The Warmth of the Canary Islands
You’ll experience the many sides of Spain and Portugal as Balmoral guides you to a collection of diverse destinations. Volcanic landscapes, gorgeous gardens, astonishing natural wonders and more await at five stunning islands, before the cultural, historical and architectural sites of charming mainland cities are revealed.[ReadMoreMob]
A relaxing long weekend at sea will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore Madeira. After arriving in the capital, Funchal, you’ll be afforded time to seek out the attractions of Portugal’s ‘Garden Island’; highlights include the magnificent Cabo Girão, a towering sea cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Four days in the Canaries follow, visiting four uniquely impressive Spanish islands. [ReadMoreDesk] The ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma will beg for your exploration during a call into Santa Cruz de La Palma; an astonishing UNESCO-listed wonderland of varied landscapes awaits. Choose to tour to the San Antonio Volcanic Park perhaps, to see wonders such at the Teneguia Volcano up-close; or uncover the secrets of ‘enchanted’ laurel forests. Then there’s Tenerife, offering plenty of unforgettable sights and experiences. Majestic Mount Teide, towering over Tenerife’s volcanic landscape, is a remarkable sight and the views on offer from Spain’s highest peak are not-to-be-missed. Elsewhere, the pyramids and poison gardens of Güímar are well worth a visit.
Gran Canaria is the perfect place to indulge in a day of relaxation. This glorious island is renowned for its year-round warmth and particularly impressive beaches; from Las Palmas you could head to Maspalomas where rolling golden sand dunes will tempt you into hours of sunbathing. Alternatively, you may opt to continue your island exploration with a venture into the picturesque Agaete Valley or the dense Los Tilos forests. The final island on your itinerary is Lanzarote. A call at Arrecife will offer you the chance to head to the breathtaking Timanfaya National Park and the soaring peaks and open lava fields of the Fire Mountains for unmissable photo opportunities; or go in search of César Manrique’s iconic creations, such as Jameos Del Agua Cave. Before returning home, Balmoral diverts to two fantastic mainland cities. You’ll stop at the ancient city of Cádiz, situated on Spain’s sunlit Andalusian Atlantic coast, for sultry flamenco and delicious traditional tapas. Jerez, known for its sherry and equestrian art, can be visited on tour from Cádiz too. In Portugal, Lisbon beckons. Admire the architectural treasures of the Portuguese capital, such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, and be sure to visit the famous Pasteis de Belém to sample traditional egg custard tarts.