Sailing area : Canary islands

Sailing area: Canaries

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 115 kilometres off the coast of Morocco, the Canaries is famous for its climate which is described as being the "best in the world". The Canary Islands enjoy an average temperature of 22 °C all year round. You'll have sun every day! It is a destination that makes the summer last just a little longer where you can soak up all of the sun's goodness during the winter months. You can swim year round though the water is not too warm, it varies between 18 °C in February and 23 °C in September.

Sailing in the Canary Islands

The archipelago offers a unique sailing experience between national parks and nature reserves, subtropical landscapes and volcanic deserts, wild beaches and charming marinas, forests and volcanoes.
Many sailing routes are available with your boat rental in the Canaries. The Azores high pressure and hot air from the Sahara promise you pleasant sailing and the islands' natural diversity offers you many beautiful mooring places. Not many boats have a crew in the Canary Islands but you can of course request a skipper who will take you to the best mooring spots and/or a hostess/cook to help you get the most out of your holiday. If you can't find the port or the boat you are looking for on our website, don't hesitate to call us or send us and e-mail and have a chat about your cruise holiday.

Places to visit

The archipelago comprises seven volcanic islands that still offer signs of its geological past (volcanic cones, black sand, fumerolles, etc.).
This is the largest island in the archipelago. It is also the one that holds the record for height with the "Teide" summit rising to an altitude of 3,718 m. You will be able to take advantage of the sea, the black or white sand beaches, visit the typical villages, discover an incredible animal and plant life in the medium altitude area, and take a walk in an arid, luxuriant or volcanic landscape. The summit of the island is partly accessible by road, then on foot or by cable car. There are many parks, most of them aquatic parks, on the island for the pleasure of all.

Lanzarote is the easternmost island in the Canaries and therefore the one that is closest to the African continent. Its capital is Arrecife. Although its maximum altitude does not exceed 670 m, Lanzarote offers a magnificent volcanic landscape. Indeed, this is the main tourist attraction on Lanzarote. Its rugged landscapes offer you a large choice of walks. The most visited part of the island is the Timanfaya National Park, where you can admire the largest concentration of volcanic cones, all in a lunar and surrealist landscape.

It is an island of bare landscapes scattered with extinct volcanoes and windmills, and a coast lined with huge white sand beaches. Fuerteventura is much flatter than its neighbours with a maximum altitude of 807 m. Its landscapes are more arid and deserted. However, it does offer the most beautiful white sand beaches in the archipelago, which, in many places, turns the water turquoise. Sometimes, the sand is so white that you will need to wear sunglasses in order not to be dazzled. Also, Fuerteventura is greatly exposed to generally hot winds, ideal for windsurf enthusiasts.

Gran Canaria
This is the second most populous island in the Canaries. Its capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria offers tourists varied landscapes of mountains, canyons, desert and seaside. Its highest point, Pozo de las Nieves, stands at an altitude of 1,949 m. The canyons hollowed out of the mountain are vaguely reminiscent of the western region of America. Many walks are available. You will also find an astonishing small desert, formed by the sand carried there by winds from Africa.

La Gomera
La Gomera resembles a huge rocky pyramid crowned by a dense forest of laurel trees. This volcanic island, no doubt the greenest in the Canaries, is a true paradise for hikers. Well signposted paths wind their way around this wild island. In La Gomera, it will be easier for you to walk than it is to laze on the beach. Indeed, the green island is, above all, a sanctuary for walkers who have made it their playground.

La Palma
In the shape of a heart, La Palma is a very beautiful island with a luxuriant plant life that is vaguely reminiscent of Madeira. It has authentic villages, volcanoes, natural sites, banana groves and a delicious wine.

El Hierro
This is the smallest island in the Canaries. It has very few beaches and does not attract many tourists. However, its fishing port, La Restinga, has an incredible diving centre for those who enjoy exploring the underwater world.
Wait no more to rent your boat in the Canaries, we can offer several ranges of boats, from catamarans to luxury yachts, with or without a skipper. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you.

Worth knowing/Advice

  • The climate is mild with gentle trade winds and warm air from the Sahara.
  • Contrasting scenery from one island to another.
  • Enjoy the cultural diversity and historic heritage of the islands, which Christopher Columbus passed through.
  • A wide range of activities: fishing, diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, walking and going to the beach.
  • Many protected national parks and reserves. Wind that can be strong and sustained in certain areas. The Canaries are also a world-famous kite-surfing spot.

The ports in this sailing area

Gran canaria, Marina Arrecife-Lanzarote, Marina Rubicon-Lanzarote, Marina San Miguel-Tenerife, Marina Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Pasito Blanco, Santa Cruse de Tenerife, Tenerife - Marina del Sur, Tenerife - Puerto Deportivo Radazul ...


To sail in Spain you will need:

  • A sailing licence
  • An up-to-date sailing resume

When to travel?

  • Good sailing conditions all year round
  • Winds can be strong in certain areas of the archipelago
  • Average temperature 20°C
  • With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, the climate is considered to be one of the best in the world
  • Sailing area for an experienced skipper
  • Several microclimates: subtropical at sea level on the coastal belt of the western islands; semi-arid to the south of Lanzarote; sub-alpine, continental climate on the archipelago's highest summits such as Teide in Tenerife.
  • The hottest months are June, July, August, September, October and November


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