While they sit in close proximity to the UK and for a sailing from Southampton, the Canary Islands have a landscape that feels a world away from our own. Otherworldly, lunar almost, the region located a stone’s throw from the coast of Africa serves up year-round sunshine and much more than meets the eye on first impression.
Each of the Canary Islands has so much to offer. In Tenerife, temperatures rarely dip below 20℃, it’s on the same latitude as Florida and is home to the world’s third-highest volcano – so it’s no surprise that this island is hot property for travellers. Side-step the tourist hotspots and you’ll find an island that’s brimming with culture, gastronomy and striking scenery. The largest of the Canaries reels in seafood lovers, leaves stargazers well, starstruck, and wine buffs will be in their element.
The lesser-known La Gomera and El Hierro also squat in this part of the world, whereas their bigger, bolder neighbours of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote never fail to entice holidaymakers.
For some of the most striking landscapes, make sure you plan a Canary Islands cruise with a stop at Lanzarote. Volcanic landscapes, lava fields and rocky outcrops provide the antithesis to whitewashed houses, white-sand beaches and lush palm groves. If it’s peace and quiet you want, Lanzarote is happy to oblige, but there’s also no shortage of opportunity for water sports and other activities for thrill-seekers.
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