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Paul's Port Reviews of Lanzarote, Madeira (Funchal), La Palma
Island Escape cruise in February 2010
Member Name: Paul
Cruise Date: February 2010
Embarkation: Tenerife (Canary Islands)
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: Paul's Island Escape Review
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Ariciffe on a non-market day can be discovered and toured within a couple of hours, as it seemed to lack anything of real interest. The port is about a 10 minute drive from the town and is not easily walked, so a bus or taxi transfer is essential.

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Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
A 15-20 minute brisk walk from the port into the town, with much of it on narrow pavements and no views. Choose your moment wrong to start the journey and you could find yourself at the rear of a slow-moving "snake" of a couple of thousand like-minded passengers from 2 cruise ships making the same journey, to the same tourist hotspots. We had to queue for an hour to take the cable car up the mountain and then came down via the local bus. Our tip would be to take the local bus up the mountain (approx 2 euros each) and then take the cable car down (approx 10 euros each), as there are hardly any queues that way around. The market in the town is a good way to spend an hour being amazed by the variety of fruits, veg and fish on offer.

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La Palma
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
La Palma (Gran Canaria) is a lovely area to explore on foot, with the port being a 5 minute walk to the edge of town and a further 10 minute walk to the beach on the other side of the island, with stunning views and pavement restaurants lining the wide promenade above the miles of sandy beach.

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