Islands & Landscapes of the Canaries
Leave the colder, wetter weather and grey skies of autumn behind and escape to the sun-kissed islands and spectacular landscapes of the Canaries on this fantastic fortnight away from it all aboard Black Watch.
During your incredible exploration of the Canaries, the awe-inspiring diversity of four of the Atlantic archipelago’s most popular and beautiful destinations will be yours to experience to the full. A call into Arrecife will offer you the chance to explore Lanzarote’s lunar-like volcanic landscapes and visit the dramatic Fire Mountains; or perhaps uncover gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave, while Las Palmas will serve as your gateway to discovering Gran Canaria's many highlights. The oasis-like sand dunes of Maspalomas Beach, the tranquil Agaete Valley and the charming towns of Teror and Arucas all feature highly on the ‘must-visit’ list. In Tenerife you can take the chance to ride a cable car up majestic Mount Teide – the world’s third highest volcano – for views you’ll never forget; marvel at the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar; or simply relax on the inviting golden beaches, all before ending your Canarian adventures on the ‘pretty island’ of La Palma – an UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve of soaring volcanos, prehistoric forests and verdant craters. [ReadMore]
You’ll also take in the breathtaking sights of another of Macaronesia’s magnificent islands, Madeira. You can embark on an exploration of the unique levada walking trails and take in the Portuguese island’s lush landscapes; or perhaps ride a cable car to the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Not to be missed is the chance to take in the astonishing Atlantic Ocean views on offer from atop Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest sea cliffs. For something a little less adventurous, why not head to Funchal's world-famous Reid’s Hotel for a sumptuous afternoon tea. On the Portuguese mainland there are attractions galore to discover too, calling into two fine cities. In Lisbon, take the day to explore on foot, via the tram or even by tuk-tuk and you won’t be disappointed by the architectural delights – such as the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery – and the charming cafés on offer. From Leixões be sure to take a tour to the Oporto to explore the UNESCO-listed historic heart of the second city and stop by an abundance of famous port wine cellars.