Want to sail out onto the open seas or go and climb gorgeous volcanoes? Ecotourism, hiking or partying all night? aBoatTime presents you with the amazing Canary Islands! Experience some unforgettable moments on board a sailboat or catamaran on holiday.
The Canary Islands consist of the seven islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro, and several central islands (Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Los Lobos, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste). There are also a range of smaller uninhabited islands and rocks, such as Anaga, Salmor and Garachico.
Found on the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are home to mild and pleasant temperatures all year round. It will be barely warmer than 28 degrees, but temperatures will also drop as low as 15 degrees. The mild climate is not the only reason why this group of Spanish islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
There have been people living on the Canaries for a very long time. Since around 2000 BC people were present on some of the islands. The natives of the Canary Islands can be called “Guanchen” and nobody really knows where they came from. They could have been stranded on the islands after a shipwreck or victims of criminal acts by the Carthaginians or the Romans. However, it is most likely that they came from northwest Africa.
Christopher Columbus also made his last stop on the island of La Gomera before he set off on his journey across the Atlantic in 1492.
Today, however, it is a tourist center, which attracts thousands of tourists every year and never disappoints. The bays of the islands are so inviting and perfect for relaxing. Lie on the deck of your sailboat or catamaran sunbathing and jump into the cool water to refresh yourself.
Here are the main islands in the Canaries:
- La Palma is the rainforest of the Canaries. Don‘t be afraid, the rainy season is limited to the winter. On the “La Isla bonita”, which is the name given by the locals, you can go hiking if you need a change of scenery from your sailing trip. The ancient paths along the coast and great panoramic views will inspire you.
- Fuerteventura is the most colorless island in the Canaries. At first glance everything seems desolate. There is hardly any green. But appearances can be deceptive. If you anchor your sailboat or catamaran at the rocky coves, you will be amazed by the turquoise waters. The fine and light sand welcomes you and your yacht. A total of 150 kilometers of beach on the coasts of the island are waiting for you to discover them. Fuerteventura is the ideal bathing paradise on your yachtcharter in a sailboat or catamaran.
- Lanzarote and its landscape resemble that of the moon. The black lava rock and the unique volcanic landscape do not please everyone, but are quite fascinating. After the volcanic eruptions in the 18th century, plants never grew again on lanzarote. The island remained black and that is what makes it appealling: the contrast to the sea, which you can see from your sailboat. Here everyone feels comfortable and those who prefer to be quiet, instead of wild will love it.
- Gran Canaria is the complete contrast. Here there is a vast aray of parties and hotels without end. If you like to celebrate, here in the right place. Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés are perfect for this. Here you can celebrate exclusive parties on your catamaran. On Gran Canaria you will find not only parties, but also delicious restaurants and busy shopping centres. Inland, you can admire the great reservoirs that pass through deep gorges and remote mountain villages.
- Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary archipelago. Here the sun shines all year round. In the rainy north, dense forests and plants of different climate zones thrive. On the island is also the highest mountain of the Canary Islands, the Pico de Teide climbs 3718 meters into the sky. It is also the highest point in Spain’s land. Every year, about 2 million visitors flock to Tenerife. The red lava coast impresses tourists from all over the world. Dock your sailboat or catamaran here to avoid the crowded buses and find a nice and quiet spot in a bay.
In summary, you can say that the Canaries are ideal for a yacht charter with a sailboat or catamaran. Sail between the main islands and make a stop on one of the less well known islands. Experience something different to everyone else! You can only experience this with a chartered boat from aBoatTime!