22 days in Canary Islands, Madeira & Azores Itinerary

22 days in Canary Islands, Madeira & Azores Itinerary

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Maspalomas, Spain
— 4 nights
Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
— 4 nights
Costa Adeje, Spain
— 5 nights
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive to Madeira Airport, Fly to João Paulo II Airport, Drive to Sete Cidades
Sete Cidades, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive to João Paulo II Airport, Fly to Porto


Maspalomas, Spain — 4 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
When in Maspalomas, make a side trip to see Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, approximately Las Palmas de Gran Canaria away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Buggy Pirates Gran Canaria, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural El Cabron, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Dobrev Wellness and Massage.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Maspalomas travel route planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Maspalomas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Maspalomas to be somewhat warmer, around 70°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Puerto de la Cruz.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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Puerto de la Cruz, Spain — 4 nights

City of Eternal Spring

As one of Tenerife’s oldest port cities, Puerto de la Cruz embodies a hip, island personality, while still retaining its historic fishing village charm.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto de la Cruz: Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium (Auditorio de Tenerife) & Playa de las Teresitas), Cueva del Viento (in Icod de los Vinos) and Piscinas Naturales El Caleton (in Garachico). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Sun) at Lago Martianez. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Loro Parque, make a trip to Meson el Monasterio, examine the collection at Museo Sacro "El Tesoro de La Concepcion", and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico).

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto de la Cruz online travel route planner.

Getting from Maspalomas to Puerto de la Cruz by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Costa Adeje.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks
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Costa Adeje, Spain — 5 nights

Whether you're a sophisticated pleasure seeker with the taste for Canarian cuisine and classy shopping, or a nature lover hungry of adventures, you can have it all on a well-balanced Costa Adeje vacation.
Costa Adeje is known for beaches, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Siam Park, kick back and relax at Playa del Duque, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Tenerife Monkey Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Costa Adeje trip builder.

Drive from Puerto de la Cruz to Costa Adeje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Costa Adeje can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Funchal.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Funchal, Portugal — 2 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Caravel Art Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Girao, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Arieiro.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Funchal online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Costa Adeje to Funchal takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Sete Cidades.
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Sete Cidades, Portugal — 5 nights

Sete Cidades is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with Terra do Pico, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Viewpoint of the Ridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Azul, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sete Cidades journey planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Funchal to Sete Cidades. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Sete Cidades. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Canary Islands travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Water Parks
Modern, cosmopolitan, and very trendy, the Canary Islands are a major center for European tourism. With a total population of about two million, these seven diverse islands are as distinct from each other as they are from the mainland of Spain. The first settlers arrived from North Africa, building an economic system loosely based around farming. Invaded by Europeans in the 14th century, the islands gradually developed a more European feel, but with a mixed population of ethnicities rarely found anywhere else in the world. While agriculture is still alive and well here, the tropical beaches and vibrant nightlife tend to top any vacation itinerary.

Madeira travel guide

Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.

Azores travel guide

Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.