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Canaries, Azores and Cape Verde Cruises

Explore the sun-drenched Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores or discover the diverse Cape Verde archipelago with our unique collection

The sunshine islands of the Canaries and the Azores in the North Atlantic have much to offer. Apart from the lure of year-round sun, the Canary Islands promise impressive beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes, sand dunes, gardens and world-class nature reserves.

  • Canary Islands Map
  • Volcanic landscapes on Fuerteventura
  • Gardens of Madeira

About Canary Islands Cruises

Gran Canaria boasts stunning desert scenery, amazing rock formations set amidst volcanic landscapes, and the flourishing greenery of Palmitos Nature Park as well as great beaches.

Tenerife offers green valleys, lush plantations and the volcanic ‘moonscape’ of the Mount Tiede National Park as well as its wonderful beaches. The beaches of Lanzarote have long been favoured destinations for sun-seekers, along with its fantastic solidified lava landscapes, best viewed from Fire Mountain.

Fuerteventura has a landscape formed as much by the climate as its volcanic past. The island’s proximity to the Sahara blesses it with particularly sunny weather, perfect for enjoying some of the best beaches in the Canaries. The small islands of El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera are less-well known but no less beautiful. El Hierro has a mixture of arid prairies and fertile land of Valle del Golfo planted with vines, bananas and pineapples.

The ‘garden isle’ of Madeira blossoms with colourful flowers - in the parks, botanical gardens and the vineyards that produce the wine that bears its name. The lush and mountainous islands of the Azores, lying nearly a thousand miles from the nearest mainland, provide perfect get-away-from-it-all destinations. The warm maritime climate supports a huge variety of exotic trees and flowers, and on Sao Miguel a huge volcanic crater cradles two picturesque lakes – one emerald green, one deep blue.

The Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa has an intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage. The islands are blessed with a year-round tropical climate and diverse landscapes, from verdant mountain ranges to towering volcanoes and pristine beaches. The well-preserved city of Mindelo, known as the cultural capital of the Cape Verde offers magnificent colonial buildings and lively restaurants.

La Gomera One of Lanzarote's superb beaches Maio, Cape Verde Islands

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  • Summer in the Canaries

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Visit the sun-kissed islands of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Madeira on this no-fly cruise from London Tilbury, with calls at the fascinating ports of Amsterdam, Gibraltar and Lisbon 2018 - Jul 2019 - Aug Save up to 30% PLUS second passenger cruises half price on 2019 departure!

    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria No Fly Cruise
    From £699pp
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  • Contrasting Canary Islands

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Columbus Columbus

    Discover the dramatic landscapes of the volcanic Canary Islands and exotic Madeira on this 15-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury, with calls at Gibraltar, Amsterdam and Portugal 2018 - Oct 2019 - Oct Save up to 30% PLUS second passenger cruises half price on 2019 departure!

    Funchal No Fly Cruise
    From £1146pp
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  • Madeira and the Canary Islands

    15 Nights - Bristol and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    This autumn no-fly cruise from Bristol on Magellan explores the volcanic Canary Islands and stunning Madeira, as well as La Coruna, Lisbon and Cobh, rich in history and culture 2018 - Oct Save up to 40%!

    Funchal No Fly Cruise
    From £1179pp
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  • Westbound Transatlantic Sailing

    16 Nights - Europe to Caribbean

    Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Re-live the romantic age of sail on one of these Westbound Transatlantic sailing crossings departing from Las Palmas or Lisbon to the Caribbean aboard Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2018 - Oct, Nov 2019 - Oct, Nov Save 20% on 2019 departure PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Royal Clipper and Star Clipper Cruise Only
    From £1186pp
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  • Landscapes of the Canary Islands

    15 Nights - Liverpool and Back

    Magellan Magellan

    This fantastic family-oriented no-fly cruise from Liverpool on Magellan explores the historic cities of Spain and Portugal, the sun-drenched Canary Islands and picturesque Madeira 2018 - Aug Save up to 40%!

    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria No Fly Cruise
    From £1239pp
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  • Spain and Morocco to the Canary Islands

    8 Nights - Malaga to Las Palmas

    Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Voyage under full sail on Star Flyer and discover historic Cadiz, the exotic Moroccan cities of Tangier and Safi and the sun-drenched Canary Islands 2018 - Nov 2019 - Oct Save 20% on 2019 departure PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Malaga Cruise Only
    From £1314pp
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  • Canary Islands at Christmas

    15 Nights - Bristol and Back

    Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Spend Christmas and the New Year exploring the sun-drenched Canary Islands and picturesque Madeira on this fantastic no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth on Marco Polo 2018 - Dec Save up to 20% PLUS second passenger cruises half price!

    Gibraltar No Fly Cruise
    From £1401pp
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  • Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

    7 Nights - Palmeira and Back

    Harmony G Harmony G

    Join Harmony G on this cruise to the Cape Verde Islands with their mix of African and Portuguese heritage and diverse landscapes, from mountain ranges to towering volcanoes and deserted beaches 2018 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Mar Save 10% on cruise cost!

    Maio, Cape Verde Islands Cruise Only
    From £1799pp
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  • Spain to Morocco and the Canary Islands

    11 Nights - Malaga to Tenerife

    Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Join veteran broadcaster Michael Buerk on this fascinating 12-day holiday to experience the exotic sights and sounds of Morocco and discover the lesser-known treasures of the Canary Islands. Includes return flights from the UK, overnight hotel stays in Fez and Marrakesh, guided excursions and guest lecturers 2018 - Nov Save up to £800 per cabin!

    Malaga Fly Cruise Package
    From £2345pp
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  • Atlantic Crossing

    15 Nights - Barcelona to Miami

    Riviera Riviera

    Call at historic Spanish cities and the beautiful Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic on board luxury ship Riviera to explore Puerto Rico and the Bahamas 2018 - Nov FREE internet plus 8 FREE shore excursions, FREE drinks package or $800pp OBC!

    Barcelona Fly Cruise Package
    From £2379pp
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  • Canaries at Christmas

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and Back

    Spend Christmas and the New Year exploring the sun-drenched Canary Islands and Madeira on this no-fly cruise from London Tilbury on Columbus

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Canary Islands Highlights

Arrecife

The lunar landscape of Lanzarote is the result of heavy volcanic activity in the past, and there are 300 dormant volcanoes on the island known as the 'Mountains of Fire', where camel rides are offered through the petrified lava fields. Arrecife is the main port and capital and is close to the beach resort of Puerto del Carmen. Its pretty seafront is bordered by a promenade and gardens leading to the town's bazaar and the shopping district of Calle Leon y Castillo.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, and has the longest beaches in the archipelago, a mixture of white sand and black volcanic shingle. The island is generally regarded as the most pristine of the Canaries, and is a Biosphere Reserve crossed by volcanic peaks and edged with wide dunes. The most popular areas are situated away from the capital and port of Puerto del Rosario, the prettiest being Betancuria, where restaurants serve traditional food and there are the remains of a 15th-century monastery.

Las Palmas

This 15th-century city is the capital of Gran Canaria and has many colonial buildings, and a picturesque setting between the beaches of Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. The city's historic district, Vegueta, is a World Heritage Site where sophisticated boutiques and a cosmopolitan atmosphere make Las Palmas a popular tourist destination.

Madeira (Portugal)

The lush island of Madeira is known as the 'Garden Isle' of Portugal, with exotic flowers and tropical vegetation covering its steep slopes. The port and capital of Funchal has a mountains backdrop, and its attractions include a wicker-sledge ride down a cobbled mountain track from Monte, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens. There are cafes, bars and restaurants in the city centre, and modern shopping centres.

Madeira

Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel is the pretty and historic capital of the Azores In the former monastery of Santo Andre is the Carlos Machado Museum, and Porta Delgada is a good base for tours to the lush interior, the extinct volcano of Caldeira das Sete Cidades and its two lakes. Also worth a visit is the botanical garden of Jardim Jose do Canto and Praca Goncala Velho Square, where there are shady cafes and the remains of the city walls.

Ponta Delgada (Azores, Portugal)

San Sebastian

The capital of La Gomera, San Sebastian consists of tiers of cube-shaped houses rising up from the harbour. Close to the Iglesia de la Virgen de las Suncion is the Playa de San Sebastian, the place for bars, bodega restaurants and specialist shops. Christopher Columbus is believed to have lived in the Casa de Colon which is now open to the public. The 15th-century Torre del Conde tower is a military structure with connections to Columbus and the oldest building on the island.

Santa Cruz

La Palma is a mountainous and scenic island with an impressive volcanic crater, Caldera de Taburiente, and black volcanic sand beaches. The pretty town of Santa Cruz is the capital and main port, famous for its wooden balconies, cobbled streets, ancient buildings and the replica of Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, which houses the Maritime Museum.

Santa Cruz (La Palma, Canary Islands)

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. It is a modern city with several attractions including Garcia Sanabria Park where there are sculptures by Joan Miro and Henry Moore, the colonial church of La Concepcion and the modernist Opera House. In Loro Parque there are tropical gardens and an aquarium housing sea lions, sharks and penguins.

Santa Cruz (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

Tenerife

Tenerife is dominated by 3718-metre high Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, which can be accessed by cable car for stunning views of the other Canary Islands. The large variety of landscapes range from lush valleys, banana plantations and the moon-like white rock formations of the Lorno Blanco. In the Ethnographic Park are the mysterious stepped pyramids of Guimar, built along the same lines as those of Mexico and Peru.

Tenerife (Canary Islands)
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