Carnival in the Canary Islands
Join Black Watch on a very special 14-night Canaries cruise perfectly timed to coincide with all the excitement and colourful celebration of one of the Atlantic archipelago’s most legendary festivals, Carnaval de Tenerife.
The Tenerife Carnival is considered the second most popular of its kind, only beaten by the world-renowned Rio Carnival, and an overnight stay in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will afford time to experience what makes this annual event such a unmissable spectacle. The carnival is all about fun, entertainment and celebrating life on the stunning island of Tenerife, and within the capital you’ll enjoy a taste of the action as the friendly locals parade through the city in their flamboyant costumes; street entertainers showcase their talents to the crowds; and musicians and dancers create a feast for the eyes and ears. And of course, there will be delicious food and drink to enjoy too. Alternatively, if you would prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the city on this busy occasion, you could opt to relax and unwind on the island’s gorgeous golden-sand beaches; or take a trip to encounter mighty Mount Teide – the world’s third highest volcano. [ReadMore]
Along with Tenerife, this spellbinding itinerary also features another two of the Canaries most beautiful islands. In Gran Canaria – an island renowned for its year-round tropical climate – you can take in the mix of fine architecture in Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta district; or delve deeper to discover picturesque towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida. Or to make the most of the winter warmth, you could head to the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas Beach – the perfect place to soak up the sunshine – before sailing on the ‘Pretty Island of La Palma. Santa Cruz de La Palma is your stopping point for taking in the island’s soaring San Antonio Volcano, tumbling waterfalls and lush laurel forests. You’ll also visit the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira, where you can explore enchanting botanical gardens, experience staggering ocean vistas from atop the Cabo Girão sea cliff, or even indulge with afternoon tea at the famous Reid’s Hotel. On the Spanish and Portuguese mainland there are highlights galore to discover too, in historic La Coruña – home of the world’s oldest working lighthouse, Torre de Hercules – and Lisbon, Portugal’s picturesque capital.