Cruises on Canary Islands
Canary Islands, an archipelago wonderland
Feel the thrills once felt by Jean de Béthencourt and Gadifer de La Salle, the first European explorers of who dared to cross the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean, bound for the Canary Islands in search of riches.
You'll see the same breath-taking sights of open sea aboard your Pullmantur cruise to the Canary Islands, a spectacular escape unlike any other in the world, with a splendid experience that combines paradisiacal nature, an exciting mix of cultures , dream-like structures, succulent cuisine and, last but not least, a climate that is considered to be the best in the world.
From the deck of the Horizon you can spot the incredible diversity of storks, gulls and eagles flying over the Canary Islands. Below the water's surface, dolphins and whales accompany the ship, often emerging from the water to bid you welcome.
Africa and Europe join hands symbolically in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are part of Spain despite their location almost 1,000 kilometres away from the Iberian Peninsula; meanwhile, the archipelago is only 95 km off the western coast of Morocco. Geographically the islands belong to Africa, but culturally and in their essence the Canary Islands are European, and those people who have the immense pleasure of living within them are Spanish American. It is this eclectic mix that gives the archipelago a special charm, and magic way of combining the majesty of two continents as diverse as Europe and Africa. Of the 12 islands and islets that make up this region the ones that most stand out are Gran Canaria, Tenerife, where you'll find Teide, the highest peak in Spain, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma.
The first two are the ones that are home to the largest cities, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a unique pair that feuded in the past but today share the honour of being co-capitals of the archipelago. On this Pullmantur cruise you will be amazed by the stunning beauty of its beaches, the Triana neighbourhood in Las Palmas or the Plaza de España in Tenerife: captivating atmospheres, halfway between the amenities of a metropolis and the calm of a good holiday in the heart of the Canary Islands.
But if you are especially passionate about nature and the rural world, the best places await you in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma, where endless beaches of white sand, imposing dry gullies, ancient volcanoes and lush vegetation abound.
Carnival, the moment when the Canary Islands dress to delight
Besides boasting stunning nature, beautiful weather and cosmopolitan cities, the Canary Islands are home to the most colourful carnival celebrations in Europe. The most famous one, however, is the nationally and internationally renowned carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, second only to the one in Rio de Janeiro.
In the capital of Tenerife Carnivals have two sides. One is known as official side, characterized by parades and street musicians, and the other side is the one lived by the people on the street, one in which passers-by mingle with the marching bands parading about, creating a superb mix.
Meanwhile, the Carnival in Las Palmas are known for their historical glamour, and they have the added kick of featuring a special event: the Gala Election of the Carnival Drag Queen. As you can plainly see, the Canary Islands have it all. So, what are you waiting for? The adventure of a lifetime is yours for the taking with Pullmantur!