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Sailing Holidays in the Canary Islands: Warm Winds and Winter Sun.

February 4, 2013

Monday 4th February

Sail Away

Sail Away

Sailing in Lanzarote is exciting and interesting. Whilst the warm winds push us along, the sun shines and the sea is usually pretty calm due to the wind direction and the shelter provided by the island.

Stop off  at the beautiful bays for a quick dip and snorkel. There’s plenty of wildlife to follow including beautiful brightly coloured fish as well as the occasional turtle!

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

Our favourite places on Lanzarote include Puerto Calero, where we keep First Essential. A lively marina with plenty of different options for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, sundowners and dinner as well as live music (but only of the enjoyable kind), a twice-weekly market, fabulous showers and very tempting shops!

Puerto Calero

Puerto Calero

From here, it’s a good sail down the coast to Playa Papagayo. A beautiful sandy beach that is rarely busy as it is not so easy to get to by road. A quiet anchorage that’s good for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing in the calm blue waters.

Playa Papagayo

Playa Papagayo

From here a short trip round the headland lands us in Marina Rubicon. A busy and lively port with lots of visiting yachts to compare stories with over a cocktail or two! The marina is edged with art galleries, wine bars, restaurants and beautiful views over to Fuerteventura.

The island of Lobos is between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and provides, on the less windy days, a beautiful stop for lunch and snorkelling. The horse-shoe shaped bay with its crystal blue waters provides perfectly calm and sheltered water for spotting the wildlife and if you’re really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the seals!

Fuerteventura seal

Fuerteventura seal

The Canary Islands is really growing on me. Certainly the only and best way to explore the islands is by yacht, avoiding the noisy towns and taking in the bigger picture of the beautiful islands from the water.

Essential Sailing are currently offering 3, 4 and 7 night breaks in the Canary Islands from just £625 per person.

To find out more visit our website: or call us on 0845 653 0126.


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