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17th November, 2015

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Our final stop in the Canary Islands saw us visit the charming Island of La Palma, also known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ (the beautiful island).

We docked in Santa Cruz, La Palma at 8.00am and the first excursion to leave this morning was ‘La Palma Panoramic’. The passengers took in the highlights of La Palma on a scenic drive around the Island, beginning in the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma. Continuing to Mirador de la Concepcion before arriving at Taburiente Crater, the largest erosion volcano in the world, where they were pleased to have the opportunity to stop and take photographs. From here, our guests took a journey through the western area to experience wonderful views of Los Llandos de Aridane, a large town surrounded by cacti and banana plantations.

Another tour was ‘The Forest Walk’, a walk through Los Tilos Forest, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a profusion of ferns, trees and other indigenous species. The tour began with a short panoramic drive up into the hills to Mirador de la Conception, a spectacular vantage point with views over the city. It was then time for the scenic drive to Los Tilos, which literally translated means ‘laurel forest’, where our guests set out on a walk through the wonderful forest of ancient laurels, lime trees and giant ferns.

With all aboard we cast off our lines and bid Adios to the stunning Canary Islands, and now proceed at full speed north to our final destination of this cruise, the beautiful island of Madeira.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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