With their year-round sun, unspoiled natural wonders and vibrant mix of cultures, the Canary Islands have long been a top choice for European travelers and the remote Spanish islands offer a dramatic backdrop for a cruise. The group of islands might be located closer to Morocco than Spain, but once you’ve made the journey from mainland Europe it’s easy to hop between islands, with regular ferries and flights linking the seven largest islands.
The easternmost island of Lanzarote is the starting point for boat cruises to the tranquil isle of La Graciosa and the neighboring island of Fuerteventura, but you don’t have to leave the island to explore the coast. Hop on a luxury catamaran and sail around the Los Ajaches Nature Reserve, stopping to swim at Lanzarote’s famous Papagayo beach and keeping a lookout for dolphins and pilot whales around the shore.
For even more spectacular scenery, enjoy a sun-soaked cruise along the Western coast of Tenerife, sailing past the white beaches of Masca Bay, where the waters are teeming with tropical fish, and passing the famous Los Gigantes Cliffs, Europe’s tallest sea cliffs, which are fronted by a shimmering stretch of black sand. Alternatively, take a day trip by sea ferry to nearby La Gomera Island, where you can pay a visit to the famous Columbus House and look out over the surrounding islands from the hilltop Mirador de Las Carboneras.