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Santa Cruz de La Palma

Live the Mediterranean dream with MSC Cruises on a cruise bound for Spain’s La Isla Bonita and the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma.

Go bananas when you visit Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain, on a Mediterranean cruise with MSC Cruises

Live the Mediterranean dream with MSC Cruises on a cruise bound for Spain’s La Isla Bonita and the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma.

Banana plantations are not the only things you’ll find in abundance when you holiday on the volcanic island of La Palma, since scenic coastal views, green valleys, beaches, wooded areas and water sports facilities are equally plentiful.

Offering the sort of variety that makes for great vacations, the island’s arid southern landscape gives way to the green north via the central Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, a fascinating dreamland that begs to be explored on foot. Rising to 2,400 m, the caldera is surrounded by the historical laurisilva cloud forest.

And due to the clement weather with which La Palma is blessed, it matters not when you schedule your Mediterranean cruise vacation with MSC Cruises. The sunshine is only rarely broken by an errant cloud and daytime temperatures remain mild year-round, especially when seasonal chills prevail elsewhere.

Lying sheltered on the island’s eastern shores with a charming colonial feel, the capital Santa Cruz de la Palma boasts an easily walkable historical centre that faces the ocean and dates back to 1493. Notable spots include La Palma’s first church after Spain’s conquest, the 16th-century Iglesia de la Encarnación, and just out of town the Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves, an ornately decorated 17th-century church that affords great views of the town and coastline.

A holiday of many highlights can be yours on a Mediterranean cruise with MSC Cruises to Spain’s port of Santa Cruz de la Palma. Place the call and book your passage. It’ll be among the best deals of your day.

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SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C 20.6 20.6 20.9 21.3 22.2 23.6 24.7 25.8 26.1 25.2 23.4 21.8
Average low °C 15.7 15.6 15.7 16.1 16.9 18.3 19.4 20.3 20.7 19.8 18.5 17
 SPC01WI - LUSH LANDSCAPES & SPECTACULAR CALDERA DE TABURRIENTE NATURAL PARK (4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Shopping  Enjoy an introduction to this beautiful island, including the “Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves” and the famous national park of Caldera de Taburiente. Leave the port for a short drive to the “Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves”, the Patron Saint of the island. Located in a peaceful spot, surrounded by trees and greenery, it is the spiritual center of all the people of La Palma and its foundation dates from the years of the Conquest. Enjoy an interior visit of the church whose interior is richly decorated and contrasts with the simplicity of the façade. Next step of the tour will be the “Mirador de la Cumbrecita”, from where you will have a view of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, created in 1954; do not forget your cameras to take suggestive pictures of one of the biggest craters in the world. It has a circumference of 28.000 meters, a diameter of 9.000 meters and a depth of 700 meters, it lines with a pine-trees and bossed lava and is furrowed by cool streams. Enjoy an approx. 1-hour guided walk over the crater border. On the way back to the ship we will make a short stop at “Breña Alta”, for a shopping opportunity at a local made handicrafts. Please note: conservative attire is recommended for visiting places of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $53.00 Adults $37.00 Children

   


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 SPC03WI - VOLCANOES AND WINES ( 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Shopping  Astonishing volcano landscape and tasting of local wines are the ingredients of this excursion! Leave the port and enjoy a coach drive to the south of the island passing vineyards, lava streams and pine trees. You will reach Fuencaliente that registers the wildest repertory of historic eruptions of La Palma and is also famous for wine production. We will visit the San Antonio Volcano to enjoy a 30-minute walk over the crater border; get your camera ready to capture the suggestive lunar landscape and to catch views of Teneguia volcano from the top; its last eruption took place in October 1971 and extended the limits of the island. Next on the list is a visit to a wine cellar, with a chance to enjoy typical products and taste and buy the more unusually flavoured wines. Before returning to the harbour you will visit the pottery center of “El Molino” in Mazo, located in an old windmill, where the unique kind of pottery of the Benahorita people (the name of the ancient inhabitants of La Palma) is faithfully reproduced. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The walk on the crater border depends on the weather conditions on the day of call.

Price per person $53.00 Adults $37.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.