Fred. Olsen’s Canary Island History
As Black Watch guides you between beautiful islands, you’ll learn of Fred. Olsen historical links to the Canary Islands. You can visit attractions owned by the Olsen family; and find out about Fred. Olsen’s influential role in the Canaries’ export trade. And of course, there are typically Canarian sun-kissed beaches and beautiful landscapes to uncover too.
Madeira, the Portuguese ‘Garden Island’, beckons before you begin your memorable Canarian adventure. [ReadMoreMob]Your ship will call into Funchal, from where vibrant botanical gardens such as the Monte Palace Tropical Garden – which bursts into fragrant bloom in the spring – and the unique levada walking trails await exploration. Also within reach on tour from the Madeiran capital is the spectacular Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest sea cliffs.[ReadMoreDesk] A morning arrival into Santa Cruz de Palma signals the start of five incredible days in the Canaries. La Palma, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Pretty Island’ is a natural delight of volcanic landscapes and laurel forests; on tours from Santa Cruz you can see wonders such as the soaring San Antonio Volcano, or explore the dense woodlands of Los Tilos. In La Gomera, where you’ll call at San Sebastian, Fred. Olsen’s influences are in full-view; the Olsen family-owned Hotel Jardin Tecina resort is a ‘must-visit’ here.
Your day in Santa Cruz de Tenerife affords you an opportunity to explore the links between Fred. Olsen and the Canaries in-depth. Perhaps you’ll opt to immerse yourself in the mysteries of Pyramids of Güímar, another wonderful attraction owned by the Olsen family; or even learn about the influence of Fred. Olsen in developing the banana trade between Tenerife and London’s Canary Wharf. Look out for Fred. Olsen’s famous white and yellow ferries, which are based here and sail between the Canary Islands daily. Calls at Gran Canaria and Lanzarote conclude your time in the Canaries. You could explore Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta District on foot to see a fantastic mix of architecture; and venture into Gran Canaria’s picturesque Agaete Valley. Or, there’s the chance to visit the rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas, a haven of relaxation. From Arrecife, Lanzarote’s spectacular, lunar-like volcanic landscapes are yours to explore; Timanfaya National Park – home of the impressive Fire Mountains – and Jameos Del Agua Cave are not-to-be-missed. En route back to the UK, Black Watch will call into Lisbon where the fascinating museums and architectural delights of the Portuguese capital await.