Located in the capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife (13º318’W-28º580’N), this port was created mainly as an fishing refuge. Over time, and given the outstanding growth of the tourist industry on the Island, it has become the third largest port in the Canary Islands for goods.
The Port of Arrecife in Lanzarote is a true pole of economic development for the island and will acquire even more importance in the coming years with new plans for the use of port spaces, basic expansion projects and the application of special land management plans. The expansion projects of the port are related to the improvement of the infrastructure for containers, tourist cruises and recreational sailing. In total, the 3 kilometers of mooring line space will be exceeded.
Lanzarote is located 68 nautical miles from the African continent and is in a key geostrategic position, on the route between the European, African and American continents. This location, together with the interior economic development, enables it as a port enclave for the transit of containers. Through its terminal, which already has three gantry cranes, more than 65,000 TEUs can be moved each year.
In cruise ships, this port receives around 450,000 cruise passengers each year, a fact that makes it the most desired port by tourists and the second port of the Canary Islands in receiving cruise ships. Once the new infrastructure work is completed, its docks will have the capacity to receive up to eight ships simultaneously and to become a base port.
As for its fishing activity, the port of Lanzarote stands out for its proximity to the rich African fishing grounds and for its infrastructure. It registers an annual movement of 1,600 tons of fresh fish and 5,500 tons of frozen fish. It has an ice factory located in an area of 3,500 square meters, which supplies the European artisanal fleets that fish in nearby African fishing grounds. It has a storage capacity of up to 80 tons of ice.
The Port of Arrecife in Lanzarote offers inspection services through a Border Inspection Post and an Authorized Customs Precinct, centers managed by the Port Authority of Las Palmas and the Lanzarote Chamber of Commerce.