You’ll soon forget all about the autumn gloom back home when you’re hopping between islands in the Canaries, where countless beautiful beaches, spectacular natural wonders and a plethora of other attractions will make for a memorable break away from it all.
All three stunning, sun-soaked Canary Islands featured on this enticing itinerary are sure to leave a lasting impression, with plenty of time to explore each destination to the full. 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 could opt to enjoy a relaxing day in the island’s capital, taking in the array of museums, elegant parks and pretty squares and of course, the inviting beaches. The ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma is your final Canarian call, where you’ll have the chance to see the soaring San Antonio Volcano; or head to the welcoming town of Fuencaliente on a tour from Santa Cruz and savour a taste of the island’s local wines. [ReadMore]
As if exploring three stunning Canary Islands wasn’t enough, there’s a day of immersing yourself in the floral sights and scents of Madeira – Portugal’s glorious ‘garden island’ – to enjoy too. The enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden is well worth taking a cable car ride from Funchal to visit; while the unique levada walking trails offer breathtaking vistas which are not to be missed. For a simply unforgettable experience, head to the top of Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs – for astonishing Atlantic Ocean views. Alternatively you may prefer to visit Reid’s Hotel and indulge with a very special afternoon tea. Before and after your island-hopping adventures Balmoral will also head to the Portuguese mainland, offering you opportunities to explore two vibrant, culture-rich and attraction-packed cities. You can venture into the UNESCO-listed heart of Oporto and sample delicious port wines at world-famous wine cellars on a tour from Leixões; and take in the highlights of Lisbon, including the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, on foot, via the tram or by tuk-tuk – a unique way to explore the capital.