Cruises in the Canary Islands

Playa de los Enamorados, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Playa de los Enamorados, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Situated off the coasts of Africa and Spain, the three Canary Islands offer truly unique shore excursions for your western Mediterranean European cruise. Three of the islands – La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria – are accessible by cruise ship, it’s just a matter of finding a cruise line with one of them on their European cruise itinerary. The islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gomera and El Hierro are generally not accessible by cruise line, but that could change. Costa, Fred Olsen and P&O Cruises all have European cruise itineraries in the Canary Islands. Itineraries change all the time, and all of the cruise lines are adding new destinations and ports of call on a regular basis.

Volcanic in origin, the Canary Islands offer quaint towns with Spanish Colonial architecture, as well as buildings inspired by the African Moors. The largest of the islands is Tenerife, home of Mount Teide volcano, the largest peak in Spain. Cruise ships stop at Santa Cruz, where you can explore the town of La Orotava and the famed resort, Puerto de la Cruz.

On the island of Gran Canaria, you have the opportunity to see firsthand the unusual phenomenon of the seaside sand dunes at Maspalomas. Cruise ships stop at the capital, Las Palmas, which is the largest city in the Canary Islands. The island of La Palma is known as La Isla Bonita (“The Pretty Island”) for its stunning natural beauty. If your idea of an ideal cruise includes relaxing shore excursions surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings, choose to stop at one or all of these unique islands.