Explore our Azores & Madeira cruises from Bristol for your next cruise holiday. The beautiful Azores and neighbouring Madeira are awash with natural beauty, boasting rugged landscapes and decorated with stunning lakes, sensational mountains and even a volcano or two. An Azores & Madeira cruise from Bristol allows you to discover all this stunning scenery while unpacking only once and soaking up the sun on your cruise ship’s spacious decks.
Funchal on the island of Madeira is a popular town to visit in the Azores and is one of the favourite ports of call for our Cruise Specialist Margaret. Located off the east coast of Africa, you’re sure to fall in love with Funchal’s charm. A true gem, Funchal is surrounded by gorgeous flora and fauna which fills this ‘floating garden’ with incredible colours and scents year-round. Wicker baskets, embroidery and the famous Madeira wine are popular souvenirs from this striking island.
Portuguese for Saint Mary, the picturesque island of Santa Maria hosts many visitors who come to discover the island’s geological history and seek out the lava formation at Malbusca. Others prefer to visit what is considered to be the first temple build on the Azores Islands – Dos Anjos chapel. It’s rumoured Christopher Columbus prayed there after returning from America. Or why not soak up the sun at Praia Formosa, a yellow sandy beach, widely considered one of the best in the Azores?
The largest and most populated island in the Azores, Sao Miguel is known locally as ‘The Green Island’ due to its lush surrounding lands. The mixture of contemporary and history encapsulates the popular town of Ponta Delgada which is why so many visitors will explore its monuments and streets. Couple this with beautiful restaurants, shopping, bars and ocean-front cafés and you’ll soon see why Ponta Delgada is a must-visit on any cruise to the Azores.
Many of our Azores and Madeira cruises also visit one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful capital cities, Lisbon. Wandering around this city is a dream as you discover its narrow backstreets, palaces, cathedrals and monasteries. Don’t miss the iconic views of the famous Ponte 25 de Abril bridge and the nearby Ponte Vasco da Gama bridge which stretches for nearly 10 miles in a succession of viaducts and bridges. Surrounded in culture, Lisbon doesn’t disappoint its visitors and has many fascinating museums to explore including its National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
Choose your Azores & Madeira cruise from Bristol. Early booking is strongly recommended as demand for cruises to the Azores and Madeira are rapidly increasing in popularity and are fantastic value for money.
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