​Cruising the Canaries

The group of islands that make up the Canaries has long been a popular vacation hotspot thanks to the sheer wealth of beaches and the amazingly diverse landscapes. Each of these islands offers their own unique attractions and a cruise means you’re not confined to just one spot. White sand beaches, vibrant port towns and some of Spain’s most dramatic scenery await you on a voyage around the Canaries.

Sunset in the Canary Islands Double-Barrelled TravelCustomise your cruise

Over 20 million people now choose to cruise and one of the major selling points is the chance to visit multiple destinations within one trip. A cruise holiday to the Canaries means that you can choose from a range of destinations and customise your trip by picking the attractions you’d most like to see.

Take in the mini-desert beaches on Gran Canaria and explore the lunar-like landscape of Tenerife’s volcanic interior before lying on the powder-soft sands of Fuerteventura. Spend an evening enjoying the atmospheric restaurants of Las Palmas otherwise known as ‘Little Havana’ or go wreck-diving in the warm Atlantic Ocean around Lanzarote.

VIew in the Canary Islands Double-Barrelled TravelPopular Choices

Tenerife is the largest and most popular Canary Island and offers a coast full of beautiful beaches such as the Caribbean-like Las Teresitas. But journey inland and you’ll be able to take a trip the Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A great hike is scaling the summit of the 3,718m volcano Mount Teide.

Stop off at little Madeira afterwards to enjoy some of the island’s famous wine, or take in a dolphin and whale watching excursion. If you’re looking to escape the crowds to relax on some of Spain’s most unspoilt and romantic beaches then be sure to visit the magical island of La Gomera.

VIew 2 in the Canary Islands Double-Barrelled TravelCanarian Cuisine

You’ll no doubt enjoy the restaurants on board your ship but make sure you also try the different cuisines available on each island you visit.

The food here has been influenced by a number of nationalities over the years so expect to sample plenty of Latin American and African flavours. Tapas restaurants can be found all over the Canaries, so don’t leave without trying the famous paella.

The delicious Gran Canariapapas arrugadasor wrinkly baked potatoes with a spicy Mojo sauce is one traditional dish that you should also try at least once.

Trek through the lush jungle park in Tenerife, windsurf in Gran Canaria, or explore the Old Town charms of Lanzarote’s capital city Arrecife – every day can bring a new experience in the Canaries.

These islands are full of hidden natural beauty, laid-back yet lively towns, and idyllic beaches, meaning you will sail home with unforgettable holiday memories.

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Images by Simon TurkasSantiago P.A. and Rick Ligthelm used under the Creative Commons license. 

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  1. Gran Canaria Local Reply

    Hmm, we’d say that Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town, as in Vegueta, was more charming than Arrecife’s. But we are biased. Having said that, we’re big fans of Lanzarote’s La Geria wine region and its treasure island of La Graciosa too.
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