Canary Island Flavours
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Go in search of Canarian treats
As the winter nights begin to draw in at home why not set off on a cruise to Madeira and the delightful islands of the Canaries where the weather is almost guaranteed to be warmer? Youre in for a treat both on board and ashore with a fantastic choice of activities do as much or as little as you like. Relax on a tour of Madeira, see the imaginative work of Csar Manrique in Lanzarote, and sample local wine and delicious delicacies in an atmospheric wine cellar in Tenerife, where an overnight stay gives you the opportunity to do a spot of stargazing. Take the advice of our Explore Ashore team and head off on an exciting adventure in La Palma by following the path of Nacientes Marcos y Cordero through magical scenes of waterfalls and lush greenery. A visit to La Corua on the Spanish coast offers a gateway to the glorious gardens of Galician manor houses Pazo de Oca and Pazo de Ortigueira and the chance to tuck into traditional tapas. Your culinary experience is enhanced further on board by a guest wine expert and VIP chef.
Madeira is famous for its natural scenery and native flora. Perhaps take a tour of the island and enjoy panoramic views from the stunning clifftop vantage point of Cabo Girao, reportedly the highest sea cliff in Europe.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Tenerife’s chequered landscape of golden beaches, rugged caves and sweeping valleys is dominated by Mount Teide, a volcano whose crater has a circumference of over 29 miles. The islands capital Santa Cruz is a delight to explore with its 16th-century buildings, shady boulevards and pretty squares. Set off on a trip to UNESCO-listed La Laguna, said to be the islands prettiest city. See some of the historic highlights on a walking tour then continue to Tacoronte where a visit to a local wine cellar presents the perfect opportunity to sample local wine and tasty nibbles. This evening perhaps go stargazing in Teide National Park.
Nearly as remarkable as the island’s lunar-like landscape is the work of Csar Manrique, Lanzarote’s most celebrated artist. You can visit his home and gallery built within natural volcanic bubbles on a visit to the Csar Manrique Foundation. Alternatively, perhaps admire the volcanic terrain in its unadulterated form in Timanfaya National Park.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Lively Las Palmas has a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere and the old quarter, Vegueta, is a popular haunt filled with busy bars and stylish restaurants. In contrast, the resort of Puerto Mogan on the south of the island has a peaceful ambience and network of pretty canals.
Santa Cruz, La Palma
Arrive at the pretty isle of La Palma, which is barely touched by tourism and boasts a myriad of compelling scenery, from misty mountains to rocky slopes and lush green valleys. The capital, Santa Cruz, has an attractive old town for you to explore or you may like to venture further off the beaten track with a hike along the pathway of beautiful Nacientes Marcos y Cordero which is blessed with lush scenery incorporating magical waterfalls, laurels and pine trees.
La Corua, Spain
La Corua is a beautiful ancient city lying at the extreme north-west corner of Spain, where the lighthouse of Tome de Hercules has been guiding seafarers since Roman times. Take a stroll though the attractive gardens of Galician manor houses Pazo de Oca and Pazo de Ortigueira, and look forward to a traditional tapas lunch.