San Gabriel Castle, History Museum of Arrecife

Following an unanimous agreement with all political parties the castle called San Gabriel in the capital will become the Museum of History for Arrecife, Lanzarote.

San Gabriel Castle

The Castillo San Gabriel is situated out on the island in the centre of Arrecife and can be accessed on foot via the distinctive Puente de las Bolas drawbridge. The agreement was reached this week, the museum will be formed in collaboration with the University of Las Palmas (ULPGC) and the Fundación Canaria Universitaria.

It is hoped that around 3.500 visitors per month would visit the museum, the exhibition will include the fascinating history of Arrecife. The castle has been recognised as one of the most important examples of military architecture within the Canary Islands. The Castillo San Gabriel has most recently been used as an exhibit hall. Work will begin to clear the building without altering any of the structure, before creating an outside area and installing the artifacts for the history museum.

Teguise Ayuntamiento have now re opened the Santa Barbara castle in the old capital as the Pirate Museum. The government have recognised that visitors to the island are interested in discovering the islands history and architecture as well as enjoying our local beaches and weather.

Have you ventured into the capital? Here are some suggestions of places to visit in Arrecife:

Charco San Ginés

Saturday Market

Coffee at the Gran Hotel