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How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés


Highlights
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Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
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Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
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Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
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La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
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A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
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Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
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How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
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One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
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A journey through La Palma’s plant world
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Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
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A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
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The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
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19 Nov 2018

Arrecife is quite often overlooked by those taking a holiday in Lanzarote, with Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca remaining the island’s most popular tourist hotspots. Of course, there are many reasons why these resorts are so well loved by those visiting Lanzarote, with their beautiful sandy beaches and abundance of excellent bars, cafes, restaurants and shops, they are perfect places for a fun-filled holiday for couples, families or groups of friends.

Arrecife, the island’s charming capital city should not be missed though, because although some parts are certainly in need of a bit of care and attention, it has some amazing hidden gems to be discovered by those looking for a more authentic Lanzarote experience. One such example of this is the absolutely picture perfect El Charco de San Ginés, an absolutely wonderful setting for drinks, meals and memorable meetings with friends!

El Charco de San Gines in daytime Lanzarote, Canary Islands

El Charco literally means “the puddle” and is a lagoon of sea water to be found right in the heart of Arrecife, just a couple of minutes' walk away from the picturesque main shopping street, Calle Leon y Castillo. If you stroll down one of the side streets next to the Hiperdino supermarket, you will arrive at this amazing expanse of water, surrounded by stunning white cottages. Previously, these were almost exclusively the homes of the local fishermen and their families, but now many other residents also live in this vibrant area, as it has continued to grow in popularity. 

While the sight of the lagoon likely won’t quite leave you speechless, the countless small fishing boats gently bobbing up and down on the beautiful blue water, certainly make this one of the most picturesque and visually stunning scenes in Lanzarote. No wonder it has fittingly been referred to by some as the ‘Venice of the Atlantic’!

El Charco de San Gines Venice of the Atlantic Lanzarote, Canary Islands

During the daytime, El Charco is fantastic for really appreciating the vibrant view which often includes people working on their fishing boats, kayakers, the stunning sunlight shimmering on the gentle waves of the water, brilliant white buildings, and tall palm trees along the promenade with their bright green leaves, all almost always illuminated by a beautiful blue sky.

 With all of the different things to see and absolutely amazing contrast of light and colours, this is a perfect location for photography. If you decide to stay for a while, or visit at the right time you will also be able to capture some stunning sunsets there!

El Charco de San Gines Sunset Lanzarote, Canary Islands  

This area of Arrecife can be equally as interesting at night time too, especially on Friday and Saturdays, as a number of the bars stay open until well past midnight, and are very popular with the trendy local 20-30 somethings enjoying a weekend night out.

Unlike in many other European capitals, cities and towns though, it is extremely refreshing to see that people are just happy to be there having a fun time meeting, chatting and laughing with their friends, instead of becoming drunk and rowdy.

Because of this, it means you will also see many families with their children enjoying dinner late into the evening at 10 or even 11pm, as is common in the Canary Islands and Spain where there is a wonderfully family friendly atmosphere. Of course, the fantastic climate to be found in Lanzarote helps with this a lot, as it is much more appealing to stay out late into the evenings with the warmer temperatures and few rainy days.

El Charco de San Gines night time Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The outdoor dining experience that is so evident across southern European countries is equally as popular in the Canary Islands, and you will clearly see this in this lovely area of Arrecife. To see different generations of families out and about together, whether in the morning, daytime or during the evening experiencing quality time together, really exemplifies the wonderful standard of life that residents and visitors can enjoy here. 

If you visit Arrecife while you are in Lanzarote (which I highly recommend), then El Charco de San Ginés is a must see! To fully appreciate the picturesque view that it offers then you should definitely sit and enjoy a drink or a meal. You can happily while away the hours here in complete relaxation, while fully immersing yourself in this unique location which was once remodelled by the internationally renowned artist and architect César Manrique, who was born in Arrecifealmost 100 years ago.

Today, El Charco is once again realising its true potential as one of Lanzarote’s most iconic and beautiful areas with many excellent new bars, cafes and restaurants opening up offering wonderful views, perfect for enjoying time with your friends, family, partner or simply solo.

The tranquillity and beauty also presents the perfect opportunity to disconnect from any stress you might be feeling, and reset your thoughts with such calm and attractive surroundings. This is a different side to Lanzarote that fully deserves your attention. Just don’t tell everyone though, as it’s one of the island’s true hidden gems.

 

 

 

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Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
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