Arrecife the capital of Lanzarote
Sit around the San Gines lagoon (The Charco) near San Gines church and order a cafe con leche, and tapas, and you soon start to feel like a local.
Laid back Arrecife is the home of the majority of residents on the island of Lanzarote with a population of 55,000. It is a sprawl of commerce, restaurants and tapas bars, with one controversial high rise, The Gran hotel. There is a fabulous beach, El Reducto, and in the opposite direction the port where the cruise ships berth in Los Marmoles.
The main shopping area is in Calle Leon y Castillo, opposite San Gabriel castle.
Arrecife airport is a 15 minute taxi ride away, or take a bus.
dates very slightly every year, but always in FEBRUARY
6 pm. Grand Carnival Parade on the main streets, starting at the Ciudad Deportiva walking the length of the sea front and ending at the Recinto Ferial. Noisy and fun.
FEBRUARY Shrove Tuesday.
11 am. Carnival of children at the Recinto Ferial, Arrecife.
6 pm. The "Entierro de La Sardina" (The Burial of the Sardine and fireworks. More carnival fun! Like a mini version of the Grand Carnival Parade but with the huge paper mache Sardine being hauled on a float followed by 100's of 'mourners' weeping and wailing. Held on the main streets of Arrecife from the Sports Centre to the Recinto. Noisy and full of folklore. Dress in fancy dress to fit in!
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Arrecife Carnival Programme 2013
Saturday 2nd February
20:00 Opening ceremony of the carnival with a presentation from D. José García and participation from batucada Villa Pipol in the Parque José Ramírez Cerdá
Sunday 3rd February
20:00 Photographic exhibition from Pepe Garcia "pregonera del Carnaval 2013" in the Sociedad Democracia
Monday 4th February
21:00 First phase of the XXIII Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial
Tuesday 5th February
20:30 Inauguration of the exhibition "Memoria del Carnaval" with a collection of film about carnival in the Sociedad Torrelavega which is then open until the 17th February.
21:00 Second phase of the XXIII Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial
Wednesday 6th February
21:00 Third phase of the XXIII Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial
Thursday 7th February
18:00 Traditional pasacalle (street procession) from the cuatro esquinas on Calle Real until La Plazuela with participation from La Parranda de Buches, Los Diabletes & cabezudos
20:30 Photographic exhibiton "Murga Los Re-La-Mi-Dos y Salsa Verde" in the Sociedad Democracia.
Friday 8th February
21:00 Final of the XXIII Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial with a performance from Batucada Woman Batucada
Saturday 9th February
12:00 Pasacalle with Batucadas & Comparsas from the Parque Islas Canarias until the Puente de las Bolas. Continued with a Carnaval porteño in the Parque José Ramírez Cerdá
13:00 Muestra de la Tapa €1 in the Parque José Ramírez Cerdá
21:30 XIV Election of the Drag Queen presented by Xayo in the Recinto Ferial
Sunday 10th February
18:00 Children’s Fiesta with an exhibition from the children’s Murgas and a fancy dress competition for individual, couples and groups in the Recinto Ferial
Monday 11th February
18:00 Grand Carnival Parade with floats, murgas, comparsas, batucadas & mascaritas leaving from the Ciudad Deportiva by the Estación de Guaguas bus station travelling along the Vía Medular to finish at the Recinto Ferial
Tuesday 12th February
11:00 Children's Carnival in the Recinto Ferial
Wednesday 13th February Ash Wednesday
18:00 Burial of the Sardine leaving from the Ayuntamiento of Arrecife and finishing in the park in front of the Cabildo for the burning of the sardine about 20.00
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Snap your Fingers. Wiggle those hips!
Weekends are fun in Arrecife. I particularly like to wander the town on a Saturday morning around the San Gines area.
This is where the market stalls are laid out and radiate out into the main shopping street. Colorful musicians walk from bar to bar and around the market and sing to people enjoying a stroll or drinking coffee. I cant help but join in tapping my foot and jiggling my hips.
Burial of The Sardine!
FEBRUARY: Dates vary each year
6 pm. The "Entierro de La Sardina"
The Burial of the Sardine and fireworks is carnival fun!
It is like a mini version of the Grand Carnival Parade but with the huge paper mache Sardine being hauled on a float followed by 100's of 'mourners' weeping and wailing. Held on the main streets of Arrecife from the Sports Centre, along the sea front to the Recinto. Great fun when they haul the sardine onto a huge pyre and set it alight. Noisy and full of folklore. Fireworks end the event. Dress in fancy dress to fit in!
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El Reducto is a lovely sandy beach, surrounded by cafe bars and eateries, relax and forget about shopping.
The biggest city on Lanzarote and its capitol! The airport is the thing that tourists see here! Actually there is a quite nice castillo too.
Every Thursday the Atlántida Cinema near the Charco (sea water lagoon) in Arrecife shows English films with Spanish subtitles.
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