Air Temperature: 18.0ºC (at 1230 hrs)
Pressure: 1025 hPa
Wind: 3 kmph
After a remarkably smooth overnight voyage, the Silver Explorer docked at Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote at 0610 hrs. After the usual magnificent breakfast, we disembarked for a morning tour that began with a short walk to the crater of an extinct (at least for now) volcano. The amazing landscape looked and felt like Mars with a breathable atmosphere, with stunning scenery and the occasional scrubby plant managing to survive in a land that has no natural water supply.
We then re-embarked and visited the National Park where we saw some astounding examples of the still-present subterranean volcanic activity. After a short tea break, we were treated to a coach tour of the volcanic region of the National Park, where our driver excelled himself by piloting a huge and very comfortable coach round roads that would have caused a mule to pause for thought (if mules could think, which they probably cannot), finishing at a winery. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the dry white was excellent. Unfortunately, they ship only to Germany.
Following lunch on board the Silver Explorer, we once again mounted our transport and embarked for our afternoon tour, which was devoted to the artist Cesar Manrique. We saw his house, cunningly constructed from lava bubbles, and containing a style of art that I expect would be admired by those who enjoy the work of Picasso. After walking through an underground cave complex inhabited by albino crabs and a concert hall of similar construction, we returned to the Silver Explorer to watch Richard Sidey’s superb DVD of our journey.
We finished the day by saying our farewells to guests who, a mere two weeks ago, were unknown and who had now become firm friends.