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27th December, 2012

Las Palmas

Las Palmas

Today Saga Sapphire berthed right in the heart of Las Palmas, the largest city in the Canary’s archipelago. The capital of Gran Canaria, this near circular isle has a lot to offer, including a buzzing city and a wealth of natural beauty that has to be seen to be believed.

Plenty of passengers took up the option to see some of the sights that were on offer by joining one of our shore excursions departing the ship today. The first and most popular today was ‘The Essence of Gran Canaria’ tour. The tour visits Bandama Crater, an extinct volcano that rises some 1900 feet above sea level. This was followed up by a stop at a typical regional village with their whitewashed houses and red-tiled roofs, and culminated with refreshments at a famous local attraction ‘La Hacienda del Buen Suceso’.

For something completely different - something a bit on the wild side, there was our ‘Sand Dune Camel Safari’. Forty minutes in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, en-route to the south of the island as our excited passengers arrived at the resort of Maspalomas.

Here there are a series of spectacular undulating sand dunes, some up to 50 foot high. All those on tour enjoyed the views from a completely different perspective whilst sitting on a camel’s back. Following this unique experience passengers enjoyed a cup of Arabian tea before returning to the ship in time for dinner.

Famed for its cheap electrical and other duty free items, the shopping district of Las Palmas was just a short walk away for those who felt the urge to go off and explore by themselves. Plenty of shopping was done by all, and a number of wallets returned a tad lighter then when they set out as passengers and crew perused the plethora of shops.

Another enjoyable day in the Canary Islands for all.

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