are a few dive shops in Puerto del Carmen. The dives
generally go to what is affectionately known as the ‘poo
pipe’. The original sewer that dumped everything
right into the sea. Fortunately for divers, beach people
and the general public at large, this is no longer used for the
purpose it was constructed, but it has become a habitat for many
varieties of fish. There are also four shipwrecks just
outside the old town harbour.
- The capital of Lanzarote, and the largest city. (largest
being a relative word).
Grand Hotel – the only seventeen story building on the
island. Over a period of almost twenty years, it was built
without approval, sat empty as a result, had a fire, and finally
after arguing if it should be torn down or completed, the local
government gave way and allowed the structure to be finished.
There is an outstanding restaurant on the top floor and a café
which has surprisingly low prices. The views are amazing.
Castillo de San Gabriel was built in 1574. Cross the
stone bridge (the bridge of spheres) Interesting for
Castillo de San Jose is the large fort at the harbor entrance.
Built in 1779, this fabulous structure has been restored as a
museum for contemporary art. A great little restaurant in
the basement for either lunch or coffee in a great environment.
opposite the Castillo de San Gabriel is a pedestrian walkway
which is the main shopping centre. Don't forget about
siesta though.... the shops are closed from 1pm to 4pm
the best reason to visit Arrecife is the fact that it is the
centre of commerce, and as such does not cater quite so much to
tourists. Therefore, it represents the Spanish culture more
than many parts of the island. Some excellent road side
café’s on the waterfront.