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Brittania 7th April

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Hi   

Never having been to this part of  the world before  we are calling at

Maderia  La Palma Teneriefe Gran Canaria Lanzarote Lisbon

Can anyone advise which ports we can do our own thing and which if any  we would definately be better taking an excursion.

All advice appreciated

Thanks

Susan  

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I would say all your ports you can do. Your own thing sister sue Madera have a good hop on hop off bus, Grand Canaria nice walk through town, you get to the beach, Tenerife you dock in the town, lots to explore depends what you like to see, Lisbon easy walk into the centre, lots to see, try a tuck,tuck.Lanzorote you need the shuttle bus, the port is a way from anything interesting But as I said It depends what you like to do and see.

Happy holiday, welcome to the forum, we all like different things, so others will say other things to do.

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I''m also on this cruise, having been to the Canaries on two previous cruises, I'm Interested to see suggestions other members come up with.

Depending on your interests, most ports are easily accessible and taxis are in abundance.

Madeira : Funchal is a pleasant and easy to walk around, with HoHo buses normally operating two routes. There's also the cable car which goes to Monte and the tropical gardens, you could always travel back down by toboggan. or maybe a visit the famous botanical gardens. I'm looking at taking a tuk tuk as JenJen as mentioned. 

LaPalma : Another easy walkable and less commercialised port. When I last visited there was a trolley bus operating, giving a whistle stop tour leaving plenty of free time to explore the town at leisure.

Tenerife: I went on the ships excursion around the Island taking in the Orchid Gardens. Like you I'm looking for suggestions for this port.

Gran Canaria : An easy walk around the town and then onto the sandy beach is a pleasant option. Having limited time and wanting to visit both Maspalomas and Puerto de Mogan I took the safe option choosing  the ships excursion.  

Lanzarote: Full day excursion enabled me to visit Timanfaya national park (amazing landscape)  Jameos del Agua (cave system) and Mirador del Rio (viewpoint & Cafe' embedded in cliff top). 

Lisbon: Suggestions please .... I took the HoHo bus but don't feel it did the City justice being stuck in traffic for most of the route.

I also use the website www.whatsinport.com which provides information for most cruise ports.

Hope you're able to use some of the ideas for your port days. Onboard port talks may also provide further options more to your liking. 

Whatever you choose .... enjoy. 

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Thank you both for the replies most helpful and seem to be in line with our thinking so far about which we may do our own thing .  Was thinking of doing the TukTuk in Lisbon

hoping to get a better insight  where the coaches cant go perhaps.

Thanks again

 

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Sistersue - 

Madeira - If you haven't visited before, I would suggest the Cable Car up to Monte and Toboggan/walk back into town.  It is then a pleasant walk around town with lots of places for refreshment or lunch.  This option assumes you have fairly good mobility and a head for heights 😁

La Palma is a very small town and doesn't take long to see so you might want to look at an excursion to the interior which is lovely.

Lanzarote - Arrecife, the main town is not very inspiring so I would definitely suggest an excursion of some sort.  As Trent Ann says above, the trip to Timanfaya to see the weird volcanic landscape is very interesting as are the Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes, which are very close together.

 

TrentAnn - re Lisbon, two possible suggestions.  1) Get an ordinary tram from the top of the Main Praca out to Belem.  Go into the Monument to the Navigators for a lovely river view and look down onto the fabulous Mosaic Tiled floor below; the almost adjacent Jeronimos Monastery and then a couple of hundred yards down toward the city centre, have refreshments in the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem - home of the delicious Pastel de Nata (custard tarts to die for!) or 2) Jump on the little Ferry boat across the river and then get on the local bus that takes you to the Statue of Christ, which you can ascend.

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4 hours ago, afcandrew said:

Sistersue - 

Madeira - If you haven't visited before, I would suggest the Cable Car up to Monte and Toboggan/walk back into town.  It is then a pleasant walk around town with lots of places for refreshment or lunch.  This option assumes you have fairly good mobility and a head for heights 😁

La Palma is a very small town and doesn't take long to see so you might want to look at an excursion to the interior which is lovely.

Lanzarote - Arrecife, the main town is not very inspiring so I would definitely suggest an excursion of some sort.  As Trent Ann says above, the trip to Timanfaya to see the weird volcanic landscape is very interesting as are the Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes, which are very close together.

 

TrentAnn - re Lisbon, two possible suggestions.  1) Get an ordinary tram from the top of the Main Praca out to Belem.  Go into the Monument to the Navigators for a lovely river view and look down onto the fabulous Mosaic Tiled floor below; the almost adjacent Jeronimos Monastery and then a couple of hundred yards down toward the city centre, have refreshments in the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem - home of the delicious Pastel de Nata (custard tarts to die for!) or 2) Jump on the little Ferry boat across the river and then get on the local bus that takes you to the Statue of Christ, which you can ascend.

Thank you afcandrew, I'll be looking into your suggestions regarding Lisbon.  

Pastel de Nata sounds a very tempting option! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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