Sailing in Tenerife
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.
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.