Affectionately known as the “Fortunate Isles”, the sun-drenched Canary Islands are considered by many to be one of the world’s best cruise destinations. Geographically, there’s nothing quite like this idyllic group of islands,where dramatic volcanoes and mountains tower over ancient sand dunes and luscious green ravines. And with an endless selection of luxurious shopping and dining to explore, cruising the Canary Islands really is an adventure of epic proportions.
With an endless list of attractions to discover, you’re certain to be seduced by these awe-inspiring jewels. You could be swimming in crystal-clear waters one minute and indulging in fine dining at a mountain-top restaurant the next. From romantic moments of intimacy to family friendly adven-tures, our Canary island cruises will transport you to that special place you’ve been dreaming of for so long. And lest we forget the islands’ enviable duty-free status, which gives you the perfect excuse to shop until you drop.
But it’s the Canary Islands’ rich and diverse culture that really makes this part of the world such a charming destination to cruise. Whether exploring flavours of classic and contemporary Canary Is-land cuisine or exploring the white-washed villages and mythical pyramids, the cruising the Canary Islands really does offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The islands might be close to each other geographically, but each one offers a distinctly dynamic and unique set of experiences. From feats of natural wonder to five star luxury living, you can experience it all here in the Canary Islands.
Read on to discover the enchanting islands you have to look forward to on your lavish grand tour of the Canary Islands.
With its multiple micro climates and dramatic landscapes, Gran Canaria is one of the most dynamic and fascinating destinations in the world. It’s the most populous of the Canary Islands and squeezes in a sublime amount of natural and cultural gems. Stroll along white-sand beaches or hike through tropical ravines. Ride a camel through the dunes of Maspalomas, which feel more like the Sahara than Spain, or take a boat trip and interact with dolphins and whales as they try to impress you with elegant pirouettes and aqua-aerobatics. Or why not get lost in ancient whitewashed villages that perch elegantly on rugged mountains.
If you feel like getting wet, it really doesn’t get much better than Puerto Rico, which is Gran Canaria’s most popular beachside resort. From kitesurfing to sailing, snorkelling to jet-skiing, you can do it all to your heart’s content here, in Gran Canaria.
The island’s historic capital city, Las Palmas, offers world-class shopping and dining opportunities. Wander through the old town and the handsome Veguetta district before picking out a restaurant terrace where you can dine on classic Mediterranean and contemporary European cuisine under a bright, star-lit sky.
With the dramatic peaks of over 300 volcanoes, martian-like craters and oozing lava gorges, Lanzarote is a geographical masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. Its landscape is unlike anything else on earth and can only be described as being “out of this world”. Needless to say, your holiday photos will be quite the conversation starter.
Make the most of the island’s endless days of sunshine at one of the many stretches of golden sands. If you’re feeling adventurous, take to the water, which is extraordinarily clear and perfect for close-up views of vibrant coral reefs, eels, rays and grouper fish. And with deep water canyons and the famous Tunnel of Atlantis - the world’s longest volcanic lava tube - even the underwater terrain is a dazzling sight to behold.
Back on land you can ride like a king on a camel through the magnificent TImanfava National Park, or watch water turn to steam as it makes contact with simmering volcanic craters. For culture vultures, Lanzarote offers a whole world of exciting discoveries. Take a wine tasting tour through the volcanic valley vineyards, where you’ll discover the vibrant flavours of Malvasia and Moscatel wines and rustic tapas treats at remote restaurants. Lanzarote will surprise and delight you at every turn.
As the largest and most progressive island in the Canaries, Tenerife offers a spectacular variety of natural beauty, cultural curiosities, luxury shopping and endless entertainment. Divided almost perfectly in half, the lush green northern half of the island is home to the snowcapped Mount Teide, which is Spain’s highest mountain, and the sunny south is home to the sandy resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristanos and Costa Adeje.
Whether you want to indulge in seafood feasts at one of the many waterfront restaurants or go tapas tasting in the 17th century town of La Orotova, Tenerife’s divine cuisine will transport you out of this world.
For a dose of cultural surrealism, take a tour through the peculiar Pyramids of Güímar in the Chacona area, and discover the six curious pyramid structures that were constructed from lava stone in the 19th century AD.
If watersports and beach activities are your thing, you’ll be in your element on Tenerife’s golden beaches, where the eternally warm waters and mild African winds provide ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Or you could just take it easy on the beach, with a good book and a sumptuous cocktail.
For life-enriching experiences you’ll remember for a life time, the sandy and beautiful landscape of Fuertaventura is an essential port of call. Lounge with a loved one at a laid-back beach bar and feel the warmth of the ocean breeze wash over you. Explore the local markets of Corralejo, a romantic little fishing village where the seafood is delectably fresh and cooked to consummate perfection.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take a boat trip along the colourful coast and explore the secluded coves where pirates used to hideout before rowing across the island’s glowing sapphire lagoons. Fuertaventura’s beaches are expansive and largely untouched, with the glittering golden sands of Costa Calmas’s Playa Barca attracting the biggest crowds of sun-worshippers.
The water here is blissfully warm and perfect for watersports: kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing and sailing are all available here in abundance. And of course, you will also have the piercing volcanic peaks to explore, easily accessible at the stunning Parque Natural de Betancuria.
Families and children are most welcomed on the island of Fuertaventura, with thrilling attractions such as Baku Waterpark and Oasis Park (a fascinating and action-packed zoo) to explore, your energy is your only limit.
The Canary Islands boast long days of golden sunshine and unbeatable temperatures all year round. This blessed climate makes it perfect for cruising at any time of year, especially if you feel like escaping the harsh British winter. Book today and give yourself something truly special to look forward to.
In February, the Canary Islands light up with pulsating parades and colourful carnivals. Watch the fiestas unfold from a lively restaurant terrace in Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s buzzing capital city, or dance the night away during the celebrations of Semana Santa.