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Explore the Atlantic Islands


As winter sets in and the summer crowds disperse, there’s never been a better time to explore the diverse Atlantic islands

Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote

Grey skies at home provide the perfect opportunity to explore sunnier climes, but you needn’t travel far to find them. Nowhere offers a more diverse spectrum of escapes than the Atlantic islands, and at this time of year you can experience them crowd-free, unhindered by summer tourists.

From the dusty lava fields of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park to the cobbled alleyways of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And with more cruise itineraries and shore excursions on offer than ever before, P&O Cruises can be the ones to take you there.



There’s so much more to this island than package hotels and sunlounger strewn beaches. Head to the Timanfaya National Park, for example, where the moon-like craters and dusty lava fields give it an otherworldly feel. Or take a camel ride up the Montanas del Fuego, which has temperatures of up to 400˚C inside.

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Gran Canaria

When time is of the essence, a guided bicycle tour is the best way to see all the delights of Las Palmas. You can take in the historical and architectural attractions of the old town of Vegueta, before stopping for a light snack and coffee in the ancient Plaza de Santa Ana.

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In summer, the magnificent botanical gardens of Tenerife are packed out but come winter, visitors are free to stroll peacefully through the colourful flower terraces and outstanding waterfalls of the Jardin Auatico Risco Bello gardens. Here, many of the displays have grown from the original specimens bought to Spain from the New World in 1788.

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La Palma

There’s an authenticity to this island, which is the smallest and prettiest of the Canaries. From the rolling vineyards inland to the beautiful lighthouses that stand guard over the aquamarine shores, there’s a postcard-worthy scene around every corner. Head up the mountain roads to the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente, at the centre of which sits a five-mile wide volcano crater forested with fire-resistant Canary pine.

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