Welcome to the Canary Islands! With rich lunar landscapes, lush forestry, ancient volcanoes and incredible sandy shores; ranging from volcanic black to the soft sands of the Sahara, these islands have so much to offer.
Here’s six reasons we think a Canaries cruise is always a good idea…
1. Canary Islands Climate
Clear skies with little cloud or rain make for beautiful long sunny days in the Canary Islands. A climate that’s linked to constant good moods – these stunning islands offer shorts and t-shirt weather for the majority of the year!
With an average temperature of 28 degrees in high summer only cooling to 22 degrees in the winter, it’s never too hot or too cold. Some islands are known for their stronger winds over the months June – August, but as this is when temperatures are high, that breeze can actually be very much appreciated!
The Canary Islands are located off the north-west coast of Africa, meaning they’re much closer to the equator than the Spanish mainland. making the heat very intense in summer months. Perfect for those who want to top up their tan!
Wondering when’s the best time to visit? If you still want sunshine but nothing too overwhelming, the months of September to November dip to pleasant temperatures, plus there’s less tourists at this time – making getting around that little bit easier and relaxing.
2. Natural Pools
Who doesn’t love going down to the beach and swimming in crystal Atlantic waters? Well the Canary Islands offer even more of an unforgettable experience with their abundance of natural pools.
Full of charm and striking beauty, you can lounge your days away in these stunning enclosed pools which due to their natural formation, allow sea water to seep in without any human intervention.
With no disruption from waves or harsh currents, you can enjoy a refreshing dip just as you would pool side on deck or in resort! One added benefit though; seawater is known to help remove toxins from your skin as it acts as a natural exfoliator. So in reality, these natural waters are so much more than a pool – they’re basically a free outdoor spa!
3. UNESCO site Mount Teide
The highest peak in the Canary Islands – and in the whole of Spain – Mount Teide is a must-do excursion when visiting the island of Tenerife.
It’s the backdrop of the entire island, and if you’re flying into Tenerife to begin your cruise, you’ll easily spot its peak from the plane. It’s also one of the best places in the world to observe the night’s sky!
Take the cable car up to the top in as little as eight minutes, where you’ll be a mere 200 metres from the summit. The views up here can only be described as out-of-this-world. The volcano itself is surrounded by yellow and white sulphurous rock, which is hot to the touch and slopes deep into its crater. You really will feel like you’re on the scene of a sci-fi movie!
On a clear day you can lap up the views of neighbouring Gran Canaria, La Palma and even El Hierro among the glistening hues of the Atlantic Ocean. However cloud cover is by no means a hindrance or a disappointment. Teide’s peak rises above the level of the clouds, meaning you can stand in bright sunlight and look down upon the sea of clouds that circles the volcano. Prepare to feel on top of the world.
4. The vines and wines of the Canary Islands
Six of the seven main Canary Islands produce wine – Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. These are some of Europe’s oldest vines, each producing their own unique grapes – all thanks to the rich vegetation of these volcanic islands.
With a climate that many would say isn’t ideal for wine-making, the Canary Islands actually have one of the most exciting wine regions, producing delicious reds, whites and rosé.
There are many wine tasting excursions all across the islands with Lanzarote mainly producing Malvasia white, while Gran Canaria is known for its specialty reds. Tenerife, which is home to the majority of the region’s production, offers a beautiful mix of them all.
5. Surfing the Canary Islands
Europe’s answer to Hawaii? We’ll let you decide that one, but the Canary Islands serve up seas both ideal for the beginner and surf enthusiasts across the islands.
There are over 100 well known surfing points which boast ideal water temperatures and waves good enough to surf all year round! Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are your top four Canary locations to ride the waves. The best time to have a go at surfing is likely to be between September – April when the winds have dropped slightly.
Get down to the beach early to hit the waves to yourself or go later in the day and mix with the locals. Surfing is a popular sport around the Canary Islands so be ready to share waters, especially in the more popular resort towns such as Corralejo in Fuerteventura and Las Americas in Tenerife.
6. Black sand beaches
With beaches to enjoy all year round thanks to the Canary Islands extraordinary climate, beach days can seem too inviting to pass up! The Canary Islands are home to over 500 beaches, each with their own uniqueness, colouring and amenities.
Enjoy unspoiled bays with endless lengths of beautiful darkened volcanic sands, while those crystal blue waters invite surfers, water sport enthusiasts or just about anyone in for a refreshing dip.
You’ll find practical beaches for family days, complete with lifeguards so you can relax with complete ease if you’re with the kids. There’s beaches surrounded by unbelievable scenery of the islands intricate natural landscapes, and then there’s the more lively districts, with shops, bars, restaurants and beach parties with DJs on the sand.
Pick your favourite, grab a towel, pull up a lounger and enjoy a day of blissful relaxation.
Eager to explore?
There really are so many things to do in the Canary Islands, so why not cruise around the islands and experience each of their charms on one amazing holiday? If you’re ready to set sail, check our latest cruise deals to the Canary Islands here!
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