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Canaries & Atlantic Islands

The Canaries and Atlantic Islands are a fantastic choice for an unforgettable cruise holiday, surrounded by beautiful vistas, radiant sunshine and golden beaches. Explore the stunning Canary islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, wander luscious landscapes in Madeira and Ascension Island, or visit the sublime Azores islands of São Miguel and Flores. Stroll through stunning nature parks, step back in time at the many historical attractions, sample incredible gastronomic delights and join in countless exciting local activities. You’ll be wowed by beautiful cities and sleepy towns in these enchanting getaways, including Funchal, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Tejada and Mindelo. There’s also the opportunity to simply kick back and relax in the blissful sunshine on a myriad of stunning sandy beaches.   

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Canaries & Atlantic Islands

The cruise adventure of a lifetime awaits in the Canaries and Atlantic islands. Couples, families and groups of friends will discover an endless wonderland of excitement and adventure. You’ll be treated to stunning vistas, golden beaches, crystal-clear waters and a delicious feast of gastronomic delights. Explore the culture and history of beautiful cities such as Ponta Delgada, Arrecife, Santa Cruz das Flores and Puerto del Rosario. Step back in time as you visit historical sites of interest including Forte De São Sebastião and the Terceira or Nossa Senhora do Rosário church in Flores.
These islands are home to some of the most stunning nature parks and reserves on the planet. You’ll gaze in awe at jaw dropping landscapes backed by blue skies, beautiful flora blooming into a myriad of colours and a diverse range of wildlife. Goldcrests, parrots, robins, skinks, geckos, bats and many more species call these islands home. Terra Nostra park on São Miguel, Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote and Luis Paulo Camacho leisure forest reserve on Flores are all worth visiting. For lovers of aquatic life, these islands are home to a diverse range of sea creatures that can be observed while snorkelling or diving.
There are plenty of thrilling activities to join in with wherever your ship drops anchor. Parasail off the coast of Lanzarote, go big game fishing in São Miguel, dive through shipwrecks and coves of Playa de las Américas in Tenerife, or simply enjoying some sunbathing along the golden shores of these idyllic islands.
The Canaries and Atlantic islands promise to tantalise your tastebuds with their rich selection of incredible dishes and refreshing beverages. Taste the freshest seafood you can imagine or even get out on the sea and catch dinner for yourself. Enjoy tapas style meals designed to be shared and immerse yourself in the cultural dining experience of the islands.   

Food & Drink

The Canaries and Atlantic islands are home to delicious cuisine which is guaranteed to send your taste buds into raptures of delight. A common thread in the various islands is the emphasis on seafood, with most restaurants and markets using fresh catches and locally grown ingredients. Parrot fish, tuna, vieja, swordfish and sea bass are among the most popular seafoods on the Canary islands, while the Azores islands make use of mollusks, barracuda and other smaller fishes. You’ll also find plenty of grilled meats and hearty stews on the islands all beautifully seasoned with a myriad of local herbs and spices, and garnished with flavourful vegetables.

Some of the more unique dishes on the islands include Cozido das Furnas, a mixture of meats and veggies cooked underground using the volcanic heat of São Miguel or Espetada Madeirense, a traditional BBQ served on the Madeira islands which is skewered on a laurel branch and seasoned with garlic, coarse salt and laurel leaves.

 A lot of the islands serve their cuisine tapas-style. A shared dining experience is a big part of their culture to nurture a sense of togetherness and intimacy between friends and families. The volcanic terrain of some of the islands adds a unique flavour to a lot of the food and drink, such as the wine produced at the vineyards of La Geria in Lanzarote.

Best Time

The most popular time for a cruise to the Canaries and Atlantic Island is between June and September. These months offer an abundance of sunshine and warm waters, while most of the shops and attractions will be open for business. August is the hottest month and the golden beaches will be packed with holidaymakers soaking up the sun or taking to the sea for some thrilling water sports. Most of the local festivities are also held during these months.
For holidaymakers who want to avoid the massive crowds and high prices, the colder months of January to March are ideal. This is the perfect time to explore the historical attractions and stunning nature parks.      
During the warmest month, daily temperatures can average up to 28 °C and reach lows of 23 °C. While the colder months see average highs of 20 °C and lows of 15 °C.

Things To See and Do

The Canaries and Atlantic islands are bursting with things to see and do. Beautiful golden beaches with crystal-clear waters which are ideal for sunbathing or water sports, picturesque nature parks, vibrant cities and sleepy towns featuring a range of architectural wonders and cultural attractions. Mindelo in São Vicente is a vibrant musical town where holidaymakers can dance along to the beat of the city, while the town of Santa Lucía de Tirajana is a preserved slice of history.
Nature lovers will feel right at home on the various islands, with so many natural wonders to explore. These include Teide National Park in Tenerife, the pine forest of Tamadaba in Gran Canaria, and the stunning seven lagoons of Flores. There are plenty of guided tours on offer, helping holidaymakers spot the beautiful wildlife that inhabits these islands, including exciting whale-watching tours off the coast of Tenerife. Divers can explore the hidden wonders of the islands, such as the Underwater Museum in Lanzarote or El Cabron, a sunken volcanic landscape nestled below Gran Canaria.
The Azores islands of Terceira and São Miguel are a dream come true for golf lovers, boasting a range of fantastic sun-soaked courses catering to players of all skill levels. Madeira is perfect for avid hikers and rock climbers, with its rugged, mountainous terrain, while Fuerteventura and Lanzarote offer plenty of opportunity for swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing and a host of fabulous water sports.

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