Join Sea Cloud II on its 11-day cruise as it sails to the southern coast of Santiago Island starting from the city in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas. Enjoy an authentic windjammer experience for true sailing fans on this unique cruise. Walking along the promenades or through narrow alleyways, you are sure to discover the multifaceted character of these islands, from cosmopolitan style in Arrecife to quiet introspection in rustic San Sebastián. Enjoy pure nature - stunning national parks, full of magical mists, gnarled pine trees, babbling headstreams – the Canary Islands’ national parks guarantee protection for some of their most outstanding ecosystems.
Enjoy Gran Canary's huge variety of landscapes - a "continent in miniature"
Visit the meter high lava rocks of the Teide National Park
Discover the contrasts of Santo Antão, the second largest Cape Verde island
Check the bizaare rock formations at the Teide National Park
With its black volcano almost 2,000 meters (6,561 foot) high and endless white beaches along the coastline, the island of Gran Canaria displays a huge variety of landscapes. A "continent in miniature" with rugged rock formations, dense pine forests, dry valleys and reservoirs in the interior, lush vegetation in the north, shimmering dune landscapes in the south and weirdly shaped cliffs in the west. Almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, Las Palmas, is no less colorful, with its port and history stretching back 500 years. The showpiece of this historic old town is the magnificent Santa Ana Cathedral.
Even from afar you can see the impressive panorama with Tenerife's landmark, Mount Teide. Its peak is the highest in Spain at 3,718 metres (12,200 foot) and is often covered in snow. The Las Cañadas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a high volcanic plateau at the foot of Teide, surrounded by a circle of rock that rises up steeply. Volcanic activity has created strange-looking rock formations here which are adorned with a huge range of colors and seem like a unique synthesis of nature's art. In contrast to this are the fertile valleys of the north, a barren, almost desert-like south and the island's vibrant capital city, Santa Cruz.
Hierro, the smallest and most westerly of the Canary Islands, is a rough, windswept location thought to be the far western limit of the world in Columbus's day. Its charming, white-washed city, Valverde, has a population of just 2,000 people and is uniquely situated high in the mountains far from the sea. The volcanic island was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2000, and photographers delight in dramatic sights like the Faro de Orchilla lighthouse, the great natural stone arch of the Roque de la Bonanza and the bizarre, wind-twisted juniper trees set against stony slopes. The Canarian artist Cesar Manrique created a spectacular viewpoint and restaurant overlooking the dramatic El Golfo valley atop kilometer-high cliffs.
Porto Novo is a city located on the Cape Verdean island of Santo Anto. It is the seat of the Porto Novo municipality. The town, which is the most populous settlement on the island, had 9,310 residents as of the 2010 Census..
On the northern coast of the Cape Verdean island of So Vicente sits Mindelo, a port city. The parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz and the municipality of So Vicente both have their administrative centers in Mindelo. The city is home to 93 percent of the entire island's inhabitants. With roots in Portuguese customs that were later inspired by Brazilian culture, Mindelo is well renowned for its vibrant and lively carnival celebrations.
strong>Sal Rei is a city located on the northwest coast of the island of Boa Vista in eastern Cape Verde. The Boa Vista Municipality is located in Sal Rei, the island's largest city. In 2010, there were 5,778 residents. The town's name translates to "Salt King" in Portuguese. This moniker dates back to a time when salt production was the island's primary business.
The port for the Cape Verdean island of Fogo is called Vale de Caveiros. 3 kilometers to the north of So Filipe is where it is located. The national port authority ENAPOR is in charge of running the port. In 2013, the port underwent reconstruction and growth.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.