Landscapes of the Canaries & Morocco
On the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira – the first of four islands on your itinerary – you can immerse yourself in floral sights and scents of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden; explore the lush landscapes via the unique levada trails; or take in astonishing ocean vistas from the Cabo Girão cliff. Funchal is your gateway to it all. In the Canaries, Gran Canaria’s year-round warmth can be enjoyed at the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas – the ideal place to simply relax and unwind – on a tour from Las Palmas; or wandering the pretty streets of Teror and Arucas, before Balmoral sails on to Tenerife. A full-day call into Santa Cruz will afford time to uncover many of Tenerife’s very best attractions, such as the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar, countless golden beaches and mighty Mount Teide. Riding a cable car up Teide – the world’s third largest volcano – is an unmissable experience. There’s also a chance to sample an authentic taste of Canarian life in Fuerteventura’s largest town, Gran Tarajal, boasting palm-lined beaches, a busy fishing marina and a delightful promenade perfect for a relaxing stroll in the sunshine. [ReadMore]
After experiencing the unspoilt beauty and enchanting charm of the Canaries and Madeira to the full, a visit to Agadir will add an exciting Moroccan twist your cruise. Morocco’s main beach resort benefits from around 300 days of warm, invigorating sunshine annually, so you might want to take your time here to relax and soak up the rays. Alternatively you could opt to sample the engrossing local culture in the city, taking in the bustling souks and even a fantastic cookery class; or tour to the ancient city of Taroudant. For a simply unforgettable experience, escape to the Atlas foothills and marvel at the arid mountains and ochre-red rocks softened by lush palm and banana groves. On this fantastic fortnight away from it all Balmoral will also sail to the shores of Spain and Portugal and visit two of Europe’s prettiest and most interesting cities. A call into La Coruña will kick off your autumn break in style, with opportunities to discover an array of museums, galleries and architectural wonders; or tour to the spectacular Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, while a day in Lisbon – the picturesque Portuguese capital – rounds off your holiday perfectly.