Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are ideal for winter sun close to home or as a port of call on a longer luxury cruise.

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Luxury Canary Islands and Madeira cruises

The Canary Islands are perfect cruise destinations in their own right or as a place to pause on longer luxury cruises, with superb beaches, historic attractions and a well-established infrastructure meaning that there’s something for everyone here.

The seven Canary Islands are scattered some 70 miles off the coast of Morocco and can be reached from the UK in a 7- to 14-day luxury cruise or as part of a transatlantic voyage. Canaries cruises also feature in longer European and Atlantic Ocean itineraries.

When to go:

Both the Canary Islands and Madeira are year-round destinations as there’s almost no rainfall and plenty of regular sunshine; the majority of Canaries cruises though take place between autumn and spring

An excellent option for those in search of some winter sun without the hassle of long-haul travel, the Canary Islands offer honey-coloured beaches, stark volcanic landscapes, UNESCO-listed old towns, wooded valleys and rugged ravines.

Also off Morocco lies the Portuguese island of Madeira, where unspoiled countryside, farms and vineyards vie with mountains, pine forests, waterfalls and cliffs to grab visitors' attention. Ships berth a gentle 20-minute walk from the capital Funchal, whose cobblestone streets are dotted with pavement cafés. Walk a little further and you can take the cable car up to beautiful Monte to see the Church of our Lady. The views alone are well worth the climb, and you can ride back down on a wickerwork toboggan.