Located off the coast of northwestern Africa, the Canary Islands are some of the most beautiful and culturally rich volcanic isles in the world to travel to. With its picturesque beaches, gorgeous colonial towns and serene island landscapes, the Canary Islands welcome thousands of tourists every year. Once a Spanish colony, the Canary Islands consists of seven large and six smaller islands. And the best way to truly explore the beauty of these islands is to go for a cruise through these islands. There’re numerous attractions and interesting places located on these beautiful islands. To get you started, here are the top three places which you should visit when you go to the Canary Islands on a cruise.
1. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Located on the island of Gran Canaria, the beautiful seaside town of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the must visit places when you go for a cruise through the Canary Islands. The Gran Canaria island itself is a place of huge interest. Located approximately 90 miles away from the coast of Africa, this island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The breathtakingly beautiful cliffs, the sun-drenched beaches and the glorious scenery make this island one of the must-visit places.
The capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas is a beautiful city known for its glorious beaches and majestic mountainous peaks. Playa de Las Canteras is famous among the visitors as a swimmers’ paradise, because of the calm water lined by a coral carrier. The weather is especially good here, and you will surely enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. The town of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is one of the most interesting and historically rich towns you will get to visit in these islands. The cathedral of the town is one of the main attractions of the town. The neoclassical architectural features and the gothic interiors will surely take your breath away. You can also take a trip to Vegueta, the historic centre of the island where you will get to see historic buildings and traditional architectures which are over 500 years old.
The island of Lanzarote has been a popular site of the Canary Islands since ages. With its moonlike landscape, the island has served as the backdrop of many blockbuster films. The Glorious volcanic scenery of the island is truly something which you have to witness when you go on a cruise vacation to the Canary Islands. Visit Arrecife, a small fishing harbour, and also the capital of Lanzarote Island to experience the life on this island. You can also shop your heart out at the various duty-free stores located here.
3. Jardín Botanico Canario Viera y Clavijo
Another one of the must-visit places during your cruise through the Canary Islands is Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo. Also located in the Gran Canaria island, this huge botanical garden is the largest botanical garden in all of Spain. This botanical garden officially opened its gates in 1959. Today the garden houses over 500 species of native plants in its 27 acres of space.