- Arrecife harbour
Arrecife has grown from small fishing village to the capital of Lanzarote but maintains its quaint character.
- Funchal food market
The food markets of Funchal are a must-visit site on your visit to Madeira.
- La Palma sunset
Said to be the most beautiful island in the Canaries La Palma is a wonder to behold.
- Panorama of Tenerife
Explore the wonderful island of Tenerife on one of the many walking trails.
- Paradise Valley, Morocco
Although the story of Hendrix coming here in the 60s and labelling the valley a paradise might be folklore the clear blue lakes and waterfalls are certainly deserving of the name.
Autumn has never been this much fun…
Embrace the opportunity to try all kinds of new activities on this energising cruise to the subtropical Canaries. Take a new approach to sightseeing and ride a 1930s tram around Lisbon, barter in the Suk-al-Had market in Agadir where the air is heavy with the smell of spices, or visit the mummies in Tenerife’s Museum of Nature and Man.
Plant lovers can take off on a 4x4 adventure to Morocco’s aptly named Paradise Valley. Thrill seekers can go off-road in a jeep on the volcanic island of Lanzarote to cross lava fields, see plantations of prickly pears and marvel at the drama of the arid scenery. Walkers can cover a scenic stretch of the Orotava Valley in Tenerife, stopping en-route for refreshments in a charming 18th-Century mansion, or take a trek with a stop for tapas tasting in Gran Canaria. Water babies can learn the basics of the gentle sport of paddleboarding, remember the sea is at its warmest at this time of year.
For good fun times, what better than to hop on an e-bike and take the strain out of uphill cycling on a guided tour of hilly Funchal that won’t leave you puffed. Foodies might prefer to join a yummy culinary expedition that starts with tastings of local produce in Funchal’s colorful market and ends with the production of a Canarian dish, a tasting of Madeira is thrown in for good measure. Autumn has never been this much fun!
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- Lifestyle coach
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Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.
Lisbon is a clash of traditional aesthetic with contemporary lifestyle. Explore the trendy Alfama district as you climb the hill to the castle, passing Se Cathedral, the National Pantheon and St Anthony’s Church. Or for a better view of the city from above scale the steep steps of the Cristo Rei. A more relaxed tour of the city’s historic districts is available if you board the 1930’s number 28 tram, or you could head to the beach where surfers cut foamy ribbons out of the massive swells that sweep the Atlantic.
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Agadir is a modern city with an underbelly of old-world charm. Here, you can loose yourself in Suq al-Had market where the air is thick with the scent of spice or stretch your legs on a long walk to the Agadir Kasbah, originally built in the 1500s but partially destroyed in the 1960s earthquake. Alternatively, take a jeep tour to Paradise Valley to see endangered local flora in its native habitat and tour a botanic garden.
Arrive 0900. Depart 1700.
Step ashore in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. Here, you can explore the castles of San Gabriel and San Jose, built to guard the natural harbor against roving pirates or wonder through El Charco, the city’s picturesque hub. If you are after a more exciting activity during your stay discover the island’s wild interior on an off-road Lanzarote adventure.
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
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Las Palmas has plenty to keep you busy. You can walk through the town in the footsteps of Christopher Colombus, explore the many art galleries of Vegueta and stroll through the historic neighborhood of La Isleta. Alternatively, challenge yourself with a hike to the top of the 200-meter volcanic crater of Caldera de Bandama. Also, with the sea an ever-present element, water sports are all the rage and a placid introduction to fun on the waves is the newly created sport of paddleboarding.
Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Arrive 0800. Depart 2200.
Santa Cruz is the capital of the Canary Islands and considered one of the most important ports of the Atlantic. Representative of the city’s maritime heritage is the sail design of the modern Auditorio de Tenerife, while in the Museum of Nature and Man you can find artefacts and mummies of the Guanche people who first settled the site 2,000 years ago. You can also embark on a coastal walk to San Pedro and visit the colonial mansion of Abaco; a window on the history of the island with daily displays of Canarian folklore.
Santa Cruz, La Palma
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Santa Cruz de La Palma, with its colorful patchwork of balconied homes, strung along the azure Atlantic, is a gateway to hiking paradise. Clothed in emerald forests and pimpled with volcanic cones, the island has over 600 miles of marked footpaths to follow, each delivering its own stunning panoramas of sea and verdant, vertiginous extinct volcanoes.
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Enjoy one of the most memorable approaches in the world, as you sail into Funchal, the capital of Madeira. This tiny Portuguese outpost, in the middle of the Atlantic, is a botanical garden both ordered and wild, with a capital city that is like a little slice of Lisbon. The island is also famous for its fortified wines and fine foods, the former you can sample at Pereira D’Oliveira. You can also enjoy a tour of the mouth-watering food markets of Funchal and learn to create local dishes on a Madeiran cooking experience. If you want to see the island by two wheels, join a guided e-bike tour which takes all the strain out of uphill journeys!