Basking in year-round sunshine, a cruise to the Canary Islands affords a wealth of scenic surprises. Beyond the abundant beautiful beaches, the volcanic islands offer verdant forests, sprawling deserts and dramatic lunar-esque landscapes. On La Gomera, there is even the opportunity to visit the ornate former dwelling of Christopher Columbus.
The Azores archipelago is somewhat of a hidden treasure. Less developed than some of the other islands in the Atlantic, the Azores boasts lush green landscapes punctuated with pristine emerald-hued pools that make this paradise seem like another Eden. And being one of the whale watching hotspots of the world, you may even catch a glimpse of some of these mind-blowing marine mammals on your next cruise to the Atlantic Islands
Cruising to Cape Verde is on many people’s bucket list. With wonderful white-sand beaches, it’s no wonder that the island of Boa Vista translates as ‘beautiful view’. The capital of Praia is strewn with cobbled streets and colourful houses, and nature lovers will appreciate the many indigenous species found on the island, including the green vervet monkey and reptiles such as geckos, frogs and colourful lizards.
Exploring the beautiful island of Madeira is a dream. Home to a feast of flora and fauna, it’s easy to see why it has earned the nickname of ‘the floating garden in the Atlantic’. Offering boundless beauty, this haven of nature is a visual treat to savour on an Atlantic Islands cruise
Tenerife, meanwhile, is one of those destinations which has perhaps gained an unfair reputation in recent years as a stereotypical ‘tourist hotspot’. If you visit the island on your next cruise holiday, however, you will see that there is much more below the surface of this beautiful location than just sun, sea and sand.