Canary islands: a sailing itinerary
16 Jun 2017
Canary islands, also known as Canaries, is a Spanish volcanic archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Northwest coast of Africa. The climate, with an average temperature between 19°C and 24°C all year round, with mild winters and hot summers, is always dry and often windy, then recommended to expert sailors. In fact, Canary islands are the ideal place to practice water sports such as sailing, surfing, diving, kitesurfing and windsurfing and if you’re planning an itinerary around them it will be an amazing experience among seven islands with pleasant beaches, some great hiking, a very interesting marine life and a lot of fun. Everywhere you will find everything you need: sport equipment to rent, delicious foods and fancy restaurants, 36 ports to explore, amazing scenarios …but remember: whenever possible seek the permission to anchor from the port authority, because there are restrictions in many places. So, be ready to sail and explore this blue water sea and its wild surroundings with a simple and reasoned 7 days travel itinerary: you will discover the hidden corners of these lands, experiencing the real life on board with Sailsquare!
Canary islands: 2 stunning places and sailing routes
With 5 ports and 1.700 berths in its seven harbors this island has still has an uncontaminated nature, with beaches of all kinds with some similarities with African landscapes and a turquoise pure sea. The sailing conditions are good (trade winds are the prevailing especially from May to August) and life is not expensive. Puerto Calero should be at the top of your list: with all the facilities is a great sailing area, while if your are looking for local anchorages: Bahia de Arrecife, Guaimeta, Isla de Alegranza, Isla de La Gracious, Isla de Lobos, Playas de Papagayo and Playa Quemeda. Some must see attractions are: Cesar Marine Foundation, built into an old lava field, that exhibits Picasso, Millares, Tàpies and many others and Timanfaya National park, with extraordinary rock formations. The best place for the shopping and souvenirs are the ancient capital Teguise and Arrecife.
Puerto de Cooralejo is a busy port and popular with tourist for its excellent windsurfing and kitesurfing: the golden dunes beach, one of the best, stretches for six miles and borders a national park. Very close is Isla Lobos a nature reserve, where the snorkeling is great! A quiet area is Puerto de Gran Tarajal with a nice and rare beach of black sand to the north-east. Beach with good anchorages are Playa de Guinijimar and Lajita, protected from the winds and with delicious restaurants for few hours of rest and relaxation. In Fuerteventura there are many attractions and things to do: you can go biking, hiking or fishing, but here goats rule: a very delicious and popular food is cheese! If you want to learn from other cultures you need to visit the Salt Museum a really attractive location and the Centro de Arte Canario that offers many cultural activities and unique art works of Canary islands. Finally you are in a Unesco Biosphere reserve, there is a lot to know about nature but if you prefer to taste some wine there are also sensational wineries and top restaurants. If you forgot your swimsuit at home instead, you can go straight to the FundGrube Las Palmeras where you will find quality products at lower prices.
Canary islands: 2 beautiful places and sailing journey
Gran Canaria: with its wonderful coasts and ports spread along the coastline, ideal for repairs, that accommodate boats of any length, your sailing trip will be an incomparable experience: you are in a place where great sailors have trained to cross the ocean, so it will be easy to find all the facilities you need. While you crew will have fun surfing the waves you will do amongst dolphins! Here there are almost 27 different species so drop your anchor and have fun! Las Palmas is the largest marina of Canary islands and offer many facilities. If you are an explorer there are some magical secret places to visit: Roque Nublo, a rock formation with a lunar landscape as well as Guayandeque Ravine; the desert of Dunas de Maspalomas in the South and the Bandama, a volcanic crater, point of geological interest that reaches 569 meters above the sea level. Unfortunately there is a lot to see, because the island houses 21 municipalities but unavoidable are the Bélen Arena, the most popular city San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Santa Brigida, a rural paradise, where are numerous vineyards, bars and fine restaurants. For the more tenacious sailing lovers this island holds numerous international events and regattas.
Tenerife: finally you will find some pleasant and quiet beaches to relax and natural Canary wonders to visit before setting sails. For lovers of nature, outdoor activities, great heights and hiking on the northeastern coast there is Anaga, a huge green valley, that is the oldest part of the island, while Los Gigantes are cliffs that drop vertically on the sea, with a nice seaside town and Masca valley is a jewel hidden in the mountains. Amazing places are Llano de Ucanca a breathtaking plane near the Teide volcano and the old crater of the nature’s area Montana Amarilla. The top beaches are: Las Teresitas, near the capital, El Duque, at the western coast, El Bolullo and Playa Jardìn. To conclude your holidays the best places to buy clothes or gifts for the latest trends go to Playa de Las Americas or Costa Adeje.
Enjoy your sailing holiday and Canary islands until the next travel with Sailsquare! Some ideas?
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