The Canary Islands – Spain’s east Atlantic outpost, off the coast of northwest Africa. The islands offer a spectacular cruising ground, with a varied backdrop. All of the seven main islands – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro – are within a day’s sail of each other, yet they each have their own unique character and some even have a difference in climate. Most of the marinas have excellent facilities.
In terms of climate, the North African influence also means Lanzarote and Fuerteventura get almost no rain. As you head west into the Atlantic, the islands become greener. Despite being nearer to the Equator than the Mediterranean, the average temperature of the Canary Islands is milder. Cooled by the Trade Winds, in July it rarely rises above 29˚C. In the winter, the Canary Islands are equally temperate, with even the sea temperature averaging 18˚C in January.