parking. On the remaining road surface, public transport, vehicles using a distinctive sign, and private cars can only travel in one direction. (from south to north) So it is tough to drive in the narrow streets in downtown Arrecife, especially if you get lost with a bigger/longer car.

For faster progress, we recommend using the Rambla Medular. This is a road similar in location and shapes to the Boulevard of Pest, but it is much broader and can be walked without any disturbance, on the edges of which, in the parking lanes, there are plenty of free parking spaces at any time of the day.

We advise the city's 'explorers' to leave the car outside the city center and walk instead. The city center is small, and there are few sights anyway, so it's more convenient to walk than to wander through the one-way, narrow streets.
We recommend the vast underground car park in the Parque Islas Canarias square next to the Gran Hotel for those who insist on driving into the city center by car. The entire area under the square (and the hotel) is a giant underground parking lot. However, its use is already paid for!

On a separate point, the bicycle is worth mentioning for sport and transport. Countless rental companies offer bikes from the simplest to the most professional for a surprisingly low rental fee. The island has not only an infrastructure but also a culture for cycling. In Arrecife, there is usually a bicycle storage room in front of the larger shops, but you can even cycle to the beach; there is a separate unit for bicycles on the coastal promenade. At the end of the 1990s, motor vehicles were banned from the national road on the ocean coast, and the road was decorated with via color decorative paving, creating a walkway and bicycle path. On this road - along the ocean coast - you can cycle to the far end of Puerto del Carmen and in the other direction to the edge of Costa Teguise. The view is awe-inspiring: the ocean on one side and the lunar landscapes of Lanzarote on the other. Worth to try! Unforgettable experience!
Of course, Arrecife was included in the e-roller fashion wave too. Step by step, we stumble upon one copy after another. Although the rental fee seems steep, tourists and local youth like to use it.


There are four major hotels in Arrecife: the 5-star, high-quality Arrecife Gran Hotel and Spa, the Hotel Diamar located along the busy main road, the renovated Hotel Lancelot, the excellently located Hotel Miramar, and there are quite a few apart-hotels and hostels. There is also an 18+, quality, non-central boutique hotel: Hotel Boutique Villa VIK, located in the neighboring town of El Cable, fortunately so close to Arrecife as if we were still in the city.



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