Landscapes of the Canary Islands
From the rugged terrain of volcanic, lunar-like landscapes to vast, rolling sand dunes, you’ll experience the incredible scenic diversity of the Canaries on this enticing fortnight on Boudicca. Three beautiful islands await your exploration, each offering a wealth of natural wonders and impressive sights.
As you journey south, sailing towards the sun-kissed Canaries, your ship will divert to two contrasting Portuguese ports. First, from Leixoes, you could take a short trip into Oporto for world-famous port wines and fine baroque architecture. Then there is Madeira, the gorgeous ‘Garden Island’. Here you could take in unspoilt Atlantic Ocean views from Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs – on tour from Funchal; or even explore beautiful gardens such as the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Three days of Canarian exploration begin in Tenerife, calling at Santa Cruz. A multitude of attractions awaits; perhaps you’ll immerse yourself in the mysteries of the Pyramids of Güímar, learn about Tenerife’s banana trade and its links to Fred. Olsen, or simply relax on one of the many beaches. The undoubted highlight is majestic Mount Teide. Spain’s highest peak – reached via cable car – dominates the landscape and its sheer scale never fails to impress. [ReadMore]
Your island-hopping continues as you reach Gran Canaria. This island’s ever-changing scenery is sure to captivate and inspire; among the natural highlights are the tranquil Agaete Valley, with its dense forests, rolling hills and fresh springs, and the oasis-like dunes of Maspalomas. The golden sands of Maspalomas are a great place to unwind and make the most of Gran Canaria’s renowned warm climate. Your final Canarian call is Lanzarote. Spectacular landscapes await you here too; the volcanic, lunar-like landscapes of Timanfaya National Park – home of the famous Fire Mountains – may tempt you into yet another day of unforgettable exploration. Elsewhere you could seek out attractions created by César Manrique, including the gorgeous saltwater lagoon of Jameos Del Agua Cave. En route back to the UK, Boudicca will once again divert to Portugal. A day in Lisbon affords you an opportunity to see the sights of the Portuguese capital, including the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. Your ship will also sail to Spain, where you’ll round-off your holiday with a relaxing afternoon in charming Vigo.