Sailing Holidays in the Canary Islands

With a year round balmy climate and constant breeze, it’s little wonder why sailing holidays here are so popular. Jump on board our schooner in Tenerife and take the helm or simply soak up the sun, keeping eyes peeled for dolphins as they frolick amongst the waves.

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The Canary Islands boast an attractively warm and dry winter climate with the average temperature hovering around 21 degrees whilst the sea temperatures range between 18 and 20 degrees. Situated a short flight from the UK and the European mainland, the Canaries are a perfect destination for an all inclusive winter sun sailing holiday.

There really is no better way to beat the winter blues than with a sunny Canary Islands sailing holiday aboard tall ship Twister. Each island is well spaced out so it takes roughly a day to sail between each one, with the wind in your hair and land on the horizon you really feel like you are adventuring out on the big ocean.

The Canary Islands have some of the clearest skies in Europe, there are laws protecting it from light pollution including flights and radio waves.


It’s not just the sky above that is worth watching, the waters surrounding the Canary Islands are teeming with an array of wildlife with much of Tenerife designated as marine sanctuaries. Lucky guests may be treated to sightings of Brydes whales and occasionally even Sperm whales, who can be spotted in the deep channels between the islands.  Playful Bottlenose dolphins tend to seek out Canary Islands sailing vessels and vie for pole position under the bowsprit whilst keen-eyed observers have located Hawksbill turtles and Manta Rays in previous years.

Birdlife is abundant here too with over 48 species calling the Canary Islands home, including Cory’s Shearwater and the Hoopoe with his colourful pink plumage.  Additionally, a variety of different lizards are frequently spotted basking in the sun on warm rocks amongst the ever colourful plant life and lush green vegetation.

After a wonderful day at sea, it’s time to head ashore to explore the local villages, beaches and landscapes. Most itineraries will include an occasional day ashore walking and exploring allowing you to explore the quieter Canary Islands, first hand.


If the wind is right, sail to visit the steep red cliffs of La Gomera. Walk the rivers and valleys of the beautiful Garajonay National Park Life and get up early to watch the locals feeding the manta ray. With plenty of cafes and bars and the only beach on the island, sit back and relax in the sun.

Canaries La gomera valley

As always, the weather and winds will dictate the itinerary for your sailing holiday in the Canaries but wherever you end up you will discover old fishing ports, marinas and luscious sun-drenched slopes. Stroll the streets of whitewashed houses with carved balconies, cool streets and old tapas bars serving local cheeses and wines.

Read guest Lizzie Churchill’s write up on her sailing holiday to the Canaries onboard tall ship Twister.



As with all our voyages, the crew wish to involve you on deck as much as you like, whether steering, setting sails or navigating, however, we remember it is also your holiday and perhaps you prefer just to kick back and relax. No previous sailing experience is necessary for sailing in the Canary Islands, simply grab your suncream, jump on board and enjoy.

And if all of this isn’t enough to whet your appetite, then head over to our Journal and read about a solo traveller’s Canary Island sailing experience on board Bessie Ellen.



Our range of vessels enables us to offer several destinations all over the globe. Which adventure will you choose?

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With vessels of all sizes and each with a unique history and construction, there is no shortage of choice for your sailing holiday.

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