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The Museo International de Arte Contemporáneo is located in the Castle of San José, on the coast just north of Arrecife town centre near Arrecife docks. A fortress built between 1776 and 1779 by King Carlos III to protect against Pirate attacks, it remained in Military "use" until 1890 (it is said there was never any real threat from Pirates by this time) but then stood vacant until 1974 when the architect César Manrique restored and converted it into a Modern Art Gallery and Restaurant. Several of his paintings are on show here and his abstract art fits in perfectly with the funky, almost 'kitsch' interior of the restaurant.
The food served in the restaurant is of excellent quality; if you order a steak it is prepared on a trolley by your waiter/chef right in front of you. The views of the docks all lit up at night is a strange experience - visit the same place in the daytime and you will see cargo being moved around amongst rusting scrapped ships - yet the evening experience is amazingly different!
A great place to visit for some culture, a relaxing drink at the bar or an evening meal with friends, all in wonderful surroundings!