Route No 2 – Coast, IKEA and North West
This is an attractive route taking in the whole coast of Arrecife to the Intercambiador and Argana Alta at the back of the city. A good point to start is IKEA. Cross the road from Lidl near IKEA and you will find this bus stop complete with times.
As you can see the buses run on weekdays from 7:30 to 21:45 every 45 minutes without a break.
the hill and you get great views of the port, cruise ships and
marina. At the bottom you see the pretty Charco harbour on the right and the marina on the left.
The attractive castle San Gabriel houses a museum and can be reached by an ancient drawbridge.
tourist train serves the front but cannot reach the interesting back
The next stop is the main street, Calle Real, for shops and restaurants local style. Tourist information is nearby.
Don't miss the corner where the locals play dominoes and land their fish.
Enjoy the ride along the front past the Gran Hotel (3.50 coffee and cake on 17th floor),
past a wonderful beach (sun beds 3 euros) to the Reducto park and intercambiador.
At the Intercambiador you can change to buses to other parts of the island. The stop is round the back.
Now we see both sides of the Lanzarote government building. This view from the back.
Without delay we dive off round the streets of Arrecife you have never seen.
Parts may look neglected by UK standards as there are spaces undeveloped and free for parking and chilling. However this provides a better lifestyle than much of over-crowded London.
Soon we reach the most spectacular road in Lanzarote. The newly completed circumvalacion or ring road round Arrecife. The oleandas were in bloom here before the road was opened.
We cross over this road and continue past a shopping centre and the wonderful General Hospital where there are no trolleys in the corridors. In Emergency they speak English though for more complex advice a translator is needed.
There is a further bus stop at the rear of the hospital for outpatients and clinics.
The bus continues further from the centre to Argana Alta where the Gran Hotel appears as a speck on the horizon. Will we ever return?
In no time we are scuttling back to the city though a maze of one way streets.
We reach the beautiful medular road which guides traffic smoothly round the centre and provides recreation for all.
We return to IKEA with a last glimpse of the port.
The map below shows our approximate route plotted by my GPS camera which took all the pictures on the way.