Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
6th February, 2018
As the sun rose behind us, we made our final approaches to what was once a mere watering hole on the east coast of the second largest Canary Island, Fuerteventura. Rosario is its small capital town, but with a population of only around 36,000, is hardly a metropolis. A striking feature as we approached was a beautiful but deserted white sandy beach on the town’s doorstep – and this turned out to be one of numerous lovely beaches on this island, many of which apparently compare to some of the best in the world.
Fuerteventura has the longest coastline of all the Canary Islands, and is also blessed with gentle valleys and sweeping plains. Slightly less volcanic in appearance than many of her neighbours. The centre of Puerto del Rosario was only a few minutes’ walk from where I parked our little ship, which contains an old harbour area, and narrow alleyways lined with picturesque Canarian-style houses and the pleasant little church of Nuestra Senora del Rosario – whoever she is (or was). The Island is dotted with windmills, taking full advantage of its namesake (Fuerteventura translates almost literally as “strong winds”) and evidence of the Island’s traditional agriculture.
Here there was the chance for eagerly awaiting passengers to shoot off on various day-trips. This included a ‘Taste of Fuerteventura’ trip which basically stuffed everyone with local food & drink, as if we haven’t had enough already on board, as well as a 4WD jeep safari tour. Other trips went off to see highlights of the Island by more conventional but probably more comfortable road-based transport, and there was of course a trip to visit the Island’s largest beach – Corralejo – around 6 miles long.
Back on board, the BBQ grill was open for lunch on the sunny Bridge Deck aft, where my favourite sausages were being cooked, which significantly reduced the temptation for me to venture ashore. There was also grilled fish and fresh vegetables here, as usual, on top of the usual lunchtime feast offered by our amazing food & beverage team.
As the sun dropped low into the sky and everyone had returned back on board from the their respective adventures ashore, a party atmosphere was created for our sparkling champagne sail-away party on the Veranda deck aft, as we waved farewell to Fuerteventura and the pleasant little town of Rosario.
Next stop – a complete contrast – the largest city in the Canaries! Watch this space…
Captain Kim Tanner
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