Our second port of call was Arrecife on Lanzarote. This is an interesting Island, with a desert like volcanic interior. Many people visit here to see the “fire mountains” and even to trek on camel-back to the cones. I am not one of these. As is my custom, it is Hop on, Hop off to get my bearings. In Arrecife this is in the form of a “road train.” This service began operation in April of this year, and as yet has little publicity. Let’s remedy that. It goes around Arrecife, stops at bus stations, beaches, and historic landmarks, and best of all it costs only 4 euros per person.
We made our way around the town, and enjoyed the sunshine, warm temperatures (27 C) and took it all in. We then got off at the Playa del Reducto and took in more sunshine. We then found a bench in the Parque Islas Canarias and watched the boats, swimmers, and enjoyed the garden.
We made our way across the street to the Manhattan Bar where we had a cold San Francisco mocktail, and a strawberry-banana smoothie. This was a lovely bar cum snack bar with free WiFi, and freshly made drinks, not pre-mixes.
We caught road train again at the Arrecife Gran Hotel at proceeded to the little fortress of Castillo de San Gabriel. This little fort once protected the city from pirates, and is on a small island connected to the town by a causeway. Locals used the causeway as a diving platform as they swam in sea between the islands. There were also some good touristy shops nearby for the little souvenirs one feels obliged to collect.
It was then back to the Columbus for a late lunch and a chill in the library. We then returned to the cabin where we learned about Barcelona. Sad news after a wonderful day (see blog Reflections on Barcelona https://wordpress.com/post/padresramblings.wordpress.com/9249).
Then at sea again, next stop Gran Canaria.