Floral Funchal & the Canary Islands
Savour the seasonal sights, scents and sunshine of four glorious Macaronesian islands and celebrate the arrival of spring in style. In just 15 nights you’ll visit Madeira and the Canaries; and enjoy calls into vibrant mainland cities thrown in for good measure too.
Three sun-soaked Canary Islands feature on this springtime escape, each boasting spectacular landscapes, beautiful beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and a host of unforgettable experiences. In Gran Canaria, Las Palmas is your gateway to discovering the oasis-like rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas Beach – the perfect place to make the most of the island’s renowned year-round warmth – and the charming towns of Teror and Arucas. A full day in Tenerife could be spent marvelling at many of the island’s highlights, including the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar and mighty Mount Teide – one of the world’s highest volcanos – on exciting excursions from Santa Cruz. Alternatively you might prefer to enjoy a relaxing day in the island’s capital, taking in the array of museums, elegant parks and pretty squares. The ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma is your final Canarian call. The entire island is an UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve and simply begs for your exploration. Chances to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano; explore the prehistoric forest of Los Tilos; or uncover the verdant craters of Caldera de Taburiente National Park are not to be missed. [ReadMore]
On the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira, your memorable overnight stay in Funchal is timed to coincide with the fabulous annual Flower Festival. Once ashore in the island’s capital you’ll be greeted by an infusion of vibrant colours and delicate floral scents – a real feast for your senses; and have the chance to capture the excitement of the floral parade. There will also be time to ride a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden; perhaps enjoy stunning Atlantic Ocean views at the Cabo Girao cliff; or visit the world-famous Reid’s Hotel for a sumptuous afternoon tea. Boudicca will also be your guide to discovering the delights of three fine mainland cities in Spain and Portugal. Your Madeiran and Canary Island adventures are sandwiched between calls into Vigo, where a short stay will afford time to explore the pretty old quarter and take in gorgeous Galician countryside; Lisbon, the attraction-packed Portuguese capital; and Leixões, your gateway to the UNESCO-listed historic heart of Oporto.