10 days in Canary Islands, Madeira & Azores Itinerary

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Maspalomas, Spain
— 3 nights
Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
— 1 night
Costa Adeje, Spain
— 1 night
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive to Madeira Airport, Fly to João Paulo II Airport, Drive to Sete Cidades
Sete Cidades, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive to João Paulo II Airport, Fly to Toronto


Maspalomas, Spain — 3 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.
Maspalomas is known for nightlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, find something for the whole family at Hangar 37, and get a dose of the wild on Buggy Pirates Gran Canaria.

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Toronto, Canada to Maspalomas is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Maspalomas, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get warmer in Maspalomas: highs are around 71°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto de la Cruz.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Puerto de la Cruz, Spain — 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico) and then meet the residents at Loro Parque.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto de la Cruz sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Maspalomas to Puerto de la Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Costa Adeje.
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Costa Adeje, Spain — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a splash at Siam Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Costa Adeje day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Puerto de la Cruz to Costa Adeje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in March, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Funchal.
Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Adventure · Tours
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Pico Ruivo and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Madeira Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Funchal road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Costa Adeje to Funchal takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Costa Adeje in March, expect nights in Funchal to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sete Cidades.
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Sete Cidades, Portugal — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with Terra do Pico and then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lagoa Verde / Lagoa das Sete Cidades and then get great views at Miradouro da Boca do Inferno.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sete Cidades travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Funchal to Sete Cidades with the Route module. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Funchal, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sete Cidades, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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.