Offering sea, sand and year-round sunshine, when it comes to the Canary Islands you might consider yourself spoilt for choice.
But why stop at one, when an island-hopping cruise reveals the attractions of many islands?
Now’s the time to get planning…
The nights are fast drawing in and the weather getting gloomier by the day… that’s why now is a perfect time to start planning an escape somewhere warmer.
The good thing about the Canaries is they’re mild pretty much all year round. This makes them perfect for some ‘winter sun’ – when your friends are at home wrapped up, you can be sunning yourself!
Islands of real contrasts
From the forested mountains of Tenerife and the lunar-like terrain of Lanzarote, to the green oasis of La Palma, untouched La Gomera and the flawless beaches of Gran Canaria, a cruise to these scenic islands offers a world of natural contrasts, with each one offering its own distinct character.
Find out what's included on a Saga Cruise. Find out more here
Far from the madding crowds
Some of Saga’s Canary cruises also offer the chance to visit the smaller isles such as La Palma and La Gomera.
Both feel much more underdeveloped than their sisters – with forests of pine, laurel and fern, deep valleys and ravines that seem far away from the package holiday trail.
On La Palma for example, an excursion is available into the heart of Los Tilos, a rainforest that contains many species not found anywhere else in the world.
Soaking up the rays
Although sun can never be guaranteed, when it comes to the Canaries, it’s a fairly safe bet – on average they can boast more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year!
Of course heat isn’t for everyone, all the time. But you don’t have to worry about that – if you travel up the mountains you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine without the high temperatures.
There’s even snow atop Mount Teide… so you might even want to pack a sweater or two!
Lanzarote’s numerous volcanic eruptions have created a landscape of volcanic cones, caves and cinders, and atmosphere worthy of being designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
If you visit, don’t miss the trip to Fire Mountain, where you can learn how cinders just beneath the surface are actually hot enough to cook food!
Sand, but not as you know it
If you think one playa looks just like the next, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Of course the Canaries offer the typically beautiful golden miles, but they’re also home to striking black-sand beaches – a creation of volcanic eruptions.
The best example is probably the Playa Jardin on Tenerife, where you can also enjoy great views of Mount Teide as a backdrop.
Tempted by an ocean cruise around the Canary Islands? Find out more here