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Arrecife, Lanzarote

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

14th January, 2013

Although warm, dry and sunny for our arrival in Arrecife it was also exceptionally windy, blowing a force 7 (near gale) making the operation of ‘parking’ all the more awkward. So it took a little longer than it normally would have with the assistance of the harbour’s rather unpractised small tugs providing the little extra push needed from time to time until we could run our lines.

Lanzarote is an extraordinary place, with beautiful beaches to the south and unpolluted azure seas around the island. It is visually striking, having turned a volcanic catastrophe into a piece of
modern art.

Houses here are small, with green frames and doors and white walls. Chimneys are topped with Moorish-style onion domes. The black ash in back gardens is populated with hibiscus and bougainvillea, and potatoes, onions and tomatoes grow under the same volcanic debris in
fields nearby.

More than half the population of Lanzarote resides in Arrecife (Spanish for reef). The fishing port has its own fortress, once used to defend the city from pirate attacks. The 16th Century Castillo de San Gabriel now houses a small archaeological museum.

It was only a half day call this time visiting the port so we cast our lines off and set for sea by 2pm, with the wind having increased to gale force 8 and being just as impeding in our manoeuvre for departure as it had been for our arrival.

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