Puerto de Mogán
Portugal’s second city, Leixões, is just a short distance
from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Oporto, set
on the banks of the beautiful Douro River. A trip to the
historic Ribeira District is recommended, where
narrow, cobbled lanes meander down to the river. Be
sure to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of
the city’s renowned Port Wine too.
You’ll then get to relax on board during two days at
sea before commencing your island-hopping
adventure in Gran Canaria. You can absorb a mix of
architecture in the Vagueta district of Las Palmas, or
join tours to explore more of the island, from
picturesque Puerto de Mogán to Santa Brígida –
home to narrow streets lined with eucalyptus and
balconies adorned with flowers. Otherwise,
Maspalomas Beach, with its oasis-like sand dunes and
palm trees, is the perfect spot to unwind.
Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife, has a
cosmopolitan atmosphere and an array of tapas bars
and enlightening museums. Elsewhere on the island
you’ll find the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar, the
Botanical Gardens and countless golden beaches, but
the undoubted highlight is Mount Teide. This volcano
– Spain’s highest peak – can be reached by cable car.
Continue with a call into pretty La Palma, where you’ll
have the chance to uncover another volcano at the
San Antonio volcanic park. The Teneguia Volcano,
which can be found here, last erupted in 1971. Be sure
to take time to savour a taste of local wines in the
beautiful town of Fuencaliente too.
Funchal on the ‘garden island’ of Madeira is home to a
string of highlights, from enchanting gardens to
afternoon tea at Reid’s Hotel. There are also
opportunities to visit picturesque villages such as
Câmara de Lobos. The more adventurous can head
to Cabo Girão where the sea cliff – one of the highest
in the world – can be viewed directly beneath your
feet from a glass-floored platform.
Last, but not least, is Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.
Fascinating museums, the adorable backstreets of the
Alfama district and architectural wonders all await
your discovery. A fun Tuk Tuk ride is a great way to
take in highlights, or you can visit the medieval town
of Óbidos or picturesque Sintra.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
Get set for quintessential Canarian culture infused with picturesque Portugal
on this enticing fortnight on Balmoral. Each destination is uniquely impressive,
from pretty La Palma to the vibrant Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Blend in the
colours and scents of the ‘garden island’ of Madeira, along with awe-inspiring
sites – including mighty Mount Teide, the golden sand dunes of Gran Canaria
and La Palma’s laurel forests – for holiday paradise.
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