Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Las Canteras Beach
This golden stretch of sand backed by glittering high-rises is a few blocks from the cruise terminal. Join locals paddleboarding on the placid ocean or snorkeling around La Barra, a rocky reef formation just off shore that attracts hundreds of vibrant fish species.
Canary Islands Museum
Quickly familiarize yourself with the Canary Islands’ early history—from 500 B.C. to the 15th century, when the archipelago was colonized by the Castilians—at this comprehensive museum. Exhibitions divided among 11 rooms are loaded with artifacts such as ceramic vessels, religious idols, wooden tools, and a model dwelling.
To put together this grand garden just outside of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Swedish botanist Eric Sventenius visited every Canary Island and collected tree and flower specimens. Today, ambling paths cut through a jungle of exotic plants, each one representing a piece of the archipelago’s natural history.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.