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Arrecife, Lanzarote

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

2nd April, 2014

Arrecife (Spanish for reef) is Lanzarote’s capital and principal port with over half of the population of the island living here. Lanzarote is a unique and exciting place to discover in the Canary Islands, with many brits taking advantage of the low cost holiday offers available. Being the most easterly of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a distinctive identity of its own. It was born through fiery eruptions, which can really be seen on many of the tours. Having turned a volcanic catastrophe into an art form this really is an extraordinary place .The houses here are small and white, with green frames and doors and their chimneys are topped with Moorish-style onion domes.

Lanzarote

Trips to fire mountain are popular for tourists, this being a tour available today. Most went on the Lanzarote panoramic today which is always a fantastic way to see much of the island whilst sat in the comfort of a nice warm coach. Being renowned for its strong winds it’s quite interesting to see how the locals here protect their crops, with something that looks like small half mooned shaped stoned walls.

Being in port up until 5:45pm, gave everyone a good chance to really explore this quaint old town. The shuttle buses of course ran all day operating from the ship to Charco San Gines, which is a rather long shopping street which came to the delight of many of our guests. Coming back to the ship with bags in tow it would seem most had purchased their souvenirs for the cruise.

Another tour which 50 or so of ours guests chose to do today was The César Manrique foundation, which was set up in 1982 by César Manrique himself and a group of friends. Unfortunately however it wasn't actually officially opened until after his death in 1992. Manrique's home itself is built within a 3,000 m2 lot; this is something that can be explored by the guests. Amazingly it was built on the site of the Lanzarote eruptions in the 18th century. This Arrecife born architect has created a perfect symbiosis that offers the rest of the world an expression of art amongst the volcanic peaks.

Explosive Productions proudly presented this evening their newest production show “Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet” which was a tribute to the 70s. Lily and Zoltan entertained those up in the Drawing Room this evening, whilst Martin Orbidans our cocktail pianist played requests through in the Coopers bar. After a wonderful day here in Arrecife most retired to bed early for another exciting day in port tomorrow being Las Palmas Gran Canaria.

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