Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
Calls at three beautiful islands present the incredible scenic diversity of the
Canaries. Breathtaking landscapes are yours to explore, from the volcanic
terrain of Tenerife – dominated by magnificent Mount Teide – to Lanzarote’s
lunar-like scenery and the vast sand dunes of Gran Canaria. The Portuguese
delights of Madeira, Lisbon and Oporto await you too, as does a wealth of
highlights in the Spanish city of Vigo.
As you make your way south, sailing towards the
sun-kissed Canaries, Boudicca will call into two
contrasting Portuguese ports, offering memorable
sights and experiences aplenty. From Leixões it’s
well worth making the short trip to Oporto for
Port wines and the UNESCO-listed historic centre.
Then there’s the gorgeous island of Madeira. If
you’ve a head for heights, absorb the spectacular
Atlantic Ocean views from Cabo Girão – one of
the world’s highest sea cliffs – or perhaps take your
pick of Madeira’s botanical gardens, such as the
enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden.
Three consecutive days of Canarian exploration
begin in Tenerife. The island’s capital, Santa Cruz, is
your gateway to a multitude of attractions. Perhaps
you’ll opt to immerse yourself in the mysteries of
the Pyramids of Güímar; learn about Fred. Olsen’s
historic links with Tenerife and the banana trade;
or simply relax on one of the many beaches. The
undoubted high point – in all senses – is Mount
Teide. Spain’s highest peak dominates the landscape;
its sheer scale never fails to impress.
The island-hopping continues as you reach Gran
Canaria, where you could venture into Las Palmas’
Vagueta District and see a charming mix of
architecture; or even tour to the tranquil Agaete Valley.
To marvel at the ever-changing scenery, you can head
for the oasis-like dunes of Maspalomas; or discover
huge forests smothered with impressive pine trees.
Spectacular landscapes await you on Lanzarote
too. The volcanic, lunar-like landscapes of
Timanfaya National Park – home of the famous Fire
Mountains – may tempt you into yet another day of
unforgettable exploration, perhaps via a camel ride.
Elsewhere there are many attractions developed by
artist and architect César Manrique, including the
gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave.
Boudicca will divert to Portugal once more en route
back to the UK. In pretty Lisbon you can uncover rich
maritime history among architectural delights such as
the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. You
also won’t want to miss the chance to savour one of
the famous egg tart pastries. Round off your holiday
with Spain and a relaxing afternoon in charming Vigo.
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