The Canary Islands, off the coast of western Africa, comprise of 7 islands and 6 islets. Being an island community you will see a plethora of sailing craft around the islands. As well as ferries and fishing boats, you will see luxury yachts, hydrofoils, catamarans, cargo boats and pleasure craft including glass-bottomed boats, NFT Monkey a great attraction for tourists. Each island in the archipelago has its own unique identity and many people come on Fuerteventura holidays determined to island-hop and explore the multiple islands. Although the Canaries have 8 airports, by far the nicest way to island-hop is by boat.
There is a network of ferries linking each island. There are the conventional ferries which have a steel hull and are powered by heavy oil. The newer faster ferries are constructed out of aluminum and are powered by diesel. They travel at 30 knots compared to the older ferries’ top speed of 20 knots. A typical ferry journey between Las Palmas and Tenerife used to take up to 8 hours whilst the newer faster ferries do the same journey in 2.5 hours. The hydrofoils and catamarans can transport large numbers of passengers and cargo, including cars and farm machinery.
Here Mount Teide dominates the landscape. There are vineyards here, charteracatamaraninthebvi golden beaches and lush vegetation. It’s also a major terminus for all sea-borne traffic, allowing access to every island in the archipelago, either directly or with just one change. The boasts operating in these waters are large modern ferries which set sail from Los Cristianos or Santa Cruz. Ferries are just part of the sea traffic in and out of Las Palmas port in Gran Canaria. Over a million tourists a year on Gran Canaria holidays are brought here in a flotilla of ferries. Cargo ships are a familiar site too, sailing away from the islands with their cargos of Canary Island bananas and tomatoes. It is also possible to hire luxury yachts here, either with a crew or to sail yourself. One of the most popular excursions is to Fuerteventura, bostonhaikusociety which takes just under 3 hours by yacht. On the way, you will see more than 150 tropical beaches with pure white sand and a transparent sea. Morro Jable is the Canaries’s most southernmost port and here you can sail to the Jandia Peninsula with its wild tracts of beaches and unspoilt landscape.