Sailing in the Canary Islands - Gran Canarias

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Gran Canaria

Sail in the charter area Gran Canaria and enjoy the best of the Canary Islands with:

  • Year-round sailing area
  • Good infrastructure
  • Modern Marinas
  • High-wind area
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Mediterranean subtropical climate
  • Blue Water Sailing

Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife and Fuerteventura. It is located 210 km west off the coast of Morocco. The almost circular island has a diameter of about 50 km, an area of ​​1560 square kilometers and a coastline of 236 km. Gran Canaria is like all the Canary Islands, of volcanic origin. The highest point on the island is the 1949 m high, inactive volcano: Pico de las Nieves. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the island's capital and the largest city of the Canary Islands. The old town has the Cathedral of Santa Ana from 1497, the City Hall, Casa de Colón and Plaza Espiritu Santu. The port of Puerto de la Luz, the "Port of Lights" is one of the largest ports of the Atlantic. 

Sailing is popular on the island and the yacht charter infrastructure is good. There are many harbors and sheltered bays, the marinas are comfortable and have good facilities. There is also a wide range and choice of charter boats available. The most famous sailing area is ​​Las Palmas, the starting point of the annual "Atlantic Rally for Cruisers'' (ARC). You can find other ports on the south side of the island in Pasito Blanco, Puerto de Mogan, Puerto Rico, Anfi del Mar and Arguineguin. The central location in the Canary archipelago makes Yachtcharter Gran Canaria is a great place to begin a sailing trip to the nearby islands. The island is traditionally the last port stop for sailors crossing the Atlantic and a popular spot amongst sport sailors from all over the world.

The island of Gran Canaria experiences strong winds and is a demanding area. Sporting crews will have a lot of fun, but there is little chance of relaxed sailing. The trade winds blow strongly, and in some areas the wind nozzles and storms can occur. The islands are a tidal area, and the tidal range is between 2 and nearly 3 m. These huge water level changes seem insignificant in comparison to the strong winds. There are many distinctive landmarks, but few shallows. The island is a complicated deep sea area. Because of the rather low number of protected bays and the relatively large distances between the marinas and yacht harbors, the area is not recommended for beginners. The navigation and the wind conditions are a not to be underestimated, but experienced and adventurous yacht charter crews will enjoy the challenge.

Harbours in the sailing area Gran Canaria 

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  • Puerto de Mogán harbour
  • Posito Blanco harbor


Airports nearby Gran Canaria

  • Gran Canaria Airport to Puernach de Mogán: 59,2 km, 47 minutes
  • Gran Canaria Airport to Posito Blanco: 36,7 km, 26 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a year-round sailing area and has a Mediterranean subtropical climate. In summer the average temperature is 24 °C and the sun is mild. During the winter months the temperature is around 18 °C. Throughout the year there are generally good weather conditions and water temperatures stay between 18 and 22 °C. Gran Canaria has one of the best climates in Europe, and many sailors visit to enjoy the fine weather.