Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
Calls at five beautiful islands are the highlights of this epic 18-night adventure
on board Black Watch; each stop offers an array of diverse sights and
unforgettable experiences. Gorgeous botanical gardens await exploration in
Madeira, while in Cape Verde you’ll be captivated by engrossing history and
stunning scenery. Then there’s the incredible Canary Islands, for sun-kissed
beaches, charming towns and dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Historic La Coruña makes for a rewarding first landfall
as you sail south for your island-hopping adventure.
This Galician gem boasts attractions such as the
impressive seafront promenade and the ancient
Tower of Hercules. It’s also your gateway to the
spectacular Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
Madeira is the first of the five breathtaking islands
on your itinerary. Black Watch will dock in Funchal,
from where you could tour to the spectacular Cabo
Girão sea cliff to take in bird’s eye Atlantic Ocean
views; or go in search of enchanting botanical
gardens, such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden.
For something a little indulgent, don’t miss the
chance to savour some Madeira wine.
In Cape Verde two very distinctive destinations await.
On the volcanic island of São Vicente, Mindelo offers
an authentic Cape Verdean experience: marvel at
engrossing colonial architecture, visit colourful
markets, listen out for traditional morna music, and
perhaps sample Grogue, the national drink. Praia’s
array of highlights includes the centuries of
fascinating history to uncover at the Archaeology
Museum and, by way of contrast, the lively Municipal
Market. You could even take the opportunity to catch
a Funaná dance performance too. Alternatively, opt
for a tour to UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha. It was the
first city to be built by Europeans in West Africa.
Continuing your island discovery in the Canaries, in
Tenerife visit the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar or
marvel at soaring Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak
during a scenic cable car ride. There are plenty of
beaches on which to relax too, with Playa de Las
Americas a recommended option. From Arrecife,
Lanzarote’s lunar-like landscapes are yours to explore.
Don’t miss Timanfaya National Park, home of the
famous Fire Mountains. Many sites developed by César
Manrique, including the gorgeous saltwater lagoon of
Jameos Del Agua Cave, are also very rewarding.
A final call into Lisbon presents an opportunity
to uncover the history behind the architectural
splendours of the city, such as the Jerónimos
Monastery. Savour a delicious egg tart pastry
perhaps, or even experience the sights from a
unique perspective on a Tuk Tuk tour.
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