Port of Call Arrecife, Canary Islands
Arrecife Harbor from the air. Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote. Cruise ships dock at Puerto Naos, a busy commercial port 2 miles along the coast from the city. The shuttle bus ride from the dock to the center of Arrecife takes around 10 minutes.
Arrecife Shore Excursions
El Charco, a small seawater lagoon located in the center of Arrecife, makes a great place for a stroll and a bite to eat. A promenade goes all of the way around the lagoon, with atmospheric views of the pretty fishing boats and waterfront.
Castillo de San Jose
Just quarter-of-a-mile up the coastline from El Charco lies Castillo de San Jose, built in the late 18th century to protect the city from attack by pirates. Today the castle is home to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, and features a small collection of exciting works by artists like Picasso, Manrique and Miro.
Playa del Reducto
A short distance down the coastline from El Charco, past the high-rise Gran hotel, you’ll find the attractive golden sands of Playa del Reducto, a popular beach backed by a shady palm-lined promenade. Facilities on offer include sun-lounger hire, watersports hire, showers, restrooms and a good selection of beach cafes.
Timanfaya Park (Fire Mountains)
The terrain of Timanfaya Park forms a unique landscape often dubbed ‘Martian-like’. In the early part of the 18th century the area saw the emergence of numerous volcanoes, which continued erupting for over 80 years. One popular option is to take a short camel ride along a ash and lava strewn trail. Timanfaya is about 20 miles to the west of Arrecife, and a popular destination for shore excursions.
Jameos del Agua
A Jameo is formed when the ceiling of a volcanic tunnel collapses, leaving a deep pit. The sides of the pit reveal an intricate network of volcanic bubbles and passages. The Jameos del Agua were developed by the artist César Manrique in 1968 creating a stunning artistic spectacle. Jameos del Agua is on the north western coastline of Lanzarote, around 20 miles from Arrecife, and the destination is nearly always offered as a shore excursion.
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