Sailing around the Canary Islands – Discover Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria

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Canary Islands

The Canaries are also called “Islands of the everlasting springtime”. It is possible to sail all through the year. 

  • Strong wind area
  • Challenging navigation
  • Limited mooring possibilities
  • Few protected bays
  • Mediterranean subtropical climate

The Canary Islands are part of Spain and are located on the border of the eastern Atlantic off the northwestern Coast of Africa. The archipelago is made up of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The sailing infrastructure in the charter area is not as good as that of the Mediterranean Sea. There are some harbors and marinas but mooring possibilities are restricted. Only a few protected and safe harbors are located on the coasts. The distances between the marinas are relatively large and conditions in the harbours vary. 


Tenerife and Gran Canaria have the most comfortable marinas with the most boats available for Yachtcharter Canary Islands. Sound harbors can also be found in Las Palmas and Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria where many Atlantic crossers stop off. Tenerife has some beautiful anchor bays and little fishing harbors, like Punta de Teno or Los Gigantes. Within the archipelago, one can cruise from island to island and savor the natural forces of the wide ocean. The most important harbors of the Canary Islands are Puerto Colon, San Miguel, Radazul, Santa Cruz, Marina Rubicon, Puerto Calero, San Sebastian, Puerto de Mogan and Las Palmas.

The waters of the Canary Islands are demanding high sea areas. They experience gale-force winds which are challenging for even the most experienced sailors. Jet streams affect some areas and winds can reach gale force. Throughout the whole year strong Northeastern trade winds blow. Sporty crews will get their money’s worth, but relaxed sailing is seldom possible. Despite this, real storms are rare. The Islands are tide areas and the tidal range is between 2 and almost 3 meters. Water level changes are enormous but insignificant in comparison to the strong winds. Because of the small number of protected anchor bays and the large distances between marinas and yacht harbors, the Canary Islands are not recommended for beginners. The navigation and the wind conditions are to be handled carefully. The Canary Islands are perfect for experienced and adventurous yacht charter crews.

Harbors in the sailing area of the Canary Islands 

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  • Puerto Calero
  • Marina Rubicon
  • Santa Cruz
  • Puerto de Mogán
  • San Miguel
  • Pasito Blanco
  • Radazul


Sailing Routes Canary Islands

Beginning your trip from San Miguel, Tenerife, there are some pleasant beaches to relax on before setting off. From San Miguel, we suggest sailing to the island of El Hierro and anchoring at Puerto de la Estaca. El Hierro is less influenced by tourism than the other islands. It has a unique landscape and is perfect for nature lovers who want to escape the crowds... more

Airports nearby Canary Islands

  • Lanzarote Airport to Puerto Calero: 9,8 km, 12 minutes
  • Lanzarote Airport to Marina Rubicon: 33 km, 35 minutes
  • Las Palmas Airport to Puerto de Mogán: 59,4 km, 48 minutes
  • Las Palmas Airport to Posito Blanco: 36,1 km, 25 minutes
  • Tenerife North Airport to Santa Cruz: 13,1 km, 15 minutes
  • Tenerife North Airport to Radazul: 15,5 km, 19 minutes
  • Tenerife South Airport to San Miguel: 13 km, 17 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Canary Islands

The District of Canarias is also called “the Island of everlasting springtime”, and can be sailed all through the year. A warm, subtropical climate is dominating. The summer months are pleasantly cool with an average temperature of 24°C. In winter, the weather is mild averaging at around 18°C. Usually, the water temperature is only slightly colder. It is warm and sunny throughout the whole year. Because of the moderate climate especially in winter the islands sailing conditions are pleasant.