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This tour has been planned to coincide with one of the Canary Island’s biggest cultural festivals, a week-long celebration commemorating the founding of Gran Canaria Island. There will be lots of local color and gala activities - and wine will be a big part of all of these festivities. As the Canaries are volcanic, their lava-based soils exert a profound influence on the wines, by adding interesting mineral nuances to lusciously rich fruits. The volcanic soil also creates lush tropical landscapes and amazing gardens, as well a mesmerizing array of succulent tropical fruits and extraordinary vegetables. The Canaries also boast the only coffee plantation in all of Europe.
This trip will offer two very different but equally compelling properties. In the Canary Islands, you will be staying at a splendidly restored hacienda, which is the oldest on the Islands. Set in a sea of banana trees with views for miles in every direction, this nearly 125 acre estate is an actual working banana plantation. The completely renovated villa oozes old-world grace and charm, but offers creature comforts of the 21st century including updated bathrooms with Jacuzzis.
The second venue is a luxurious and modern 5-star resort with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Offering magnificent panoramas of the harbor, the town of Funcha, and the sea, this hotel offers all of the bells and whistles of a world-class property: sublime service, a superb spa, spacious and gorgeously outfitted bedrooms, and Madeira’s only Michelin-starred restaurant.
The trip officially ends after breakfast. Transfers can be arranged to the Madeira Airport (FNC) where there are non-stop air connections to many major European cities. Or, for those who wish to stay extra days, rooms will be gladly be arranged.
As the Canaries are volcanic, their lava-based soils create lush tropical landscapes and amazing gardens, as well as a mesmerizing array of succulent tropical fruits and extraordinary vegetables. Madeira, also created from underwater volcanoes, is another tropical paradise. Unlike the Canaries, however, Madeira is synonymous with wine. Climate is another compelling factor for Madeira’s popularity. Known as the “islands of eternal Spring”, or the “garden islands”, Madeira offers idyllic year-around mild temperatures where plants and flowers of all types flourish.
Located just off the coast of Morocco, both the Canary and Madiera Islands offer a melting pot of diverse cultures. Their gastronomies reflect intriguing blends of European, African, Indian and Chinese cultures. These islands are like no other on earth from a culinary or viticultural point of view. Their “volcano wines” (made from vines that have never seen phylloxera) make for a unique experience. Dining experiences have been mindfully selected. Meals will provide both depth and breadth of what both the Canaries and Madeira’s food scene.
You will dine in a wide variety of places, from simple wine bars and family-owned restaurants, to upscale special occasion venues offering the finest in dining. One of these restaurants is the only Michelin star restaurant in Madeira. In addition to carefully chosen restaurants, this tour will feature visits to several artisanal food producers such as makers of chocolate, cheese, pastries and cookies, as well as Europe’s only coffee plantation. There will also be trips with local foodies to outdoor markets and grocery stores.
Arrive at Gran Canaria Airport (LPA). Wine Knows Travel can arrange for transfers to and from the airport for an additional fee.