shore excursions
near the Mediterranean

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Note: The three destinations on the map and described on this page lie either in the Atlantic or Black Sea. Some Mediterranean cruise itineraries include them. Click Black Sea + And more to see other near-the-Mediterranean shore excursions.


Canary Islands
shore excursions

I list island names rather than port names for the Canary Islands because travelers are more familiar with the island names.


Day trip to Lanzarote Island.

Gran Canaria

Tajeda and Teror.


Timanfaya National Park's lunar-like volcanic landscape.


Scenic trip to Teide volcano with a cable car ride to the summit.

La Palma

Caldera del Taburiente. Tazacorte Port.


Scenic trip to Teide volcano with a cable car ride to the summit.


NOTE: I listed no "in or near the port" shore excursions for the Canary Islands and Madeira Islands because none of their major cruise ports has a truly exceptional one. It's the half- and full-day tours that make the islands special for a sophisticated traveler.

Madeira Island
shore excursions


 Scenic hiking. Beach sunbathing.

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