The Canary Islands are a haven for tourists year-round and while many choose to visit one of its seven islands, going on a Canaries cruise can be the best way to see the highlights of this sun-drenched region.
Located off the west coast of Africa, the Canaries are ideally situated for sun-worshipers heading to the area at any time of the year – the average annual temperature in the region is 22 degrees C.
Thanks to their Spanish culture, the Canaries are not just for those looking to get a decent tan. Islands such as Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura have much to offer holidaymakers wanting to sample the region’s history and food, as well as its breathtaking natural beauty, which includes sights such as volcanoes and caves.
Gran Canaria is where the capital of the Canaries, Las Palmas, is located. The island is the perfect stop for those on a Canaries cruise as it offers a little bit of everything – great shopping, lively nightlife, historical sights, sports, festivals, leisure parks and – last but certainly not least – those famous beaches.
Elsewhere, Canaries cruises are likely to make a stop at Santa Cruz on Tenerife, which is perfect for those looking to make the most of the region’s clubs, sporting facilities and health and beauty centres.
Other popular Canaries destinations include Fuerteventura – which is generally seen to be the ideal stop for those wanting a more low-key onshore excursion – and Lanzarote, which tends to attract young travellers looking for the best clubs and bars in the region.
Of course, on a Canaries cruise you are likely to take in most of the main stops around the islands, meaning that you will be able to experience the best of the Canary Islands’ sights and sounds in the space of a few days or weeks.
Depending on the cruise line you choose to go with, you should be able to choose from itineraries that cruise the Canaries as part of bigger packages incorporating destinations such as Morocco and Spain.
Cruise lines that visit the Canary Islands include Costa, Cunard, P&O, Royal Caribbean and Island Cruises.