Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries
Visits to five beautiful islands off Africa’s Atlantic coast are the highlights of this 18-night cruise; each of these wonderful destinations offer an array of diverse sights and unforgettable experiences. Gorgeous gardens, stunning beaches, volcanic landscapes and much more await your discovery while enjoying spring’s soothing warmth.
In Madeira Black Watch will dock in Funchal, from where you could tour to the remarkable Cabo Girão to experience the sheer scale of the world’s second highest sea cliff and enjoy unspoilt ocean views from the ‘Skywalk’. Perhaps you’ll opt to go in search of Madeira’s enchanting botanical gardens, such as Monte Palace Tropical Garden, instead; or even savour some sweet Madeiran wine. Two distinctive destinations in Cape Verde are sure to delight. On the volcanic island of São Vicente, you’ll visit Mindelo for an authentic Cape Verdean experience. Explore this charming city for colonial architecture such as the Portuguese-style Nossa Senhora de Luz, colourful markets, Morna music and Grouge – Cape Verde’s national drink. There’s a host of typically Cape Verdean highlights to unearth on Santiago Island too. Visiting Praia, you could delve into centuries of fascinating history at the Archaeology Museum, stop by the busy Municipal Market, and catch a performance of traditional Funana dance. UNESCO-listed Cidade Velha, the first city built by Europeans in West Africa, can be explored on tour, too. [ReadMore]
Your island discovery ends in the Canaries, visiting two of the archipelago’s most beautiful and popular destinations. The delights of Tenerife are yours to discover from Santa Cruz, the Canarian capital. Among Tenerife’s many attractions are the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar and the sun-soaked beaches of Playa de Las Americas, a haven for relaxation. Mount Teide is a ‘must-visit’; Spain’s highest peak can be seen in all its majestic glory during your day here. Then, from Arrecife, you can explore the awe-inspiring lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote. Choose to venture into the breathtaking Timanfaya National Park to trek vast lava fields and see the famous Fire Mountains up-close. Alternatively, many sites developed by César Manrique, including the gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave, are within reach. In addition to your island-based adventures, you’ll also enjoy calls at two rewarding mainland cities. In Spain, a stop at La Coruna offers you the chance to tour to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela cathedral; while in Portugal, a day in Lisbon can be spent admiring the architectural treasures of the capital, such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.