From discovering Tenerife’s breathtaking Mount Teide and the sand dunes of
Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria, to exploring La Palma’s prehistoric laurel
forests and the volcanic scenery in Lanzarote, there are incredibly diverse
landscapes to be enjoyed in the Canaries. While on a visit to three Portuguese
gems, you’ll have the chance to uncover the highlights of Lisbon, taste Port
Wine in Oporto and wander the beautiful gardens of Madeira.
Santa Cruz, La Palma
Uncover a host of fascinating museums and
architectural wonders in Portugal’s vibrant capital,
Lisbon, before kicking back on board as Black Watch
heads for the warmth of the Canary Islands. First
you’ll be greeted by Lanzarote, along with its volcanic
landscapes, such as those found in the Timanfaya
National Park. There are many attractions that have
been developed by artist and architect, César
Manrique, for you to explore, including the beautiful
saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave, the
phenomenal Mirador del Río lookout point and the
fascinating cactus garden.
The island-hopping continues as you reach Gran
Canaria, where you can absorb a mix of architecture
in the Vagueta district of Las Palmas or join tours to
visit tranquil Agaete or the charming towns of Teror
and Arucas. Otherwise, Maspalomas Beach, with its
oasis-like sand dunes and palm trees, is the perfect
spot to unwind before your following call into Santa
Cruz, Tenerife. The largest island in the archipelago
boasts a number of attractions, including the
mysterious Pyramids of Güímar, the thriving
Botanical Gardens and countless golden beaches.
The highlight though is undoubtedly mighty Mount
Teide – Spain’s highest peak – which can be reached
via cable car.
The entire island of pretty La Palma is a UNESCO
Biosphere Reserve, with scenery that ranges from
untouched forests and tumbling waterfalls to the
soaring San Antonio Volcano. In the capital, Santa
Cruz, you can stroll around the Old Quarter, where
the cobbled streets are lined with colourful mansions.
Alternatively, tour to the prehistoric laurel forests of
Los Tilos, or the enormous, verdant crater of the
Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
Next you’ll stop in Funchal, capital of the Portuguese
‘garden island’, Madeira. You can explore enchanting
displays, such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden;
wander the unique levada walking trails; and indulge
in afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s Hotel.
Lastly, a call into Leixões is your chance to visit nearby
Oporto. While here, head to the historic Ribeira
District, where narrow, cobbled lanes meander down
to the river, and be sure to visit one of the many wine
cellars for a taste of the city’s renowned Port Wine.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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