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Cape Verde Cruises

Madeira – Senegal – Azores – Cape Verde – Canaries – Portugal – Morocco – Spain

Western Europe and Atlantic Islands is a diverse cruise destination covering the Atlantic Islands in the South and ranging up the Atlantic Coast of Europe from Spain to Germany.

The region comprises the Canaries and Madeira and is located off the northwest coast of Africa. Cruises here often include a visit to African ports especially Dakar & Casablanca. These cruises are often escapes from the colder weather in Northern Europe and mostly commence in UK ports.

FUNCHAL (MADEIRA)

Funchal is set on sheltered hillsides overlooking a wide bay and is the gracious capital of Madeira. This bustling city with its narrow cobbled street, mosaic pavements and outside cafes, restaurants and bars offers great walking opportunities. Ships berth within view of the centre located approximately 20 minute flat walk.

Highlights

  • Cable car to Monte to see the beautiful church of our Lady
  • Botanical gardens
  • St.Catherine’s Chapel
  • Municipal Museum

DAKAR (SENEGAL)

The exuberant capital of West Africa’s Senegal was once a French territory. Friendly Dakar is a thriving seaport on Cape Verde Peninsula (the westernmost point of the African continent.). It is a city where today’s skyscrapers are mixed with old colonial buildings, animated street markets, and excellent museums and art galleries. French is the common language.

Highlights

  • Goree island (by ferry )
  • Excellent Atlantic beaches nearby

PRAIA DI VITTORIA (AZORES, PORTUGAL)

Praia di Vitoria is on Terceira Island in the Azores and gives access to Angra de Heroism. This Atlantic mariner’s hub has earned World Heritage status for its 16th century palaces, monuments and churches along streets lined with balconied houses.

Highlights

  • Misericorda Church
  • Convent do Sao Francisco
  • Fortifications of Monte Brasil

CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

This mountainous archipelago of ten islands and eight islets – a Portuguese territory until independence in 1975 – is a unique and unspoilt as its remote location, 400 miles off the west coast of Senegal.  Once a staging post and an old sailing route to South Africa, Mindelo on Sao Vicente is the largest port, with attractive Portuguese colonial buildings.

Highlights

  • Mindelo
  • Porto Grande
  • Sao Vicente
  • Porto da Praio

LANZAROTTE (CANARIES)

Bathed in a year round sunshine, Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands lying 67 miles off the northwest African Coast. Cruise ships berth in Arrecife located about two miles from the town centre. Playa del Reducto is the nearest beach about 3 miles from the port. Lanzarote is an island of extraordinary moon-like landscapes. Pockmarked by hundreds of extinct volcanoes, it is best seen from the awe inspiring slopes of Fire Mountain in the Timanfay’s national park. The volcanic past has created the red, black and white sands of the fine coastline.

Highlights

  • Castillo de San Jose housing the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Castillo de San Gabriel housing the Archaeological Museum
  • Fire Mountain
  • Timanfaya National Park

LISBON (PORTUGAL)

Capital of Portugal. Lisbon sits on the banks of the Tagus River and is a lively and a colourful city possessing distinctive character and charm. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and the quaint museums are all part of the colourful cityscape, but the real delights of discovery lie in wandering the narrow lanes of Lisbon’s lovely backstreets.

Highlights

  • 1.5mile Salazar suspension bridge over the Tagus
  • 12th Century cathedral
  • Moorish Belem Tower & the Moorish Alfama quarter
  • Statue of Christos (from which more famous statue in Rio de Janeiro was copied)
  • Jeronimo’s Monastery
  • Sintra

CASABLANCA (MOROCCO)

The most cosmopolitan of Morocco’s cities with a palpably French mood, but reflecting the heart of Morocco – its unique fusion of ancient and modern and is a blend of Africa, Arabia and Europe. You will find endless interest amid the busy boulevards and vibrant bazaars. Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city with a population of 2.6 million.

Highlights

  • Hassan II Mosque
  • Excursion to Rabat is available
  • Excursion to Marrakesh

CADIZ (SPAIN)

Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay on Spain’s south western coast, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. It is an intriguing and historic seaport from which Spain’s galleons once sailed in quest of New World treasure. It is characterised by palm trees, look-out towers and weathered old buildings. Some of the city’s 18th century walls still stand, such as the Landward gate. The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm and many of the buildings reflect the city’s overseas links.

Highlights

  • Cathedral of Santa Cruz and Cathedral of San Felipe Neri
  • La Santa Cueva
  • Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas
  • Moorish Old City

 

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The above ports are generally included on an Atlantic Coast and Cape Verde itineraries, but not all ports are featured on each cruise. Please be careful to study the options available and choose the one that best suits your needs.