Canary Cruise

Our Fred Olsen cruise ship Balmoral docked at Santa Cruz de La Palma, the capital of La Palma. This island has a heavy terrain, a forest with volcanoes. Santa Cruz is a port city with narrow cobbled streets and houses with wooden balconies. We walked well with Lorna and Kevin to Los Cancajos along the beach to the airport. Later that day we took a walk around Santa Cruz and some afternoon drinks.

The next day we arrive in Tenerife which is the largest in the Spanish Canary Islands. It is dominated by active volcanoes which are the highest peaks of Spain. We wore our warm clothes for our visit to Mt. Teide Good job too because it is quite cold on top with strong cold winds. Long cable car queues above and below. We only had time for a short walk from the top of the cable car but the view was quite amazing. it is also an interesting journey to and from the mountain along a mountain road that rotates through the clouds.

Another day and another island. Gran Canaria is known for its black lava and white sand beaches. The capital of Las Palmas is the main stop for cruise ships. The interior of the island is rustic and mountainous. Today is a walking day. First of all we walked along the Canteras beach with a beautiful view of the beach. Then we passed the streets of Santa Catalina and along the other coastline to Vegueta. Our visit to “Casa de Colon” or Columbus House was most interesting. This charming building has many artifacts and ship models related to trips made by famous explorers. Next it’s time to visit Cathedral de Santa Ana. The building began in 1497 and took 450 years to complete. The elevator in the south tower gave us super views of the city and harbor.

Our last day at the Canary was on Lanzarote Island. The Port of Recrecife has a lot of Spanish character with low-rise white buildings overlooking the beach. We enjoyed walking around the Charco de San Gines area where there are many small fishing boats and interesting houses. We spent time at Iglesia de San Gines which was completed in 1665. Today we enjoyed a pleasant tapas lunch before returning to The Balmoral.

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