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Island hopping across the Canaries

When it comes to the Canary Islands you might think you're spoilt for choice. But why stop at one, when an island-hopping cruise lets you see them all.

Now’s the time to get planning…

The nights are fast drawing in and the weather getting gloomier by the day… that’s why now is a perfect time to start planning an escape somewhere warmer.

The good thing about the Canaries is they’re mild pretty much all year round. This makes them perfect for some ‘winter sun’ – when your friends are at home wrapped up, you can be sunning yourself!

Islands of real contrasts

From the forested mountains of Tenerife and the lunar-like terrain of Lanzarote, to the green oasis of La Palma, untouched La Gomera and the flawless beaches of Gran Canaria, a cruise to these scenic islands offers a world of natural contrasts, with each one offering its own distinct character.

Far from the madding crowds

Some of Saga’s Canary Island cruises also offer the chance to visit the smaller isles such as La Palma and La Gomera.

Both feel much more underdeveloped than their sisters – with forests of pine, laurel and fern, deep valleys and ravines that seem far away from the package holiday trail.

On La Palma for example, an excursion is available into the heart of Los Tilos, a rainforest that contains many species not found anywhere else in the world.

Soaking up the rays

Although sun can never be guaranteed, when it comes to the Canaries, it’s a fairly safe bet – on average they can boast more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year!

Of course, heat isn’t for everyone, all the time. But you don’t have to worry about that – if you travel up the mountains, you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine without the high temperatures.

There’s even snow atop Mount Teide… so you might even want to pack a sweater or two!

Magma magic

Lanzarote’s numerous volcanic eruptions have created a landscape of volcanic cones, caves and cinders, and atmosphere worthy of being designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

If you visit, don’t miss the trip to Fire Mountain, where you can learn how cinders just beneath the surface are actually hot enough to cook food!

Sand, but not as you know it

If you think one playa looks just like the next, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Of course, the Canaries offer the typically beautiful golden miles, but they’re also home to striking black-sand beaches – a creation of volcanic eruptions.

The best example is probably the Playa Jardin on Tenerife, where you can also enjoy great views of Mount Teide as a backdrop.

Experience it all for yourself and go Canary Island hopping on a cruise.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.