Our Transmediterranea Ferry From Santa Cruz To La Palma

Ferries In The Canary Islands

Whilst island hopping around Greece is a well-known and documented phenomenon, the Canaries offer an interesting alternative during the winter. If travelling out of peak season (we flew out on 10th January) flights out from the UK can be ridiculously cheap. For example, at the time of purchase, flying to and from the Canaries from the UK cost less than a return train journey from Newcastle to London, a situation which I find quite bonkers. Likewise, if you stay in places that are slightly less touristy, or on the edge of town, and stick to self-catering accommodation, its quite possible to spend 4 weeks away in the Canaries for the same price as a week in London. It wasn’t a difficult decision for us, especially with the added bonus of leaving a cold northeastern winter behind.

Our trip involved flying to Gran Canaria, then ferries to Tenerife and on from there to La Palma, and finally back to Tenerife to catch our return flight. There are various different ferry routes/companies operating in the Canaries, and if you are prepared to hop on buses to different ports, you can pretty much get anywhere.

The ferry we took from Gran Canaria to Tenerife was from Agaete to Santa Cruz de Tenerife run by Fred Olsen. An added bonus is the free bus run by Fred Olsen to the ferry port from Las Palmas. This isn’t advertised if you book your ferry through in intermediary company like Direct Ferries, but if you pop into the Fred Olsen office at Santa Catalina in Las Palmas they can give you the details. This crossing is quick, (1 hour, 20 mins), regular and offers a daily service.

If travelling from Tenerife to La Palma the most common route is from Los Cristianos to Santa Cruz de la Palma, run by Naviera Armas. If you are in the north of Tenerife though, you can, like we did, also pick up the weekly sailing by Transmediterranea from Santa Cruz de la Tenerife to Santa Cruz de La Palma. This is a night crossing so you save on accommodation costs too. The cost of the journey plus cabin was just over £70 for two, so very cheap too. That said, the sea was quite choppy and we didn’t get a wink of sleep, but nevertheless it was more of an adventure.

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