“Tenerife, Lanzarote there and back in two weeks”

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. Gran Canaria (Puerto Rico): 60 nm

The first day’s tack of 60 nm is a milestone rally. Therefore, we recommend that you get up early to sail against the wind eastwards to Puerto Rico, the water sports center of Gran Canaria. The two marinas, “Puerto Escala” and “Puerto Base,” are located in the Playa de Puerto Rico protected by two jetties and offer a safe harbor for the night. Between the two marinas lies the artificially created “Puerto Rico Beach” beach, the ideal place to enjoy the last hours of sunshine after a long day on the water. Countless restaurants along the harbor promenade offer a suitable dinner.

3. Gran Canaria (Pasito Blanco): 8 nm

Today begins a relaxed day of sailing with an extensive breakfast on the deck. Then it’s time to cast off to head for the Marina Pasito Blanco. After a short tack of about 2 hours, you will reach the marina. The port entrance is located along the jetty running eastward.
You should book a rental car for the day’s program to visit the archaeological open-air museum “Mundo Aborigen” in San Bartolome de Tirajana. The 11-hectare park showcases the everyday life of the Canarians – from before the Spaniards conquered the Canary Islands. Just a short step away from the open-air museum is the highest mountain on the island, the “Pico de las Nieves”. From here, you get to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the island.
Returning the car in Maspalomas allows you to experience an entertaining evening program here. The tourist hotspot on the island offers the right program for everyone. We recommend that you only have a few pints because tomorrow’s leg of the trip will be one of the longest.

4. Fuerteventura (Puerto de Morro Jable): 82 nm

The motto for today is: “Get up early and then sail, sail, sail!” Perhaps a school of dolphins will accompany your ship, inspiring you as they surf the bow waves.
Once you arrive in the port of Morro Jable, you should relax. Don’t forget to moor the boat thoroughly, as it can get rough in the marina due to gusts of wind and swell. If you arrive at night, entering the port can be a little more complicated, since visibility is down due to the background lights.

5. Fuerteventura (Gran Tarajal): 25 nm

After a tiring last day of sailing, today is comparatively relaxed with about 4 hours of sailing. From Morro Jable, you sail along the coast to Gran Tarajal, the third-largest town in Fuerteventura. The marina offers 250 berths on floating docks and along the inside of the jetty for the night and is relatively easy to access.
If you don’t want to relax on the black sand beach of Gran Tarajal after yesterday, you can rent a bike from the local bike rental for a tour of the Gran Tarajal region.
Although the town is not one of Fuerteventura’s tourist resorts, the many restaurants along the beach promenade offer several options for dinner.

6. Fuerteventura (Puerto de Corralejo): 45 nm

The last leg along the coast of Fuerteventura takes you north along the east coast past Puerto del Rosario until you see the strait between the famous hiking dunes and the Isla de Lobos. Your destination is the port of the small town of Corralejo. The marina is located on the northern tip of Corralejo. Please keep in mind that the marina is tiny and offers no protection against the rough swell in unfavorable wind conditions.
A varied afternoon program is within walking distance of the marina. Those who love water will get their money’s worth at the Acua Water Park, which offers a wide range of water slides. Whoever loses the water slide competition gets to do the dishes. The Dunas de Corralejo south of the city with the long sandy beaches are also a beautiful destination for the afternoon excursion. You get to watch the kitesurfers ride the waves. Hiking enthusiasts wouldn’t want to miss out on a trip to the Volcanes de Bayuyo. Corralejo, therefore, offers the perfect activity for every visitor.

7. Lanzarote (Puerto Calero): 19 nm

Today, a small highlight awaits you after getting up: For breakfast, you sail over to the island “Lobos,” about 2.5 nm away, to combine your breakfast with a swim. The island is a nature reserve home to around 130 different plant species. However, you need a one-day visa to enter the island, which you must apply for beforehand.
After a filling breakfast, you set sail again to the marina “Puerto Calero” on Lanzarote around 16 nm away. During the journey between the islands, you may experience funnel effects caused by the north-east trade winds. Therefore, careful sailing is essential. The Marina Puerto Calero has evolved into a modern and exclusive yacht harbor over the past few years. Equipped with all the comforts and 420 berths, it is of sufficient capacity. You can depart on a buggy tour directly from the marina, leading you straight into the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote.

8. Lanzarote (Marina Lanzarote): 13 nm

Set the alarm, because today you should get an early start to sail to Marina Lanzarote. The day’s program is characterized by island culture, which is why you should allocate plenty of time. As you sail along the south coast of Lanzarote, you pass the tourist hotspot “Puerto del Carmen.” After about 2 hours, you reach the marina “Lanzarote.” Please note the lateral buoys when you enter the port. Some parts of the harbor are dangerously shallow, which are difficult to detect even during the day. The modern marina is equipped with all the comforts and has an ample number of berths. In the marina, you rent a rental car for the day to reach the cultural attractions. The island’s culture is shaped by the artist “César Manrique,” whose works of art can be found all over the island. The tour, therefore, begins with a visit to Manrique’s former residence in Tahíche. The house was built into a lava flow and now serves as a museum. Your route from Tahíche leads to the northern tip of the island, where you can visit the best-known landmark in Lanzarote: The “Mirador del Rio,” a viewpoint created by Manrique, gives you a unique view of tomorrow’s destination “La Graciosa”. On the way back, you can pay a visit to the “valley of the thousand palm trees” in Haría or the cactus garden in Guatiza. For dinner, we suggest the restaurant “Los Aljibes” in Tahíche, which serves home-brewed beer.

9. Lanzarote (La Graciosa): 28 nm

Before you return the car, you should do a bit of grocery shopping to have enough provisions on board for the next few days, since supplies on La Graciosa are spread thinly. The bow always points north as you follow the east coast of the island until you enter the narrowest point of the marina at the northern tip of the strait between Lanzarote and La Graciosa on the port side heading west. In 2018, the island officially became the eighth, and with its 650 inhabitants also the smallest, Canary Island. The roads on the island are unpaved sand, and there are only a few cars of the locals, the majority of whom live from tourism and fishing.
Enjoy the afternoon, and let yourself go. Tomorrow’s day in La Graciosa has ample opportunities in store for you.

10. Lanzarote (La Graciosa) Day at the port

A day to relax. What are your plans? How about a bike tour across the island or an extended hike, a snorkeling trip in the bays, or a lazy day at the beach? Use the day to relax again because the upcoming legs of the trip will be long.

11. Lanzarote (Marina Rubicon): 42 nm

This is it: You are leaving the most eastern and northern point of the trip behind you to sail with the north-east trade winds behind you along the north coast of Lanzarote. You pass the Timanfaya National Park until you reach the Punta Pechiguera Lighthouse to sail eastward again for the night. The Marina “Rubicon” will be the night’s lodging for tomorrow’s long tack to Gran Canaria.

12. Gran Canaria (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria): 110 nm

Your best bet is to leave the Rubicon at the crack of dawn to tackle the highlight of all the legs to Gran Canaria. With the steady north-east trade winds behind you, you should manage this tack. With a bit of luck, you will also come across the native whales and dolphins. In the afternoon, Las Palmas finally appears, and the long leg of the trip is coming to an end. The marina “Puerto de la Luz” is equipped with all the comforts you will appreciate after such a day. However, you have another strenuous leg ahead of you the next day. So, conserve your strength and do not overindulge on wine for dinner.

13. Tenerife (Santa Cruz): 66 nm

Your body still sore from yesterday, you begin your final big tack back to Tenerife. Your destination is the island capital “Tenerife” with the “Marina del Atlantico.” With around 450 berths, the marina always offers a place to stay for the night. Still, the other facilities are rather simple. However, the marina makes up for it with a convenient location near the city center. Even if you are tired and worn out from the long trip, the concert hall “Auditorio de Tenerife” is still worth visiting. Its impressive architecture is awe-inspiring. The auditorium is less than 1 mile from the marina and is easily accessible on foot.

14. Tenerife (Las Galettas): 46 nm

The last day on the water begins, which leads you along the east coast of Tenerife with the trade winds behind as you make your way down the coast. You keep heading south until you finally reach the Marina del Sur. Now you only have to get off the boat and find a suitable location for the evening. Whether you stay in Las Galettas or take a taxi to Los Cristianos is entirely up to you, depending on how much energy you have left.

15. 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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