Welcome the spring with a host of awe-inspiring destinations, including
charming Vigo, UNESCO-listed Oporto and the idyllic Canary Islands – the
home of diverse landscapes, sun-dappled beaches and a typically balmy
climate. Together with days of gentle relaxation, you’ll enjoy colourful sights
and floral delights at the spectacular Madeira Flower Festival, with almost two
days to enjoy the beautiful street parades and sweet-scented air.
First up on your list of inspiring destinations is Vigo,
from where you can take a tour to the awe-inspiring
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. You’ll then sail
on to Lisbon, where the adorable backstreets of the
Alfama district, architectural wonders, Art-Nouveau
cafés and more await your discovery. There’s also the
chance to visit the medieval town of Óbidos or
You’ll then journey to the Canaries and on to your
first island, Gran Canaria. Here, you can absorb the
mix of architecture in the Vagueta district of Las
Palmas or join tours to tranquil Agaete; the
charming towns of Teror and Arucas; or radiant
Maspalomas Beach, which is home to oasis-like
sand dunes and palm trees. In Santa Cruz, Tenerife,
you’ll have time to discover some of the many
highlights, including the mysterious Pyramids of
Güímar, mighty Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak,
and countless beaches. There’s also a chance to
tour the island’s leading gardens.
La Palma is nicknamed the ‘Pretty Island’. The entire
island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with scenery
that ranges from untouched forests and tumbling
waterfalls to the soaring San Antonio Volcano. In
Santa Cruz you can stroll around the Old Quarter,
where the cobbled streets are lined with colourful
mansions showing off their quaint wooden balconies.
Alternatively, tour to the prehistoric laurel forests of
Los Tilos, or the enormous, verdant crater of the
Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
An overnight stay in Funchal, capital of the ‘garden
island’ of Madeira, is next on your itinerary. Your visit
is timed to coincide with the annual Flower Festival.
There’ll be a colourful parade, with the main streets
decorated with floral arrangements. You’ll also have
time to explore the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical
Garden, reached by cable car, or perhaps indulge in
afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s Hotel.
Finally, a stop in Leixões is your chance to visit the
UNESCO World Heritage City of Oporto, the home of
Port Wine. Alternatively, head out on a tour to explore
Serralves Park. Spanning 18 hectares it consists of a
wide variety of harmoniously interconnected spaces
designed by architect Jacques Gréber.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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