24th July, 2023
Explore more destinations
When you’re choosing a cruise to the Canary Islands, there are many important things to consider. On a Saga cruise, you’ll find that we’ve thought of them already.
You get all these:
- Small-ship luxury with your own private balcony.
- So much included – from complimentary chauffeur service to fine dining, wines and spirits.
- The best of attentive, personal service.
- Plus, additional ports of call chosen by our experienced Destination Experts.
Cruise around the Canary Islands – and enjoy even more destinations
The sunny, scenic Canary Islands offer a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences to enjoy. And you can add even more…just by choosing a particular Saga Canaries cruise.
At least two of the fascinating places below are included as extra ports of call in one of our Canary Island itineraries - just decide which ones you fancy, then check our Canaries cruise details to find the perfect cruise for you.
Discover how much more you can see – for free!
Spectacular Funchal, Madeira’s capital, sits in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the sea. Enjoy our included panoramic trip around the island; join a team of local experts for a RIB ride to look for whales and dolphins; take the cable car to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden for wonderful floral displays and magnificent views. For the brave, there’s the famous Carros de cesto do Monte – a 4-kilometre ride back downhill in a wicker basket, pushed by two ‘drivers’ using their rubber boots as brakes!
Porto Grande, Cape Verde
The Cape Verde Island chain is a captivating blend of mountains, beaches and peaceful seaside villages. From Porto Grande, discover Mindelo, the cultural hub, with its distinctive Latin vibe. Home to some of Cape Verde’s greatest musicians, the town is alive with music and art. On our optional island tour, you can explore São Vincente’s history and culture.
Porto Praia, Cape Verde
This historic centre, capital of Cape Verde, lies on the southern coast of Santiago Island. Its colourful market overflows with exotic fruits; a real taste of island life. Visit the former capital, Rieira Grande, to see the UNESCO-listed centre which was the first colonial settlement in the tropics.
Banjul, The Gambia
Capital city Banjul’s National Museum is dedicated to Gambian culture and history, whilst the colourful, bustling Royal Albert Market gives you a taste of local life today. Nearby Abuko Nature Reserve has colourful birdlife and exotic wildlife, including crocodiles and monkeys.
This is one of the continent’s largest cities and a leading trade center. Visit the Grand Mosque of Dakar in the Medina, see the ‘Pink Lake’, or visit Gorée Island, site of one of the earliest European settlements in Western Africa.
La Coruña, Spain
Explore the medieval lanes and plazas in the old town of this historic maritime city. Promenade along Riazor Beach to the UNESCO-listed Tower of Hercules, the oldest operational Roman lighthouse. See all the city’s attractions on our included panoramic excursion.
El Ferrol, Spain
One of Spain’s most important seafaring cities for centuries, Ferrol is also one of the starting points for pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. The La Magdalena district, within easy walking distance of the port, has beautiful 18th century houses with distinctive glass-fronted balconies.
3,000-year-old Cadiz is Western Europe’s oldest continually inhabited city. Key landmarks include the Baroque cathedral, the Roman amphitheatre, Castillo de Santa Catalina and the Torre Tavira watchtower. Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca is a thrilling blend of European, North African and Arab influences. Explore the lanes of the 19th-century medina, then walk past whitewashed Moorish buildings to the colonial downtown district and the exotic spice stalls of the Marché Central.
Famous for its long, beautiful beaches, Agadir also boasts the amazing Souk El Had marketplace - around 6,000 stalls selling everything imaginable, from clothing, footwear and rugs to musical instruments and fresh fruit.
Lisbon spreads itself expansively across seven hills, so our included panoramic excursion is a great way to see many of its highlights. Its two UNESCO- listed sites are Jeronimos Monastery, where Vasco da Gama is entombed, and Bélem Tower, built in his honour.
Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal
Our included panoramic excursion takes you from Leixoes to Oporto, set on the Douro River. On one bank lies Villa Nova de Gaia’s port wine lodges, whilst on the other is UNESCO-listed Ribeira Old Town, whose atmospheric cobbled streets are crowded with historic buildings, some dating from the 12th century.
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