Lanzarote's small, nondescript capital city, Arrecife, is situated midway along the island's east coast. The cruise ship port is located there.

The city has a few museums of note: The Museum of Arrecife History is housed in the 16th-century San Gabriel Castle on a tiny island just offshore, and the Museum of International Contemporary Art, housed in the historic San Jose Castle, was renovated for the purpose by Cesar Manrique.

The city's small golden sand beach is lovely, and is generally quieter than the popular tourist beaches at Playa Blanca and Papagayo Nature Reserve.

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