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26th December, 2012



Ever since I first came to Arrecife (Lanzarote) back in the 1970's, when the port was considerable smaller, I’ve always considered it my favourite Canary Island.

In those days, Arricife was primarily a fishing port protected by a short breakwater and space for a couple of cargo ships. Today it’s quite a different picture, the port has been enlarged and transformed into a splendid modern harbour which can accommodate at least 3 floating resorts. The early tiny fishing village I remember has also been tastefully developed over the years and is now a very pleasant town with a modern seafront with cafes, shops and well-tended gardens.

Our arrival was slightly delayed due to the simultaneous docking of 2 other cruise ships, but despite this the gangway was ashore a little after 8.00am.

Besides, after the wonderful Christmas celebrations the previous day, the eastern island of the Canaries’ archipelago was the perfect place to relax and unwind, and many were glad of the extra time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading for the gangway.

The first tour to depart today was a trip to see some delightful works of art in the ‘Cesar Manrique Foundation’ trip. This excursion gave participants the chance to see the genius of the man and the region's most celebrated artist. Due to his influence Lanzarote has remained largely unspoilt, and his effect and artworks can be seen all around the island.

The next tour to depart was the ‘Fire Mountain’ shore excursion where the dramatic volcanic history of Lanzarote is revealed. The first destination was to the picturesque whitewashed villages of Puerto del Carmen, Macher and Yaiza on the way to the Timanfaya National Park; the epic centre of the great eruption of the 1730’s. The tour culminated in a demonstration displaying the power of the volcano, as passengers witnessed a piece of wood being set alight by the heat radiating from just below the surface.

The final trip, that was the most popular of the day, was the Lanzarote Panoramic. This 4 hour jaunt took in the old capital, the island's largest resort Puerto Del Carmen, and some quaint traditional villages. It finished with a wine tasting session sampling the regions Malvasia grape.

It remained very sunny throughout but the fresh wind from the north made it a tad chilly out of the sunshine. So it was cardigans and sweaters for the onlookers watching our sail away at 7.00pm.

Next stop is Las Palmas and the opportunity for a little retail therapy for those who are toured out!

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