The islands' history is long and rich - it dates back all the way to Ancient Greece. It was even thought for a while that Plato's legendary Atlantis was one of the Canary Islands. Sailing them will bring you closer to these historical mysteries. The Canary Islands have always been a stop on the transatlantic voyages because of the favorable trade winds, even for the famous Christopher Columbus during his expedition to the New World.
This Spanish archipelago, a sailor's paradise, is located off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean. Cruising in Canary Islands is not just navigating on the waters of an Ocean, it is also a memorable experience of exploring the place where two continents meet in an unspoiled beauty and endless freedom. The seven main volcanic origin islands are well spaced out so that it is only a day's sail between most of them. The logical route for most yachts arriving from the north is to visit Lanzarote and Fuerteventura first before sailing to Gran Canaria, then Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma. Facilities for yachts have improved considerably in recent years and more cruising yachts are now spending longer in the islands and some are permanently based there.