Although the Canary Islands are seemingly not the first destination that comes to mind when cruising, they can be the perfect cruise destination. Quite often they are used as a place to pause on longer luxury cruises and some Transatlantic voyages. With stunning beaches, a deep history and a range of attractions, the experience the Canary Islands can be the ideal stop off for that idyllic escape.
The Canary Islands or Islas Canariasas it is known locally, is a Spanish archipelago and the southernmost autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Morocco at the closest point. The Canary Islands, which are also known informally as the Canaries, are among the outermost regions of the European Union. It is also one of the eight regions with special consideration of historical nationality recognized as such by the Spanish Government. The Canary Islands belong to the African Plate like the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla, the two on the African mainland.
The Canary Islands are an excellent option for those in search of some winter sun without the hassle of long distance travel. There are a number of UNESCO-listed towns, wooded valleys and mountainous regions to explore.
When to go:
The Canary Islands are a year-round destination as there is almost no rainfall and plenty of regular sunshine. Many of the Canaries cruises though take place between autumn and spring.