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Castillo de San Gabriel, Arrecife

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  • Unfortunately every thing was in Spanish with no translation, it could be so much better for foreign tourists. OAP's can get in free of charge if they have proof of age  more »
  • Nice place to take picture ,all is beautiful in arrecife.. relax,calm, make u fresh like a newly born... a little bit tips,if u come for shopping dont come on sunday or monday because almost all shop ...  more »
  • There isn't that much to see - small fort with couple cannons and a small lighthouse. Views are nice though and place is easily accessible from the promenade.  more »
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  • It's 3 euro to enter and we decided to go in because it looked like rain and the map on the wall promised 20 or so rooms. Aside from a leaflet in English describing the history of the fort, there are no concessions to tourists: each room has huge panels covering the walls, all displaying dense texts in Spanish. Rooms are small and sometimes contain nothing but panels of text: perhaps they could cull this info by one-third to make room for translations? There are a few artefacts (mostly pottery) and good views from the roof, but there's next to nothing for the non-Spanish speaker to appreciate.
  • Visited on a Saturday morning and was pleased to find the castle open. When I went it was completely free, but some recent reviews have said they paid €3. You can go up stone stairs to the roof where there are panoramic views of the coast of Arrecife. Of more interest is the museum housed inside the castle. This gives great descriptions of the natural history, geology and history of Arrecife, Lanzarote and the Canary Isles. Guides in different languages are provided by volunteers at the entrance; whether for free I'm not sure, as I had fun reading the Spanish and finding it relatively easy to follow. There are also various artefacts on display from all ages and I found it very interesting and informative. I especially liked the volcanic eruption in the 1700's and the description of a local feud between Arrecife and Tahiche. Due to the nature of the building and cobblestone approach roads, it's not really suitable for wheel chairs or buggies. Really worth taking the time though, to appreciate the richness of the locality.
  • Nice small castle overlooking Arrecife. Nice place for taking a walk.
  • Lots of shops and restaurants bars ect, bit deceiving as it seems like it's massive, but if you explore the side streets (as I always do) you always seem to end up in the same place
  • Pretty. Tiny... The place was closed at the time of my visit, but doesn't hurt to walk up to on your stroll on the promenade.