We had an early breakfast as we were scheduled for a “Panoramic Tour” of the island starting at 8:30. That tour took us on some of the narrowest, steepest and most twisty roads I have ever seen. The bus took us up to a point overlooking the “Crater of Bandam”, a volcanic caldera that was left from an eruption 5000 years ago.
Then we visited a town called Teror – the guide had to tell us how the people living there were known as “Terorists.” It was Sunday so they were performing mass in Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino. Because of that we only saw it from the outside. At the same time there was the weekly market going on in the streets around the Basilica. We wandered around there seeing everything for sale from cotton candy and roast chestnuts to clothing and jewelry. We also sampled a local product – Honey Rum. Quite good though very sweet – a small amount was enough.
Next we went on to Arucas which is in an area of banana farms and famous for The Church of San Juan Bautista. An impressive structure built from local stone with many intricate carvings. Construction was begun in 1909 and only finished recently. Again, mass was being conducted so we did not go inside.
Finally we returned to Las Palmas but before going to the ship we stopped by the marina to see the start of a huge yacht race. This race starts in Las Palmas and ends up at St. Lucia in the Caribbean. We were told that there were 250 boats starting out that day (11/22) and that they would cover the 2700 nautical miles in about 3 weeks.
We returned to the ship just in time for a late lunch and spent the remainder of the day lounging by the pool and getting to know more of our fellow passengers. We sailed for Lanzarote at 7pm and once again, because of weather conditions, they did not raise the sails. 🙁