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Canary Islands Yacht Charters

Established in 2003 STN Yacht Charters are agents specializing in the Canary Is. We work with only carefully selected operators of very well maintained vessels based across the islands and so can offer you the very best choice of boats. And by sharing our agency commission with you, the client, we can also give you the very competitive prices. We have a good range of monohulls and catamarans available for bareboat and skippered charters. Please contact us directly for our great value late charter deals in the Canary Islands

The Spanish Canary Islands are an archipelago that lies in the Atlantic Ocean of the NW coast of mainland Africa. They consist of seven islands of volcanic origin; Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. The Canary Island's geographical position means that there are generally good winds for sailing. The NE trades that once took Columbus to America funnel through the islands creating what are known as wind acceleration zones and this means that even with fairly light prevailing winds there is still enough wind for a great sail. Despite its position close to the tropics, the Canaries are not too hot in summer, 21-29°C, and pleasantly warm in winter, 15-20°C. The islands are a perfect year round yacht charter destination. Gales are infrequent and the islands are not affected by hurricanes. On your yacht charter in the Canary Islands you have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, turtles, and flying fish.

See prices for all out boats throughout the Canary Islands here

Check out some great value deals in the spring for one way charters from the Canary Islands to the Balearic Islands. And the return trip from the Balearic Is to Canary Is tn the autumn. Ideal for mile building and a taste of true blue water cruising.

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Sailing Area - The seven main islands of the Canary Islands are spaced out so that it is only a day's sail between most of them.

The greatest range of facilities for yachts is to be found in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which has a yacht harbour administered by the port authority. Gran Canaria's south coast has several good marinas at Pasito Blanco, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan. Other harbours include Agaete and Amfi del Mar.

Tenerife - Marina Santa Cruz in the very centre of the capital of Tenerife. The smaller Marina Tenerife operates in the fishing harbour. Outside of Santa Cruz there are good facilities at the marinas at Radazul, Los Gigantes and Puerto Colon. There are two modern marinas on the south coast; Marina San Miguel and Marina del Sur at Las Galletas There are also harbours at Candelaria and San Miguel.

Lanzarote now has two marinas: Puerto Calero and Marina Rubicon. There are also harbours at Arrecife and Puerto Carmen

On Fuerteventura there is a small marina with haul-out and some repair facilities as well as fuel at El Castillo and limited repair facilities in the capital Puerto Rosario. Other harbours include Corralejo and Morro.

La Gomera - The centre of San Sebastian, the capital of La Gomera, has changed little since Columbus's fleet was anchored in the bay. The Count's tower, the Church Of The Assumption, where the members of the expedition were blessed, along with the Well Of Aguada - where the water that baptised America was drawn, have survived to this day. San Sebastian now has its own marina, located in the northern part of the commercial harbour. There is also a harbour at Vueltas or Valle Gran Rey.

La Palma has a marina and a harbour at Tazacorte.

El Hierro has a marina and there are harbours at La Restinga and Puerto de la Estaca.

Suggested Itineraries & Routes - Click the following link for a selection of suggested yacht charter itineraries in the Canary Islands

Marinas - Detailed reports and information on Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages in Canary Islands area can be found in our Cruising Guide

Experience & Qualifications - Normally the proposed skipper of a bareboat charter is required to hold a sailing license. ICC or equivalent. In certain circumstances we may be able to consider experience rather than formal qualifications. In addition, usually, one member of the crew will need a VHF license. If you have any doubts as to whether you have the necessary qualifications please do not hesitate to contact us

Visa Requirements - Spain is a member of the European Union. See the following link for EU Visa Regulations

Charter Season - The Canaries are an all year round destination. This is a great place for a yacht charter holiday during the winter months. The distinct features of the islands are their great height in relation to their area.The Teide volcano on Tenerife is the highest mountain in Spain, and the third largest volcano on Earth. When the prevailing wind, the NE trades, meet the high mountains, moisture is condensed and the windward side of the islands see a good deal of rain. This accounts for the diversity found in the Canary Islands, from pine forests to sand dunes, lush green valleys in the North, to dry and hot desert in the south. According to the position of the islands with respect to the trade winds, the climate can be mild and wet or very dry.

Climate - See the following link for detailed information on the weather of the Canary Islands complete with monthly averages for air and sea temperatures, sunshine hours and UV Index

How to Get There - Canary Islands is served by several international airports. Click on the following link for airlines and carriers operating out of Canary Islands Airports

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Time Difference - GMT

Currency - Euro. Major credit cards are widely accepted and there is an extensive network of ATMs throughout the area

Language - Spanish. English is widely spoken

Electricity - 220V

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History - The Canary Islands' name is probably came from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs. It is thought that a dense population of fierce dogs, like the Presa Canario, inhabited the island of Gran Canaria during Roman times.

Prior to European colonisation peoples similar to the Berbers of North Africa populated the islands. They came to be known collectively as the Guanches, although Guanches was originally the name for the indigenous inhabitants of Tenerife. In 1402, the Spanish conquest of the islands began with an expedition to the island of Lanzarote. From there, they conquered Fuerteventura and Hierro and established a base on the island of La Gomera, but it would be many years before the island was truly conquered. The natives of La Gomera, and of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and La Palma, resisted the Spanish invaders for almost a century. The Canary Islands were then a source of dispute between Spain and other European powers. The most severe attack took place in 1599 when a Dutch fleet of 74 ships and 12,000 men, attacked the capital, Las Palmas. The Dutch then laid siege to the city, but eventually gave up the siege of Las Palmas and withdrew. Another notable attack occurred on the 25th July 1797, when a British fleet under the future Admiral Lord Nelson attacked Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The British were repulsed losing almost 400 men. It was in this battle that Nelson lost his right arm.

The rivalry between the elites of the cities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the capital of the islands led to the division of the archipelago into two provinces in 1927. This has not lain to rest the rivalry between the two cities, which continues to this day.

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Terms & Conditions -These vary depending on the individual boat. Normally a deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due 6 weeks before the date of your charter. Please contact us if you require further information.

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