Examples of distances (nautical miles):

From Marina Lanzarote: Corralejo (22.93), Las Palmas (111.4), S/C Tenerife (148), Marina La Palma (249.6)

From Puerto Calero: Gran Tarajal (44.04), Mogán (133), Los Gigantes (183.5), Marina La Gomera  (190.1)

From Marina Rubicón: Pasito Blanco (119.6), Los Cristianos (163.8), Playa Santiago (187), Restinga (232.1)

The distance between the different islands in the Canarian Archipelago makes for good sailing routes with the relative security offered by the proximity of their coasts. As Lanzarote is at the northeast end of the archipelago, the outbound routes to other islands will usually be downwind, and those back sailed close-hauled.

Weather is the key factor when it comes to having an enjoyable sailing experience. The windiest months are usually June and July and the calmest are September and October. It’s worth remembering that the physical orography of the islands generates different wind conditions in different parts of the archipelago. Some areas provide shelter from the wind, like the southwest coasts of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, for example, whilst in other areas the channelling effect of the mountains produces high winds in the ‘corridor’ between Tenerife and La Gomera.

When it comes to singling out the most spectacular coastlines in all of the Canaries, it’s difficult to choose – perhaps the Cofete Cliffs in Fuerteventura, or the Órganos in La Gomera maybe and then there’s the Anaga area in Tenerife… so many to choose from!


Foto: Víctor Hernández[instagram.com/victorhdl]