Lanzarote

An unforgettable island
A Space Odyssey landscape
Volcanic tunnels and artistic creations

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Arrecife de Lanzarote

Where lava meets the ocean

A visit to ArrecifeLanzarote, will literally sweep you away into another world. When you step aground from your MSC cruise you will find yourself in a lunar landscape created by the coming together of the ocean and the lava. Hard to forget. It is the volcanic nature of the Canaries that makes this a unique land.
Arrecife appears from the distance as a row of little white houses along the coast as your MSC cruise approaches the island. Looming over the port is the Castillo de San Gabriel built in the 16th century but many times restored, which now hosts a museum like the other fort in Arrecife, the Castillo de San Jose.

The town is a quiet location where one can enjoy a pleasant stroll but if you’re looking for something more exciting you should book an excursion to the Timanfaya National Park to take a close look at the volcanic activity that has shaped the hills, canyons and the strange rocky formations that characterize the island. Here Stanley Kubrick filmed some scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Timanfaya volcano is still active.

You can admire the perfect blending of nature and César Manrique’s art at the Jameos del Agua: large volcanic tunnels, created by the lava and gas, open in some points from which light and water pour in creating spectacular underground lakes. They end up in the sea at Cueva de los Verdes, another site to visit.

Greeting visitors at the entrance of the park is El Diablo, a charming creation of the same Manrique. The whole area of Los Volcanes, the Volcanoes National Park, is so unique that is has been nominated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Here you find many marine birds and very few people, all concentrated at El Golfo, a tiny, ancient fisherman’s village, today scarcely populated but where you can enjoy the freshest fish and excellent restaurants.

Must see places in Arrecife de Lanzarote

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  • SUBMARINE EXPERIENCE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

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    If you have ever wanted to explore the fascinating sights of the watery depths, but stay dry at the same time, this tour is the perfect option and lets you do just that from the comfortable safety of a modern submarine! Your outing begins with a 25-minute coach ride to the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero, a popular marina with waterfront bars and restaurants. You will receive a short safety briefing before boarding the submarine, after which you can relax and marvel at the magical marine wildlife during the 60-minute trip around Lanzarote’s coastal waters. Once you are back on dry land, there will be some time for you to explore the pretty marina at Puerto Calero before you begin your return journey to Arrecife and your ship. Please note: this tour is unsuitable for pregnant women, for guests with mobility, heart or hearing problems or for guests using a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 3 years of age to take part. Access to the submarine is provided by a ladder with 7 steps. This tour is not available on Sunday cals. Guests will receive information only in English through loudspeakers.;;;;;;
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults£62.00Price per person

    • Children£45.00Price per person

  • THE BEST OF LANZAROTE IN A DAY

    NATURAL WONDERS

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    A day of exploring the best of Lanzarote can be yours when you join this entertaining island tour, which begins with a coach ride to the north, past Teguise – Lanzarote’s former capital – and up to the Jameos del Agua cave complex, your first stop. Forming part of a much larger lava tube called the Tunnel of Atlantis, the "open-topped" Jameos del Agua sinkholes not only feature stalagmites and stalactites, but also a bar, restaurant, concert hall and an underground pool, all added by the Spanish artist César Manrique in the 1960s. The seawater lake inside the caves is home to a highly unusual creature that is perfectly adapted to the gloomy environment: the tiny, sightless albino crabs known as munidopsis polymorpha. Endemic to Lanzarote, these unprepossessing crustaceans have called the caves home since the dawn of time and are fascinating to observe. The "Martian-like" landscapes of the petrified lava fields in the Timanfaya National Park are next – amazing, stark, captivating and strangely beautiful all at once. Evidence of the island’s persisting low-level volcanic activity can be found at Islote de Hilario, where hot geysers let off jets of supercharged steam. Leaving the forces of nature behind, the tour continues through the lush vineyards that thrive in Lanzarote’s mineral-rich soil and add a dash of colour to the countryside. You will then head back to the port and your ship to end the tour.
      • Duration
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      • Adults£82.00Price per person

      • Children£59.00Price per person

    • THE TIMANFAYA MOONSCAPE TREK

      NATURAL WONDERS

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      Volcanic in origin and with vestiges of low-level volcanic activity still much in evidence, the sparse lavascape that characterises Lanzarote makes the island a trekker’s – and photographer’s – dream. After leaving the ship and meeting your local guide, a mere 45 minutes on the coach will see you reach the starting point of your trekking adventure: the Timanfaya National Park. Less time on the coach means more time on foot, and a 3-hour trekking route awaits you that will take you from spectacular craters through craggy, petrified lava flows to volcanic lakes. You never know, you may even spot a lava tunnel on the way. While seemingly bare, unadorned and even austere at first glance, you will find the otherworldly landscape soon begins to grow on you and reveal itself as endowed with a beauty all of its own, one that is well worth capturing in some photos. Following all the hard yards of walking, a welcome opportunity to rest your legs then follows on the leisurely drive back to Arrecife and your ship. Please note: due to the trekking nature of this tour, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. The trekking route covers approx. 6 km and reaches an elevation of 150 metres. Sturdy trekking shoes recommended. Guests must be at least 7 years of age to take part. Guides in Italian are not available for this tour.
      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults£52.00Price per person

      • Children£39.00Price per person

    • TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK

      NATURAL WONDERS

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      As an island of volcanic origin, Lanzarote has no shortage of “Martian-like” landscapes consisting of petrified lava flows interspersed with clumps of lush vegetation. The very best place to see this spectacle of nature is in the wonderful Timanfaya National Park in the southwest of the island – and your destination on this enjoyable tour. While Lanzarote’s biggest volcanic eruption took place as long ago as the 1730s, evidence of low-level volcanic activity can still be observed today. For instance at Islote de Hilario, a spot where fountains of scalding steam shoot forth from hot geysers – a sight that is as impressive as it is memorable. If you feel so inclined, you will also get to spend about 30 minutes riding a camel in the park, an experience that is certain to earn you bragging rights with the folks back home. More otherworldly views of the starkly beautiful park landscape await as you continue the journey, while outside of the park you’ll pass through many lush vineyards that flourish in the island’s mild climate and mineral-rich soil. Your tour of varied landscapes then ends with your return to Arrecife and your ship. Please note: guests on wheelchair can take part in this tour (except for the camel part). A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
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      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£42.00Price per person

      • Children£32.00Price per person

    • TOUR OF NORTHERN LANZAROTE

      SCENIC ROUTE

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      Apart from offering visitors year-round sunshine, any number of appealing beach resorts and the fabulous Timanfaya National Park, the island of Lanzarote is also home to one of nature’s more unusual creations: a sightless, albino cave crab called munidopsis polymorpha that lives in the eternal gloom of the historical Jameos del Agua cave complex in the north of the island. This intriguing creature is yours to discover on a tour that begins with a coach ride from Arrecife up past Teguise and on to your fascinating destination. Formed when the accumulated gases caused the ceiling to blow off two sections of the world’s longest submerged lava tube, called the Tunnel of Atlantis, the Jameos del Agua caves not only feature the usual stalactites, stalagmites and an underground seawater lake with the endemic albino crabs, but also surprise visitors with a bar, restaurant, concert hall and even a pool that were designed and built by the Spanish artist, César Manrique, in the 1960s. Enjoy the surroundings while you take a good look at these unique crustaceans, so perfectly adapted to their natural environment and a fine example of evolution at work. Before concluding your tour with a drive to the port, you will also stop at Mirador del Rio; have your camera ready for capturing enchanting views for your memory book.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£42.00Price per person

      • Children£32.00Price per person

    • LANZAROTE & MANRIQUE HERITAGE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

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      Join us for a day of art and architecture and an excursion themed around Cesar Manrique, one of the pioneers of Spanish modern art and former resident of the island from 1968 until his death here in 1992. We will head for the atmospheric “Jardin de Cactus” (cactus garden), one of the last finished works of the artist and architect Cesar Manrique. Manrique’s famous structural style is displayed in the cactus gardens that are set in a sweeping arched quarry. The 10,000 cacti from all over the world have made these Gardens a symbol of the island’s artistic heritage. The Cactus Garden is located on the road to Mala, an area where cacti are encouraged, as they feed the parasitic cochineal beetles. These insects have been cultivated here for over 100 years and are valued for their colorant properties. Our tour continues at the Cesar Manrique Foundation located in the artist’s former home, ‘El Taro de Tahiche’ (“Taro” is a local word for cement-free, dry-stone constructions). Look around the Foundation before proceeding to the nearby El Patio Museum to learn more about traditions and life on Lanzarote.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults£42.00Price per person

      • Children£32.00Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Spain

    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.