Sailing Holidays in Tenerife
Just off the coast of Africa, the Canaries enjoy year round sunshine and Tenerife provides superb sailing holidays all year.
The Canaries are situated close to the northwest coast of Africa off the Western Sahara. With constant north-westerly wind throughout the year, the sailing is exhilarating but yacht charter in the Canaries requires more experience than in the easier Mediterranean destinations.
Starting your yacht charter in Tenerife gives you the chance to visit three of the most untouched islands in the Canaries - La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, long considered the "world’s end" until the discovery of America.
The Canary Islands are spectacular volcanic mountains but there are plenty of good harbours and marinas. During your sailing holiday keep an eye out for dolphins and pilot whales that play in the bow wave.
For yacht charter in Tenerife the skipper must have RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or RYA ICC qualification.
Sailing in Tenerife
Yachts are based at Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife and Marina San Miguel in the south of the island near the international airport. Tenerife has Spain's tallest peak, lovely beaches and seaside restaurants. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital, is a friendly port with shady plazas and excellent shops.
La Gomera remains blissfully untouched by tourism - maybe due to the lack of white sandy beaches - but it does have hideaway coves and a historic port at San Sebastian, the starting point for Columbus on his first voyage. La Palma, the most exotic of the islands formed from a volcanic crater with a coastline of majestically steep cliffs and black volcanic sands. El Hierro may be the smallest of the Canaries, but it’s strikingly dramatic and the sea is so clear, it's a paradise for snorkellers and divers.
DAY 1 : Embark at Santa Cruz the capital of Tenerife, about 30 minutes from the airport.
DAY 2 : San Sebastian (28nm) on La Gomera was the starting point for Columbus on his first voyage. Overnight in Puerto de Playa Santiago and savor the local Gomera cuisine. The whole island is an unexplored place of wild beauty - go ashore and enjoy the scenery of steep cliffs and beaches, palm groves and the Garajonay National Park, a unique ecological treasure of crystal clear waters and green laurel forests.
DAY 3 : Visit Puerto De Tazacorte (60nm) on La Palma, the most exotic of the islands formed from a volcanic crater with a coastline of majestically steep cliffs and black volcanic sands. La Palma is called the 'Pretty Isle' by Canary Islanders for its spectacularly lush vegetation, abundant clear waters and floral wealth which are in sharp contrast to the many volcanic forms that are testimony to the island's origins.
DAY 4 : La Restinga (65nm) on El Hierro. Spectactular scenery above and below the water and the sea is so clear, a paradise for snorkellers and divers. All this, plus the kind and friendly nature of the people, makes a visit to the smallest of the Canary Islands a charming experience.
DAY 5: Puerto de Valle Gran Reyiseros (45nm) on La Gomera is a picturesque harbour.
DAY 6 : Back to Tenerife. Los Gigantes (25nm) is a lively marina with a superb beach.
DAY 7 : Sail back to Santa Cruz de Tenerife (14nm).
A sailing holiday in the Canaries does need reasonable prior experience to RYA Coastal Skipper standard. This is the open Atlantic, not the semi-enclosed Mediterranean nor the predictable Caribbean. Distances between the islands are considerable, the winds can be strong and are funnelled between the islands to give a sort of wind tunnel effect in the "Acceleration Zone" that is well documented but still needs experience to handle.
Strong north-westerly trade winds all year Force 5-8. The wind varies throughout the year but, though largely predictable, is always interesting. The weather is warm and sunny most of the time. Experience Level 3.
Yacht charter from Tenerife
Yachts are based at Santa Cruz, the capital or Tenerife, and Marina San Miguel in the south of the island. Charters start and finish Friday or Saturdays but most direct charter flight from the UK are on Fridays.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO TENERIFE:
easyJet have flights to Tenerife South from Gatwick, Bristol & Manchester on Fridays and Saturdays. Jet2, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights from most UK airports on Fridays. Transfer time to Santa Cruz 75 mins, to San Miguel 15 mins.