El Charco de San Gines is a characteristic place in Arrecife. The iconic lagoon formed by the entrance of seawater, with rest of barges and small boats of fishermen welcomes visitors and is a must for tourists visiting the old town. The Charco is surrounded by little white houses of fishermen; the way it started the first buildings of what would be, after Teguise, Lanzarote's capital. The first chapel of the city is very close to the Charco and you can almost see it from anywhere in the pond, and is now the Church of San Ginés.
Beside the Charco is the Barrio de la Puntilla, consisting of old houses, the church, the city of Arrecife, Balls Bridge and San Gabriel Castle, Main Street Calle Real and the “Avenida Maritima” next to the sea. This is an historical and entertaining ride that will bring you to all these places that tell the story of how it has shaped the city and lifestyle in Arrecife.
The Charco de San Gines takes center stage in the emblematic Fiestas that bear itsname, the festival of Arrecife, which are the Fiestas de San Gines, popularly called "The Sangineles" held in August, with sports, recreational and musical events.