Four-night escapes to the Canaries
Temperatures have dropped significantly and snow is beginning to fall across the British Isles. To some people, this is fantastic, while, for others, the winter blues may be beginning to take their toll. Either way, you may be interested to know that sun, sea and sand are all only a short distance away in the Canary Islands, with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s providing a perfect option for an escape over the festive period and into the New Year.
Pullmantur has also taken into consideration the fact that this is a busy time for a lot of people, so the line is offering a range of short four-night roundtrip sailings. Departing out of any one of a range of destinations, you will get to experience a different island every morning. Furthermore, you will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive on board atmosphere that includes all meals, drinks, port taxes and much more. This week, we take a look at the four destinations you will be able to visit on board Horizon during one of these fantastic sailings.
While vast areas have been developed in recent years, the island of Fuerteventura remains one of the most untouched of the Canaries. Rugged volcanic landscapes dominate the horizon, while the golden beaches offer a fantastic place to soak up the sun. It is worth noting that Fuerteventura was one of the 500 destinations to be selected by the European Coastal and Marine Union as one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Additionally, the literal translation of Fuerteventura is Strong Winds, which would explain why the destination is so popular with wind surfers and kite surfers.
Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands and is known for its wide variety of things to see and do. A subtropical climate sets the tone perfectly and makes the beaches – of which Gran Canaria is famed for – particularly appealing. The southernmost regions of the island are perhaps the most appealing when it comes to beaches, with Maspalomas in particular providing a 4km stretch of golden sand dunes. Gran Canaria is also particularly known for its forested areas and a trip to the Palmitos Park offers a chance to see a range of exotic plants and indigenous animals.
As a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the landscapes of Lanzarote make for a truly distinctive natural experience. This is due, in-part, to the volcanic activity that has taken place throughout the years and has left its mark on the island. One of the best places to admire this is at the Timanfaya National Park, which displays a landscape that has not changed at all since a volcanic eruption in the early 18th century. While the temperature here may seem warm, temperatures beneath the surface can be as high as 600C. If you pour water down one of the bore holes, you will see a geyser-esque eruption of steam take place just a few seconds later.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and offers plenty to see and do. Although it was once a poor banana-growing region, the arrival of mass air travel has helped the island to develop to European standards. One of the main pulls for people to the region is the impressive collection of golden-sand beaches, each of which offers an ideal place to relax and soak up the sun. However, you won’t want to miss out on an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the third tallest volcanic structure in the world. Measuring a total height of 3,718 metres above sea level – 7,500 metres when measured from the ocean floor – it has made Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world. A cable car ride offers one of the best ways to admire this spectacular natural landmark.
There are four four-night roundtrip Canary Island itineraries available over the winter period, with the first due to depart out of Gran Canaria on the 16th December. This will be followed by a departure on the 17th out of Tenerife and another two sailings in the New Year, with departures on the 3rd and 4th January 2018.
To book a Canary Islands sailing or to find out more about the full range of all-inclusive itineraries available with Pullmantur Cruises over the winter period, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.