Start planning your cruise by booking your excursions in Arrecife and surrounding areas
As you approach the Spanish island of Lanzarote (Canary Is.) on your MSC Grand Voyages Cruise, you’ll recognise the capital Arrecife when stunning white houses come into focus. Boasting a Mediterranean-style promenade, powder-soft beaches, and blue Atlantic waters, this inviting port is also celebrated for its incredible volcanic backdrop.
The lunar landscapes of Timanfaya National Park are so dramatic that film director Stanley Kubrick featured them in his sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. You’ll also find castles, restaurants, shops, and art galleries located near the harbour.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
· Timanfaya Moonscape Trek
· Cactus Garden and César Manrique Foundation
· Submarine Experience
If you are a passionate trekker or photographer, you’ll be thrilled to take a guided MSC Cruises excursion to the wondrous Timanfaya National Park in the southwestern part of the island. You’ll travel along a spectacular route, exploring petrified lava flows, craters, and volcanic lakes, interspersed with lush vegetation. The martian-like character of this otherworldly expanse will create a feeling of total escape and endless excitement. See steaming geysers, lava flows, and starkly beautiful landscapes.
Immerse yourself in the horticultural and art worlds with an MSC Cruises excursion to the Cactus Garden and César Manrique Foundation. Manrique was a Spanish modern art pioneer, architect, and former island resident. Admire the artist’s style on display in the Jardin de Cactus near Arrecife. This former quarry is home to an incredible 4,500 specimens and 450 cacti species. Visit the César Manrique Foundation in the artist’s former home El Taro de Tahiche, for a glimpse into his life. Then, get a feel for the local traditions and history of Lanzarote at the nearby El Patio Museum.
Explore the depths of the ocean on an unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion. The Submarine Experience will allow you to take part in a comfortable and safe underwater adventure in a hi-tech submarine. Marvel at magical marine life on a 60-minute journey through Lanzarote’s coastal waters. You’ll get a chance to spot tropical fish, stingrays, and a variety of corals. Then, visit the port of Puerto Calero for shopping and a bite to eat. This pretty town features a yacht-filled marina with waterfront restaurants, retail stores, and palm-fringed streets.