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October 14, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

The port that took Columbus to America

Columbus stopped in Las Palmas at the beginning of his historic first voyage to America while one of his ships was repaired. The ornate governor’s residence where he stayed in the historic Vegueta district, now a museum, has been named after him – Casa de Colón.

Talking in whistles

Silbo Gomero is a whistling language unique to Gomera, developed by the inhabitants to communicate across the island’s deep ravines. Hauntingly musical, it was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible History of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.

Madeira wine and the secrets of the sea

Madeira supplied its wines to the sailing ships bound for the Americas and India, fortifying them with spirits to stop them spoiling. The hot and stormy conditions at sea gave the wines a unique flavour recreated applying heat and movement to Madeira wines today.

Beauty on a lava flow

Not only is the exquisite La Palma a volcanic island, like all the Canaries, but its captivating capital Santa Cruz is actually built along a prehistoric lava flow from the small volcano of Caldereta to the south of the city.

Home of whales and dolphins

The Atlantic Ocean south of Tenerife is a major migratory route for whales and dolphins. In fact over a third of all their species either reside or pass through these waters, making them one of the very best places in the world to observe these amazing animals.

Tree-climbing goats

The extraordinary Souss area of Morocco, inland from Agadir, is renowned for the Argan tree and its seeds from which a precious oil is produced. Unique to the Souss, it’s adored by the local goats, who climb right up into its topmost branches to eat the fruit and leaves.

Say it again, Sam?

Bogart actually said “Play it, Sam” not “play it again” in the immortal film named after Casablanca. Founded in the 7th century BC and a busy port since the Phoenicians and Romans, its old Berber name of Anfa (“hill”) lives on in its oldest quarter and racecourse.

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