17th July, 2023
Set off to the lava land
Encounter Lanzarote’s natural power
Saga offers a variety of tailored excursions that allow you to get to know your destination a little better. In this case, a trip to Lanzarote’s famous UNESCO biosphere reserve will be one to remember.
Home to vast lava fields and intricate rock formations, Lanzarote’s volcanic origins have shaped this lunar destination since 1730.
Cruising with Saga will take you to the best of the island's crater scenery during a visit to Timanfaya National Park. The site is characterised by over 5000 hectares of rugged terrain and a display of volcanic landforms. Also uncover remnants of past eruptions during an exclusive journey to Fire Mountain in the heart of the park.
Enhance your time in this unique ecosystem with a geothermal barbecue feast at El Diablo restaurant. They tap into the natural heat beneath the Earth’s surface to fire up their grill, whilst you enjoy 360-degree, outdoor panoramas from your seat.
Where do cruise ships dock in Lanzarote?
In addition to Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, the Lanzarote cruise port of bustling Arrecife is one of Saga’s favourite Canary Island spots. As the capital and gateway of the island, the freedom to explore on your own here will showcase the local culture and must-see scenery on offer.
Your independent exploration gives you the chance to personalise your own experience in this Lanzarote cruise ship port. So, whether you wish to spend the day interacting with the locals or sample some new cuisine – you’ll leave having gained an insight into what makes this place a paradise.
Carnivals and Coastal scenery
As well as Timanfaya National Park nearby, your self-exploration could lead you to one of the city’s renowned festivals with lively dance parades. You may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the annually held Arrecife Carnival in February – transforming the winding streets into a colourful burst of floats and costumes.
As a sought-after Lanzarote cruise ship port, Arrecife’s first impressions are important to the city. As a result, you will find that the ever-popular waterfront provides a pleasant maritime atmosphere. Why not spend your time along the marina – wandering along the stretch of promenade or browsing for souvenirs in the waterfront shops.
Step into Arrecife’s past…
Once a quiet fishing village in the 15th century, Arrecife transformed into Lanzarote’s capital in 1852. As a hub steeped in history and with ample time to spend, perhaps marvel at one of the many older monuments within the city.
This includes the San Jose fortress housing Spanish art collections, and the 16th century Castillo de San Gabriel, resting along the once sleepy entrance of the harbour. If you’re keen to extend your exploration, there’s time to seek out the colonial gems of the former capital, Teguise.
Your free time may inspire you to visit the surprisingly, lesser-visited Charco de San Gines lagoon, resting in the centre of this capital. Reflecting the city’s maritime heritage, spot local fishermen, bobbing yachts and whitewashed cottages framing the water.
Lanzarote’s year-round beaches
Thanks to a mild climate including the colder months, the island's beaches are blessed with sunshine throughout the year. With turquoise waters lapping the shorelines, Arrecife serves as a convenient Lanzarote cruise port to start exploring the beaches nearby.
With a protective reef creating calm waters, venture to the city’s main beach, Playa del Reducto. Enjoy a swim or snorkel here, or maybe take a quieter stroll down a stretch of Playa Honda Beach in the South.
A first-class service with Saga
As special as a Lanzarote cruise is, Saga prefers to sail that extra mile by widening your itinerary with a plethora of Canary Island destinations all in one cruise.
Whether you are sailing to the golden sands of Gran Canaria or the tropical greenery of La Palma, your very own balcony is included in the price so that you can admire private views of every island you visit.
Before you step onboard Saga’s small ships and drift into the Canaries, every no-fly cruise is intricately planned, with a chauffeur service on hand from your door to the port.
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