Sail in The Canary Islands aboard our luxury sailing yacht Lord Jim. We’d like you to create your own experience by choosing the islands and the adventures that you would like to experience.
The islands form the base for some of the most beautiful blue sky and blue sea sailing, close enough to the UK to make it an easy choice for your winter holiday. Breath taking scenery, dolphins and whales, with the endless chance for exploration, makes Canary Island Sailing a unique winter holiday experience.
We set sail from Marina San Miguel which is located on the South Coast of Tenerife, approximately 25 minutes taxi journey from the Airport Reina Sofia.
Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands. Tenerife also has the highest elevation of Spain, a World Heritage Site that is the third largest volcano in the world from its base, El Teide.
The island’s former inhabitants, the Guanches, referred to the island as Achinet or Chenet (variant spellings are found in the literature). According to Pliny the Younger, Berber king Juba II sent an expedition to the Canary Islands and Madeira and gave the Canary Islands its name because he found particularly ferocious dogs (canaria) on the island. On the other hand, maps dating to the 14th and 15th century, from authors like Bontier and Le Verrier refer to the island as Isla del Infierno, literally meaning ‘Island of Hell’, a reference to the volcanic activity and eruptions of Mount Teide.
2. La Gomera
Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. In area, it is the second-smallest of the seven main islands of this group.
The island is of volcanic origin and roughly circular; it is about 22 km (14 mi) in diameter and rises to 1487 m (nearly 5000 feet) at the island’s highest peak, Alto de Garajonay. Its shape is rather like an orange that has been cut in half and then split into segments, which has left deep ravines or barrancos between them. The uppermost slopes of these barrancos, in turn, are covered by the laurisilva – or laurel rain forest.
The central mountains catch the moisture from the trade wind clouds and yield a dense jungle climate in the cooler air, which contrasts with the warmer, sun-baked cliffs near sea level.
3. El Hierro
El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the ‘Meridian Island’), is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands. El Hierro is sharply mountainous and volcanic, however only one eruption has ever been recorded on the island from the Vulcan de Lomo Negro vent in 1793. The eruption lasted a month.
El Hierro is a 278.5 km2 island, formed approx 1.2 million year ago after three successive eruptions, the island emerged from the ocean as a triangle of basaltic dykes topped with a volcanic cone more than 2,000 metres high. With continued activity resulting in the island expanding to have the largest number of volcanoes in the Canaries (over 500 cones, another 300 covered by more recent deposits), together with approximately 70 caves and volcanic galleries, including the Cueva de Don Justo whose collection of channels is over 6 km in length. Landslides have reduced the size and height of the island. The current highest point is situated in the middle of the island, in Malpaso, 1501 meters high.
In 2000, El Hierro was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, with 60% of its territory protected to preserve its natural and cultural diversity. The interior of the island contains thermophilous juniper forest, evergreen woodlands and pine forest.
4. La Palma
La Palma is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands and the fifth largest. La Palma, like the other islands of the Canary Island archipelago, is a volcanic ocean island. The volcano rises almost 7 km (4 mi) above the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. La Palma’s geography is a result of the volcanic formation of the island. The highest peaks reach over 2,400 m (7,874 ft) above sea level, and the base of the island is located almost 4,000 m (13,123 ft) below sea level.
The most famous structures of La Palma are the minas galerias (water tunnels) which carry the water from sources in the mountains to cities, villages and farms (mainly banana plantations). La Palma receives almost all of its water supply due to the mar de nubes (sea of clouds), stratocumulus cloud carried on the prevailing wind which blows from the north-east trade winds.
Between these extremes one finds a fascinating gamut of microclimates; for centuries, the inhabitants of La Gomera have farmed the lower levels by channeling runoff water to irrigate their vineyards, orchards and banana groves.
The local wine is distinctive, and is often accompanied with a tapa (snack) of local cheese, roasted pork or goat meat. Other culinary specialties include almogrote, a cheese spread, and miel de palma, a syrup extracted from palm trees.
Christopher Columbus made La Gomera his last port of call before crossing the Atlantic in 1492 with his three ships. He stopped here to replenish his crew’s food and water supplies, intending to stay only four days.
Typically we offer seven night Canary Island Sailing packages around the islands with additional days by prior arrangement. We do not have a fixed itinerary of destinations, wishing our trips to be flexible to suit your needs, agenda and of course weather conditions during your stay.
Requests regarding destinations and bespoke itineraries are accommodated wherever possible as the sailing area has a huge variety of islands, inlets and anchorages for us to explore.
Wipe away the winter blues and come and experience a magical area where the wind blows, the sun shines, the sea is turquoise blue and the wildlife is just waiting to be filmed.