“One week in the West Canary Islands”

1. Marina del Sur

Our base, Las Galletas, is an ideal starting point for your Canary Islands sailing tour due to its proximity to the airport (about 12km) and the excellent local shopping opportunities. The restaurants on the waterfront offer the right dish for every taste. The sandy beach, located right in the marina, offers sun worshipers the opportunity to soak up the sun before checking in. Nevertheless, keep in mind that the sanitary facilities are somewhat rudimentary despite the charming flair.

2. Tenerife (Los Gigantes): 25 nm

After spending your first night on board, you feel ready for the first day on the Atlantic. However, you need to stay in the Lee des Teide to get used to the conditions of bluewater sailing. The day’s tack leads around the southern tip of Tenerife, past the tourist hotspots “Los Cristianos” and “Costa Adeje,” along the coast to the north. With the west coast on starboard, you will reach today’s destination “Los Gigantes” after several hours. The town is well-known for the cliffs that rise vertically from the sea up to 450 m. The view is spectacular, both on land and on water. The port entrance lies in the north/northwest direction. The shallow waters make it challenging to enter the port due to swell and undertow.
Suppose you have the time to spare, why not visit the Playa de Masca with its pirate caves about 3 nm north of the port entrance of Los Gigantes. You can spend the rest of the day in the marina relaxing at the beach or go hiking on the famous cliffs. About 1 km from the marina, there is a Lidl supermarket and another 500 m further a Mercadona. Replenish your supplies here in case you forgot something.

3. La Palma (Santa Cruz de La Palma): 70 nm

You better get up early today because you are going on a long tack to Santa Cruz de La Palma. La Palma is also known as the “Isla Verde,” which means “Green Island.” It earned this name not least because forests make up 40 % of the island. The island has escaped mass tourism and has thus retained its original character.
If you keep heading northwest, you leave the cliffs behind and leave Tenerife’s lee after about 13 nm. From this point on, the sea can get a little rougher. Perhaps you are lucky enough to see or even be accompanied by the numerous whales and dolphins here during this day-long leg. It is a unique experience to see these majestic creatures of the sea up close. After a long day at sea, La Palma is getting closer. The port offers you two marinas: a smaller one in the south and a new one in the north with large boxes and room to maneuver. If you are not too tired from sailing, why not take a stroll through Santa Cruz?

4. Day at the port

After a filling breakfast, organize a car at the next car rental for the day to thoroughly explore the island. The numerous mountain passes lead you to the highest peak of La Palma, the “Roque de Los Muchachos.” Several observatories are situated on its ridge, making for an impressive sight.
On a clear day, you can spot the neighboring islands “La Gomera,” “El Hierro,” and “Tenerife” on the horizon. Even if the weather’s not playing ball, you still have a magnificent view of La Palma. Don’t miss out on the restaurants in the numerous small villages that offer their local specialties. With renewed strength, you could go on a hike through nature, past the vast banana plantations, or visit the Molino El Regente, a water-powered mill from 1873. The mill has been restored and converted into a museum. Next, you make your way back to Santa Cruz. Once there, you can bring the day to a close in one of the many tapas bars.

5. La Gomera (Valle Gran Rey): 52 nm

Be an early bird, because today you’re going on a long tack to La Gomera. With the north-east trade winds coming from the port side, you leave Santa Cruz heading south-east. Today’s destination, “Valle Gran Rey,” is the most famous tourist destination in La Gomera and is located on the southwest coast. The marina “Puerto Vueltas” is only used for local fishing and is thus designed for small fishing boats. Accordingly, your yacht can only be moored along the quay and the south pier. Therefore, you should give notice well in advance. You can anchor in a bay near the port entrance. It is located half a nautical mile south-east of the port. After mooring, why not put on your hiking shoes and explore the districts of “La Playa” and “Calera?” Doing so also allows you to purchase food if you don’t want to stop at one of the restaurants. While Valle Gran Rey is considered the most important place for tourism, it is not mainstream and cannot be compared to Tenerife.

6. La Gomera (San Sebastian de La Gomera): 18 nm

Start the day with a generous breakfast because today’s leg of 18 nm is quite short. Your destination is the capital of the island, “San Sebastian.” The tranquil town with a population of around 9000 is considered the starting point for Christopher Columbus’ trip to India, which led to the discovery of America. The marina “San Sebastian” is protected by the ports in the northern part. It is worth mentioning that the marina is equipped with electricity and water, as well as very tidy sanitary facilities.
You have several options for the afternoon program: The shortest takes you to Playa de San Sebastian. It allows you to relax. Those interested in culture could explore the tower “Torre del Conde”, the Columbus fountain, and the church “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.” Let it take you on a trip through time from the Renaissance to the present day. Rent a car to reach the Garajonay National Park. The national park offers the most extensive contiguous laurel forest on earth and countless hiking trails through unspoiled nature. With a bit of luck, you will be able to hear the unique whistle of the goatherds. You can round off the evening in one of the tapas bars.

7. Tenerife (Las Galettas): 32 nm

A week of sailing is coming to an end, and finally, it’s time to sail miles again. After sailing around the pier, you’re heading in an easterly direction. With a bit of luck, you will have another chance to sail with whales and dolphins. If you have the time to spare, sail to Playa de las Americas and stop for a swim in the sheltered bay “Playa del Camison” before heading back to Marina del Sur. In the evening, you should take a taxi to return to Las Americas and complete the trip appropriately in the countless bars and pubs.

8. The farewell

After the last night on the ship, the trip ends after breakfast. Have a proper breakfast. You will leave the ship at around 9 a.m. to return to your daily routine, hopefully, well-rested.

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