Ever wondered what it is like to sail and find that, almost perfect, place where you can just dock your yacht in and go out and discover new things with your crew? Tyterogaka, the name given to Lanzarote by the natives because of its ochre color, is a lot like such a place. The island of Lanzarote with its long history dated back to the Greeks and later the ancient Roman Empire was known then as the “Insulae Fortunate” or Fortunate Islands for its great weather and vast diversity, it felt very much like Spring all year round.
Today it continues to live up to such praise. The island is the easternmost of the seven islands that make up the Canaries. It’s proximity to the western coast of Africa provides a weather that is mostly dry and is considered a Subtropical – Desert climate, where the only rains are during winter with low-level rains keeping the island dry throughout the entire year. On average, the island receives about 16 days worth of rain during the winter season.
Regardless, the island is a fantastic place to vacation in. The locals of the archipelago, when they are not traveling abroad, their destination is most probably Lanzarote. The attractions of the island are many, from great beaches like Papagayo, one of it’s most famous, to The Timanfaya National Part, or even it’s marinas, considered some of the best in the archipelago. Lanzarote will not disappoint it’s sailing visitors.
The area of Arrecife, the capital city of the island, is also a “must” to visit. You will find historic sites like the Castle of San Gabriel or San José, the latter is today a museum for the contemporary arts. El charco de San Gines, or puddle of San Gines as the locals call it, a name that does not do credit to its size since it is more like a small lake. Or the newly built Marina Lanzarote, inside the Puerto de Los Mármoles, considered the second most visited port, by cruise ships, in the Canary Islands only after Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Next time you plan on sailing the Canary Islands, plan your trip to Lanzarote, the island of eternal spring, you will be surprised at how many unique experiences you will discover with your crew, you might even be tempted to jump in The Charco of San Gines yourselves.
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