Uncover a diverse range of sights, scents and sounds on this epic islandhopping
adventure. Colourful markets, captivating history and volcanic
landscapes in Cape Verde are perfectly complemented by calls into
the ‘garden island’ of Madeira and Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.
Put the icing on the cake in the endlessly gorgeous Canary Islands, home to
golden beaches, charming towns and stunning national parks.
Tenerife Cape Verde
Cape Verde market
Funchal is the capital of the ‘garden island’ of Madeira
and home to a string of highlights. Explore one of the
many enchanting gardens, marvel at the Cabo Girão
sea cliff or indulge in afternoon tea at the worldfamous
Reid’s Hotel. Pretty La Palma follows.
Boasting laurel forests, the soaring San Antonio
Volcano and the quaint cobbled streets in Santa
Cruz’s Old Quarter, there’s plenty of things to see and
do on this island.
Then it’s on to the distinctive Cape Verdes. These
islands are a fusion of influences ranging from
Portuguese to African and home to diverse
landscapes, colonial monuments and thriving
esplanades. In the bustling Cape Verdean capital,
Praia, you can unearth local history at the
Archaeology Museum; browse the market stalls; or
indulge in the traditional beats of Funaná music.
Alternatively, visit the town of Cidade Velha. It was
once a major slave-trading post and is packed with
historical and architectural interest. In Mindelo, the
Community Art Museum exhibits the island’s creative
side, while in Camara Square you’ll find a historic
church and a colourful vegetable market. There’s also
the chance to explore São Vicente Island’s volcanic
landscape and mountainous viewpoints, before
relaxing in Catfish Bay, home to a natural blue water
lagoon and white sand.
Sunny Tenerife awaits your return to the Canaries.
The capital, Santa Cruz, boasts an array of tapas bars
and enlightening museums for your pleasure.
Elsewhere you’ll find the beach at Playa de las
Americas a delight, while Spain’s highest peak, Mount
Teide, can be reached by cable car.
Next you can explore the volcanic landscapes of
Lanzarote, such as the Timanfaya National Park. The
area is pockmarked with crater cones and contorted
formations moulded from solidified lava, creating a
fascinating terrain. Many of the island’s top
attractions have been developed by artist and
architect, César Manrique, including his former home
(now a museum); the beautiful saltwater lagoon of
Jameos Del Agua Cave; the phenomenal Mirador del
Río lookout point; and the fascinating cactus garden.
Lastly, discover intriguing museums and architectural
wonders in Portugal’s vibrant capital, Lisbon.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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